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home : news : north central illinois   July 23, 2016

10/23/2013 10:59:00 AM
Echo Bluff hosts haunted trail, fright night


NewsTribune photo/Alicia LeGrand-RinikerCamren Barto of DePue along with other members of the Cherry Boy Scouts troop 1055 work on decorations for the kid’s Pumpkin Patch trail at Echo Bluff Park, Spring Valley. The park will hold its Fright Night activities this weekend.
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NewsTribune photo/Alicia LeGrand-Riniker
Camren Barto of DePue along with other members of the Cherry Boy Scouts troop 1055 work on decorations for the kid’s Pumpkin Patch trail at Echo Bluff Park, Spring Valley. The park will hold its Fright Night activities this weekend.
Alicia LeGrand-Riniker
NewsTribune Reporter



The Hall Township Echo Bluff Park west of Spring Valley is preparing to host fright night this weekend.

The park will continue its five-year tradition of creating a spooky trail. Samantha Brown, organizer for the nights, said people coming should prepare for lots of surprises. The “Terror Trail” is a 500-foot walk through the woods with multiple frights.
“I would be prepared to be scared,” said Brown.

The park also will have a trail for kids called “The Pumpkin Patch.” Brown said this would be a 200-foot-long trail that would include a mystery table, pumpkin drawling and other fun things for the kids. Both trails are $5 a person, with children 6 and younger admitted free. The event will take place 6:30-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Ghostly paintball targets, hayrack ride, campfire
For an extra $5, people can shoot paintballs at ghosts and goblins in this year’s “Ghostly Paintball Attack.” Brown said volunteers will dress up to be ghost and goblin targets.

“It’s just meant to be a fun night,” she said.

The event also will include hayrack rides, kids’ crafts and a campfire. All proceeds for the event will go back to the park.

Brown said the park has spent the past four weeks preparing for the event, with volunteers coming on weekends to prep the trails. Last weekend, Cherry Boy Scout Troop 1055 came out and set up the “Pumpkin Patch” trail.

“All the last-minute stuff has to be done now,” said Brown about the week’s preparation.

Brown said park workers were taking care of the last-minute details by adding electrical lights and other elements.

Volunteers will work the trails in costumes, including Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and some high school students from St. Bede Academy and Hall High School.
Brown said Echo Bluff is looking for more volunteers and if people do not have their own costume, the park will be able to provide them with one.












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