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Haunted Village hosted by Shrine Club, Freedom of the Road Riders tonight
BUCKHORN, Mo. (Oct. 31, 2009) — If a haunted house is too small, what about an entire haunted village?

That’s what members of the Pulaski County/Fort Leonard Wood Shrine Club and Freedom of the Road Roaders Local 28 plan this year for their thirteenth annual “Halloween Bash,” held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. tonight at the Shrine Club off Highway NN, just south of Exit 153 within sight of Highway 17.

According to event organizers, the haunted village is spread out over 20 acres with “numerous haunted houses, goblins everywhere, and a good spooky hay ride.” Admission is $2 per person with proceeds going to the Shrine Children’s Hospital. Those attending will be able to play games, get candy, and go through a House of Doom.

Shrine Club member Roy Wildrick said he’s been participating for about eight years and loves to volunteer for an event intended as a safe and fun alternative to door-to-door trick-or-treating. This year, he’ll be driving the tractor for the hay ride.

“There’ll be goblins and ghosts and witches, and some of them will come up and grab you on the ride,” Wildrick said. “It’s all about safe fun for kids.”

The ride takes about 10 minutes, he said, depending on what the goblins decide to do and how the children on the hay ride react.

Event organizers said last year’s haunted village raised $2,900 for the Shrine Children’s Hospital.

While children attending often come because they want candy, helping support a hospital that helps children is a main reason the volunteer help each year, Wildrick said.

“It’s an event where all the proceeds go to the Shrine Children’s Hospital, so it really doesn’t matter how much we make, but we want to give as much as we can,” Wildrick said. “This is for children, all of it.”

Those attending can be of any age, Wildrick said, but young children must be accompanied by their parents, older brothers or sisters, other family members, or another adult guardian. No alcohol of any sort is permitted during the event, he said.

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