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Haunted Trail starts Friday
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Kayden and Ledger Gipson enjoyed last year’s Cedar Grove Haunted Trail. The annual event is back and begins this Friday, Oct. 2. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

Cedar Grove Haunted Trail kicks off this weekend. The fun begins when darkness falls on Friday, Oct. 2. 

“We didn’t know if we would be able to offer this in 2020. Thankfully, we can,” said Cedar Grove Fire Department Chief Kevin Bivins. “We had to make some changes to meet the guidelines for COVID-19 and social distancing restrictions. However, our goal is unchanged. As always, we will put on a good show at a reasonable price.”

In previous years, a van was used to transport thrill seekers from the parking area to the trailhead where they are dropped off to begin their journey into madness. However, the van was axed, Halloween pun intended, due to social distancing restrictions.

“This year, we will haul people by a wagon that’s being pulled by a hearse,” said Bivins. “That should be fun for everyone. Also, there will be no food or drink sales this year.”

Mainstays are returning with upgrades. Along the trail through the woods will be a meat department, scarecrow village, clown town, graveyard, mine shaft, dinosaur land, and more. Watch out for creepy scarecrows, goblins, ghosts, horror movie characters and most things that nightmares are made of.

As always, prohibited on the 1-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.

Cedar Grove Haunted Trail is offered by the department as a fundraiser and 2020 has increased the need for one. 

“Most of our fundraisers have been canceled this year so we appreciate everyone coming out and supporting us,” said Bivins. “We are banking on this one fundraiser to help us out.” 

The Cedar Grove Haunted Trail is offered Friday and Saturday nights in October. The fun begins at dark and continues until 11 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the weather, wear appropriate walking shoes, prepare to be scared, and have a good time.

Admission is $8 per person. Cash only. Children age 5 and under are admitted free. 

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.