SATURDAY, Oct. 21, 2006, 10:50 a.m.
Too much fun for one night

Decided to save $20.00 by not going to either of the two "haunted" venues in the Waukesha area last night. Debating what to do with our new-found wealth, and not wanting to get that scared anyway, my son and I took a ride to Field Park in Mukwonago where, for a dollar each, we did the Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt.

The fourth annual Jaunt is, this year, a fund raiser for the Mukwonago Library. For our dollar, not only were we able to take a nice luminary-lit stroll around the park, viewing hundreds of carved and painted pumpkins, but as an added bonus saw the Mukwonago premier of The Monster of Phantom Lake. The new movie, made in the style of 1950s horror flicks, was projected on a huge sheet hung from the baseball diamond backstop. Despite the chill and damp there was quite a crowd who had brought their own lawnchairs to sit around the diamond. The small amount of jeering from the audience gave the non-scary horror movie a 50's feel and, being outdoors, brought back another blast from the past - drive in theaters.

There are scarier places to be, at ten times the cost, but wouldn't benefit a good cause. Even though the last day for the Jack-O-Lantern Jaunt is today, Sat. Oct. 21st from about 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, it will likely be back next year.