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Annual Haunted Hayrides Offered at the Watchung Reservation October October 25 through 27

Union County, NJ — The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders welcomes families and children to enjoy the annual Haunted Hayrides in the Deserted Village of Feltville in the Watchung Reservation on October 25, 26 and 27 between 6:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“The Haunted Hayrides program is one of the many events that the Union County Department of Parks and Recreation holds for our residents at the Watchung Reservation,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “In the spirit of Halloween, this event is a real treat for parents and children.”

During the hayrides visitors are taken around the 130-acre grounds and the “ghost” of David Felt, who built this former mill town in 1845, will briefly explain the history of the site and introduce characters from its past, telling tales of mystery and tragedy. Visitors will also get the opportunity to take a short walk into the village’s Revolutionary War era cemetery. 

Rides are scheduled every half-hour from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 27.  The total program experience lasts about one hour. Adults and children age 6 and older are welcome to participate.  Warm clothes and walking shoes are suggested.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Trailside Nature & Science Center, located at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside. The price of a ticket is $8 for a Union County resident and $16 for out-of-county participants. Ticket purchases are limited to eight per person and are sold for rides at specific times. No refunds or exchanges are permitted.

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