By AMBER GINTER
Southern Ohio Today
What’s better than Halloween candy, costumes, and haunted houses? Creepy Jeepies, a nonprofit organization through the Jackson County Livestock Committee, believes that their upcoming event is sure to join the popularity list.
In their first-ever, “Creepy Jeepies Haunted Jeep Ride,” Organizer Misty Sexton said the idea was born out of the cancellation of another popular event.
“Every year we host the Halloween attraction ‘Fright at the Fairgrounds Haunted Barn,’ but decided to cancel it this year because of safety concerns,” Sexton said. “We thought the Jeep ride could offer a more safe alternative to the community, and the social distancing guidelines could easily be followed.”
On Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds in Wellston, registration and lineup will begin at 11 a.m. with a kickoff beginning at 12:30 p.m. Participants will then return at 5 p.m. for an obstacle course, costume contest, and bonfire.
“We offer participants a four-hour ride through some beautiful countrysides, an exciting obstacle course, and end the night with a live broadcast of the OSU game for Buckeye fans,” Sexton said.
For a $35 pre-registration, participants will receive a t-shirt, amenities, and a wristband for the obstacle course. $40 tickets will be available the day of the event, though a t-shirt is not guaranteed.
While concessions will also be available, children under 15 are free. Participants must have a wristband for the obstacle course that can be purchased separately for $10.
As a joint effort between the Jackson County Livestock Committee and the Jackson County Fair Board, Creepy Jeepies’ goal is to raise money to support the community.
“All proceeds support our Jackson county 4-H and FFA programs along with improvement projects for the fair,” Sexton said.
Sexton said the objective is for Creepy Jeepies to give the community something and safe to do for Halloween.
“This Jeep ride has a Halloween theme. People are encouraged to dress up as well as decorate their jeeps,” Sexton said. “We will be visiting Buckeye Furnance, Moonville Tunnel, and also a couple of spooky cemeteries. There will even be some creepy characters to meet along the way. We just want to be safe, have fun, and help the community.”
For more information, visit Creepy Jeepies on Facebook.