Fright night event coming to Evart park

EVART — Ghosts, goblins, zombies and more will be on the lookout to scare all attendees who venture into Riverside Park East on Saturday.

The idea was a collaboration between Evart Mayor Eric Schmidt, Downtown Development Authority Director Al Weinberg and Local Development Finance Authority Director Melora Theunick. Schmidt took the idea to Evart Parks and Recreation Director Mark Wilson and planning took off.

Evart's Haunted Park event will begin at dusk and last until 10 p.m. During that time, groups of eight to 10 people will be guided along the looping trail through the property, stopping at "scare stations" along the way and encountering thrills and chills between each pause.

"Hopefully it works out," said Wilson. "If it goes well this year, we'd like to go with a theme next year."

Props and decorations for the spooky spot were both donated and made by local residents, Wilson added. High school students, businesses and organizations including the Evart Moose Lodge and the Evart Car Club also are getting in on the fun by volunteering and donating to the event.

"It's a great thing," Wilson said. "It's not only something for the community to do, but something for the community to be a part of and get going."

In addition to the fun, members of the Evart Chamber of Commerce will offer cider and donuts to all attendees.

Schmidt isn't sure how the event will be received, but would like to see as many people in attendance as possible so it can carry on year after year.

"We hope this event will bring guests from surrounding towns also," Schmidt said. "I can see the Haunted Park getting bigger and bigger each year. We will make it fun and scary for all."

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 years old and younger. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In the event of rain, the event will take place on Monday, Oct. 28.

Proceeds will benefit the Evart Parks and Recreation and July 4 Party in the Park.