published Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Plenty of activities on tap for Festival of the Jack O' Lanterns in Chattanooga


• What: Festival of the Jack O' Lanterns.

• When: 2-9 p.m. Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday.

• Where: Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center, 40 Garden Road.

• Admission: Members $10 adults, $8 children 4-11; nonmembers $12 adults, $10 children 4-11. Additional costs for horse-and-buggy rides, pony rides and canoe trips.

• Phone: 821-1160.

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It won't be planes, trains and automobiles, but families can opt for buggies, wagons and canoes at the 13th annual Festival of the Jack O' Lanterns on Saturday and Sunday at the Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center.

Tina Harvey Crawford, director of development and marketing, said visitors can take a ride in a buggy pulled by a mule, enjoy a hayride in a wagon or paddle a canoe on a guided tour of Lookout Creek.

The professional guide accompanying the paddlers during the hour-plus tour will point out the flora and fauna of the area, she said.

Elsewhere, the festival will be teeming with activities and opportunities for families.

Among the activities are pumpkin carving, storytelling, a bonfire for cooking s'mores, petting zoo and face-painting. For pumpkin carving, families can bring their own or purchase one at the festival.

Chattanooga Arboretum & Nature Center educators will be on hand for a birds of prey presentation.

The crafts children can make either day include ghost blow pops, privet fans and pipe cleaner spiders. On Sunday only, gourd-painting also will be available.

Children also will receive a goody bag to tote their crafts and the candy they'll receive.

Live music throughout the event will come from The Lone Mountain Band, The Possum Hunters and Mad River Rising.

Families are welcome to bring a picnic or purchase food on the grounds. Later, she said, they can watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown."

Attendees are urged to dress warmly if they plan to take in the movie.

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about Clint Cooper...

Clint Cooper is the faith editor and a staff writer for the Times Free Press Life section. He also has been an assistant sports editor and Metro staff writer for the newspaper. Prior to the merger between the Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times in 1999, he was sports news editor for the Chattanooga Free Press, where he was in charge of the day-to-day content of the section and the section’s design. Before becoming sports ...

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