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Haunted Trail open
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Cedar Grove Haunted Trail is ready to put a fright into visitors. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

The season’s first scares, as far as Cedar Grove Haunted Trail is concerned, began Friday.

“We’ve been working to get everything ready,” said Kevin Bivins. “We will have a few different things, a couple new scenes and an upgraded graveyard this year."

This will be the 11th year for Cedar Grove Volunteer Fire Department to offer scary fun with a trek through the darkened, haunted woods of Bone Cave. The trail is open Friday and Saturday nights in October, from dark until 11 p.m. 

“All proceeds go to the fire department for equipment and training,” said Bivins. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. We have raised the price to $10 per person. Children age 5 and under are free. We don’t want to get to the point where we are disappointing people. So, the trail keeps growing. We are trying to keep the price as low as we can.”

Want a chance to win two free tickets each Friday? Bivins says visit the Hillis Hwy. 30 Market Facebook page. Hit “Like” and share the post pertaining to Cedar Grove VFD Haunted Trail. A winner will be announced each Friday. 

On Cedar Grove FD Haunted Trail’s Facebook page, T-shirts can be ordered. Prices range from $12 to $17. 

Patrons are being urged to wear proper footwear for the walk through the woods and their torturous, bloodcurdling encounters with creepy scarecrows, goblins, ghosts, horror movie characters and most things nightmares are made of.

Patrons are also urged to protect themselves from nature’s nightmares. 

“Mosquitoes seem to be really bad this year,” said Bivins. “Using repellent might not be a bad idea.”

Prohibited on the one-mile trail are the use of flashlights and cellphones. Each group is given one glow stick to help guide them through the darkness. Additional glow sticks can be purchased for $1. The trail is clearly marked.

The concession stand is back for 2022. Available will be popcorn, drinks, shaved ice, etc. Tumblers and T-shirts also for sale. 

The trail is located 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.