Meet creepy crawlies on BREC’s Haunted Hikes every Friday in October

Trick or treat for candy and pet scaly creatures. Celebrate Halloween by learning about Louisiana's wildlife.

If your family wants to score some Halloween candy and meet a baby alligator, then BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp is for you. Every Friday night in October, families are welcome to take Haunted Hikes through the swamp’s spooky trails. 

Well, spooky doesn’t always have to mean scary. And, at the Bluebonnet Swamp, families can trick-or-treat and learn about Louisiana wildlife for a more educational experience.

A skull from the animal morgue.

“We try to be more educational. So, people go away with ‘it was kind of ooky, but we still learned a lot and it was a lot of fun,’” said Shannon Guidry, the Education Program Specialist at Bluebonnet Swamp. 

To Guidry, ooky means visiting an animal morgue, petting friendly creatures and feeling a container of cow guts. After 16 years of putting on this event, she thinks the Nature Center has the Haunted Hikes down to a fun and interactive science.

Artanis the rat made himself very comfortable on my shoulder.

A fun science such as meeting friendly animals like Mr. Artanis, the rat. On the hikes and inside the Nature Center, you’ll be able to walk up to and pet the creatures. 

Not all of the critters are small and fluffy, like Artanis, though. Expect to see snakes, baby alligators, bugs and more. 

Before you go, the professionals have a few tips for the kids.

“So, what I would tell them to do is pet the back or the tail or even their back feet if they really want to,” said Olivia Soler, the Program Aid, while gently holding a baby alligator. “But obviously, they cannot touch their face.”

See more Halloween events happening around town. 

Now, the Halloween-themed hikes open Oct. 11, 18 and 25 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. All ages are welcome. Entry is $6 per person and free for kids aged three and under. 

Be sure to wear your costume and bring a flashlight!