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Hillview ready for young 'haunts'

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A free night of Halloween fun and trick-or-treating is set for Saturday at Hillview Recreation Area.

This year there will be some new activities at Halloween at Hillview, an annual event at the outdoor recreation park 1 mile west of Hinton.

The evening will start with children's activities from 5-6 p.m such as decorating pumpkin-shaped cookies and playing bean bag toss, said Molly Wilmes, community outreach coordinator for the Plymouth County Conservation Department.

Those children's activities will be at the Dennis L. Sohl Center for Outdoor Learning, which is on the south side of the park.

Then, from 6-8 p.m., children can trick-or-treat at Hillview's two campgrounds, Bur Oak and Deer Ridge.

Wilmes explained that the conservation department allows campers to stay for free that night if they bring candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters.

"We only have one campsite open still. This is the most booked we've ever been," Wilmes said. "We're very excited about it."

The final activity Saturday night will be the Halloween hike, starting after trick-or-treating.

The hike is completely created by volunteers, Wilmes said.

"It's probably going to be fairly scary," she advised. "We're recommending it for a little older children, 8-10 and above maybe."

Wilmes said there will be more information available Saturday about that hike at the center for outdoor learning starting at 5 p.m.

Pre-registration is not required for any of the Saturday Halloween activities, except camping.

Wilmes said parents and guardians should attend with their children; the event is geared toward being a family activity.

"It's a great chance for people to get outside and spend time with their families and have a little Halloween fun," she said.

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