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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) - Families across the Cedar Valley are invited to enjoy the spooky outdoors.

Hartman Reserve's annual Halloween Hikes are an essential fall festivity, with hikes leaving every 15 minutes from 6:00-8:00 p.m. October 21-23.  Performed on illuminated trails of Hartman Reserve Nature Center, this event will spotlight a variety of forest animals who have long been misunderstood. 

Half-masted Comedy Troupe members will portray most of the characters, sure to fill the air with laughter. Warm up with cocoa courtesy of Nestle, coffee from Starbucks, or apple cider provided by Target and Hy-Vee. Tasty treats will also be served thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Great American Cookies, Wal-mart, Sam's Club, Janet Mitchell, and Tonya Mastin.

New this year, the public is also invited to add to the décor with a pumpkin carving contest to be held each night of the hikes. Participants may bring their pumpkins to Hartman Reserve Nature Center during normal business hours beginning Monday, October 19. There is a $1 entrance fee per pumpkin. Pumpkins will be displayed during each night of the hikes and guests will vote for their favorites. Entries will also be displayed on the Hartman website.

Prizes will be awarded in various categories for the pumpkin carving contest. Winners will be notified on October 26. Entrants must pick up their pumpkins by 4:30 pm on Monday, October 26.  All unclaimed entries will be composted.

For more information about the pumpkin carving contest or Halloween Hikes, visit www.hartmanreserve.org or call 319-277-2187. All proceeds from the event will be used by the Friends of Hartman Reserve to support environmental education.

A scary alternative to Hartman's Halloween Hikes is the Black Hawk County Conservation Board's Panic Park Haunted House. For more information visit www.panicpark.org.

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