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December 09th, 2022

2022 trail of terror flyerELLY GRIMM • Leader & Times


Those looking for a spooktacular time and to get in the Halloween spirit, the Liberal Police Department has you covered. 

The Liberal Police Department is hosting the annual Arkalon Trail of Terror. The Trail will be at Arkalon Park at 11123 Arkalon Park Road. The Trail will scare people from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15. Admission is $10/person ($25/person for Fast Pass) and $5/person for the Coffin Ride.

As Community Police Coordinator Dalanie Underwood tells it, the annual Trail should be a spooky and fun time for all. 

“I think everyone who has done this event in the past enjoys the scaring and seeing everything come together!” Underwood said. “Especially since the proceeds go towards Shop with a Cop, it is a fun way to raise money and make a difference in our community, which is very rewarding. And I know it is going to be a great time, there is a little something for everyone to enjoy! After going through the Trail of Terror, we will have some vendors set up for the public to enjoy. Our vendors this year are Oklahoma Smoke BBQ, Kaptured Photobooth Experiences, and Starbucks Coffee Company. We are also hoping to have our Coffin Ride up and working this year. Also, it goes to a great cause! The Shop with a Cop program has made a huge impact for so many families here in Liberal and without these events, it wouldn’t be possible to serve our community the way we have.”

Underwood added there has also been a lot of fun in the planning for this year’s festivities. 

“Planning for the Trail of Terror is a lot of work. It is long hours squeezed in with everything else we having going on at the department,” Underwood said. “I think the most enjoyable – and stressful – part of planning is coming up with all the ideas! Our staff at LPD have a lot of great ideas and it is so fun seeing everyone come up with ideas and work to figure it out how to make it come to life, which is also a lot of work! For the public, we do say parental guidance is recommended for those under 14 years of age, and a legal waiver is required for everyone who comes. ”

However, Underwood said, all that work ultimately pays off with the amount of traffic the event sees. Underwood added the LPD is seeking more volunteers to be part of the fun for this year. 

“If you love scaring people and have a group of friends who also enjoy it, come out and have a great time!” Underwood said. “This is an event where we give our volunteers a chance to use their creativity. It has been really awesome watching them figure out what they want to do for their costume or their spot! If anyone would like to sign up, they can contact me at (620) 626-0517.”

Overall, Underwood said, she hopes many people come out and have a scary good time. 

“We are hopeful that we will get a lot of support from our community and that we will have a great turnout,” Underwood said. “We hope everyone enjoys it and it is actually scary!”