Wind Creek hosting Halloween CarnivalPublished 8:23pm Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wind Creek State Park and the visitors who frequent the site will be getting into the spirit of fall in the coming days.
Wind Creek State Park will kick off its Halloween Festival starting Friday at 7 p.m. with a pumpkin carving contest at the park’s playground pavilion, followed by a movie and book reading at 8 p.m.
Festivities will resume Saturday at 7:30 a.m. with the First Annual Wind Creek State Park Pumpkin Run 5K Color Run.
Gerad Martin, park manager one at Wind Creek State Park, said runners can still register the day of the event at the starting point in the marina parking lot.
“We are expecting 40 to 50 runners. They can register there at the marina, but it is a $30 registration fee,” Martin said. “From what I understand, the weather’s going to be nice. The run will be throughout the campground, the picnic area and back to the marina.”
After the run, the park will host a costume contest for all ages in the beach parking lot at 12 p.m.
Martin said there will then be a carnival at the main playground from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
“We area going to have a number of games like football throw, a cake walk as well as inflatables,” Martin said. “There will be a number of games like pick up ducks, bean bag toss and different things like that. Kids of all ages will be able to play because it’s free to campers.”
Following the carnival there will be trick or treating, and campers who want trick or treaters are asked to leave on their light. Hayrides will also start at the beach bath house at 7 p.m.
Martin said proceeds from the carnival help fund future events that the park puts on.
“All proceeds will go directly toward events that we can have throughout the park during the year,” Martin said. “We’d love for the public to come out. We just want to show our appreciation to the campers and show how much we appreciate their patronage supporting Wind Creek State Park.”