Animal sanctuary gets spooky
Every year, children enjoy collecting Halloween treats. But at Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary, it isn't just humans who enjoy the tricks of the season.
"There will be trick or treating for the animals where children get veggies to feed the animals rather than getting candy," said Kit Collins of Out to Pasture, discussing the sanctuary's Halloween event — which is aptly named "Trick or Treat for the Animals."
This year's event is scheduled from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.
Animals participating in the trick or treating will include goats, sheep and potbellied pigs. Other animals at the sanctuary will also be in the pasture to interact with.
In addition to ensuring that the pasture's animals get to partake in Halloween festivities, the event will also feature cider making, a costume contest, face painting and a variety of games for children. Young visitors can throw rings onto a witch's hat, decorate pumpkins with edible paint to feed to the sanctuary's pigs and participate in an apple-on-the-string eating contest, which involves consuming the fruit without using your hands.
For older children and adults, there is a haunted barn. For anyone with a sweet tooth, there is a vegan bake sale.
"This is a good event for people who don't want their kids eating a bunch of candy," Collins said. "My favorite part is the apple-on-the-string eating contest. It's such an old fashioned game but so funny to be part of or to watch. We hang the apples off of strings under the grape arbor and put up quite a few. All ages enjoy this game."
Trick or Treat for the Animals is a fundraiser for Out to Pasture. There is a $5 suggested donation. Last year, about $2,400 was raised for the nonprofit organization.
Collins and her husband, John, founded Out to Pasture Animal Sanctuary at 33190 S.E. Regan Hill Road to take in animals that would have otherwise been abused, neglected or homeless. Out to Pasture is home to pigs, llamas, goats, lambs and a miniature donkey, among other creatures.
For additional information about the animal sanctuary, visit www.outtopasturesanctuary.org.