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Halloween Haunted Hayride Looms
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"Bigger, better and scarier than ever" is Kerrie Webb's prediction for the Halloween Haunted Hayride, which she and other members of Riverbank Parks & Recreation Department stage each year.

The event is set for Oct. 23 and 24 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23 and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at Jacob Myers Park.

Department members are now looking for groups to prepare their own ghastly site deep in the woods and terrify innocent families as thy ride past on hay wagons.

"We've got a lot of entrants this year. It should be the biggest event ever. Participants will get their money's worth," said Webb.

Running for just two nights this time, it's down on 2008 that featured three nights of horror. But organizers said they do not want to keep the young people up late at night on Sunday with school due the next day so will run just Friday and Saturday nights.

Now in its seventh year, the hayride drew more than 1,000 riders in 2008. The city used to stage a carnival, with prizes for costumes, at the Community Center but dropped that in favor of the more unusual hayride.

Occurring in the week before Halloween, the event gets residents in the mood but allows families to do their own trick and treating on Halloween night on Oct. 31.