By JOE SHOUSE • Correspondent
ANTWERP – The Antwerp Community Development Committee (ACDC) is gearing up for itshaunted walk and hayride in late October.
The ACDC held its first haunted walk and hayride last year and this year they expect an even larger turnout to the community event. The haunted walk and hayride will be held in conjunction with the village’s Trick-or-Treat night on Saturday, Oct. 26. Antwerp Trick-or-Treat is scheduled to run from 5:30-7 p.m.
Pete Vail, chairman for the haunted walk and hayride said, “The haunted walk will be begin at 7:30 and will last until 10 p.m. We plan to have eight rooms displaying the ghoulish sights and sounds of Halloween.”
The walk will be held at Riverside Park and will be under roof at one of the shelter pavilions to allow the walk to progress rain or shine.
There will be a kiddy hayride at 8:30 p.m. with an adult hayride at 10:30 p.m. The cost is $2 for the kiddy ride and $5 for the adult ride. Vail stressed that the adult hayride will be made available for adults only and therefore a kiddy hayride is being provided for earlier in the evening.
Loading and unloading for the hayrides will take place at the park. Refreshments will be available including hot chocolate, apple cider and ’smores around the bonfire.
Reservations for the adult hayride are highly suggested by calling Pete Vail at 260-316-3060.
“The turnout last year was beyond our expectations,” he said. “This year we plan to have six wagons in order to accommodate everyone.”
According to Vail, last year was a very cold night but a fun night with wonderful participation from the community.
“Many of our ACDC projects deal with fundraising, but this is one of the projects we do as a community service project,” said Vail.
Recently the ACDC installed four new “Welcome to Antwerp” signs at the edge of town. A few months ago they placed a new Antwerp Archer sign on south Ohio 49 near the football field. Landscaping near the sign was competed recently and plans for another Archer sign is in the works and will be placed near the school.