Springbrook preps playful Halloween haunt

Mark your calendar now for the Oct. 19 non-violent family fun Halloween event, Pumpkin Night in the Park at Springbrook Nature Center.

Kids and their grown-ups came in costume and enjoyed Halloween fun during last year’s Pumpkin Night in the Park. This year, Halloween haunts Springbrook Nature Center from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 19. File photo

Kids and their grown-ups came in costume and enjoyed Halloween fun during last year’s Pumpkin Night in the Park. This year, Halloween haunts Springbrook Nature Center from 6-10 p.m. Oct. 19. File photo

Friendly Halloween haunting fun begins at 6 p.m. and stretches into the night, ending at 10 p.m.

Come in costume and have fun as the nature center transforms into a magical night of Halloween delight.

Hike the enchanted trail where you will encounter Springbrook’s ghosts of past, the eco and garbage witch sisters, pirates galore, spiders and their prey and the Road Kill Cafe entertainers dancing while serving up some not so delightful dishes.

And Elvis keeps returning from the dead to sing his favorite songs on stage.

As you journey through the Halloween-scape, you will see some 800 carved pumpkins lit and glowing on the trails.

Then sneak inside the building and visit the indoor trail to explore large dinosaurs and the underwater world of large sea creatures and otherworldly fish artistically designed and glowing under black lighting.

Bring some extra change and play bingo in the spooky bingo tent while the kids dance to a live disc jockey in the pumpkin patch.

Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 at the gate.

To purchase tickets, call 763-572-3588.

Jack-o-lantern carving

Be part of the action and sign up to help carve 800 pumpkins by Oct. 17.

Springbrook provides the pumpkins, the tools and the space; volunteers provide their time and energy and it’s free.

Carving begins Sunday, Oct. 13. For dates and times visit www.springbrooknaturecenter.org, and call 763-572-3588 if you need a special time during the day for your group.

Springbrook Nature Center is located at 100 85th Ave. NE, Fridley.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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