I had to write an article this week about Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake, so I attended the event Thursday night. Storybook Forest is a trick-or-treating trail at Arcadia Lake for children ages 12 and under.
As an adult, it would have been awkward walking around the trail by myself, so I brought my 8-year-old nephew with me. I was nervous because I didn’t know how he would behave. Would he behave like a nice little quiet angel and let me do my job and conduct my interviews? Or would he act like a typical 8-year-old boy and run wild at the site of free Halloween candy? The answer was the latter.
He ran up and down the trail getting candy and looking at the various characters and decorations that lined the trail. Of course, I had to chase him to keep up with him. After about an hour, I was exhausted and ready to go home. I definitely got my workout for the night.
On the positive side, my nephew had the time of his life. He enjoyed seeing the other children dressed in their costume and getting free candy for himself. There was also a hot dog and marshmallow roast and a hayride where attendees could ride around the park on the back of the trailer. More than 300 children attended the event on Thursday, and they all seemed to be having a blast.
Storybook Forest will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. through Wednesday at Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park located 2 and half miles east of Interstate 35 on E 15th Street. Cost is $5 for children and free for adults.
Tim Henley, staff writer