Brazil hasn't had a real good scare at a local haunted house for what seems like forever. This Halloween, the Christmas in the Park committee will fill that void.
"It's been so long since the YMCA had its haunted house at the old MacGregor House and even longer since the Jaycees had its haunted house above Lynn's Pharmacy. Christmas in the Park decided it was time to give it a try," said Linda Ray, committee president.
Haunted Happenings will take place at Forest Park the weekend prior to Halloween, Oct. 27 and 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. The Haunted Palace will feature a maze, graveyard, castle torture chamber, witches potion room, and monsters and goblins popping out from every corner. Be prepared to be scared out of your mind by the headless horseman during haunted hayrides and carriage rides throughout the park.
"I'm confident that the Haunted palace will be spooky enough for adults, teenagers and pre-teens, but you won't want to bring your young children or toddlers," said Nora Kirby, co-chair of the event.
Cindy's Dance Studio will perform "Thriller" and "Monster Mash" every half hour at the band shell for the entire family to enjoy.
"We had so much fun planning the haunted palace. Once we got started, the ideas just kept coming. Everyone has worked really hard to make this a memorable Halloween event that we plan to make it bigger and better every year," said Mary Ann Thompson, co-chair.
Tickets will be sold at the new pool concession stand, which was built by the Christmas in the Park committee. Tickets are $5 for the haunted house, $3 for the carriage ride and $1 for the hayride. Concessions will also be available.
Bring your carved pumpkins for display at the concession stand. The committee will place candles in them for everyone to enjoy. Judging will be each night at 10 p.m. so that you can take the pumpkins home afterward. The winners will receive a goody bag full of treats.
A coloring contest at the elementary schools also helped to spark interest in the event. A winner from each grade will be chosen and their pictures displayed at the concession stand. Kindergarten, first and second grade winners will each receive a free hot dog and a drink at the concession stand along with a free pass for the entire family for the hayride. Third, fourth and fifth grade winners will receive a free pass to the Haunted Palace.
"We were looking for unique ways to raise funds for all the things we do at the park during the holiday season and having a haunted house really got people excited," Ray said.
Christmas in the Park recently spent most of its budget to build the new concession stand at the pool and needed to find a way to fund the electric bill it would incur for the lighting display at Forest Park during the Christmas season. The committee also sponsors Breakfast with Santa, the Snowflake Prince and Princess Pageant, the Christmas Walk and a fireworks display along with hosting the parade each year. And in summertime, the committee invites the public for a free swim at the Forest Park Pool.
For more information, please visit the Christmas in the Park website at www.christmasinthepark.org.