Sequoia Gets Spooky as Wuksachi Lodge Celebrates Halloween

Wuksachi Lodge at Twilight. Source: Wuksachi LodgeThe lost souls of the high Sierras will inspire the imagination for all ages throughout October at Wuksachi Lodge and Sequoia National Park.

Indian spirits and the lost souls of miners, loggers and other historic denizens of the high Sierras will inspire the imagination for all ages during cave tours, lantern walks, pumpkin carving and more during October through Halloween at Wuksachi Lodge and Sequoia National Park.

General Sherman Tree “Haunted” Lantern Tour – Oct. 13

Sequoia National Park once served as home to Native Americans, new territory for Spanish explorers and a land of opportunity for disenchanted laborers in search of riches. Dare to encounter these “ghosts” of Sequoia? Illuminated only by lantern and guided by a historical character who lived in the Giant Forest in the early 1940s, a 90-minute walking tour to the largest tree on Earth will highlight the unique history of one of the greatest sequoia groves in the Sierra Nevada. Meet at Upper Sherman parking lot at 6 p.m. Admission is free. Warm clothing is recommended. For updated information, visit http://www.visitsequoia.com/ranger-programs.aspx or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

Crystal Cave Halloween Tours – Oct. 27 & 28

Crystal Cave has been loved by countless visitors since its opening in 1940. It served as a winter home to Civilian Conservation Corps who built trails inside and has hosted many explorers through the centuries. Do the spirits of past visitors still roam the cave's marble passageways? Find out as experienced cave naturalists guide a one-hour spooky Halloween tour inspired by Crystal Cave's human history. Cost is $20 per person; must be 8 years old and older. For tour schedule and ticket information, visit http://www.sequoiahistory.org/ or call (559) 565-4251.

Kid’s Halloween Party – Oct. 20

Set in the high Sierras, the Kid’s Halloween Party at Wuksachi is a party like no other. The festive occasion will feature traditional fun in a non-traditional setting, including harvest-themed arts and crafts, games, a costume contest and snacks. Admission is free. Costumes are welcome, but not required. For updated information, visit http://www.visitsequoia.com/ranger-programs.aspx or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

Artist Weekend – Oct. 20 & 21

While children attend the Kid’s Halloween Party on Saturday night, parents can get artistic and explore Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks through the camera’s lens and the writer’s pen with photographer Jeff Jones and author and naturalist William C. Tweed. Cost is $10 and includes wine tasting and light appetizers. Sunday morning, join Jones again during a free one-hour photo walk through Sequoia where he will discuss the joys and challenges of Sierra photography and share techniques for all skill levels. Cameras are recommended for this program. For updated information, visit http://www.visitsequoia.com/ranger-programs.aspx or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

Pumpkin Carving – Oct. 26

Legend has it that the first “jack-o'-lantern” was actually carved out of a turnip. Irish Catholics placed carved turnips containing candles in their windows to ward off the dead souls they presumed wandered about on the eve of All Saints Day, originally known as All Hallows’ Evening and later shortened to Halloween. The Irish switched to pumpkins when they immigrated to America since turnips were more likely to be served for dinner. Hear this and other stories while carving jack-o’-lanterns during Wuksachi Lodge’s Halloween-themed program. Stop by anytime between 6-8 p.m. Cost is free and materials are provided. For updated information, visit http://www.visitsequoia.com/ranger-programs.aspx or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

To book overnight accommodations at Wuksachi Lodge, call (866) 807-3598 or visit http://VisitSequoia.com.

Image: Wuksachi Lodge at Twilight. Source: Wuksachi Lodge