BY RUTH RICE
For those too young to handle the extreme scariness of Kennywood Park’s Phantom Fright Nights, Idlewild Park in Ligonier is offering an alternative for Halloween fun.
Idlewild’s “Hallowboo!” will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 27-28 at the park’s grounds and Storybook Forest along Route 30.
Park gates open at 11:30 a.m.
“Fright Nights has been so successful, but it’s for those 13 and over,” said Mary Lou Rosemeyer, public relations director for Kennywood Entertainment, which operates Idlewild Park in Ligonier, Sandcastle Water Park near Pittsburgh and Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn.
“Idlewild is a young family’s park anyway, so it made sense to have Hallowboo there during the day on Saturday and Sunday.”
Hallowboo is geared toward children up to age 12 and offers old-fashioned fun without the intensity of Halloween haunts suited for teens and adults.
Children will be able to dress in their Halloween costumes and go trick or treating in nearby Storybook Forest, where characters will give out treats.
“The entire park is decorated for Halloween or fall,” Rosemeyer said.
“They’ve left nothing untouched. The train is haunted, and there is a maze with hay bales.”
There will be specially themed rides in Olde Idlewild, Raccoon Lagoon, Jumpin’ Jungle and Hootin’ Holler so older children will have something to do.
Everything at Idlewild except the Soak Zone is geared toward celebrating Halloween.
“There’s more than you can do in one day,” Rosemeyer said.
“It’s a Halloween event and fall festival.”
What: Idlewild Park’s “Hallowboo!”
When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Oct. 27-28.
Where: Idlewild Park, Route 30, Ligonier.
Tickets: $18.95; $4 discount tickets available at participating Giant Eagle stores.
Information: (724) 238-3666 or www.idlewild.com.
BY RUTH RICE
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