Tour of ‘haunted’ house just part of Halloween fun

The Hertzler House will be one of the stops on A Night of Historical Haunting at George Rogers Clark Park on Friday. CONTRIBUTED/MIKE’S PHOTOGRAPHY
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The Hertzler House will be one of the stops on A Night of Historical Haunting at George Rogers Clark Park on Friday. CONTRIBUTED/MIKE’S PHOTOGRAPHY

Take a historic house a murder took place in, add in a moon-lit wagon ride and decorate with creative jack-o-lanterns and it’s as well-rounded a Halloween event as you’d find in any pumpkin patch.

The fourth A Night of Historical Haunting will offer the chills and cheers of the autumn season from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at George Rogers Clark Park.

The family-friendly event is sponsored by the Clark County Park District. Admission is $10 a person and free to children ages 6 and under.

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The historic Hertzler House, which has a reputation for being haunted, is where its owner was murdered in the 1800s and never solved, adding a perfect touch for the Halloween season.

“It plays into what people suspect,” said Parks District program coordinator Donna Lewis. “We try to change it up a little each time.”

Visitors will tour the house, meeting figures associated with the time portrayed by actors and a station on the history of Halloween. Lewis said its designed to give just a little spook, not goosebumps.

From there, a wagon ride will take visitors around the park and view a variety of jack-o-lanterns that were carved as part of a contest and meet legendary figures.

Lewis said the park district is glad to have more youth volunteers involved including several actors.

“We couldn’t put this on without our actors. It takes 25 to 30,” she said.

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The ride will end at the permanent Native American village as attendees will return by lighted trail to the barn where they can enjoy free light refreshment. If it’s a clear night, stargazing will also add to the experience.

Also available for purchase will be food truck products from Zombie Dogz.

The wagon rides will take about 15 minutes and the last ride leaves at 10:15.

Lewis advises visitors to dress appropriately for the weather and they can bring flashlights if desired.

Children ages 12 and under will get a free small give-away at the end.


HOW TO GO

What: A Night of Historical Haunting

Where: George Rogers Clark Park, 936 South Tecumseh Road, Springfield

When: Friday, Oct. 19, 7-10:30 p.m.

Admission: $10; free for ages 6-under

More info: www.clarkcountyparks.org/upcoming-events/night-of-historical-haunting/

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