Goblin Walks, part I

Huzzah!  It’s time for Goblin Walks, a not-so-scarey Hallowe’en event that’s been happening at the Dahlem Center for, gosh, about 30 years or so!  If you haven’t been to this event yet, perhaps this post will tempt into coming.

Pre-event, staff put together a seasonal dinner for the staff and volunteers who worked so hard to make this event happen.  We had Mark’s famous sloppy Joes, and I came in late with pumpkin pasties and apple pie, fresh from the oven.  Mmmmm.

And what were all these volunteers doing?  Carving upwards of 250 pumpkins!  There are gutters, carvers, those who dump the barrels of guts in the woods for the wildlife to enjoy, and those who place the finished pumpkins out along the trail.

Out in front of our building, lining the walkway and waiting to greet you, are the scarecrows from our annual scarecrow contest.

No Hallowe’en event would be complete without a circle of ghosts.

When you come for the program, you arrive just before your time slot (guided walks depart every 15 minutes).  Your leader takes you along the pumpkin lit trail and stops at several stations along the way, each featuring a different “wildlife skit.”  These vignettes help disspell some of the myths that surround some of our native wildlife, in a humorous and entertaining way.  At the end of the walk, each group ends up in the pavilion, where goodies and entertainment await.

Be sure to look for our special glow-in-the-dark spiders out along the trail.

Gary and Ellyn are just two of your Hallowe’en Hosts.

Beware!  You might run into an angry Nordic goddess!

We even have a cemetery – check out the names of some of the deceased!

As dusk settled, the pumpkins start to glow.

This is one of my favorites; it says “Dahlem” in Japanese!

At the end, Evelyn leads us all in Pumpkin Carols as we enjoy our cider and donuts.

Tonight’s the last night for Goblin Walks 2011.  If you haven’t been able to sign up this year, put us on your calendar for next year!  It’s a night of fun entertainment, suitable for the entire family.


About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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2 Responses to Goblin Walks, part I

  1. John Rathbone says:

    What a truly neat event! Looks like there was fun for everyone! A full round of “Attagirls!” and “Attaboys!” for all the volunteers and staff!

  2. Looks like a fun time. Some clever pumpkin designs there. I especially like the circle of ghosts.

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