Haunted trolly returns to provide riders with sites, spooks of Iola, Allen County


October 19, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Since 2005, the Molly Trolley has given local residents a glimpse of some of the area’s spookiest sights each Halloween.

This year’s Haunted Trolley tours, which begin Sunday evening, promise to have a few new twists and tales, tour guide Donna Houser said.

The tours run Sunday through next Wednesday, departing at 7:30 p.m. and again on Oct. 29 and 30. The Oct. 29 tour  will coincide with Iola High School after-prom activities and departs at 8:30 p.m. The Oct. 30 tour leaves at 7:30.

Advance tickets, available at the Iola Area Chamber of Commerce, sell for $6. Tickets bought at the trolley cost $7 apiece.

Houser urged those wanting a ride to buy tickets in advance.

“Last year, we had some disappointed folks who drove to Iola to take a Halloween trolley ride, and we were sold out.” Only one trip will be offered each night.

This year’s tours will feature more characters than in years past to re-enact some of Iola’s most haunted legends, Houser said. Added stops and tales will be featured as well, “to keep things new for people who have taken the tours in the past.”

There are spooky parts that may be a bit too scary for youngchildren.

“We suggest not bringing them,” she said.

No crying will be allowed on the trolley. Houser said the trolley will return to the Chamber office with crying children, “because it ruins the ride for others.”

To purchase advance tickets, call the chamber office at 365-5252 or Houser at 365-9628.