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October 7, 2014

MADISON - From family friendly pumpkin carving and costume contests to hair-raising fright hikes where ghouls and goblins emerge along jack-o'-lantern lit trails, there are more than 20 opportunities to celebrate Halloween at Wisconsin state park properties this fall.

Many of the events are held in the evening with bonfires and there are a half dozen jack-o'-lantern or candlelight hikes. There are three more elaborate Halloween events with costumed players enacting Halloween scenes for which fees are charged.

At Heritage Hill State Park in Green Bay, visitors can experience characters from the Brothers Grimm fairytales, and boys and girls are being encouraged to dress up as characters from the Grimm fairytales. Visitors can also trick-or-treat at the many historic buildings at the park. The park hosts its Halloween event two Saturdays, Oct. 18 and Oct. 25. The fee is $7 per person and free for children 3 and under.

At the Lapham Peak Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, local junior high and high school groups volunteer perform the scenes along a dark and 1-mile trail. There is also music performed at the event a concession stand offering grilled hot dog, cookies and popcorn, and a bonfire and of hot chocolate after the event. This is the 15th year the Fright Hike is being held at the park, which this year is Friday and Saturday October 24 and 25. There is a $5 fee for this event for people ages 6 and over.

Also on October 24 and 25, the MacKenzie Center near Poynette will be holding haunted hay rides. Participants can take a fun and spooky hay ride around the MacKenzie Center property, while watching out for zombies, witches, graveyards, ghosts and more! This event is family friendly and fun for all ages. Cost is $5 for individuals over the age of 3.

Other events being held at state park properties are free, though a park admission sticker is required for vehicles entering the parks. For a complete list of all activities at Wisconsin state park, forest and trail properties, search the Department of Natural Resources website for "Get Outdoors." The new event listing is searchable by location and event type and is also mobile friendly.

Here is a list of Halloween activities being held this fall:

October 11

October 17 &18

October 18

October 24

October 24 & 25

October 25

October 29

November 1

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Holtan, state parks, forests, trails and recreation public affairs manager 608-267-7517 or 608-235-2126

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 07, 2014

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