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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

October 19, 2010

Goblins in the Garden

What: El Día de los Muertos will be honored as part of this year’s Goblins in the Garden spectacular at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin.

When: Sunday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Where: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, Texas 78739

Background: The Wildflower Center’s Halloween bash is a fun treat for all ages.

For the kids: Children can trick-or-treat at candy stations in our safe Halloween courtyard and get their faces painted. Explore the Not-So-Haunted Tower, where Botanica the herbal witch casts her spells and offers jello “brains” and other goodies, and check out the Mad Scientist’s lab in the Little House. Other activities include decorating a necklace of clay skulls for el Día de los Muertos and identifying bones along the Trail of Bones on the Center grounds. Free treats will be available in the store for children 12 and under.

For the whole family: Use your cameras to pose for family pictures in the punkin’ patch near the Little House. Enjoy goodies from Hey Cupcake!, whose trailer will be on the grounds. Explore the time-honored celebration in Mexico of the Day of the Dead by visiting an altar of sugar skulls, marigolds and food. Listen to music in the courtyard provided by Chalumeau Clarinet Quartet and flutist Arvis Green, and stop by the café for hot chocolate and other options.

Admission:  $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and students, $3 for children 5 through 12, and free for Center members and children under 5. Sponsors include 93.3 KGSR, Cliff Bar and Co. and Hey Cupcake! For more information, visit http://www.wildflower.org/goblins, or call 512.232.0200.

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