LAURINBURG — Though an alternative to more pedestrian Halloween pastimes, Scotland County Parks and Recreation provided both tricks and treats for hundreds of children on Thursday.
With the conversion of the Scotland Yard playground into a haunted maze, games, and scary stories, the inaugural Halloween in the Park offered a full menu of fright and delight.
Children attended the event in costume, with everything from princesses and superheroes to vampires to Duck Dynasty cast members strolling the grounds of the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex.
Desiree Tyson, 10, took advantage of the occasion to forgo street clothing and wear pajamas all day, her Halloween costume complete with slippers and teddy bear.
“I’m Pajama Girl,” she said. “I just made her up. She’s in my fantasy.”
The haunted maze served up a thrill a minute — with ghouls, zombies, and the odd witch and werewolf lurking around every corner to scare visitors, even adults were not immune to a tinge of fear.
“It was pretty cool, them jumping out at you and you not expecting them to come out,” said Gwen Williams, with her 5-year-old son Jordan.
“We were going on the wiggly bridge and I was trying to slide out and then somebody came up and almost got me,” said 8-year-old Gregory Wright. “It was weird.”
Under the masks, most of the monsters were St. Andrews University students volunteering for the evening.
Though organizers expected for attendance of about 1,000 people, that many had already passed through the full tour in the first hour of the two-hour event.