Portage OKs parade, haunted house
By JOhn Robbins Post-Tribune correspondent September 24, 2012 2:42PM
Updated: September 25, 2012 12:22AM
The Portage Board of Works met in an unusual morning session Monday that was unusually short as well.
The board approved a permit for the Portage High School homecoming parade for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 27. The parade will saart at Willowcreek Middle School and proceed east along Central Avenue to Founders Square Park.
Parade organizer Jolene Smith expects 1,100 participants in the parade and the 25 parade entries.
Third time was the charm for Halloween haunted house operator Joel Hill.
It took several meetings, starting with an initial appearance before the board last month. The board on Monday granted a special event permit for a haunted house and trail that will be operated by Hill at 6112 Old Porter Road.
Hill started the event several years ago as a private Halloween party for members of a soccer club he coached whose members were too old for trick or treating. The Halloween event continued to grow in popularity over time. Hill has since decided to go public with the event.
The Haunted Hill Hospital will be open 7-10 p.m. Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 31. Parking will be across the street at Crisman Elementary School.
About 35 actors, mostly youths from local schools, will be on hand to scare visitors.
Admission is free but donations are accepted and will benefit St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Gabriel’s Horn Shelter for women.