Not since the 1950s days of the bathing beach has Cherry Lake likely seen this much activity.
Suggested as a possible project for next year at the Oct. 23 Tama City Council meeting by member Mike Carnahan, a Halloween Hayride took on almost a life of its own as city employees and others joined in with the City of Tama sponsoring the event.
With that, the Haunted Hayride was on to the delight of more than 600 who "took the tour" around the lake on Friday night, Nov. 1.
Carnahan credits his wife, Sue, and daughter, Emily, who were walking on the South Tama Recreation Trial around Cherry Lake recently when the idea of some added Halloween fun came to them.
He also says City Clerk Judy Welch, Street Superintendent Stuart Eisentrager and all the volunteers were instrumental in developing the night on only a few days notice.
From a "human creature" actually emerging from the depths of the lake to the likes of "Bloody Mary," an evil clown and his "circus" and characters with chainsaws pursuing the hayracks.
Tama firefighters provided plenty of "sparks" as they cut up a car with a rescue saw and a witch and other creatures were found around the 1.5 mile trail route which encircles the lake.
Young and old boarded the hayracks at the Tama Civic Center, which was also the site of a chili supper with proceeds benefiting the Tama County Humane Society Shelter.