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A Spooktacular Halloween Returns During October at Six Gun City

Christine Randall - September 29, 2010





Yup, the days are getting shorter and cooler, signaling that it’s getting nearer to that spooky, haunted time of the year — Halloween.  Halloween has become one of America’s more popular holidays for kids and adults of all ages, who enjoy dressing up in unusual and quite often gruesome costumes for a day or an evening of enjoyment.

At Six Gun City, a family-oriented summer attraction in Jefferson, best known for its Wild West theme, visitors will find the park transformed into a ghost town on weekends during the entire month of October in celebration of the second annual Halloween Spooktacular event.

“Last year’s Ghost Town was a success,” says owner and manager Tom Brady. “We had a great turnout, in spite of several evenings of rain and some very cool temperatures. It was a blast!”

The park will feature Halloween decorations, such as cornstalks, pumpkins, and approximately 20,000 “eerie” lights strung up throughout the town, as well as ghosts, goblins, and witches. “It’s a totally different atmosphere and experience than what we offer visitors in the summer time,” notes Tom. “Most of the buildings and even refreshments are Halloween themed, and the lights made it look really phenomenal.”

Activities are rated on a pumpkin scale from one to five, with one being considered the least scary and five being the scariest. Kid-friendly events and activities that are not scary are held earlier in the day for the youngest crowd, with some of the scariest activities scheduled for the darker evening hours for older kids and adults.

Special activities will include trick-or-treating for kids, haunted hayrides, a haunted kids’ corn maze that encompasses about two acres, the Haunted Boot Hill, the Undertaker’s House, the Butcher’s Shop, a witch drawing contest, and Halloween cookie decorating.  Kids dressed in costumes are welcome, but for safety reasons adults in costumes will not be allowed into the park.

A new activity added for this year’s Spooktacular is a walk called the Trail of Fears, which leads visitors along a haunted path to the Hunter’s Lodge. Tom says that visitors can anticipate several ghostly and ghoulish encounters along the way, so it is not for the faint of heart. “It should be really fun, and it’s always satisfying to get things scary enough to make people scream!”

Also new for this year is a hay maze designed for younger kids, which will not be haunted.  It will feature a short maze located under the picnic pavilion with bales of hay small enough to allow parents to watch their children’s progression.

In addition to the spookier aspects of the Ghost Town, there will be free admission to shows, and weather-permitting, free unlimited admission to all rides except water rides, which will be closed, plus laser tag, go-karts, and mini-golf. Other activities include viewing antiques displays, as well as a collection of over 100 horse-drawn vehicles at the Carriage and Sleigh Museum.

Six Gun City was created by Tom’s parents over 50 years ago and it has been run by the family continuously since then. Tom explains that the recent decision to open for weekends in October was the result of a number of factors, including visitor requests, and he credits the Halloween Ghost Town theme concept to his mother, who remains active in the company and serves as President of the business. “My mom, who is 90 years old, has always wanted to do this,” he has said previously. “The Halloween activities and the planning have been under her direction.”

Visitors who enjoy camping are welcome to camp conveniently right next door to Six Gun City at the park-owned Fort Jefferson campground. For more information about the campground, call 586-4510 or log onto www.fortjeffersoncampground.com.

Six Gun City will be open weekends from Saturday, October 2 through Saturday, October 30.  Hours will be Saturdays from 11am until 9:30pm; Sunday, October 10 from 11am until 9:30pm; and all other Sundays in October from 11am. until 4pm.  In addition, the park will be open Fridays, October 15, 22, and 29 from 5:30pm until 9:30pm.  Admission is $19.95 for ages 4 and up; under age 4, admission is free.  The park is located on Route 2 in Jefferson, New Hampshire.  For more information, call 586-4592 or log on to www.sixguncity.com

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