On October 26, 2017

Join VINS for Hoots & Howls, annual Halloween celebration

Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.—QUECHEE—The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) invites children and adults alike to its 13th annual Hoots & Howls event on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the VINS Nature Center in Quechee. Hoots & Howls returns this year with another “spook-tacular,” fun-filled, family day and evening of exciting adventures. A host of other activities, guaranteed to add spice to this year’s festivities, will run from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Discover the truth about owls in “Owls: Myths and Misconceptions,” followed by a performance of Raq-On Dancers. Face painting sessions will be offered throughout the day — create an owl mask, a bat, or a creepy spider. Additional programs will include Spooky Crafts, Skulls & Bones, and Cider Pressing. Peeps & Squeaks, an event tailored specifically for young children, will take place from 4:30-5:30 p.m. with Halloween-themed activities and stories as well as a live animal encounter.

VINS’ famed Hoots & Howls guided tours will be offered from 5:30-8 p.m. to visitors of all ages. Individual groups will be guided through the VINS Nature Center along trails lit by jack-o-lanterns with frequent stops to enjoy storytelling, live animals, skits, and more. Wrap up the evening with mouth-watering Tricky Treats and a chance to encounter a raptor up close. Don’t forget to dress in costume.

Admission is free for VINS members and children age 3 and under. Admission for non-members for the day and evening is $15 for adults; $14 for seniors, 62 and over; and $13 for youth, ages 4 to 17. Admission for just the evening, 4:30-8 p.m.: $10 adults; $8 youth (ages 4-17); 3 and under free.

Discounts may be applied toward admission to the VINS Nature Center. EBT cards are welcome. Reservations are encouraged. Contact 802-359-5000, ext. 201 to reserve a spot for a Hoots & Howls Tour. Walk-ins are welcome.

Photo by Phillip Chitwood
Get up close and personal with VINS’ raptors during the annual Hoots & Howls event.

Do you want to submit feedback to the editor?

Send Us An Email!

Related Posts

Large turnout for Hartland school budget info session

May 23, 2024
By Curt Peterson The May 21 Hartland school budget information session may be the best-attended school board gathering in recent history — an estimated 40 people attended in person at Damon Hall in Hartland, and another 41 tuned in online. Hartland voters had already approved the $11,040,567 budget 320-311 on April 2. But a petition…

20 degrees above average: May temps soar

May 22, 2024
By Erin Petenko/VTDigger Vermont is forecast to hit temperatures in the upper 80s Tuesday and Wednesday, far above normal for this time of year, the Vermont branch of the National Weather Service reported on Monday, May 20. Parts of the state, particularly the Champlain Valley down to Rutland in the west and the Connecticut River Valley regions to…

Gov. Scott vetoes bill that would’ve restricted bee-killing pesticide

May 22, 2024
Staff report On Monday, May 20, World Bee Day, Gov. Phil Scott vetoed legislation meant to protect bees and other pollinators from a widely-used neuorotoxic pesticide. The bill (H.706) would  eliminate most uses of neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) in Vermont, which have been associated with alarming losses of managed and wild bee populations. Neonic insecticides are used on…

Piper takes on 10 marathons in 10 days, for charity

May 22, 2024
By John Flowers Salisbury’s Chip Piper will have run more during the next 10 days than most of us will run in a year. And he’ll be doing it for an important cause. Piper on Thursday, May 16, began running the first of 10 consecutive marathons in 10 days — a staggering 262 miles —…