Annual Haunted Forest brings the scares to Roxana

Children can enjoy Frightless Delights

Don’t go into the forest alone.

This October, the Haunted Forest will come alive at the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company on Friday and Saturday nights. But, new this year, young children can do Roxana’s Frightless Delight, as on Oct. 17 and 24, younger children can enjoy a tamer version of the forest from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

“They’ll be following the same path and going through the same buildings. It’s just turned down. Nobody’s going to be jumping out and scaring them,” said Michael Magee, committee chairman of the Haunted Forest.

It should still be thrilling for brave youngsters, he said.

Kids will get a complimentary trick-or-treat bag, and they’ll receive goodies from friendly creatures of the night. They can wear costumes and enter the costume contest, with prizes announced at 6:30 p.m.

The Frightless Delight is intended for children 12 or younger. Admission for kids costs $2 a head, and parents are admitted free of charge.

Scares for the big kids

After dusk, the regular Haunted Forest is dark and full of terrors. Creepy witches and clowns a “meat shop” are just a few of the horrors that older guests will see.

“I don’t want to give it all away,” Magee said.

“It’s a lot of work, but when a group comes through and they’re really scared, it’s fun … for the actors,” he said.

The Haunted Forest is open Oct 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31. Tickets are sold from dusk until 10 p.m. Admission costs $12 per head.

Visitors should wear suitable clothes and footwear for the chilly and sometimes damp forest. The walking trail includes some crawling, but people can opt to walk around.

Snacks will be sold by the RVFC Ladies Auxiliary. They’re preparing a menu that will include hot chocolate, coffee and food.

The bonfire returns with s’mores and enough warmth to ease those chilly October nights.

“The fire company is here for the community, so we want to try to give back and do something for the community,” Magee said.

The Haunted Forest was a longtime tradition that had a 10-year hiatus, until 2013.

“A lot of people have told me through the years” that they remember the woods from when they were 16 and 17, he said. “Now they’re going through with their kids, and it brings back a lot of memories for them,” he said.

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