Springbrook Nature Center has more tricks up its adventurous Halloween sleeve this year.
Visitors to SNC’s annual Pumpkin Night in the Park the evening of Oct. 20 will be able to walk an added enchanted trail and see more carved and lit pumpkins than in the past.
“Our goal is to get 800 carved pumpkins,” said Jan Swanson, administrative program assistant at Springbrook.
Usually, Swanson orders 600 pumpkins for the event.
The additional Jack-o’-lanterns, casting a warm and mysterious glow over the event, will be displayed on the added trail winding back behind the interpretive building leading into a grassy area by the picnic shelter.
“So we’ll get more of a vavoom display of pumpkins,” Swanson said.
Also new this year, a 10-foot long pteranodon, built by Fridley artist Charles Martin, will be summoning up a scare at the indoor display.
Last year 3,521 visitors attended the ghostly evening.
There’s plenty to see and do for this magical, non-violent family adventure. Elvis returns from the dead (a few times) to shake, rattle and roll with audience members.
Walk the candle-lit enchanted trails. See the eco and garbage witches, pirates, Road Kill Cafe and dancers. Play Spooky Bingo or groove to the Pumpkin Patch Dance music.
Check out the indoor display, a virtual underwater world of large sea creatures illuminated with black lights for a magical effect. And did we mention the dinosaurs? While you’re at it, up the fun factor. The center welcomes visitors to come in costume.
If you really want to get into the spirit of all things orange and autumnal, Springbrook is looking for volunteers to carve pumpkins.
You carve; SNC supplies the materials and pumpkins. Carving days are Sun. Oct. 14, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m; Mon. – Thurs. Oct. 15- Oct. 18, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Large groups welcome during the day by special appointment. Follow the trail of lights to Springbrook’s garage. Carvers, call the center for a reservation.
Pumpkin Night in the Park will be held Sat. Oct. 20, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tickets $7 at gate, $6 in advance. Springbrook Nature Center, 100 85 Ave. Fridley. For more information, visit www.springbrooknaturecenter.org or call 763-572-3588.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]