A variety of family-friendly Halloween-themed events are going on and scheduled at the state parks across Texas. Activities range from educational  conversations on creepy crawlies and nocturnal animals to pumpkin scavenger hunts along park trails.

Here are some of the State Parks and Halloween events lined up for this year in Texas State Parks:

San Angelo State Park, San Angelo
Oct. 30, 2 p.m.
Jack-O-Lantern Scavenger Hunt
Can you spot the Jack-O-Lanterns out on the trail with the park ranger? Enjoy a guided scavenger hunt  and learn about many of the plants and animals of the park.

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens
Oct. 28, 6 p.m.
Halloween at the Hatchery 
Grab your costumes and trick-or-treating bags for family-friendly games, photo opportunities, and ghostly activities.

Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso 
Oct. 30, 10 a.m. 
Visit the park to learn about the creepy crawlies that call the park home — centipedes, millipedes, snakes, bats, tarantulas and more! There will also be a pumpkin carving contest and serving up spooky s’mores!

Choke Canyon State Park — Calliham Unit
Oct. 30, 7 p.m. 
Halloween Critter Crawl
Bring a flashlight and your costume! Families and staff will wander around the Seventy Five Acre Lake and Hawk Ally Trail to find all the nocturnal critters on All Hallows’ Eve!

Oct. 31, 10 a.m. 
Compass Trick or Treat
Trick or treating will be challenging for the kids when they must use a compass to find the hidden candy in the park.

Note that each of the Texas State Parks’ capacity is limited, and permits sell out fast. Reservations can be made online by calling 512-389-8900.


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