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October meets with scary end

A haunted woods, the 71st consecutive Harrison County Halloween Parade and trick or treat are all lurking on the bottom half of the calendar this month.
Trick or treat times for Corydon, New Middletown, Lanesville and Palmyra have officially been set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 31. Most Harrison County communities typically follow the time set by the county seat.
‘It’s pretty much a formula now,’ said Jan Frederick, Corydon Town Council clerk-treasurer.
‘People start calling as early as August because they want to plan activities. It’s held on Halloween unless Halloween falls on parade night or a Sunday. If it does fall on one of those days, trick or treat is held on the closest preceding day,’ she said.
Milltown set its trick-or-treat time for 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 31.
The annual Halloween parade was described by Bill Brockman, former curator of the Corydon Capital State Historic Site, as the third oldest continuous Halloween parade in the country and the oldest in Indiana.
The parade is scheduled for Oct. 29.
The costume contest will begin on the square in Corydon at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand at 4 p.m.
The line-up for judging of parade floats will begin at 5 p.m. at the Harrison County Fairgrounds with the parade commencing at 6:30 p.m.
The parade’s string was imperiled in 2004 after the state determined that the event did not fall into the official mission of Corydon Capital State Historic Site, which was a leading organizer of past installments.
The Friends of the Corydon Capital organization took over, and the show went on with an estimated crowd of between 2,000 and 2,500 last year.
The woods east of North Harrison High School has been transformed into a Haunted Forest for the next two weekends.
With all the fund-raisers North Harrison High School has organized, ‘nobody has come up with an idea quite like this,’ said Carla Long, sponsor for the drama club.
Members of the drama club, along with choir students and agriculture students, worked hard to bring to life the idea first suggested five years ago by teacher Nate Miller as a way to raise money for the school’s ag program.
‘I enjoy going outside and getting dirty to prepare for the night of fright,’ said North Harrison senior Chris Gardner.
The Haunted Forest, which includes a twisting and turning path filled with frightful surprises, will be open from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 27. Hours extend to midnight on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29.
Cost $5 per person; children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.