Skip to main content

Zombies, ghouls and creepy creatures set to haunt hayride

Oct 01, 2015 08:04AM, Published by Samantha Sciarrotta, Categories: Today, Arts+Entertainment



One of Bordentown’s spookiest traditions returns again this Halloween season—the township Public Works Department’s Wailing Woods Haunted Hayride is back for the sixth straight year at Joseph Lawrence Park on Friday, Oct. 23 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Department director Dean Buhrer and supervisor Dave Dietrich created the hayride in 2010. With the support of the town and residents who volunteer in various roles, Dietrich said, they have been able to keep the event free since its inception.

“I originally got this idea from being a huge Halloween and horror fan,” he said. “Even as a kid, I would get upset about how much it cost to attend an event like this, and how far you would usually have to go.”

This year, visitors can expect old favorites, as well as some new scares—stay alert for zombies, some figures from New Jersey folklore, ancient symbols and more as you travel through the park in the back of a wagon.

“We keep the themes open, but it all still comes together,” Dietrich said. “It’s like taking a stroll into the woods at night, but these woods can read your mind and manifest your greatest fears.”

In addition to the hayride, there will be music, food, vendors, activities for kids and a tarot card reader.

The majority of the event’s actors and other volunteers are Public Works and Township employees, as well as their friends, families and other Bordentown residents.

“That’s what makes it so great,” Dietrich said. “It is an event that is created by us, for us, not for a big payday or anything like that. I love how much out town loves Halloween, and we are proud to be one of the things people look forward to every year now.”

The Public Works department is also accepting donations of props and other materials needed for the event. Items like masks, lights, fabric, mannequins, decorations and foam are at the top of the list, though Dietrich said he would appreciate anything Halloween or horror-related. If you would like to donate but are unsure about what to give, call the department at (609) 291-2133.
—Samantha Sciarrotta


Haunted hayride


  • The Real Estate Deal

    03/26/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Tune into 107.7 FM or 1077thebronc.com to listen to The Real Estate Deal with your agent on the a...


It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

It looks like we don't have any events for this date. You can always add an event.

  • The Real Estate Deal

    03/26/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Tune into 107.7 FM or 1077thebronc.com to listen to The Real Estate Deal with your agent on the a...


  • The Real Estate Deal

    04/02/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Tune into 107.7 FM or 1077thebronc.com to listen to The Real Estate Deal with your agent on the a...


  • Donate your vehicle and help your neighbor - it's a win-win! Your running or non-running car or t...


  • Easter Family Celebration

    04/08/2017
    01:00PM — 03:00PM

    Event Title: Family Easter Celebration at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Bordentown What’s Happen...


  • Murder Mystery Dinner

    04/08/2017
    07:00PM — 11:00PM

    Friends, family and associates of the deceased are called together for the reading of his Last Wi...


  • The Real Estate Deal

    04/09/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Tune into 107.7 FM or 1077thebronc.com to listen to The Real Estate Deal with your agent on the a...


  • Meeting of Central Jersey Mothers of Multiples

    04/13/2017
    07:00PM — 10:00PM

    Social and support group for parents and/or guardians of twins, triplets, or more! no children p...


  • This is a breakfast buffet that benefits the special children in our area. Come out and get a goo...


  • The Real Estate Deal

    04/16/2017
    11:00AM — 12:00PM

    Tune into 107.7 FM or 1077thebronc.com to listen to The Real Estate Deal with your agent on the a...