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State Parks Get Spooky

Written by , published October 10, 2016

dontfeedzombiesWhat's a little Zombie Apocalypse between friends? Spend a Friday evening at Galveston Island State Park in October and find out!

For more state park Halloween events, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife's event calendar.

Throughout October, Texas State Parks has planned many Halloween-themed events including a zombie apocalypse hikes, geocashing events and pumpkin painting. Here are some of the Halloween happenings to get you started.

The Monster Mash Cache event, happening Oct. 29 at Eisenhower State Park, is a digital scavenger hunt using hand held GPS systems to find treasures hidden throughout the Elm Point day use area. The GPS units will lead visitors to caches of small Halloween goodies and art supplies to make a monstrous craft. Any visitors wearing their Halloween costumes will receive an extra treat.

Estero Llano Grande State Park is hosting the 10th annual Spooky Science Fest Oct. 22. This year’s festival theme is Jurassic Estero. The event will include a dinosaur program for visitors, as well as traditional fall fare with hayrides, costume contests and food vendors. Popular activities like archery, a fishing pool where children can easily catch live fish, knot-tying, face painting, how-to-camp training, poisonous/edible plant education will also be taking place. Displays of live animals like snakes and spiders, a dino maze and games will be ongoing through the event.

Every Friday evening in October, Galveston Island State Park will be hosting a Zombie Apocalypse Hike, a fun program to help visitors prepare for an apocalyptic event. The hike will begin at the nature center and the group will travel the park to find the necessary items for survival. The guides will show the hikers the importance of plants and human uses of the area. The hike is a one hour program and all pets must be on leash.

The Halloween Fest at Wyler Aerial Tramway on Oct. 29 features exhibits for visitors atop Ranger Peak displaying the bats and creepy desert critters found in the area. There will also be arts in the parks stations for children to enjoy and each station will have a different craft to make. A contest for the best carved pumpkin can also be voted for during the festival.

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