The Haunted Hayride, sponsored by Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District (BIMPRD), has been a Bainbridge Island tradition for many years. Pre-Covid, attendees would ride on a haybale-filled trailer through Battle Point Park, enjoying the cool fall evening and Halloween spirit of the island.
In 2020, with the pandemic preventing large gatherings, the BIMPRD decided to modify the Hayride rather than cancelling, and converted it into a drive-thru event.
“The support and gratitude from the community was overwhelming,” says Emily Swift, Community Outreach Coordinator for BIMPRD. “We filled up all three nights, even after squeezing in as many additional car slots as possible. We were hoping it would be a one-time adaptation of the event, but this year we are grateful to have a plan in place to once again offer a community event when it would otherwise be limited by covid concerns.”
The Hayride will take place at the south end of Battle Point Park, beginning at the west entrance on Battle Point Drive NE and ending at the Arrow Point Drive NE exit.
As you drive slowly through the park, you’ll be greeted by more than 400 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, the glowstick dancers, scarecrows and Thriller zombies. In addition, there will be new displays and attractions.
The Pumpkin Carving Contest: Add your own Halloween spirit by entering your carved pumpkin, which will be displayed on the Pumpkin Pyramid during all three nights of the event. The Haunted Hayride Committee will select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners (click here for the Pumpkin Carving Contest Entry Slip ).
For more information about the event, click here.
Registration Required – To register for the event, click here.
*Images and information provided by BIMPRD