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Haunted zombie hayride thrills hundreds at Chaplin Creek

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 30th, 2013

Just one of the characters that greeted guests along the course. (Photo submitted)


FRANKLIN GROVE — Upwards of 500 thrill seekers turned out Friday and Saturday night last week to experience the screams, eerie sounds, horrific views and be entertained by the macabre at the haunted zombie hayride held at the Chaplin Creek Historic Site in Franklin Grove.

Each night at 7 p.m., just after sundown, crowds began showing up to take a ride into the dark night to encounter an alternative to the normal fare prepared for a Halloween party. The zombie ride was sponsored by the Youth Activities group of the Franklin Grove Park Board as an event for the whole family.

Riders boarded the hay wagon at the southwest corner of the Smith Barn where crowds more than filled the interior and spilled into waiting lines outside, where the daring were offered the delectable zombie boogers, though many were reluctant to accept them and couldn’t get past the thought of eating a booger of any kind.

Once underway, riders experienced one heart pounding, blood curdling sight or sound after another in the pitch black trip through zombie land. Only pinpoints of light directed the drivers from one frightening destination to the next, with unexpected terror overwhelming unsuspecting riders from nearly every angle and around each curve. The horrified sounds of screaming visitors only added to the already chilling background sounds piped throughout the site.

The event raised a significant amount of funds to promote other entertainment activities planned by the park board and its Youth Activities Committee. Franklin Grove area businesses contributed to the operational expenses of the event. A significant number of young adults, parents and other citizens worked together to create an event that many were thrilled by. Additional pictures have been placed on Facebook by Bob Logan and participants for those who were unable to attend, could not see because of the darkness, or were so scared they hid heir faces.

The Franklin Grove Park Board is sponsoring the Community Halloween Costume Parade in the  AFC Elementary School gymnasium on Halloween night, Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. following official village-wide Trick or Treating hours from 5 to 7 p.m.

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