The Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary's Annual Halloween Event is quickly approaching! The 17th annual event will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2010 beginning at 6:00 pm. The idea for this popular program came about year's ago as a great family friendly Halloween activity that is an alternative to the typical haunted house. No scary monsters, blood or gore here!
The focus of the event is on education and having fun while being entertained by a larger than life animal (a volunteer dressed up in a costume). Our 25-30 volunteers range in age from 8-30. Each of them tries out for the particular animal character that they would like to portray. After receiving their part, they spend hours memorizing their animal script, working on their costume and interacting with each other. Many of the characters play off of each other and try to point out their character's habits and qualities that make them unique. Most of the characters are nocturnal animals (ie. bat, opossum, skunk, raccoon, moth, etc.) that are commonly found in Wisconsin and often times are misunderstood. All of this is done in an educational and many times humorous way!
Our event takes place rain or shine because it is held inside the pumpkin lit, darkened Nature Center. You also don't have to stand outside in a long line and wait for your chance to meet our animal friends. Groups of 15-20 people are led through the indoor hike every 20 minutes beginning at 6:00 pm and concluding at 8:20 pm. Each hike takes approximately 45 minutes. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and each child will receive a treat bag after completing their hike. The fee is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child under 12. Pre-registration for a specific time slot is required. Many time slots fill up quickly. For more information or to pre-register please call (920) 391-3671.