Friday, October 14 | A Nightmare at West Main Returns To Batavia

What’s lurking in the forest? Do you dare explore? Is the wind rustling the trees or is someone watching you? Face your fears at Batavia Park District’s A Nightmare at West Main Oct. 14 and 21 at West Main Community Park.

“We are unique by doing a haunted trail; there are not many around these days. We make it scary but also family friendly,” said Bethanne Guidarelli, park district recreation supervisor. Due to the subject matter, however, Guidarelli noted that the event is best suited for children ages 11 and older.

The spooky trail starts at the west end of the park. Along the way, you will meet monsters, ghouls and ghosts, and walk through haunting scenes.

Costumes, characters and scenes change each year, so it’s always something new, Guidarelli said. “We’ve had clowns, spooky scarecrows and Michael Myers in the past. Come check it out this year to see what we have in store for you!”

The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10 if purchased online before October 13 or $12 on the day of the event; cash and credit cards will be accepted. To register for tickets or for more information, visit

Volunteers are also needed for tour guide, makeup artist and costumed scare character. This is a great opportunity for service hours, school clubs and community groups, Guidarelli noted. “It’s also something fun for parents and teens to do together,” she said. “If you love Halloween, this event is for you!”

The time commitment for volunteering is 6 to 9:15 p.m. both nights. Volunteers will receive dinner and should bring their own costumes, a scary mask or spooky makeup and wear all black. To volunteer, contact Guidarelli at 630-406-5282 ext. 2066 or [email protected].

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