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Clayton Parks and Rec hosts ‘Terror’ trail

As Halloween draws near, Clayton County International Park will become a home for zombies, mutants and other types of ghastly ghouls, who will roam the woods in the park, at night, in search of warm-blooded humans to terrorize and torture.

The county’s parks and recreation department will host its annual “Trail of Terror” for the next two weekends at the park, located at 2300 Ga. Hwy. 138, in Jonesboro. The “haunted” trail will be open Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29, from 7:30 p.m., to 11 p.m., to visitors who have the courage and fortitude to travel down its pathway. It will only cost brave souls $5 to enter the trail.

Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Trey Elder said the trail will include the “typical stuff in a horror movie,” a graveyard, zombies and a swamp. He declined to go into further details about what is on the trail, so it could remain a surprise for visitors.

“It’s a half-mile long, and it takes 15 minutes to go through,” Elder said. “Then, there is a hay ride at the end, to take people back to their cars.”

Elder and Parks and Recreation Department Aquatics Program Coordinator Justin Blanton said the department does not recommend children under 12 be taken on the “Trail of Terror.”

Blanton added, however, that children who are that young can come on the trail — if they are accompanied by an adult.

Blanton also said a free fall festival, geared to children under 12, will be held Oct. 22, from 5 p.m., to 7 p.m., at the park. He said it will include “costume contests, music, food, face-painting and games.”

Immediately following the festival, the department is expected to show, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” on a large, inflatable movie screen, he added.

Call (770) 477-3766, for more information about the “Trail of Terror,” or the fall festival.