Archive for Thursday, October 28, 2004

Halloween fun is just around the corner

Baldwin residents don’t have to go far for Halloween activities

October 28, 2004

Those who like to scare and to be scared have to look no further than Baldwin for Halloween activities this weekend.

From a train of terror to a scary hay ride to a traditional haunted house, Baldwin has multiple opportunities for those who want to do something in addition to trick or treat for Halloween.


Tracks of terror

Nowhere in the Baldwin area are thrill seekers able to ride a haunted train except at the Midland Railway. For the sixth year, Midland and the Baldwin City Community Theatre are sponsoring Terror Tracks, a haunted train ride.

"We think it's something fun to do because it's unique," Carol Cooper, BCCT secretary, said. "Where else can you ride a haunted train?"

Terror Tracks is a one-hour haunted train ride, Cooper said, that is full of scary surprises inside and outside of the train. The ride also features a spook car in which passengers will be led through a darkened rail car with creatures and other things waiting to jump out.

She said Terror Tracks is geared for all ages, but, in an attempt to appease younger riders, the first ride of the night will be less scary than the later rides.

Rides for Terror Tracks run at 6:30, 8 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Midland Railway. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. Tickets for each night's rides go on sale at the depot at 5:30 p.m. Concessions will be available before and after the rides.

For more information, call 594-7440 or visit

Haunted hay ride

Those wanting to get their thrills and scares outdoors will have their opportunity with a haunted hayrack ride.

The Friends of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission is sponsoring the rides at the Baldwin City Lake, southeast of Baldwin.

Katie Skinner, president of Friends of the BCRC, said the event will begin with a hayrack ride to the other side of the lake. Participants will then walk a 1/4-mile trail through the "haunted" forest.

"If they make it back out, they will be picked up by another hay ride and taken to the bonfire," she said.

Skinner said the hayrack ride is a family event. Participants can choose to just do the hayrack ride and not the trail hike, or those with young children can opt to stay by the bonfire where a storyteller will be entertaining.

"We tried to make it reach all ages," she said. "It's cute for young kids, but scary enough for teens."

The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the lake. Admission is $5 per person.

Skinner said the money raised from the event will be used to help the city match funds for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks grant, which will be used to dredge the lake.

Skinner encouraged people to spend part of their Halloween weekend at the hay ride event.

"We're out there to have a lot of fun," she said.

House of horror

Those wanting more of a traditional haunted house for their Halloween thrills can get their fill at the Baker University Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Kappa Sigma, 1215 S. Eighth St., will be hosting a haunted house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

"There's anything from a spooky forest to a graveyard to a mad scientist lab," Matt Bretz, Kappa Sigma member, said.

He said participants will be led by a guide through the haunted house, which is set up in the basement of the fraternity.

The haunted house is open to all ages, and Bretz said the scare factor will be adjusted for the younger children.

Candy will also be given out to children who go through the haunted house.

Admission to the house will be a free-will donation. Bretz said half of the proceeds raised from the event will be donated to the Douglas County Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

He said he hoped people would take advantage of the local haunted house.

"We had fun building it, we hope the public comes out and enjoys it," he said. "Come out and have a good time."

Parade of spooks

Those wanting to do a little trick or treating before Halloween will have their chance Saturday afternoon.

As in past years, Citizens for Baldwin City will be sponsoring Spooks on Parade, a free trick or treating event.

Donna Kneedler, CFBC member, said Spooks on Parade, which is open to children of all ages, will begin at 3 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion, 803 High St., with a trick or treating safety presentation by a Baldwin police officer.

Following the presentation, Kneedler said, children, who are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes, will parade through the downtown area trick or treating at the businesses.

The children will then take a hay rack ride to the north side of Baldwin to go trick or treating at the businesses along U.S. Highway 56.

Kneedler said parents are strongly encouraged to accompany their children throughout the afternoon.

Baker haunts

Jolliffe Hall on the Baker University campus will be hosting a haunted house Halloween night.

The haunted house at Jolliffe, in the 600 block of Dearborn, will run from 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday.

The house is open to people of all ages, but children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Admission is $2 per person. All proceeds will go to the Baldwin Elementary School Intermediate Center MARS after-school program.

Irwin Hall, at the corner of Eighth and Dearborn streets, will be providing a free "House of Fright" and treats for young children Sunday evening.

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