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A night of fright at Slater Park could be a Halloween delight

October 2, 2013

PAWTUCKET — Whether you like your Halloween fun to be scary or “illuminating,” there are activities in Slater Park this weekend that fits both bills.

Beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m., Slater Park will host “Fright Night in the Park.” Halloween events will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings only, through Oct. 26 (with the exception of inclement weather).

Pawtucket resident Anthony Walsh of the Concerned Citizens committee is once again hosting a festive jack-o-lantern village near the Looff Carousel. Called “Halloweenland,” there are over 200 intricately carved, imitation pumpkins that are lit with colorful lights. The fee is $4 per person (pre-school age children are free).

Walsh has also added a new feature this year called “The Woods.” Visitors of all ages are invited to take a walk down a dark, wooded path that holds all kinds of frightful surprises, including zombies, witches, ghouls, and a special guest, Big Foot. This event is open from 6:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., and the cost is $5 per person.

Tickets to both Halloweenland and The Woods are available near the boathouse across from the carousel.

Also back this year is the popular “Haunted Tunnel,” sponsored by the Pawtucket Parks and Recreation Department. Located at the Daggett Farm facility, the tunnel is filled with spooky characters that promise both delight and fright for those who “dare” to enter. Because of its scary content, the Haunted Tunnel is recommended only for ages 10 and above. The tunnel is open from 6:30 p.m. and closes by 9 p.m. The cost is $5 per person.

In addition, the Looff Carousel will be open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 8 p.m., throughout Oct. 26. There will also be face painting and children’s crafts inside.

For the history buff, candlelit tours are being offered at the historic Daggett House on Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout the month of October.

For more information or to volunteer at one of these events, call the city’s Parks and Recreation office at (401) 728-0500, ext. 251.

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