Although it is spooky season, not everything has to be full of spooks. 

Haunted Trail (Not Scary) will take place from6-8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday on Constitution Trail behind the Normal City Hall Annex. The admissions fee is $2 per person. 

The quarter mile haunting allows children or adults who do not enjoy being spooked features many tricks and treats. 

Costumed and non-costumed participants will be passing out candies to Bloomington-Normal’s favorite witches and warlocks as they venture down the path. Face painting is also provided, alongside hot chocolate.  

Free parking is also available at Normal Parks and Recreation and Chiddix Junior High School. What about after the quarter mile walk? Don’t worry, shuttles are also provided to help people get back to their cars. 

To support the community in other non-spooky ways, canned food donations will also be accepted in return for free admission. These donations will aid a local food pantry, but admission is limited. Only 1,600 participants are allowed each night. Once that maximum is hit, the trail will close no matter the time. 

Volunteers are also being called to action to aid in the Halloween spirited festivities. 

These volunteers, preferred to be high school aged or older, can portray characters in provided costumes, pass out sweet treats and hot cocoa, paint faces or assist in guest services. To sign up volunteers can visit the Town of Normal Parks and Rec website to sign up. 

A few fair warnings before haunting commences though. Strobe lights are used on the trail. Any people that are aggravated by strobe lights should not attend. Pets, skates and bikes are also not allowed on the trail. This, along with strollers and wheelchairs, are not permitted due to the unevenness and narrowness of the dirt trail. Besides that, happy haunting! 

HAILEY BIALAS is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at hgbiala@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @haileybialas 


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