The event will officially start at 6:00 PM, but the hayride will not leave until 7:00 PM. This is no ordinary hayride, it will be a haunted geocaching adventure with stops along the way to hunt the stages of a special interactive presentation of the multi-stage cache "McGuffin's Bluff (GCZ0ZF)". So come prepared with flashlights courage and imagination.
The Food & Festivities
After the big hunt we will have a weenie roast at the bonfire with s'mores for dessert. We will provide plenty of our salsas and sauces for chipping and dipping along with the hot dogs and the s'mores construction material. Please bring your favorite potluck dish to share with the group. We will also provide hot spiced tea and cocoa, but we ask you to bring anything else you may want to drink. Of course, after the hayride and the food we will have lots of time to sit around the bonfire and tell tall geocaching tales and stories of the spookiest cache hunts ever.
What would a Halloween Geocaching Event be without silly contests? Well, we are not going to find out, because we will be having lots of silly contests complete with totally useless and cheesy prizes for the winners, although we might slip something cool in as a prize occasionally, remember that BackBrake Billy has donated several geocoins to be given away over the course of the night. This year we will be having contests for:
and much, much more!
- Best Costume (Child Division)
- Best Costume (Adult Division)
- Best Werewolf Howl
- Best Witch Cackle
- Biggest Pumpkin
- Best Halloween Decorated Geocache Container
- Scariest Geocache Container
Costumes are strongly recommended, I will not require them, but expect Monkeybrad to ridicule you if you show up out of costume.
The Lodging Details
Since this one usually goes until well into the night, we have decided to include lodging information for those of you travelling from out of town. Henry Horton State Park has great facilities available inlcuding primitive camping, motorhome hookups, a nice lodge and even cabins for rental, and the best part is that it is only about five miles from the event. I have it on good authority that there will be several geocachers camping at the park this weekend, check local listings for other events in the area. There are also hotels available in Shelbyvile, Lewisburg and Columbia, but they are all a bit further to drive.
The obligatory disclaimers...
We do have one request. Due to the presence of our own furry family members,(besides Monkeybrad) we ask that pets be left at home so as not to cause any conflict. Thank you in advance for your consideration.
And as always, this is a family friendly event, adult beverages are welcome, but let's keep it discreet until the kiddies go to bed.
The Bottom Line
We look forward to seeing everyone this year, it keeps growing and this year's event should be bigger and better than ever, with more fun and surprises and a much more organized hayride with 98% fewer flat tires and dead batteries. So come on out and join us for our fourth annual Haunted Hayride and Caching Cookout, it should be a ghoulish good time.