Jennifer Kidder, Archbold Parks & Recreation director, said plans are set for the Slightly Haunted Hayride and Scarecrow Festival, Sunday, Oct 31, from 5:30 to 7 pm.
Sunday, Oct. 31 is officially Halloween.
Trick-or-Treat in Archbold, Pettisville, and Ridgeville Corners occurs the preceding night.
Kidder said tractors will pull hay-filled wagons through the woods in Woodland Park, past Halloweenthemed scenes built in the woods.
Local businesses and organizations are being asked to make scarecrows, which will be placed around the park.
Kidder said at the village’s previous event, the Pumpkin Path, businesses gave out candy to trick-or-treaters. She said some companies spent $500 to $600 on candy to give away.
In difficult economic times, that’s a large expenditure, she said.
“I like to have businesses and organizations from the community involved in our events. We always had a great response to Pumpkin Path,” she said.
There will be other childrens activities for parents who don’t want to take their kids on the haunted hayride.
The Archbold High School chapter of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America, the FCCLA, will do face painting, and the giant inflatable toys that were scheduled for the cancelled Chili Cook-Off will be at the event.
The Black Swamp Arts Council will also set up an arts and crafts booth for children.
There already has been a test run of the hayride. About two weeks ago, Kidder said tractors pulling wagons were driven through the woods to make sure they could negotiate the trails.