Halloween treat for youngsters set for local state park - WNEM TV 5

Halloween treat for youngsters set for local state park

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Youngsters will have a chance to learn about critters thanks to local high school students at an annual Halloween-time event at Bay City State Recreation area.

The 18th annual Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, featuring a guided walk along a pumpkin-lighted forest trail , will be held Saturday, Oct. 15, from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Organizers of the event say visitors will be enchanted and entertained in a unique way as 26 student actors, from St. Charles and Hemlock High Schools, portray bats, snakes, wolves, vultures and other animals that humans often fear and dislike.

The actors, led by Teacher-Director Emily Claytor and Drama Director John Ostrander, will dramatize how these creatures earned their frightening reputation, why they have been misunderstood, and how their existence actually benefits humans and the environment.

"The trail is really fun for younger, elementary-aged children and also the young at heart. Our goal is to dispel some of the myths and stories that make life difficult for these undervalued wildlife populations," said Department of Natural Resources Park Interpreter Valerie Blaschka. "Children love the animal actors. Many of last year's visitors had wonderful comments about the actors' performance and how nice it was to have a Halloween event that wasn't meant to be scary."

The event is designed not to frighten, but to educate and entertain children and their families. Halloween treats donated by area merchants and free refreshments will be provided.

Children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.

For more information on Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, contact the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center, located within Bay City State Recreation Area, at 989-667-0717 or visit www.michigan.gov/saginawbay.

The recreation area is located at 3582 State Park Dr. in Bay City.

There is no cost for this event; however, a state park Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles entering the park.

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