2017-10-12 / News

Into the Woods

Index correspondent

The Davison Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 3589 and its Eagle Riders are beckoning the young and brave to climb aboard it's Haunted Hayride from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, and likewise on Oct. 27 and 28.

The Eagles will roll out the (blood) red carpet for guests to enter into the dark depths of the wooded property behind the clubhouse, 3270 N. State Road. Goosebumps abound as guests step out of the wagon and onto the winding trail of parts unknown. A heightened sense of scary begins as a gracious ghoul leads the way through chills, thrills and surprises at every turn.

The Haunted Hayride has been the signature "scare" of the Davison F.O.P. for the past seven years, according to Connie Uptegraff, past president of the Eagle Riders and hayride committee chair.

"My family used to celebrate Halloween each year at the family farm," Uptegraff said. "We had all the supplies, props and an assortment of decorations, until we sold the farm. After that, we put them in storage."

Once she donated the Halloween items to the club, they had the makings of a frightful fete. According to Uptegraff, the Haunted Hayride gets bigger each year.

Eagles Riders Club President Dave Gilbert, added any other goosebumps or tingling spines can be cured by the warmth of a bonfire, as visitors await their unknown fate.

The cost per person is $10. Children 12 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Gilbert added the proceeds are aimed at the Eagles and it's support of local charities.

The hayride will be cancelled in case of bad weather.

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