Rec Room: Haunted hayride, parades, fishing planned

By Doug Cochran
Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.
Updated Oct. 8, 2012 at 5:08 a.m.

Are you ready to scare up some fun this Halloween?

The Haunted Hayride is a scary event that will put everyone into the Halloween spirit.

The Haunted Hayride starts at dusk and lasts until 10 p.m. Oct. 26. It starts at Riverside Stadium and loops through the park.

Children 12 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The Victoria Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to assist with the event in Riverside Park. We are searching for 30 to 40 volunteers. All you have to do is dress up in costume and scare people as they ride through the park on the hayride. We provide the costumes and makeup . and you provide the talent. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at 361-485-3200.

Another fun and popular upcoming event is the Family Fishing Day presented by the Victoria Boulevard Lion's Club. The Family Fishing Day is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Ethel Lee Tracy Park, 701 E. Larkspur St. The event is free for the entire family.

Loaner rods and reels will be available and free bait while supplies last. No fishing license is required for this day only.

The day also includes angler education, games for kids, boater safety tips provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, free fish cleaning and fishing tips provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens, a live animal exhibit with Ranger Cindy, concessions, prizes and awards.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors Kindred Hospital Victoria, Game Warden Association, U.S. Coast Guard Station in Port O'Connor and the Boulevard Lion's Club.

Now, let's shift gears and talk about the holidays. It will begin to look and feel a lot like Christmas at DeLeon Plaza when the Parks and Recreation staff brings you "Christmas on the Square" on Nov. 30. The plaza will transform into a Winter Wonderland for the entire family to enjoy as we light up DeLeon Plaza.

Visit Santa Claus and his elves in the gazebo. See some of Santa's reindeer up close. Listen to Mrs. Claus read Christmas stories and make a craft. Experience the Texas Zoo's petting zoo, ride ponies and play games all while listening to Christmas music. You will also be able to ride the holiday hayride through downtown and visit our downtown businesses for holiday goodies.

The following evening, on Dec. 1, the holiday spirit continues through the streets of downtown Victoria with the annual Lighted Christmas Parade. This is one of the most well-attended events in Victoria each year. The parade typically draws more than 100 entries from Victoria and surrounding communities. The parade includes lighted floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, drill teams, dance teams and decorated vehicles. Come enjoy beautiful lights.

Rain or shine, the parade will begin at 6 p.m. An estimated 20,000 people will watch the entries travel along Main and Bridge streets during the two-hour parade.

Applications for parade entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Nov. 16. Applications are available at by clicking on the Parks and Recreation link.

Doug Cochran is the director of parks and recreation for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or



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