OAKLAND, FL — The Oakland Nature Preserve is inviting ghouls and goblins to an enchanted evening hike. The Pumpkin Glow, the Preserve’s new autumnal event, features a winding wooded trail of decorated and hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns. It will be hosted from 6-9 p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Preserve, located at 747 Machete Trail.
Participants are encouraged to dress in family-friendly costumes and bring a flashlight or lantern. Children will receive candy bags and will be able to meet some cool critters.
The Glow Trail will be lined with pumpkins created by members of the community, creating an ethereal and beautifully haunting sight. Those wishing to participate may carve a jack-o’-lantern for display with a battery powered light inside - no open flames will be allowed. All pumpkins submitted will be available for pick up the day after the event. Any pumpkins left behind will be shared with the Preserve’s program animals for enrichment.
The night of the event, visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite jack-o’-lanterns. All contest participants will receive a Pumpkin Glow Certificate and large ONP sticker. Awards for each carved jack-o’-lantern group will vary by age group. For details, visit https://oaklandnaturepreserve.org/
Donations to attend the Pumpkin Glow will benefit the Preserve. The mission of Oakland Nature Preserve is to promote an understanding of the fragile balance between mankind and the environment by educating visitors about Lake Apopka basin’s ecosystems and cultural history, and by restoring and conserving the lands within the Preserve.