Environmental Learning Center’s “Half-Haunted Halloween” — not-so-spooky-fun-for-everyone


What is a “Half-Haunted Halloween?” It’s the Environmental Learning Center’s 3rd annual fun-filled and not-so-spooky celebration of nighttime nature. This eerie evening of activities for the whole family will take place from 5 – 8 pm on Friday, October 26. Costumes are optional, but you won’t want to miss out on prizes to be awarded for both children and adults in three costume categories: Best Interpretation of the theme “Creatures from the Lagoon;” Best use of Recycled Materials; and Silliest Costume.

Among the delights of the evening will be canoe quick trips through the Indian River Lagoon’s magical lighted mangrove tunnels, scary spiders and other Halloween nature crafts, nighttime touch tank encounters at the Discovery Station Interactive Museum, and many more sorta’ hair-raising activities around the lagoon island. New this year for children 8 years old and up will be a spooky trail designed to give you a good scare.

“We’re having a ball planning this year’s Half-Haunted Halloween,” says ELC Naturalist Sara Piotter. “It will truly be a night of fun, and a bit of spook, full of activities that the entire family can enjoy!”

Admission is $5 for adults & children 12 & older, and $3 for children 2 to 11. Admission is free for children under 2, ELC volunteers and ELC members; so join today! There is also free admission with proof of financial need: SNAP, EBT or Medicaid Cards or Free/Reduced Lunch, or TANF letters.

For more details, visit the ELC website at discoverELC.org.

Oh, and mark your calendars now for WinterGreen Night Lights at the Environmental Learning Center, this year 3 evenings! Different holiday activities are planned for each night: Thursday, Dec 27th; Friday, Dec 28th; and Saturday Dec 29th, from 5pm to 8pm each evening. Go to discoverELC.org for more details.

The Environmental Learning Center is located north of Vero Beach off SR 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge. Its mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. The 64-acre campus includes exhibit areas, native plant gardens, picnic facilities and visitor center. ELC membership benefits, a list of its many field excursions, EcoVentures, including nature walks, canoe excursions, and boating adventures can be found at www.DiscoverELC.org.

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