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Shaver’s Creek to host enchanted trail, festival

by on October 03, 2019 2:40 PM

PETERSBURG — Penn State’s Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center will hold its Enchanted Halloween Trail and Festival on Oct. 26 and Oct. 27, the weekend leading up to Halloween, in Petersburg, Huntingdon County.

This will be the second year the event is back up and running after the environmental center underwent renovations which included new buildings, a bigger bookstore and rebuilt enclosures for the birds and reptiles.

Last year’s attendance was about 1,000 people for the whole weekend, and it is expected that number will increase this year.

The theme this year is “The night time is a great time to explore” and will have environmental stations and activities that are related to the senses. The enchanted trail portion will take 45 minutes to walk through with different stations set up throughout.

The festival is free for all to attend and will have activities such as face painting, a climbing wall, pumpkin carving along with a pumpkin carving contest and animal related activates with birds, reptiles and amphibians. Musicians will stroll around the event dressed as “caroling pumpkins” and joke tellers will be dressed as oak trees.

There will also be a costume contest that anyone is welcome to register for and games like “Send the Spider Home” and “Halloween Twister.”

“It’s really a community event,” said program director Tesha Omeis. “The goal is to really encourage environmental-based activities for all who come, whether they go on the trail, or not.”

Aside from the faculty and community volunteers, Penn State students also assist with the event and lead groups through the enchanted trail. Students are able to participate and help organize the event in exchange for credit.

More information about the class and credit can be found on Shaver’s Creeks website

Tickets for admittance on the enchanted trail have sold out; however, organizers said there’s still lots of fun to be had at the festival, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals and families are encouraged to bring food to enjoy at the event as there will be no concessions.


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