Two nature-inspired programs this month serve up Halloween fun in the Metro Parks.

First, join a naturalist to create a seasonal work of art during a pumpkin-carving program Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at Goodyear Heights Metro Park Lodge, 2077 Newton St. in Akron. Participants should bring a pumpkin, safe carving utensils, and a container for saving the seeds, if desired. Some tools and a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds will be provided.

Second, the day before kids everywhere are dressed in costume for Halloween, take a closer look at critters that "dress up" as other animals and objects to survive during "Creatures in Costume," Oct. 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Wood Hollow Metro Park, 2121 Barlow Road in Hudson. Participants are encouraged to dress up. The program includes a hike on the 1.2-mile Downy Loop Trail, which is good for Fall Hiking Spree credit.

Call 330-865-8065 for more information.

To learn more about the annual Fall Hiking Spree, visit