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Zombies taking over Wild River Country

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Billed as "Arkansas' most terrifying horror trail," the theme park you know for water slides is getting a makeover.

The Wilds of Wild River Country will open this Friday. It's the first time the water park has tried a Halloween-themed event.

There are haunted mazes, numerous scare zones and zombies wandering through the park.

It's a new horror themed attraction that will help the water park stay afloat in the off season.

Chris Shillcutt, Wild River Country's vice president of operations says, the theme, 'Beware of the Infected', allows guests to take a journey through mutants, monsters and maniacs.

"It's a haunted trail, it will be over 30 minutes long. Probably, 30 to 45 minutes in duration, closer to the latter. There will be 50 to 60 live or semi-live characters, there's some animatronics."

Shillcutt says schools have shorter summer breaks and that makes it hard for water parks to make enough money in 85 days.

"We tried the winter thing, it really didn't work and that Halloween thing is a proven event."

Shillcutt explains that one of the main characters guests will encounter is Bubba the hog farmer.

"He's mean, he's very mean. He bit me."

Bubba has been infected by a wild Arkansas hog.

Shillcutt says when guests enter the mausoleum a trapped door falls and there's a zombie there to scare them.

"Just the fact that it is taking place in the dark and there will be gore, so we're basically saying 13 and above."

Shillcutt says the 30-minute trail will take guests through a wooded area of the water park not currently used.

"We've built some facades and some scenes, you can see the farm behind me, it looks like a real farm, it's just a facade when you walk in and there goes one of our semi-characters."

Wild River Country plans to expand the Halloween-themed event next year with more performers and entertainment for younger audiences.

The attraction will be open until November 1. Tickets are $18.09 plus tax. The hours and dates may vary, so click here for more information.