Palos Hills heads toward Halloween with Haunted Hayrides and Hoe Down

By Kelly White

Youths and their parents who attend the Haunted Hills of Palos Hills Haunted Hayride will be riding on a new hay wagon.

Well, not entirely new, but at the very least refurbished and new to the event, which will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Pleasure Lake, 10801 Roberts Road.

The city’s Public Works Department converted into a hay wagon an old stone buggy that had been marked for the scrap heap. Employees dismantled the buggy, leaving only its frame intact; then reconditioned the frame, wheels, bearings and hitch in addition to building a new wagon and rails. The wagon has been painted black and the wheels orange, traditional Halloween colors.

“Both [public works] crews did a great job with the developing of this idea,” said Palos Hills Alderman Frank J. Williams (5th Ward).

The Haunted Hayride will be held in conjunction with the Resource and Recreation Department’s Halloween Hoe Down, a “not-so-scary” Western-themed event geared toward children 1 to 10 years old and to be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 — adults are free but must accompany their children. Children can dress as cowboys and cowgirls and partake in pony rides, hayrides and crafts. The event will feature an inflatable bounce house, panning for “gold,” a learn-to-lasso workshop and o country music.

Tickets for the Haunted Hayride are available at the event and the Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Cost is $3 for children 10 and younger, $5 for everyone else.