The more the scarier at Wildlife Prairie State Park

By Joe Bennett

October 21, 2012 Updated Oct 22, 2012 at 12:08 PM CDT

HANNA CITY, Ill -- After more than 20 years of celebrating Halloween, Wildlife Prairie State Park is adding to its All Hallow's Eve event while keeping things just scary enough for all ages.

From 5 pm to 9 pm Friday through Sunday, families can trick or treat, dance to a DJ, get their faces painted, and go on rides at the Carn-evil.

"The kids look forward to it," says Mike Pogioli with his son dressed as Elmo. "It's a safe environment for them to come out, they do a little trick-or-treating, have fun, ride the train and they just enjoy it."

Event Coordinator Janet Jackson says they keep adults entertained with attractions on the big screen and even fire-throwing.

Courtney Behrens says her daughter dressed as Tinkerbell enjoyed the "spooky parts."

Jackson says Saturday night drew in about 1,600 visitors.

Tickets are $7 for members and $8 dollars for non-members, just one way the park makes up for cuts from the state.

"The state isn't helping the park anymore, so it needs every penny that it can get, so we're counting on the public to help with that," Jackson says. "We try to provide some really fun events to have for them."

Jackson says that's the reason they expand on the fun each year.

The three nights of fright will continue at the same times next weekend.

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