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Ghosts, goblins, and more than a few superheroes will take over the campground at Big Hollow Recreation Area near Sperry the evening of October 8 as Des Moines County Conservation hosts its annual "Big Holloween" event in its main park.
The event is divided into two segments. The first, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM is free and family-friendly, focused on the youngsters looking to fill their candy bags. This segment is highlighted by trick-or-treating among the RVs staying in the campground, a costume contest at 5:00 PM, hayrack rides through the campground, and s'more roasting over bonfires.
The second segment, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM is for the older kids and adults and features haunted hayrack rides through the volunteer-built Timber of Terror as well as live music. The haunted hayrack rides cost $5 per person and will run constantly throughout the two hours.
Food trucks will also be on site through the entirety of the event for those that work up an appetite.
According to organizers, this event is likely to be the park's biggest event of the year.
"We expect several hundred people, maybe even more, just for the trick-or-treating," said Chris Lee, Executive Director at Des Moines County Conservation. "And the volunteers that put on the haunted forest are going all-out yet again, building an even bigger production than last year."
Those volunteers, led by the park's camp host, Collette Groenewald, were recently recognized as the conservation department's Volunteer Group of the Year for the hundreds of hours of time they put into organizing, assembling, and operating the haunted forest component of the "Big Holloween" event.
"Simply put, this event wouldn't happen without those volunteers," added Lee.
For more information about the event, search #BigHolloween on Facebook.