A Food-free Halloween Festival for Kids

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  Far from spooky, most nocturnal animals are fuzzy friends that help keep balance in nature. Come celebrate these amazing creatures at the University of Tennessee Gardens on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from noon to 2 p.m.

Children and their parents are invited to dress up in costumes and enjoy food-free trick or treating and animal education. The event is designed to avoid the feared sugar rush and allow those with food allergies to participate in safe, seasonal, food-free activities. Scare yourself silly as you take part in activity stations throughout the garden. Local bat experts from UT’s Department of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries will be present to help teach us the truth about these amazing creatures along with other nocturnal friends. The Food Allergy Community of East Tennessee (FACET), Allergy & Asthma Affiliates, The Allergy Asthma and Sinus Center, and UT Federal Credit Union have helped to create this food free event.

This event will occur rain or shine. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The cost is $8 per child (12 and under). Families are welcome to come and enjoy the festivities anytime between noon and 2 p.m. Advance registration is required. Please contact Derrick Stowell, UT Gardens educator, at dstowell@utk.edu or 865-974-7151 or register online at http://tiny.utk.edu/utgardensbb​

For directions, more information, and a calendar of the UT Gardens’ fall events, please visit ag.tennessee.edu/utg.

The UT Gardens includes plant collections located in Knoxville, Jackson and Crossville. Designated as the official botanical garden for the State of Tennessee, the collections are part of the UT Institute of Agriculture. The Gardens’ mission is to foster appreciation, education and stewardship of plants through garden displays, educational programs and research trials. The Gardens are open during all seasons and free to the public. For more information, see the Gardens website: ag.tennessee.edu/utg​.



Derrick Stowell, 865-974-7151, dstowell@utk.edu