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Mother Nature visits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes
Mother Nature visits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes

ROSWELL, Ga. -- If you visit any nature center in the U.S. this time of year they’re most likely having some sort of Halloween hike.  It’s a little known fact that these outdoor Halloween hikes started in Atlanta at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in 1986.

In 1986, Marietta resident Kristi Beckler was looking for something fun to do with her children that wasn’t too scary.  She and her husband Paul had been longtime volunteers at CNC.    Mrs. Beckler merged the two ideas, added educational elements and came up with the idea of Halloween Hikes.

Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Halloween Hikes is a chance for people to explore the trails at night where they’ll meet larger than life costumed creatures.  You’ll meet the Red Winged Blackbird, Grey Fox, Venus Fly Trap, Black Widow Spider and Mother Earth. 

Groups of 20-25 will walk around the wooded grounds, where each of these characters will tell them about what they do for the environment.  Each guided tour takes about half an hour and follows a trail that is lit up in the night.  At the end of the hikes you’ll have the chance to make crafts, presented by Girl Scout Troop 25313 in Roswell, listen to music or have a hot beverage and snack. 

The Chattahoochee Nature Center Halloween Hikes take place October 21, 22, 28 & 29 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. People attending are welcome to wear costumes and there will be live animal demonstrations.  Children 2 and under are free, the trails aren’t suitable for strollers, but the terrain is well lit.  If you plan on attending you should purchase your tickets in advance. 

When you’re on the CNC Halloween Hikes be sure to look for Mother Nature, who will be portrayed by the founder of the hikes, Kristi Beckler.