Let's face it, it can be kind of tricky to find family-friendly things, outside of a trunk-or-treat situation, to do with young kids around the Halloween holiday.

I know my kids well enough to realize they don't do well with the gore or horror aspects of a traditional haunted house. And I know myself well enough to realize that I am jumpy as all get-out and would likely punch someone squarely in their face if they lept out of a dark corner to scare me.

So, when I that Glenburn Parks and Rec was bringing back its "Halloween Trail", I was delighted.

We went to check it out last year and it was a lot of fun.

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 14, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 14, Phil DrewGlenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 8, Phil Drew
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According to the Glenburn Parks And Rec Facebook Page, this year's trail will be open from October 21st, daily, through Halloween (October 31st) from 4 PM to 9 PM.

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"The trail is located behind Glenburn elementary school, at 991 Hudson Rd in Glenburn. It is a nature trail so watch your step."

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 7, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 7, Phil Drew
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The trail runs through the woods, but last year they did a really good job painting all the roots and rocks that could be tripping hazards a bright white.

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 11, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 11, Phil Drew
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Those are definitely good things to keep an eye out for.

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 9, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 9, Phil Drew
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There are all sorts of decorations and lights hung up along the way.

One of the other things they say has changed this year is that "there will be greeters there to guide you."

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 8, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 8, Phil Drew
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And new this year, they are offering hayrides from the parking lot to the entrance of the trail. (It is a little bit of a hike, but not too far that you'd get winded.)

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 10, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 10, Phil Drew
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They warn you to "be ready for a few spooky surprises along the way."

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 12, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 12, Phil Drew
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There are some spots along the trail that have spooky sound elements that are triggered by motion...

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 13, Phil Drew
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 13, Phil Drew
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And while they look neat in the daylight...

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 2, Cori Skall
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 2, Cori Skall
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They really come alive after dark!

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 3, Cori Skall
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 3, Cori Skall
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Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 4, Cori Skall
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 4, Cori Skall
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It was probably about a ten-minute walk through the trail, that spits you out across the back of another field near the school.

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 6, Cori Skall
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 6, Cori Skall
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I would definitely recommend bringing a flashlight or two if only to help you navigate your way to the parking lot from the field.

They've done a nice job with it.

It was spooky enough to be exciting in the dark (and there happened to be some fog the night we went, so extra spooky) but family-friendly enough so that no one got punched in the face for jumping out to scare us.

Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 1, Cori Skall
Glenburn Halloween Holiday Light Trail 1, Cori Skall
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If you time it just right and wait till Saturday, October 29th, you'll be able to pair that adventure with Glenburn's Trunk Or Treat Event, that will be taking place from 4 PM - 6PM that evening.

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