The devils and the witches are beginning to show their creepy faces. Scary pumpkins and skulls are receiving people at the doorways. Ghouls and creatures will soon be knocking on our doors in search for goodies and sweets and you must obey unless you want to face the consequences.

That’s right! It is trick or treat time and like any other American we all try to set up our best costumes and diabolic decorations to enjoy and celebrate this holiday.

It is stated that today’s Halloween customs are thought to have been influenced by folk customs and beliefs from the Celtic-speaking countries, some of which are believed to have pagan roots.

On October 31st, several countries around the world celebrate the holiday, dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints, martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers.

In the U.S., the typical Halloween celebration includes trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing and divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions, telling scary stories and watching horror films.

Friends Camping at Clear CreekNonetheless, for this year we have a really scary alternative to enjoy Halloween. How about instead of your annual costume party, you show everyone how brave you are and come camping in the woods on October 31st…?

Face a blinding darkness, scary night noises, crawling creatures, and the feeling of being all alone and vulnerable in the wilderness. Do you dare?

Take advantage of Halloween and choose any State park in Colorado to set a nice camping tent and build a fire to warm your creepy night. Roast marshmallows as you gather with your friends and tell scary stories.

Enjoy nocturnal animal sighting and count shooting stars over the burning night sky. After a good, long night of spooks and horrors, maybe, just maybe you might actually be able to go to sleep.

Look Out for Bats!

Remember that starting on October 25th, we will be celebrating the National Bat week, and since you will be showing everyone how brave you are, while camping on the woods; by reporting any active or dead bat sighting, you can also help protect these little, creepy fellows.

About 40 species of bats call National Park lands home. Most are insectivorous and live in caves or similar places. Since 2007 bats populations have reduced significantly to due a disease named White-nose Syndrome.

Therefore, if you see a bat on the ground or acting strangely, tell a park ranger. Don’t pick it up, simply tell a park official about it. This way you will be honoring and protecting a true Halloween symbol.

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