By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport’s Blacklick Haunted Park returns for its fifth year with a host of ghouls, monsters, and other assorted things that go bump in the night to give visitors a Halloween fright.
The scary event, sponsored by the city of Groveport and Groveport residents, will be held Oct 14 and 15 from 7:30-11 p.m. A special afternoon event for younger kids will be held Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m.
Blacklick Haunted Park is held in Blacklick Park, 799 Blacklick St. (The park is located at the eastern end of Blacklick Street in Groveport.) Cost is $5 per person with proceeds going to Groveport Madison Human Needs and the Groveport Food Pantry. Organizers said the night event on Oct. 14 and Oct. 15 is very scary and parental discretion is advised.
However, the special afternoon session for the younger kids on Oct. 15 will be a bit less scary. Kids at this event must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. The first 200 kids at the Oct. 15 afternoon event will receive a free goodie bag.
The idea for Blacklick Haunted Park arose in 2017 from three friends who share a love of Halloween – Bruce Smith, Scott Clinger, and Larry Geis. They came up with the idea for the haunted park as a way to raise money for Groveport Madison Human Needs and the Groveport Food Pantry while also providing an outlet for frightening fun.
“Each of us has set up elaborate ‘haunted houses’ at our own homes during trick-or-treat in the past and we always wanted to do something bigger like this,” said Bruce Smith, one of the organizers.
Blacklick Haunted Park consists of a large area at the park’s shelterhouse and a haunted trail filled with relentlessly scary costumed monsters, as well as fearsome scenes and eerie music.
“People have fun, we have fun, and we’re able to help out Groveport Madison Human Needs and the Groveport Food Pantry,” said Smith. “We love to do it. We’re thankful to the city of Groveport for its help in enabling Blacklick Haunted Park to be successful.”
For information call (614) 836-3333.