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Goblins run wild in 'Horrorsburg'

The Harrodsburg Herald of Harrodsburg, Kentucky

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Your Mercer County Halloween Preview

The dark times have returned to Mercer County as fantastic creatures roam door-to-door on a quest for candy.

This year's Halloween festivities will be spread over two weekends — Saturday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct. 31.

Halloween Hustle

The horror starts with the Halloween Hustle, presented by the Mercer County Chamber of Commerce, at Anderson-Dean Community Park on Saturday, Oct. 24.

Registration starts at 5 p.m. and the race starts at 5:30 p.m., come rain or shine.

Runners are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes, but that might slow them down when they will need their speed the most. There just might be something out there a little bit scarier than a Charlie horse.

Regardless, it will be a great way to burn off all the calories from those Halloween treats. Bring the whole family. The entry fee is $25, with age divisions starting at lucky 13 and running all the way to the bitter end. Register online at or on Facebook.


Downtown Horrorsburg will host the third annual Spooktacular Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The "fear"-stivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with the pumpkin carving contest in front of the Mercer County Judicial Center. Both the fastest and the neatest carvers in town will be "skelebrated!"

The parade starts at 7 p.m. and will feature freaky floats, classic cars "spooked out" for the holiday and people and their pets dressed in costume. Or should we say pets and their people?

At 7:30 p.m., the Studio G "Thriller Dancers" will materialize in front of the Kentucky Fudge Company

The Spooktacular is hosted by the Harrodsburg First Main Street Program. For more information, or to register your float or entry, call 734-6811.

The Haunted Frontier

Starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, the bravest of the brave can visit a haunted house that's been 241 years in the making.

The Haunted Frontier at the Old Fort Harrod State Park runs (screaming) until Saturday, Oct. 31. Park Manager David Coleman didn't want to give away any secrets, but he said this would be the longest and most ambitious haunting they've done at the park. "We've got a lot of surprises prepared," Coleman said fiendishly.

"Cold" man promises fun and frolicking in the oldest cemetery in Kentucky. It's not for the weak of heart (or children under 10).

Admission is $5. For more information, call 734-3314 or by email at

Night of the Great Pumpkin

Just when you thought the nightmare was finally over, Horrorsburg First will unleash the Night of the Great Pumpkin on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 5:30-7 p.m.

All the little monsters will be on Main Street, "witch" will be closed to traffic to make trick-or-treating safe. At least for the trick-or-treat-ers, that is. Downtown merchants and area businesses will hand out candy to children 12 and under.

The Studio G "Thriller Dancers" will be on hand to create the appropriately horrific atmosphere before gathering at the Judicial Center at approximately 6:30 p.m. for another fearsome performance.

For more information, call 734-6811.

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Original Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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