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Bay City State Rec Area set for annual Halloween celebration

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An annual Halloween tradition continues at a state park in Bay County. 

The Bay City State Recreation Area's 18th annual Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, featuring a guided walk along a pumpkin-lighted forest trail and a chance to encounter some of nature's most misunderstood critters, will be held Oct. 20, from 3:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Visitors will be enchanted and entertained in a unique way as 26 student actors - from Hemlock and St. Charles high schools - portray bats, snakes, wolves, vultures and other animals that people often fear and dislike. The actors, led by teacher-directors Emily Claytor, Nick Hare and John Ostrander, will dramatize how these creatures earned their frightening reputations, why they have been misunderstood and how their existence actually benefits humans and the environment.

"Mother Nature's Halloween Trail is one of the park's most popular events. It is specially designed for families with elementary-aged children, full of the magic and fun of a pumpkin-lit walk through the autumn woods, entertaining and educational," said Valerie Blaschka, park interpreter at the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center. "Our goal is to dispel some of the myths and stories that make life difficult for these undervalued wildlife populations."

"Children love the animal actors," Blaschka said. "Visitors always have positive comments about the actors' performances, the creative costumes and how enjoyable it is to come to a Halloween event that isn't 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 their Halloween costumes.

The Bay City State Recreation Area is at 3582 State Park Dr. in Bay County. For more information on Mother Nature's Halloween Trail, contact the Saginaw Bay Visitor Center (located within the Bay City State Recreation Area) at 989-667-0717 or learn more about the center online at

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

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