Enjoy the outdoors: Take a nighttime hike in Osage County … if you dare

Burlingame Chamber’s Terror on the Trail will haunt brave visitors for two terrifying weekends.

Halloween is a week away, but the haunting begins this weekend with delightfully scary and horrifyingly fun haunted trails around Osage County.

Beginning Saturday, Oct. 25, the Burlingame Chamber of Commerce will present the third annual Terror on the Trail, this year traveling back in time to Demon Creek, long known for odd sounds and sights. The veils of time will thin and the past seeps through along the terror trail Oct. 25 and 26, Halloween, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Those who dare will travel almost a mile of haunts, frights and historical inaccuracies, including the terrifying secrets buried in Demon Creek’s past. At 7 p.m. each evening, a shuttle will await any brave souls at the ticket station (tickets $5 each) at Santa Fe Café, and transport them to the foreboding haunts of Demon Creek. Small children must be accompanied by an adult on the trail.

Melvern will also offer its annual opportunity to be scared witless Saturday, after a day of fun at the town’s fall festival. The Riverfront Haunted Trail at Riverfront Park opens for a frightening hike in the woods at 7:30 and runs until 9:30 p.m. For a suggested donation of $4, those who survive the gruesome sights lurking in the wooded darkness along the Marais des Cygnes River are treated to hot dogs and chips, a campfire, and a return hayride to Melvern Community Center – if they’re lucky.

Saturday only, Oct. 25, 7-10 p.m. Pomona State Park will again lead a tour along its haunted trail following daylong fall festivities at nearby Vassar’s FunFest. Entrance to the haunted trail, known as the Hedgewood Trail in the daylight, is a freewill offering, with visitors also offered a chance to help a local organization by donating canned goods at the park’s front gate. All collections of canned goods will go to Help House, at Lyndon. The state park is waiving the entrance fee for the evening for those walking the haunted trail. A brisk, healthy nighttime walk in the state park will likely take your breath away and make your heart pound, but the trail is open and suitable for all ages. Afterward, visitors are invited to sit around a campfire, roast marshmallows, make s’mores, and boast of surviving the terrifying ordeals on the Pomona Lake trail.

Graphic representation of haunted woods thanks to Terror on the Trail.


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