Haunted Trail & Bonfire

Thank You to all who came out and enjoyed our Haunted Trail & Bonfire on Sat, Oct. 17-we sure had fun!

Thank You to all the volunteers who helped set-up, work, and clean-up-without you there would be no Special Event like Haunted Trail & Bonfire!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Forest View Park-513 Forest View Drive




Don’t miss the biggest Special Event of the year! This one-day event is organized by the Lindenhurst Park District with help from local businesses, schools and volunteers.

Come out with your family and friends and enjoy a fall festival like no other. There’s something for everyone! Start off with a wagon ride through McDonald Woods, then stroll over to the Costume Contest at the Cornstalk Stage. After the Costume Contest enjoy the amazing FREE performers, from spooky Halloween tales to mystifying magicians-hopefully they won't make you disappear! If your still searching for that perfect pumpkin-check out the Millburn Tree Farm-they always bring a great selection. Bring your appetite, the Witches’ Kitchen will be grilling up some yummy treats, and make sure you save room for a giant Halloween sugar cookie-they're always a hit! The little ones will enjoy our inflatable Casper Moonwalk, Animal Kingdom Activity House, Kids Game Tent and the Happy Ghosts Straw Maze, while the brave ones can walk through the trail if they dare. What lurks among the trees? There will be 12 mortifying scenes with unnatural creatures awaiting to eagerly quench their undying thirst for your screams! At dusk the Lake Villa Fire Department will start the bonfire and we will serve FREE apple cider heated in a cauldron.

3:30pm-Costume Contest
5:00pm-Shrek the Musical PM&L Cast
5:30pm-Chris Fascione-Story Acting
6:00pm-Bill Begoes Comedy/Drawings
6:30pm-Balloon Dude Dale

3:30pm-Costume Contest

3:30pm-Costume Contest

Schedule of Events

Wagon Rides-$1 or 1 canned food item

Our wagon rides are held at McDonald Woods Forest Preserve which is located just up the hill from Forest View Park.  They run from 3:00pm-6:00pm.

Costume Contest-Free

Our Costume Contest starts promptly at 3:30pm at the Cornstalk Stage and is for ages 3-5, 6-8, & 9-11 years old.  Prizes will be awarded!

Cornstalk Stage-Free

3:30pm-Costume Contest
5:00pm-Shrek the Musical PM&L Theatre Cast
5:30pm-Chris Fascione-Halloween Story Acting
6:00pm-Caricature & Halloween Comedy by Bill
6:30pm-Magical Balloon Dude Dale
7:00pm-Jason the Juggler
7:30pm-Magic Dave

Haunted Trail-$1 per person each time through

The trail hours are 4:30-6:00pm and 6:30-8:00pm.  The scenes/spooky characters in the trail are the same in both time groups.

Bonfire-Free hot apple cider

At dusk the Lake Villa Fire Department will start the bonfire and we will serve FREE apple cider heated in a cauldron.

Special Guest

Once upon a time in a land far, far away-there lived an OGRE named Shrek!  This year's special guest and friends will have you scared shrekless!  Come see the PM&L Theatre cast from "Shrek the Musical" at 5:00pm at the Cornstalk Stage and then visit them at the Kids

If you are interested in having a scene in the haunted Trail or just want to volunteer-please call Kathy Kohler at 847.356.6011, ext. 104 or email at kkohler@lindenhurstparks.org.  Perfect for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Neighborhoods, and School Groups-We only have room for 12 spots!


In case of unsafe weather, (heavy rain, lightning, etc.) the trail will be cancelled, but most of the other festivities will take place at the Lindenhurst Park District Community Center Gym, starting at 3:00pm.

Thanks To Our Sponsors


  1. State Bank of The Lakes, Lindenhurst
  2. First Midwest Bank
  3. Piggly Wiggly-Antioch & Zion
  4. Rosborough Partners, Inc.
  5. PM&L Theatre
  6. Jazzercise, Lindenhurst
  7.  Lindenhurst Mayor-Dominic Marturano
  8. Burris Equipment-Waukegan
  9. AAA Tent Masters & Party Rentals-Gurnee
  10. Groot Disposal-Round Lake Beach
  11. Berger Excavating-Wauconda
  12. Police Explorers-Post 2008 Grayslake & Lindenhurst
  13. Village of Lindenhurst
  14. Lindenfest, Inc.