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Hartwick Pines' Oct. 19 campground trick-or-treat offers plenty of fall family fun for campers

Contact: Greg Kinser, 989-348-5293 or Ed Golder, 517-335-3014
Agency: Natural Resources

Oct. 11, 2013

Hartwick Pines State Park will host its first campground trick-or-treating celebration for campers on Saturday, Oct. 19. In addition to trick-or-treating, this celebration will feature pumpkin carving, hayrides, cider and donuts.

Pumpkin carving begins at 11 a.m. at the camp host site. Trick-or-treating participants will gather at the camp host site beginning at 4:30 p.m. and trick-or-treating will take place from 5-6 p.m. During this time, no cars are allowed to drive on the roads in the campground. Festivities are open to campers of all ages, so bring the entire family.

Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsite, bring candy for the kids, and come out to enjoy a spookily fun weekend up north at Hartwick Pines State Park. The park is located at 4216 Ranger Road, in Grayling.

To enjoy this autumn campground event, reserve a campsite or cabin at Hartwick Pines State Park by calling 1-800-44-PARKS or visit www.midnrreservations.com. A Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles entering the state park. For more information about this event or reservations, please call Hartwick Pines at 989-348-7068.

The Recreation Passport is an easy, affordable way for residents to enjoy and support outdoor recreation opportunities in Michigan. By checking "YES" for the $11 Recreation Passport ($5 for motorcycles) when renewing a license plate through the Secretary of State (by mail, kiosk, online at www.expresssos.com or at branch offices), Michigan motorists get access to state parks, recreation areas, state forest campgrounds, nonmotorized state trailhead parking and state boat launches. In addition, Recreation Passport holders can enjoy real savings at businesses and retailers that participate in the Passport Perks discount program. The Recreation Passport is valid until the next license plate renewal date. Nonresidents can purchase the Recreation Passport ($30.50 annual; $8.40 daily) at any state park or recreation area or through the Michigan e-Store at www.michigan.gov/estore.

Learn more about this creative way of sustaining Michigan's outdoor recreation and natural resources at www.michigan.gov/recreationpassport.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.

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