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A ride into the dark side

Published Oct. 2, 2005

About 400 youngsters showed up to be frightened Friday during the second-annual Haunted Hayride at the Highland Recreation Complex in Largo. Along the hayride's route, ghouls and demons of Gothic novels and the silver screen did their best to put a scare into the evening festivities. The number of riders Friday far exceeded the total of last year's first hayride, when about 250 youngsters came aboard.

LINE UP TO BE FRIGHTENED: The lines to register for the Haunted Hayride grow longer Friday evening at the Highland Recreation Complex in Largo. More than 400 children attended the second-annual event.

WATCH OUT FOR THIS BIG GUY: Frankenstein, portrayed by Tim Labus of Clearwater, confronts a group of youngsters during the Haunted Hayride. Labus was one of many volunteers making the evening a success, organizers say.

WAITING FOR "GUESTS': A fashionably dressed Count Dracula played by Robert Newby and his mistress played by Shannon Murphy were among the ghoulish crowd of demons awaiting "guests" along the hayride's route.

PINHEAD SPEAKS: In a dark room illuminated by a flashing strobe light, the infamous Pinhead played by Todd Etter of St. Petersburg welcomes and warns the youngsters before their Haunted Hayride.