Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike

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Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to the Kehoe Education Center in Castleton to learn about the creepy crawly critters that make Halloween Fun. Photo provided

CASTLETON, Vt. – Looking for a wild family-based adventure for Halloween this year? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend the sixth annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-o’-Lantern Hike at the Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road in Castleton. The event takes place on Friday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 8 p.m.

The festival features a fun and educational Halloween campfire show led by students from Green Mountain College’s environmental education and interpretation program. Kids will learn about the creepy, crawly critters that reside in Vermont and have a chance to get decked out in their costumes before the traditional trick-or-treat night. The 20-minute campfire program will run at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

Other activities include a nature hike along a trail that’s lit by carved pumpkins, wildlife-related activities, face painting, and a photo booth. Snacks will include apple cider, caramel apples, and other seasonal treats.

“October is a perfect time to highlight the fun of Halloween while focusing on the critters that make it so special,” says Alison Thomas, education coordinator. “This event gives families a chance to enjoy the season in a fun way and to learn these animals may not be so scary after all.”

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Halloween at Kehoe. Photo provided.

Admission and activities are free and open to the general public, and all ages are welcome. No registration is required. Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

The Edward F. Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp is operated by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. This event is sponsored by the Fish & Wildlife Department and Green Mountain College.

For more information about the event, contact Corey Hart at corey.hart@vermont.gov or 802-265-2279. Organizers are seeking donations of pumpkins for the event, so anyone with spare pumpkins is asked to please get in touch with Corey Hart also.

For directions to the Edward F. Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp, visit www.tinyurl.com/KehoeMap.

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