Representatives of the Johnson Branch at Ray Roberts Lake State Park are set to present a “Spooky Critter Hike,” scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

The event is a family-friendly hike designed to help children to learn about “animals of the night.” Each time visitors find a night critter, there will be a Halloween surprise waiting. Participants are urged to meet at the amphitheater (near the kid’s fish pond) and come dressed in their favorite costumes. Flashlights and cans of bug repellent are also suggested, and no pets are allowed.

The Johnson Branch state park is located on Lone Oak Road between Mountain Springs and Sanger. Normal park admission fees apply during this event, but the event itself is free.

The Johnson Branch at Ray Roberts Lake State Park will also host a pumpkin carving contest at 6 p.m. Oct. 27. The event is set to offer a night of family fun, candy, campfire, prizes and pumpkins. Participants are invited to bring their already carved Jack O' lanterns to the park’s amphitheater to be judged for first, second and third place prizes. One entry per family is allowed, and pets are not allowed. Visitors are also invited to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes. Judging starts at 6 p.m. As with the “Spooky Critter Hike,” normal park admission fees apply but the event itself is free.


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