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Spookapalooza 2013 at DeSoto State Park


Jacksonville State University Field Schools and Alabama State Parks have teamed up to bring residents of Alabama a weekend of Halloween festivities.

DeSoto State Park will be hosting the fifth annual Spookapalooza beginning this Friday, October 25.

JSU Field School programs and events cultivate a comprehension of Alabama’s natural and cultural significance, celebrate diversity, and foster stewardship of the natural world.

Renee Morrison, assistant director at JSU Field Schools, said “The staff at DSP go all out to create, in my opinion, the best October event in the South. When you enter DeSoto State Park during Spookapalooza, all of your senses are entertained. Sight, smell, taste, touch and even shiver!”

In the past five years, there has been anywhere from 100- 300 people at each spooky storytelling program and more than 1,000 visitors to the other parts of the event.

Morrison says that “folks make Spookapalooza  overnight and weekend reservations for the lodge, cabins and campgrounds a year in advance!”

JSU’s Little River Canyon Field Schools and DeSoto State Park began their partnership over 20 years ago when the Field Schools were first formed.

The Field Schools have developed and implemented more than 3,000 partnership programs, such as the one with DeSoto State Park, over the past two decades.

Spookapalooza was created by Brittney Hughes, a DeSoto State Park employee, as an enhancement to the October campfire stories, which were presented by Morrison, a member of Alabama’s National Storytellers.

Spookapalooza weaves natural history with creative arts in a beautiful public land setting during the prettiest time of the year in the state of Alabama.

With entertainment ranging from story-telling to live animal shows, Spookapalooza 2013 is sure to include fun for all ages.

All events, each of which will take place inside DeSoto State Park, are free and open to all ages.

Tellabration, a celebration of story-telling from across the planet, is JSU’s Field Schools’ next event on November 16 at the Mountain Center in Heflin, Alabama.

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