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Halloween Scare Park and The Walking Ghost Train

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by Gayle Beveridge (subscribe)
Gayle is an accountant. Shh – don’t tell. She thinks she’s a writer.
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Are You Up For Some Spine Tingling Fright?
Wilson Botanic Park is the place to be this Halloween. The spooky events begin in the afternoon with a Trick or Treat Spectacular for the children, but things really ramp up as the sun begins to sink below the horizon. It is then that Wilson Botanic Park, for the first time ever, will be transformed into the Halloween Scare Park.

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Are you afraid of the dark (Image in the Public Domain via Pixabay)

A feature of the night is the Walking Ghost Train, a 1 kilometre interactive trail winding through the darkest corners of the 39 hectare park. As shadows creep across the tracks, the lake waters turn to a dark tinge of grey and tree limbs less discernible in the dark take on sinister shapes, over 14's can follow this eerie trail. Who knows what spooktacular thing lies in wait around each corner, what might spring from the fog, or pounce from behind a tree. The only question for each of you is will you walk there warily or run with reckless abandon to the each spine-tingling fright?

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Who knows what you'll find at Halloween Scare Park (Photo from www.casey.vic.gov.au)
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What is that in the trees (Photo from City of Casey Facebook Page)
 

What fearsome creature of the night might you meet; werewolf, vampire, witch, skeleton, or zombie? They will either delight or terrify. But don't worry it isn't all heart-pounding horror, there will also be live bands, dancers and a sound and light display and because being scared silly is tiring work, there will be food trucks.

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What Halloween surprise lies around the next corner (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)

Many will be happy with this degree of fun and fear but the truly daring over 18's will have the opportunity to become a paranormal investigator. Aussiedownunder Paranormal Investigations will guide these would be ghost hunters on their Halloween quest. Professional instruction will be given about equipment, techniques and analysis and all the while carrying out a real paranormal investigation.

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The boardwalk near Basalt Lake always in shadow but spooky at night (Image copyright Gayle Beveridge)

What better night to seek a ghost than Halloween. The name itself is thought to be a shortening of All Hallows Evening and the customs practiced may have found their origins in an ancient Celtic Festival in which people wore costumes and lit bonfires to ward off roaming ghosts. Might there be ghosts in this park which was a quarry from 1859 to the 1970's before being donated to the City of Casey for public use?

Scare Zone special effects will be created by smoke and bubble machines, talented and scary actors from BATS Theatre Group, well-positioned props and your own imaginations.

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Take care where you walk amongst the trees in Halloween Scare Park (Photo in the Public Domain via Pixabay)

Halloween Scare Park is at Wilson Botanic Park, 668 Princes Highway, Berwick. The Wilson Botanic Park car parks will not be available on the night, instead park at Hugh Hodson Reserve in nearby Parkhill Drive. Shuttle buses will run from the reserve to the event. The evening commences at 7pm and runs to 10.30pm on Sunday 30th October, 2016. Further information can be obtained by visiting the website or by ringing Wilson Botanic Park on (03) 9707 5818.

Entry to Halloween Scare Park (Wilson Botanic Park) is $20.00, Paranormal Investigations are an additional $15.00. Bookings can be made through TryBooking. Tickets are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Food and drink will be available for purchase.

The evening is suitable for 14 year olds and up, with Paranormal Investigations limited to people of 18 years or older. Alcohol is not permitted in the park.
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Why? Come get scared out of your wits or just have a whole lot of screaming fun.
When: 7pm to 10.30pm, Sunday 30th of October 2016. Bookings can be made through TryBooking. https://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=222092
Phone: Wilson Botanic Park (03) 9707 5818
Where: Wilson Botanic Park, 668 Princes Highway, Berwick, VIC. 3806. Car parking is available on site.
Cost: Entry to Halloween Scare Park (Wilson Botanic Park) is $20.00, Paranormal Investigations are an additional $15.00. Food and drink can be purchased from the food vendors.
Your Comment
Looks scary. I might stay at home and lock the doors. The kids can have this on their own.
by Roger (score: 2|603) 1036 days ago
Wilson Park is such a great space and so well frequented by the public. I love the walks there.
by betty (score: 2|486) 1036 days ago
Sounds great. Can't wait to check it out. Such a lovely Park, but, at night. If you go down to the woods tonight, be sure of a big surprise, BOO YEA !
by david (score: 0|5) 1034 days ago
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