Mostly Cloudy   61.0F  |  Forecast »

Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester

Get your costumes on and head to this Oakland County nature spot for the family favorite event that's not too spooky, happening Oct. 18-20, 2013

Costumes? Check. Bags for candy? Check. If your family is already geared up and prepared to celebrate Halloween, head to this year's Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester for some not-too-spooky holiday fun Oct. 18-20, 2013 (be sure to register in advance – more on that in a minute).

"When families first arrive, they come to our campfire out front," says Rita Becker, Dinosaur Hill's administrative assistant. Here, families will find entertainment, too.

Then, every 10 minutes, volunteers gather groups of 25 to take an autumn walk along Dinosaur Hill's trail, which is aglow with candlelight, Becker says. Along the trail, your family will see a variety of short skits.

"They are designed to be funny and entertaining," Becker says, "not scary."

And don't forget to bring a bag for collecting Halloween treats. There will be goodies passed out along the way!

At the end of the walk, attendees can stop inside to see a puppet show. After that, swing by the refreshment tent for some season-appropriate snacks – cider and doughnuts. The night is sure to be a "hoot" for the whole family.

Dates and times for the 2013 Halloween Hoot are as follows:

  • Friday, Oct. 18: 6:20-8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 19: 6:20-8:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 5:30-7 p.m.

Tickets are $7/person. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this event, so Becker advises families to call or email Dinosaur Hill (find that contact information in our Halloween Hoot calendar listing) to reserve tickets. Tickets are for designated time slots.

The whole shebang lasts approximately an hour. Be prepared for the outdoors, too. Becker says "costumes are great" and that "most of the kids do wear costumes," but she reminds parents, "they are walking on a trail, which is not paved – and we do line it with luminaries." So be careful with long or draping materials, and wear appropriate shoes.

She also says families should dress for the weather, since the event runs rain or shine.

For more details on the 2013 Halloween Hoot at Dinosaur Nature Preserve in Rochester, check out that Metro Parent calendar listing.

Add your comment:
Advertisement

More »Latest Articles & Blog Posts

Paper Craft Fun with Handprints, Garland and Kawaii Art

Paper Craft Fun with Handprints, Garland and Kawaii Art

This versatile craft material transforms into an acorn fall creation, decorative ribbon, cute Japanese critters and cool dividers for your kid's closet.

How to Prevent Your Child from Choking

How to Prevent Your Child from Choking

Mealtime can turn from pleasant to panic in a matter of seconds. Protect your child from this mishap with our list of dos and don’ts.

YouTube Moms Parody Iggy Azalea's Hit Song 'Fancy'

YouTube Moms Parody Iggy Azalea's Hit Song 'Fancy'

The rapper's had the hit of the summer, but these clever mothers made it their own, riffing on pregnancy and motherhood in some pretty funny viral videos.

Biscuit Recipes: From Classic to Chocolate

Biscuit Recipes: From Classic to Chocolate

September is National Biscuit Month, but you can bake these any time! These recipes, including classic biscuits from Betty Crocker and cornmeal biscuits from Martha Stewart, will have you reaching...

Little One-Yard Wonders Book Review and Play Mat Project

Little One-Yard Wonders Book Review and Play Mat Project

Check out a new title that promises lots of sewing projects you can make for kids. Also, for the skilled seamstress, try one of its cool play-oriented patterns.

Talking to Kids About 9/11

Talking to Kids About 9/11

Do you remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001 when you got news of this tragedy? Here are nine tips to calm, educate and understand it 13 years later.

Fall Crafting at Home: Tea Towels, Harry Potter Owl, More

Fall Crafting at Home: Tea Towels, Harry Potter Owl, More

Whether you're planning a kids party, want to capture autumn art in a frame or would rather keep summer going with ice pops, try these family DIY ideas.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement