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Cedar Grove has new frights
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The Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department is prepared to kick off the Halloween season with a frightful start Friday, Oct. 5. Its haunted trail is offered every Friday and Saturday night in October, from dark until 11 p.m. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department’s Haunted Trail opens this weekend with new attractions and returning favorites for anyone courageous enough to venture into the woods at night.

“We’ve added something new, a covered bridge,” said Cedar Grove Fire Department Chief Kevin Bivins. “It is a cedar bridge, approximately 16 foot long and eight foot wide. It’s pretty impressive, if you make it across.”

The attraction, offered every Friday and Saturday night in October, is family oriented and a fundraiser for the department.

“We also have something else new, but it’s more for children,” said Bivins. “It’s called Dinosaur World. The younger children, and maybe those young at heart, are going to love it. It’s skeletons of dinosaurs.”

Frightening favorites returning are the vortex tunnel, the meat department, clown town, witches alley, scarecrow village and the mine shaft.

Each group is given one glow stick to help guide them through the darkness, but additional glow sticks can be purchased for $1.

As always, prohibited on the one-mile trail are the use of flashlights and cellphones. Visitors are encouraged to dress for weather and wear walking shoes.

Admission is $7 per person. Children under 5 are admitted free.

“We did have to raise our price,” said Bivins. “We’re still trying to keep it inexpensive so a family can go out and have a night of fun. I don’t know of any other haunted attractions that are $7 a person. Most are $10 and up. This a fundraiser for the department. We appreciate everyone’s support, so come out and join us.”

All donations welcome and appreciated.

Scares are offered every Friday and Saturday night throughout October from dark until 11 p.m. at 1876 Bone Cave Mountain Road at Miller’s Farm in Rock Island. To get there: take Highway 70S toward Sparta, turn right at The Landing Shell Station, and then follow the signs.

For more information, check out Cedar Grove FD Haunted Trail on Facebook.