By Molly Daly

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – You won’t have to travel far for a nocturnal adventure in the woods tonight and tomorrow night, when the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education holds its popular Halloween Hikes and Hayrides.

It’s a rare chance to see the Schuylkill Center’s woods by the light of the moon, with a little help.

“We take our folks out on the trails, and the trails are lit up by luminaries.”

Program manager Camila Rivera-Tinsley says participants will meet up with several bigger-than-life nocturnal critters played by actors who’ll answer questions — and give them a try for their goodie bags. The $7 admission — $5 for Schuylkill Center members — includes the hike, s’mores, and more.

“We have hayrides, we have a campfire, we have an arts and crafts component where participants get a chance to paint a pumpkin, and just sit down and have hot chocolate and coffee — so really, from the age of 4 to 104, you can have a great time here at the Schuylkill Center.”

In addition to the animal actors and late season crickets, participants may hear some of the local critters chime in — like resident Great Horned and Screech Owls,  or even coyotes, which have been heard in the area.

On Saturday, the Annie’s Homegrown food company will be sampling its new line of frozen pizzas.

The event runs from 6 to 10 Friday and Saturday night.  Find out more at

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