Just in time for Halloween, spooky tales told by a crackling bonfire

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Children gather round a bonfire to hear spooky stories at last year's event. (Kari

Moose Mountains Regional Greenways is offering a Family Bonfire Storytime evening of nature-related children's games, songs, and stories on Oct. 26, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The activity is part of MMRG's 'MOOSE-ies for Families' program, which seeks to foster future generations of conservationists by providing opportunities for children and their families to have fun together outdoors while learning about the natural world.

One year ago, a similar Bonfire Storytime was the kickoff event for the newly initiated 'MOOSE-ies for Families' series. Kids and adults were entranced with tales of creepy creatures brought by MMRG volunteer Pastor Tom Gardner, who teaches nature's classroom for Middleton Schools.

Music making and theatrical stories also got everyone thoroughly engaged as the bonfire blazed. Once again led MMRG staff and volunteers, this year's Family Bonfire Storytime will feature more treats, participatory games, music and story-telling around the bonfire.

Preregistration is required to participate in 'MOOSE-ies for Families' activities. For information, directions and to pre-register, contact MMRG's Education Coordinator Kari Lygren at (603) 978-7125.

MOOSE-ies for Families' stands for Members Only Outdoor and Social Events for Families; the program of six 'MOOSE-ies for Families' activities per year is free for MMRG members. If the membership fee of $25 per household per year is a financial burden, families may inquire of Executive Director Patti Connaughton-Burns about available scholarships by calling (603) 473-2020.

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