County Employees Volunteer For Haunted Hayride in Los Ojos, Heron Lake State Park

Hayride passengers were surprised by ghouls as they rode through the "haunted" woods of Heron Lake

On Saturday, October 29, Rio Arriba County employees leant their time to volunteer for the Heron Lake State Park’s Annual Haunted Hayride Event in Los Ojos. The event, which took place on the campgrounds of Heron Lake State Park, included free chili-dogs, hot beverages and cookies, party games, costume contests and a “Haunted Hayride” for the public. Event goers who were brave enough to get on the Hayride were taken through “haunted” campsites where they were spooked from out of the dark by Halloween ghouls with chainsaws and axes.    

According to Tomas Campos, the Rio Arriba County Manager, this is the fifth year the event has taken place, and the second year the County has co-sponsored the event. Volunteers from the State Park, the County and from the United Teacher Parent Association provide and served food, coordinated and participated in all the games and the “Haunted Hay Ride” and set up and distributed items from a Rio Arriba County information booth, which provided information on drug and alcohol prevention and information on texting and driving, most of which was aimed towards minors.

“This event is something clean and fun for the community to come out and enjoy,” said Campos. “We have already seen about 250 people come through tonight and I hope we can continue to participate in this event next year as well.” 

-Erika Martinez, October 2011