Park District offers spooky Halloween fun

Haunted Hayrides, Undertaker’s Bash kick off Oct. 9

The popular Haunted Hayrides presented by Med Plus will roll again at the Rockford Park District’s Lockwood Park in October. Visitors will view spooky surprises on hayrides through the woods of the park. Haunted Hayrides are scheduled for Oct. 9, 15-17, 22-24, and 29-30 (weather permitting), 7-10:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 7-9:30 p.m., Sundays.

No reservations are required—rides are on a first come, first served basis, with ticket sales starting at 6:30 p.m. each night at Lockwood Park. Ride tickets cost $5 per person, with children ages 3 and younger admitted free. Discounted group prices are available for 10 or more tickets with advance purchase, beginning Oct. 1 at Lockwood Park and the Park District Sinnissippi Park office.

Visitors can also experience “The Undertaker’s Halloween Bash” on the north side of Lockwood Park, with fun for all ages and music by a DJ. This area will be open the same days and hours as the hayrides; donations will be accepted, with proceeds to benefit the Children’s Christmas Fund.

A free “Buzzard Egg Hunt” for children ages 6 and younger will take place at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 9, 17, and 24, and at 3 p.m., Oct. 31. Participants can search for black and orange eggs containing treats and toys, plus 10 special eggs containing free Haunted Hayride admission tickets.

The Dragon’s Castle Corn Maze will open Oct. 9, 15-17, 22- 24, and 29-30 at 6 p.m., and Oct. 31 at 3 p.m., for a $1 admission charge, to benefit Whiz Kids Enrichment Center.

Lockwood Park is at 5209 Safford Rd., between Searls and Page parks in northwest Rockford. Info: 987-8809, or 987-1600 for accessibility and disability support info.

The Jaycees “Trail of Torment” haunted walking trail will also return to Lockwood Park, providing scary thrills for ages 8 and older. Trail dates and hours are Oct. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, and 29-30, 7-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 6:30-9:30 p.m., Sundays. An additional $6 admission for this activity will benefit the Rockford Area Jaycees.

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