Volunteer at Halloween Haunts

Volunteer Opportunities at Halloween Haunts


Pumpkin Carving

We are looking for volunteers to create Jack-o-lantern works of art to line our Enchanted Forest trail. We provides pumpkins and pumpkin carving tools. Volunteers can attend the carving day at Wehr on October 12th or can arrange to pick-up pumpkins on Oct. 11 to carve and return them by October 13th.

Corporate groups, service learners and clubs are welcome to participate!



Help our staff decorate the Wehr Nature Center visitor center interior and exterior in preparation for our Halloween Haunts event. Hang crepe paper and balloons, help with hanging lighting outdoors, and prepare outdoor displays.


Costumed Character Performers

Wehr is looking for performers to portray our cast of nature-themed, family friendly characters for our Halloween Haunts event. Each character performs a short (3-5 minute) skit for groups as they are led along the Enchanted Forest trail. There are up to 300 visitors participating each evening, divided into 22 groups.

A short audition (which can be virtual if needed) is required. Attending rehearsal on Monday, October 16 is preferred. You can choose to perform one evening or all three depending on your availability. Costumes and scripts are provided.


Pumpkin Patrol

Work with Wehr Nature Center staff and volunteers to place 300+ Jack-o-lanterns along the Halloween Haunts Enchanted Forest trail. Pumpkins are moved from a storage truck and rolled in wheelbarrows out to the ¼ miles trail. Pumpkin patrol members are responsible for placing and lighting candles throughout the event. Jack-o-Lanterns are returned to storage at the end of each evening to protect them from vandals and wildlife.

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Lighting and Special Effects

Assist Wehr Nature Center staff and volunteers in placing displays out along the Halloween Haunts Enchanted Forest trail. Help with placing lighting for characters/displays out and monitoring during the event. Help create fog effect for our witch’s cauldron. Help to trouble shoot and fix problems with lights/displays. Help secure equipment back to building after the event.


Enchanted Forest Guides

Lead groups of visitors along the Jack-o-lantern lit trail through the Enchanted Forest. Training is provided at our rehearsal scheduled for the Monday night before Halloween Haunts event.


Ready to volunteer?

Complete the volunteer application form and let us know what Halloween Haunts activity you are interested by checking them under the "Volunteer Interest" section.