Park and Recreation offers events for Halloween and autumn

The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of events and activities for Halloween and autumn. Events are offered for all members of the family and are sure to make for a scary good time.
Events include:
• Nature at Night Fest, McDowell Nature Center, Fri. Oct. 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., all ages are admitted for free.  Peer at the moon through a telescope, roast marshmallows and go on a hayride.
• Full Moon Hike, Latta Plantation Nature Center, Fri. Oct. 22, 7 to 9 p.m., ages 7 and up, $4. Experience the magic of hiking in the nature preserve guided by the light of the moon.
• October Fest, Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center, Sat. Oct. 23, 11 a.m to 4 p.m., all ages, $1. Enjoy food, games, prizes, entertainment and more.
• Halloween Family Pumpkin Carve, Tom Sykes Rec Center, Sat. Oct. 23, 10:30 a.m., all ages, $10. Carve a pumpkin to take home and put on your porch for Halloween. Pumpkins and supplies will be provided.
• Creepy Crawly Critter Celebration,  Reedy Creek Nature Center, Oct. 29, 6 to 9 p.m., all ages, free. See for yourself how all creatures play an important role in our environment. Live animals, costume contest, marshmallow roast, and trick or treating all included.
• Ray’s Haunted Tour and Halloween Carnival, Ray’s Splash Planet, Fri. Oct. 29, 6:30 to 9 p.m., all ages, $2 Carnival in gym, $3 haunted tour. Join the spook-tacular haunted tour through the facility and the carnival in the gym. Come for games, contests and of course trick-or-treating. Costumes are strongly encouraged. Call for more info: 704-432-4729.
• Haunted Hallway, Bette Rae Thomas Rec Center, Fri. Oct. 29, 4 to 5:30 p.m., all ages, $1. Enjoy a fun and interactive alternative to a traditional haunted house. There will also be games and prizes.

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