Monday, October 18, 2010

Calendar: Starting to Get Scared (Oct. 22-24)

Halloween-themed activities are already starting to pop up on the calendar for next weekend. But first, a public service announcement: please go out and get a flu shot. I spent 3 miserable days this week confined to bed with the highest fever I've had in a very long time. Trust me, you want to avoid this thing if at all possible.

On to the calendar...

Friday night is the monthly full moon hike by the Capital Hiking Club on the C&O Canal. They leave from the Angler's parking lot at 8:30pm.

A couple of nature centers are getting in the Halloween mood on Saturday:

Huntley Meadows is hosting a bat program at 1:00. "See a vampire bat skull, hear bat calls and explore the amazing world of these nocturnal flyers through naturalist-led activities and games." $6 per person; register at 703-768-2525.

And Hidden Oaks is hosting a night hike and kids activities on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. "Meet costumed creatures including a black widow spider, skunk, owl and a dead tree that explain why they have scary reputations. Investigate real animal skulls and owl pellets and make crafts." Ages 4+, $7 per person; register at 703-941-1065.

And if you need to do some preparing for Halloween weekend, check out our list of 10 nature-themed halloween costumes. We'd love to hear more ideas!