Lake Thoreau Environmental Center to host 'Spooky Hollow Biol-loween'

Lake Thoreau Environmental Center to host 'Spooky Hollow Biol-loween'

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi's Lake Thoreau Environmental Center has a unique Halloween experience in store for residents of all ages with its inaugural "Spooky Hollow Biol-loween" event set for Oct. 23-24.

Lake Thoreau, located off Fourth Street, west of Jackson Road via Lake Thoreau Road, will transform its nature center into an exciting fall festival with the theme of appreciating Halloween's misunderstood plants and animals. The center will have a wealth of carnival-style games for kids, face painting, a hayride for families, and a family-friendly Halloween trail led through some of Lake Thoreau's nature trails.

The trail will follow the Halloween theme, with discussion of snakes, spiders, bats, and much more. In addition, the USM Council on Community Literacy and Reading will give away free children's Halloween books to the first 400 children who tour the Spooky Hollow trail.

"Our hope is to excite kids of all ages about the mysterious creatures associated with Halloween," said Marks McWhorter, outreach director for the Department of Biological Sciences at USM. "We began with the notion of creating an event that included all the fun aspects associated with Halloween, the lights, decorations and animals, but also wanted to show kids that fear is just the absence of knowledge. The more you know about snakes, bats, spiders, and all the other Halloween creatures, the less you will be afraid of them."

Gates will open at 7 p.m. both days. General admission is $8 and that includes the hayride, Spooky Hollow trail, carnival games and face painting. Children 3 and under are admitted free. The last admission will be taken at 9:30 p.m. All participants are encouraged to dress in their favorite Halloween costume.

The Lake Thoreau Environmental Center is an approximately 300-acre nature preserve operated by the Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Miss. The center is rich in history and culture, with a strong focus on education, research, conservation and recreation.

For more information about Spooky Hollow or future events at the center, visit: www.usm.edu/throreau or follow the center on Facebook.