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The Suburbanite
  • Haunted Hayride, Oct. 24

  • The Jackson Parks and Recreation Department will once again offer the annual Haunted Hayride on Oct. 24 at South Park, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and takes place rain or shine. Visitors can purchase refreshments from concession stands and donations will be accepted to defer some of the event costs.

     

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  • Pumpkins and ghosts and ghouls, oh my!
    It must be Haunted Hayride time in the township.
    The Jackson Parks and Recreation Department will once again offer the annual Haunted Hayride on Oct. 24 at South Park, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and takes place rain or shine. Visitors can purchase refreshments from concession stands and donations will be accepted to defer some of the event costs.
    According to Dave Ruwadi, parks and recreation director, this is a much anticipated annual event in the township. In the past, about 3,000 people have visited. 
    “Annual events such as the Haunted Hayride speak volumes about a community,” noted Ruthanne Wilkof, president and CEO of the Jackson-Belden Chamber of Commerce. “It says we are a family. We do things together and we do them in our own backyard.”
    The evening is a success – even possible – thanks to the many individuals who volunteer their time.  Locals dress up to make the spooky scenes scary, run the concession stands, drive the wagons and even donate the hay.
    “There aren’t too many people in the township today who have the chance to ride in a real hay wagon pulled by a real tractor,” Ruwadi noted. “But even besides that, (the Haunted Hayride) is something to do on a Saturday night, for the whole family that is free.  It is another event that is community-oriented that invites people to come out and have a good time.”
    Ruwadi did note that it is a scary ride. Families with young children should take this into consideration when deciding whether to attend.
    The Haunted Hayride is just one of the many events taking place on Oct. 24. The day will start out with the Unity in Our Community Pancake Breakfast and Health Fair. The Paul and Carol David YMCA will host an open house and Beuhler’s Fresh Foods will offer Celebration Saturday at the Noble’s Pond store.