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Changing colors, cool air point to Halloween

Activities abound to celebrate the season
Oct 11, 2017

By Morrgan Bouler, Mt. Pleasant News Intern

 

The air has grown colder, leaves have started changing color, and pumpkins have flooded local stores: Halloween is officially here. Throughout the month of October, there are a multitude of activities that the whole family can participatein and enjoy; three of these which are located at Old Threshers: the Ghost Train of No Return, the Ghostly Trolley, and the Thrashers House of Terror.

It all started in 1998, when a little extra railroad fuel persuaded the Midwest Central Railroad to do a little Halloween event, according to Grant Davidson, public relations and marketing director at Old Threshers. From there, the Midwest Haunted Rails was created along with the Ghost Train of No Return. In the 2000s, Old Threshers decided to add on the Ghostly Trolley and carousel.

“The Haunted House started in 2007, for older audiences that wanted to come and get scared,” said Davidson.

A lot of work goes into the Thrashers House of Terror, now in its 11th year of operation. Once Midwest Old Threshers ends, the area is cleaned up, and preparation for a haunting good time begins.

There are plenty of family friendly events to do across the campgrounds, including costume contests and ghost stories.

“There’s something for everybody. There’s the Haunted Carousel, inflatables, carnival attractions, and there’s other games and food you can purchase,” said Davidson.

For young ones who don’t want to take part of the ghoulishly good train ride, there’s a smaller, friendly option: The Great Pumpkin Train. The train leaves at 4:35 p.m., every Saturday of Midwest Haunted Rails, and takes a lap around the Threshers grounds. Kids riding are also given their own pumpkin and decorating supplies.

Mt. Pleasant isn’t the only place in Henry County to go for a ghoulishly good time. Once again, Winfield will have a haunted house. Madness in the Machine Shed will be on Friday the 13th. The haunted house is located at the corner of Highway 78 and Nebraska Avenue, in Winfield, across from Shelman Trucking. The frightful event will continue on Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, from 8 p.m. until midnight.

Listed below are more area Halloween events:

The REC Center’s Glowing Pumpkin Fun Run, Thursday, Oct. 19, at East Lake Park. Registration begins at 6 p.m., with the race kicking off at 7 p.m.

Witch Way to Main (Trick-or-Treat on Main), Thursday, Oct. 26. Trick-or-treating on Main will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30 p.m.

Trunk-or-Treat, Saturday, Oct. 28, 3 — 5 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Mt. Pleasant.

Area Trick-or-Treating — Mt. Pleasant, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.; New London, Oct. 31, 5-7 p.m.; Wayland, Oct. 31, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Winfield, Oct. 31, 5-7:30 p.m.

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