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Prepare for a haunting weekend in Princeton

Halloween parade set for Saturday, extra night at haunted barn planned for Sunday

PRINCETON — This weekend, the goblins will be working overtime at Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road at Bureau County Fairgrounds on Friday, Saturday and with an extra night added on Sunday.

Halloween parade

The first-ever Halloween parade will be Saturday, Oct. 12, in downtown Princeton. The parade will line up on Crown and Main Street and proceed to the courthouse and west on Park Avenue to the fairgrounds.

The parade starts at 5:30 p.m. The Hocus Pocus Hags dancing witches will be joining the parade and performing later at the fairgrounds. Thirty-five witches will do some amazing moves with their broomsticks.

There is still room for participants — walking or riding, bands, floats and more. For those who would like to participate, call 815-303-8247. It’s free to join in.

Along with the usual Nightmare on Fairgrounds Road haunted house on Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, there will be a special haunted event on Sunday, Oct 13. For families with kids who are afraid of the dark, Nightmare will be open from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with the lights on (and less scary characters).

Fundraiser for ‘Chainsaw Guy’

Sunday will also be a special fundraising night for one of the longtime Nightmare volunteers — Dan “the Chainsaw Guy” Carlson who has had health problems. Come out and “Stand with Dan” and go through the haunt. Donations from Sunday evening will help his family with medical expenses.

Admission for the Lights On event will be $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. The lights go off and the spooks come out at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m., with admission $12 for regular passes and $15 for speed passes. Friday and Saturday hours are 7 to 10 p.m.

For more information, see www.nightmareonfairgroundsroad.com. The fairgrounds is located at 811 W. Peru St. in Princeton.

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