NOT SO SCARY HALLOWEEN WALK
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dress up your little ghosts and goblins for our annual Not So Scary Halloween Walk. Bring your flashlights and explore the nooks and crannies of the Sun Garden – search for spiders, bats, jack-o-lanterns and toads as you wander down the darkened pathways. Enjoy refreshments, games and crafts and get a glimpse of the Halloween train in our popular train garden. It’s not so scary in our gardens, making this event great for all ages. Take home a goodie bag after the fun.
Purchase tickets for express admission or pay at the door.
1 PM - 3 PM
Your dog is welcome to spend the afternoon out with you in the gardens. The afternoon is packed with activities for your four-legged doggie friends and human two-legged companions.
• Howl-o-ween dog costume contest at 2 PM
• Vendors with pet-related items
• Ask the trainer your animal questions
• Visit the photo booth to see if your dog can sit still long enough for a photo op
• Listen in to hear the story of the origin of Halloween
• Visit the creativity corner to make crafts with the kids
• Garden scavenger hunt for all ages
• Read stories about Halloween with pets
Free admission 1 PM - 3 PM with donation of dog or cat food, treats, or a toy that is not stuffed that will be distributed to local shelters.
To ensure a safe interaction among guests and dogs, we ask that you use a short, non-retractable leash and the provided dooty bags. Dogs that are current on rabies vaccinations, have been spayed or neutered and are socialized for encounters with other animals and children are welcome for this special day in our gardens.
1 PM - 3 PM
Celebrate Halloween and the fall harvest at the Botanical Center. Show off your costume, compete in races and paint a pumpkin to take home. One pumpkin or gourd per family, purchase additional pumpkins for $2 each or bring a pumpkin and we'll supply the paint.
• Pumpkin painting in the events canopy
• Get moving pumpkin fun including: Pumpkin broom race, Pumpkin toss, Candy Corn Race
• Visit the story corner to hear about The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
• Stop by the creativity corner to make your own pumpkin craft and learn who likes to eat pumpkins
• Form teams with your family and do the free garden scavenger hunt
• Come in your costume and take a photo with the whole family
GIRL SCOUT TERRIFIC TERRARIUMS
10 AM - 12 PM
Grow a green thumb! Come out to the Quad City Botanical Center and learn about the different types of habitat and needs for plants and ecosystems. After learning the basics of habitats, make your very own terrarium to take home. Brownies, Juniors and Cadettes are invited. The Gardener badge opportunity is for Juniors. Badges can be purchased at any Girl Scout Shop or online.
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Wild turkeys are native to North America and reside in every state except Alaska. Benjamin Franklin had actually wanted the turkey, and not the bald eagle, to be the symbol of the USA. We’ll discuss a turkey’s lifestyle and make a craft worth hanging up at Thanksgiving, share story time and gobble up a snack, too. KinderNature is for kids 3-5 and is held the first Tuesday of each month.
GIRL SCOUT WELCOME TO THE DAISY FLOWER GARDEN
1 PM - 3 PM
Explore the world of gardening with the staff at the Quad City Botanical Center! Plant a mini garden and learn about worm composting and how it helps the plants. Daisies can complete all the steps to earn the Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden Journey badge. Badges can be purchased at any Girl Scout Shop or online.