October 13, 2015

Touch of Nature to host Haunted Hollow festival

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- A transformation will take place this fall as Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Touch of Nature Environmental Center becomes a Haunted Hollow, filled with fun for the entire family. 

The seventh annual Haunted Hollow family festival is set for 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1. It takes place at the center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale on Giant City Road. The festivities go on rain or shine so organizers encourage participants to dress accordingly for the day’s weather. 

The event will include a haunted hayride, interpretive nature walks, a costume parade and pumpkin decorating. There will also be Harry Potter-themed activities and children’s games. Participants will learn about and have the chance to hold snakes, lizards and other “creepy crawlers.” Everything is family friendly and suitable for all ages. 

Touch of Nature is wheelchair and stroller-accessible. A parent or guardian must accompany children to the event. 

In advance, tickets are $7 for people age 14 or older and $5 for ages 6-13. Children age five and younger get in free with an adult. The deadline to purchase advance tickets is Oct. 30. Call 618/453-1121 for ticket reservations. 

Walk-in participants are also welcome the day of the Haunted Hollow. However, admission prices at the door are $11 for age 14 and older or $7 for children age 6 to 13. Ticket purchases that day are by cash only. 

For more information, visit www.ton.siu.edu, email tonec@siu.edu, or call 618/453-1121.