by Laura Kocum
on Saturday, October 27th, 2018 at 10:02am.
Here's a new spin on trick-or-treating- Cave of the Mounds is encouraging guests to bring their costumes underground. This weekend, through Wednesday, October 31, all ages are invited to explore the hidden treasures that sit beneath Blue Mounds.Cave of the Mounds is located roughly 30 minutes southwest of Madison. The cave was first discovered by accident in 1939, when miners blasted through the limestone hiding it. Since then, the cave was designated a National Natural Landmark, and areas of the cave were opened for visitors to tour and explore the magnificent paths underground. Today, visitors can tour the cave, study the fossils found inside, and enjoy biking and hiking trails surrounding the cave's entrance.
This weekend, visitors will enjoy an extra-special experience- with not-so-scary Halloween-themed activities throughout the property. Treat-hunting goes underground, with a search for the crystals and fossils that are waiting inside the cave. The South Cavern will provide an especially unique experience, as 300 candles have been placed to allow explorers to enjoy it by candle-light. Costumes are encouraged, and visitors can compete for the best costume in a long list of categories. There are prizes for the best costumes!
In addition to exploring the cave, visitors are invited to enjoy a tractor-pulled hayride, offered in partnership with Dane County Parks. The rides continue throughout the weekend at the Barn Discovery Center. While there, enjoy perusing through the rock samples, geodes and other surprises on display from the cave. Additional crafts and activities are planned for the Hollow-een visitors. A coloring contest offers another opportunity to win prizes.
Admission includes all of the activities for the Hollow-een event, including the self-guided Kooky Karst Scavenger Hunt Trail Walk, and the opportunity to search for buried bones in the fossil dig. At 2 p.m., participate in a seasonal story time, and at 3:15, join an interpretive walk-and-talk above the ground, with guides discussing the local history and geology.
The events promise to be an enjoyable experience for both young and old. Head over to Blue Mounds, and make some unique memories for the 2018 Hollow-een celebration!