'Highlands Halloween Happening' returns this Friday night

Families of all ages and sizes are invited to the Highlands Halloween Happening from 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Road in Prescott.

Organizers encourage folks to bring their own carved pumpkins and enter them into the event's jack-o'-lantern contest for a chance to win prizes.

People may enter their carved pumpkins in one of three categories: scary, nature and funny. Judging will be split into groups of participants ages 16 and under and 17 and over.

In addition, attendees will have the chance to stroll around the center's "Howl-o-ween Trail" to uncover the mysteries of the night at various stations, including the Magic Bag, or gather around the fire pit for "Fireside Fables" while munching on "Ghoulish Goodies."

Enter the inner sanctum for "Live! Wildlife Wonders," birds of prey and other rehabilitated wildlife to learn about what owls and other nocturnal animals eat. Highlands Center naturalists will guide participants in dissecting fascinating owl pellets.

Costumes are welcome, though not required, for the event.

For more details about the Halloween Happening, call 776-9550 or visit the center's website at www.highlandscenter.org for the jack-o'-lantern contest entry form and rules.

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children.