Trick-or-Treat at the Salato Wildlife Education Center

Published 9:56 am Monday, October 17, 2016

Popular Halloween Walk with the Animals event is Oct. 29


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FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages youngsters – and the young at heart – to put on their costumes and join the Salato Wildlife Education Center staff in Frankfort for the best trick-or-treat experience in town on Saturday, Oct. 29. 

Salato’s annual Halloween Walk with the Animals event features child-friendly activities including a hay bale maze, “Creatures of the Night” exhibit, face painting and – of course – plenty of candy. Kids will receive a “passport” which they can get stamped at more than a dozen candy stations scattered throughout the grounds. Salato staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and all of the wildlife will be present and waiting for you.

The center will open at noon (Eastern) for the event, which runs until 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, regardless of age. Annual membership holders and infants too young to participate receive free admission.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation sponsors Halloween Walk with the Animals. Proceeds from the event benefit the Salato center. 

Walk with the Animals not only allows families to enjoy the traditions of Halloween, but it provides a great opportunity for visitors to see and learn more about Kentucky’s native wildlife. “Halloween Walk with the Animals is a fun event that we look forward to hosting each year,” said Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation Director Rachel Crume. “If families are looking for a safe and unique place to trick-or-treat, this is the place.”

The Salato Center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The center is off U.S. 60, approximately 1½ miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.

Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays. The center will close for the winter after Nov. 23, then reopen in the spring of 2017.

Except for select events, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for youth 5 to 18. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.