The South Davis Recreation Center will be holding its second annual South Davis Spook-tacular on Oct. 25 from 4-7 p.m.
Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in a wide range of activities including a canoe ride through a haunted swamp, carnival games, pumpkin carving, and a trick-or-treat alley.
Admission is free, but all activities require at least one ticket to participate. Tickets will be sold for 50 cents each.
“Kids are always looking for any excuse to wear their Halloween costumes, and this can be another reason for them to wear it,” said Mary Gadd, events coordinator for the rec center.
The rec center will be closed to the public on the day of the event, opening at 4 p.m. only for spooktacular-related activities. “Or they can just come in their normal clothes and have fun.”
The main lobby will include the trick-or-treat alley, where children can walk to the different stations and collect various toys and treats. The activity is similar to neighborhood trunk-or-treat events.
“We liked the idea of having a place where people can bring their whole family and spend the day together doing fun activities,” said Gadd. Other treats will also be available at the spooktacular, but they will cost. “It’s like a big party.”
The pool will be transformed into a haunted swamp for the Spook-tacular’s canoe ride, hidden beneath a tent and populated by creepy, crawly creatures.
The event will also have carnival games designed for kids of all ages and a spook alley to provide safe but fun scares for kids.
“We’re excited,” said Scott McDonald, aquatic and fitness director at the rec center. The rec center’s next holiday event will be a Thanksgiving 5k and kids 1k run. “We have a state of the art facility where we can provide a handful of wholesome and entertaining community events.”