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Haunted train ride and castle of doom open Thursday night

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By Kristin Beck

Children of all ages are invited to experience the spooks and thrills of Halloween at General Butler State Park.

The annual Haunted Train Ride and Castle of Doom opens Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 for anyone 3 years and older. The Carroll County Fair Board, the Tobacco Festival Committee and the Kentucky Kruizers sponsor the event.

“We have a wide variety of age groups that show up for this event,” Carroll County Fair Board Treasurer Sam Burgess said. “We have infants in arms to senior citizens, just depends on who likes to be scared at Halloween.”

According to Burgess, the park is set up with various themed scenes that are designed to scare, but not touch, guests during the train ride, and the shelter house located at the front entrance of the park is transformed into the haunted castle.

Burgess said the event is perfect for parents who may not want their children to trick or treat, but still offer some amusement during the season.

“It’s good old Halloween fun,” Burgess said.

“It’s something a lot of kids look forward to and something your teenagers and adolescents and up can take part in,” Executive Director of Tourism Rhonda Crutcher said.