Nature center's Halloween

The corn snake will be the subject of discussion during Howlin’ Halloween at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Photo submitted

Halloween at the nature center

The creature is new but the names is the same. For the second consecutive year the Dickinson County Nature Center is hosting Howlin’ Halloween on the annual spooky holiday.

The event will get started at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31 at the nature center in Okoboji.

Last year the program focused on a true howler, the coyote, and this time around the creature is more likely to hiss.

“This year we’re talking about snakes, and corn snakes specifically,” said Bryanna Kuhlman, environmental education coordinator at the nature center.

Visitors will get the chance to see the reptile up close, as well as participate in a beaded corn craft activity.

Allison Antoine of Kindermusik at the Lakes will also be on hand to lead everyone through some Halloween-themed songs.

There will also be a costume parade and trick-or-treating to do inside the nature center.

The event is expected to last about 45 minutes giving everyone a chance to get out for any other Halloween activities they have on their schedule.

“They’re already in their costumes from school and this is something fun to do in between before they head out for the rest of their trick-or-treating fun,” Kuhlman said. “And some don’t go out trick-or-treating so they can come here and have some fun in their costume — we’ll have a parade through the nature center to show them off.”

For her part, Kuhlman was still in the costume planning phase.

“Last year I was Miss Frizzle from ‘The Magic School Bus’ but I haven’t decided what I’ll be this time,” Kuhlman said.

Find out during Howlin’ Halloween.