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Haunted happenings

NORTH LIBERTY– With a turnout of more than 720 kids, North Liberty’s Haunted Happenings event is easily one of the most popular Halloween activities in the Corridor.
This year’s Haunted Happenings took place Thursday, Oct. 29, and Friday, Oct. 30, at the North Liberty Community Center.
Co-sponsored by the City of North Liberty’s Recreation Department and the Optimist Club of North Liberty, Haunted Happenings is a two-night offering featuring a spooky maze, treats and a number of family-friendly activities for all ages. Recreation Department staff transform the community center each October right before Halloween, and families come in droves and wait in the long line just to walk through the dark warren of wonder and emerge in the gymnasium, where games like bean bag toss, fun fishing, and a box car train await.
Recreation Director Shelly Simpson said this year’s turnout of 721 children was higher than last year’s, at 475, but in 2011, the event had 832 participants.
“Many variables play a part,” Simpson said. “The weather, the price, and (whether the event falls) the week before or the week of Halloween.”
Haunted Happenings 2015 was served with a side dish of hot dog– the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, on one of its annual promotional tours, stopped by the community center and welcomed kids aboard for a tour and a selfie oportunity. The Weinermobile originated in 1936 as a way for the Oscar Mayer company to promote its hot dogs, and has evolved to a fleet of six, 23-foot long fiberglass hot dogs on wheels. According to a company release, the Weinermobiles feature microwave ovens, refrigerators, cellular phones, and stereo systems that play 21 versions of the Oscar Mayer Wiener Jingle.