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Halloween Hollapalooza set for Oct. 29-30 at Tenkiller State Park

Driftwood Nature center, located at Tenkiller State Park, will be hosting “Halloween Hollapalooza” on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

Several events have been planned offering fun for everyone regardless of age. Leann Bunn, a Naturalist with the Driftwood Nature Center explained, "We like to plan activities that focus on families spending time together and enjoying the outdoors. One important thing to note, is that all children must be accompanied by an adult to participate in scheduled activities.”

A fall hike with a naturalist is the first event to take place and begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 29. Families get the opportunity to be able to experience the real beauty of Tenkiller State Park, stated Bunn. “The foliage is exceptional this time of year.”

The next activity, will be their Slither and Hiss event, which starts at 2 p.m. Youth will be able to touch a snake, watch a snake eat, and learn what role snakes play in the ecosystem, Bunn said.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, at 10 a.m., a full day of fall fun begins with a pumpkin carving contest. Tenkiller Park Partners has provided pumpkins that can be purchased for $5.00 each, said Bunn. “Participants must provide their own carving tools and judging will begin at 11 a.m.”

A costume contest will be held at 2 p.m. and will be judged in categories, based on ages. An egg hunt for younger guests, ages 1-5 will take place at 5 p.m. The egg hunt will be held at the basketball court area across from the nature center. “Parents will need to bring their own black-light flashlight for this event," Bunn said.

Trick-or-Treating starts at 6 p.m. at the nature center. Children are free to dress up if they would like, but it is not required, added Bunn.

The last event of the evening starts at 8 p.m. and also requires children to have a black light flashlight. This egg hunt is for ages 6 and up and we will be held in the dark, said Bunn. “Prize eggs are worth $10 each and will be handed out once the egg hunt is complete.”

To find out more information regarding Halloween Hollapalooza, or age divisions and categories for each event, you can check out Lake Tenkiller's Facebook page or contact The Driftwood Nature Center at 918-489-5641.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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