Ghosts and goblins of all ages can join the fun at the Salato Wildlife Education Center’s Halloween Walk with the Animals in Frankfort from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Admission to the child-safe, trick-or-treat event is $5 a person. Members get in free.
The event is most appropriate for children younger than 11 and their parents. Little trick-or-treaters are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Doors open at noon instead of the usual 10 a.m. for the event.
Salato Center staff will treat visitors with lots of exciting activities. The fun begins at the door when children get animal passports. They can then collect candy and get their passports stamped at animal exhibits throughout the grounds.
Little goblins can explore the Haunted Hay Maze and dare to view the “Creatures of the Night” exhibit. Children also can fish for prizes at the fishing booth.
Visitors can skip the lines by buying their tickets in advance. Call (502) 564-7863 for more information. Halloween Walk with the Animals helps raise funds for future exhibits and programs.
The Salato Center has a variety of native animals for the public to see, including a black bear, an eagle, bobcats, elk, deer, bison, snakes and fish. The center has numerous indoor exhibits and miles of hiking trails open to the public. Fishing is available at two lakes.
The center is operated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The Salato Center is off U.S. 60 in Frankfort, approximately 1½ miles west of the U.S. 127 intersection. Look for the bronze deer statue at the entrance of the main Kentucky Fish and Wildlife campus.
Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Salato is closed on Sunday, Monday and state holidays. The center will close for the winter beginning Nov. 28.
Except for select events such as Walk with the Animals, admission is $4 for adults and $2 for ages 5 to 18. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. The center also offers annual memberships for individuals and families.