2nd Annual Toms River Haunted Hayride a Scary Success
By Phil Stilton
Toms River–Over 1,000 people were treated to a Halloween Hayride, compliments of a joint effort between the Toms River Recreation Department and Youth Services. The event, now in its second year this year also helped to raise food donations for Ocean County Hunger Relief. Bob DiBiase, club manager at the Bey Lea Golf course said, “It was such a great turnout tonight and we had donations from local businesses, including refreshments and decorations.” DiBiase said that between 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. a steady stream of families came out to enjoy the event.
The ride itself lasted about 20 minutes as guests were driven around the golf course and fended off attacks from hordes of undead and ghoulish teens as they descended upon the hayride. In some areas, scenes were enacted of lost travelers seeking help from the hayride guests, only to be taken away by the horde.
The staff at the golf course dressed as escaped inmates, while DiBiase served as the warden while the undead ran amok around the greens frightening those who dared board the hayride. Rides were free to those who donated canned goods to the OCHR in drop boxes located in front of the golf course shop and Shogun restaurant.
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