Halloween-themed activities are already starting to pop up on the calendar for next weekend. But first, a public service announcement: please go out and get a flu shot. I spent 3 miserable days this week confined to bed with the highest fever I've had in a very long time. Trust me, you want to avoid this thing if at all possible.
Friday night is the monthly full moon hike by the Capital Hiking Club on the C&O Canal. They leave from the Angler's parking lot at 8:30pm.
A couple of nature centers are getting in the Halloween mood on Saturday:
Huntley Meadows is hosting a bat program at 1:00. "See a vampire bat skull, hear bat calls and explore the amazing world of these nocturnal flyers through naturalist-led activities and games." $6 per person; register at 703-768-2525.
And Hidden Oaks is hosting a night hike and kids activities on Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. "Meet costumed creatures including a black widow spider, skunk, owl and a dead tree that explain why they have scary reputations. Investigate real animal skulls and owl pellets and make crafts." Ages 4+, $7 per person; register at 703-941-1065.
And if you need to do some preparing for Halloween weekend, check out our list of 10 nature-themed halloween costumes. We'd love to hear more ideas!