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The event Oct. 30 will feature guided spooky walks, raptor shows and a costume competition.

COURTESY IMAGE: HILLSBORO PARKS & RECREATION - Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is hosting a Halloween event at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve on Oct. 30.Word to the wise: If you were planning to dress up as an owl for Halloween, you're going to have some competition this year at Jackson Bottom Wetland Preserve.

Hillsboro Parks & Recreation is hosting a "Spooktacular" event for all ages at the nature center of the preserve on Oct. 30.

The trails around the nature center will be transformed for a guided spooky walk, people can participate in a costume competition and there will be a live raptor show featuring the spookiest birds of prey of all: owls.

"It's going to be a really fun holiday celebration — a chance for families and individuals to come and enjoy (Jackson Bottom)," said Kerstin Motsch-Reiter, nature program supervisor at the wetlands preserve.

Costumes are highly encouraged, Motsch-Reiter added.

Admission for the event from 3 to 8 p.m. at 2600 S.W. Hillsboro Highway is free for kids 3 and under and $5 per person for older attendees.

Guides for the spooky walk, which will take place on the trails near the nature center, will leave about every 15 to 20 minutes, taking groups of 10 to 15 people, Motsch-Reiter said.

The walk will have themed decorations and include trick-or-treating stops featuring hands-on educational activities about the wetlands preserve ecosystem, she said.

COURTESY PHOTO: HILLSBORO PARKS & RECREATION - The deck of the nature center at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve at 2600 S.W. Hillsboro Highway.The raptor shows on the deck of the nature center will also start periodically and will be hosted by nonprofit Perch Wildlife Education.

Activities will primarily be outside, groups will have capacity limits, and people will be asked to wear masks in accordance with public health guidelines.

Officials plan to release a more detailed schedule of activities soon.

Motsch-Reiter said the wetlands preserve hopes to host a similar Halloween event annually in the future.

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