Springfield annual haunting event continues with a twist

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

The annual haunting event at George Rogers Clark Park in Springfield will look a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Clark County Park District and Friends of the Clark County Park District are hosting a Haunted Halloween Drive-Thru to minimize contact and ensure the safety of participants, volunteers and staff.

“We thought of a new way of doing it to where people can still have fun and still celebrate Halloween with their family and be safe," Donna Lewis, the Clark County Park District program and volunteer coordinator said.

In previous years, Lewis said that residents would go on a haunted wagon ride through the park, walk through the Hertzler House and hear historical stories and legends surrounding the park.

This year, residents will drive past nine different family friendly scenes and the Hertzler House, while experiencing frights along the way, Lewis said.

“It’s super dark through the park, it makes it just a little bit creepy - even without the decorations," she added.

The Haunted Halloween Drive-Thru is 7 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at 930 S. Tecumseh Road.

Tickets are $15 per carload and should be purchased online prior to the event. Lewis said residents will be able to select an arrival time when purchasing tickets.

Lewis said the haunted event is “just like when people drive through a Christmas light show, but this time it’s a Halloween show."

She added that this event would not be possible without the many volunteers including a local man that does the scenes. AtmosFx provided hollusions and the Dent School House loaned a few items for the event.

“This is something that every year got bigger and bigger. People really enjoyed it and looked forward to it," Lewis said. "So many other things have been canceled - we didn’t want to cancel this too.”

To purchase tickets for the Haunted Halloween Drive-Thru, visit www.eventbrite.com.

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