Annual Haunted Trail Oct. 28-29

Published 12:00 pm Friday, October 9, 2015

If you like a good scare, you’ll soon have the opportunity to take a tour of a Haunted Trail.

Mike Young, program director for the Oxford Park Commission, said the Haunted Trail is a special event that occurs each year at Halloween organized by the University of Mississippi Recreation Administration program in a partnership with OPC.

It will be held at Avent Park on Oct. 28-29 from 7-10 p.m.

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The Goblin’s Egg Hunt will be on Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. on the ballfield at Avent Park.

“For over 20 years, students have helped plan, program, evaluate and act as cast members in the event,” Young said.

“In all the scenes along the forest, everyone will be in full costume. You can find anything from werewolves to all sorts of monsters that will keep you startled.”

Young said revenue from the event is split between the Recreation Administration Majors Association and the OPC.

Funds generated by the event support student professional development and student association activities.

Young said the event has been around for 26 years.

“We hope that our Lafayette-Oxford-University community will come out and enjoy the many frightening scenes along the Avent Park trail,” Young said.

Admission is $5 and adults must accompany children under age 10.

For more information, contact Young at 662-232-2391 or e-mail at

About LaReeca Rucker

LaReeca Rucker is a writer, reporter and adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Mississippi's Meek School of Journalism and New Media.

A veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she spent a decade at the Gannett-owned Clarion-Ledger - Mississippi's largest daily newspaper - covering stories about crime, city government, civil rights, social justice, religion, art, culture and entertainment for the paper's print and web editions. She was also a USA Today contributor.

This year, she received a first place award from the Mississippi Press Association for “Best In-Depth Investigative Reporting.” The story written in 2014 for The Oxford Eagle chronicles the life of a young mother with two sons who have epilepsy, and details how she is patiently hoping legalized cannabis oil experimentation will lead to a cure for their disorder.

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