ONTARIO -- Ontario’s recreation department will recognize Halloween this October with its first-ever haunted trail at Marshall Park.
The one-day event features several spooky scenes set up along the park’s walking trail, located near the dog park and baseball field.
The department initially planned its inaugural haunted trail event for last year, but canceled due to the weather.
This year’s festivities are scheduled from 5 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 with a family friendly portion until 7 p.m. and an adult/teen version from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
“For the first part of the night families can go around and see the scenes and no one will be scaring the kids,” recreation department director, Heather Hendrix said. “But the second part is completely dark and is meant for the older kids and adults.”
If it rains this year, there are multiple back-up dates. If bad weather prevents the event on the 19th, it’ll be moved to the 20th. And if need be, it’ll be pushed to the following weekend.
“A lot of people have put work into this and are looking forward to this, so we plan to hold it,” Hendrix said.
The scenes will be set up by a mix of Ontario High School organizations and community volunteers. They will bring their own props and costumes for each scene.
“This isn’t anything elaborate, but it will be a fun community event,” Hendrix said. “And I think it’s a great opportunity for people to see the part of the park that maybe they haven’t seen. (The walking trail) is a little hidden.”
During the early portion of the event, the Ontario Lions Club will sell donuts and cider.
Admission is $5 per person. Children age 5 and under are free. The cost first covers the recreation department’s costs, then supports the school organizations that are organizing scenes.
People are advised to park near the baseball field. The entrance to the trail will be set up near the dog park.