On October 25, 2023

Critters are part of Halloween too


Wildlife festival and jack-o-lantern hike spells fun Halloween for kids and families in Castleton 

Friday, Oct. 27, 6-8 p.m. —CASTLETON—The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend its annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’-Lantern Hike at the Kehoe Education Center on Point of Pines Road overlooking the south end of Lake Bomoseen.The festival features a fun and educational Halloween campfire show led by students from Vermont State University Castleton Campus.  Kids will learn about the creepy, crawly critters that reside in Vermont and have a chance to don their costumes before the traditional trick-or-treat night. 

Other activities include a nature hike along a trail that is lit by carved pumpkins, wildlife-related crafts, face painting, and a campfire activity. 

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

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

The Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp offers educaitional programs in ecology, wildlife, firearms and outdoor first-aid training.

Organizers are seeking donations of pumpkins for the event, so anyone with spare pumpkins is asked to contact Corey Hart at corey.hart@vermont.gov or 802-565-5562.  Pumpkin donations will be accepted until Oct. 25.

For more information, vtfishandwildlife.com/learn-more/gmcc.

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