Families looking for some Halloween excitement this month should check out Bone Cave’s Haunted Trail, which will be held the next two weekends.
“The trail through the woods will be taped off,” said Cedar Grove Fire Department Chief Kevin Bivins. “As long as you stay in between the caution tape, you should be fine. I can’t guarantee it though.”
The department will be having a just-for-fun hay ride, as well as a half-mile walk of terror through the woods. This is the second year, but it’s a much larger event than last year.
“We offered a spooky hay ride last year,” said Bivins. “It wasn’t too cool. There were some scared little kids. This year, the hay ride is just for fun. No scary guys allowed. The trail was added for those who want to be scared.”
The only thing standing between visitors on the trail and the darkness that could hold zombies, clowns and escaped mental patients, is one glow stick. Bivins says one person in each group will be given a glow stick.
“You can see about five feet in the darkness with a glow stick,” he said. “We will give only one individual per group a glow stick. What if something happens to the lead guy? You have no glow stick.”
For those not willing to take their chances with the lead guy, glow sticks will be available for $1 before the tours begin.
The event is a fundraiser for the department to help update its pagers, as required by the federal government. Despite the financial need, the event is donation only. No set admission price will be charged.
Bivins says families also have financial needs.
“There are a lot of families who can’t afford to do activities such as this,” he said. “Yes, we are trying to raise money, but we also want to give mom and dad a break. It’s not fun when your children want to go somewhere and you can’t afford it. If you can give something, that’s great. If not, that’s OK.”
Bone Cave’s Haunted Trail will be held at 1876 Bone Cave Mountain Road in Rock Island. Take Highway 70S toward Sparta. Turn right at The Landing Shell Station. Follow the signs.
The fun hay ride and haunted woods will be offered Oct. 19, 20, 26 and 27, from dark to 11 p.m. Parental discretion is advised for children. Concessions will be available.
For more information, call 931-686-1401.