Bay County Parks and Recreation will hold its 9th Annual Haunted Hayride on Oct. 19 and 20 at H.G. Harder’s Park, located at 8110 John Pitts Rd., Panama City.
The public is invited to attend a frightful, fun-filled, family-oriented event at a bargain price. Admission is $5, all ages. The ticket booth opens at 5:30 p.m. and closes at 9 p.m. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The trail winds through about a mile of the park’s wooded walking track and features dozens of haunted sites manned by volunteers, mostly county employees.
“We try to make the sites different every year,” event coordinator Janie Lucas said. “Last year we introduced more animated props and we have many new ones this year. It’s just a great, family friendly, affordable event, and we’re so proud to be able to offer this to the citizens of Bay County.”
Last year, more than 4,000 visitors braved the county’s spooky setup, raising more than $26,000 for charity.
For the younger children – or just the faint of heart – from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 visit the Pumpkin Patch, a free, fun alternative to trick or treating with games, candy and more. A costume contest will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Pumpkin Patch, with prizes in four age groups. Children two and under will compete for the top prizes of cutest and funniest; and kids ages three to five, six to eight and nine to 10 years old will compete for the scariest or cutest designation.
Come out and enjoy this year’s Haunted Hayride and support a worthy cause. For more information or to volunteer at the event, please call Janie Lucas at 248-8730.