Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s annual TurtleWeen brings fun educational activities, promotes conservation

Turtleween (1)Celebrate Halloween sea turtle style at Loggerhead Marinelife Center’s annual TurtleWeen event on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At the Halloween-themed event, “ghouls and goblins” can enjoy crafts, a photo booth, face-painting, fall foods, a pumpkin patch and more. Guests can also explore mysteries of the deep in LMC’s new Strange Seas Exhibit, peek inside the Haunted Hospital and experiment in the Mad Science Lab.

This year, LMC is putting a new spin on TurtleWeen by promoting environmentally friendly activities, such as healthy snacks and a Candy Wrapper Recycling Program. LMC will place a TerraCycle bin on campus where guests can dispose of their children’s candy wrappers from Oct. 1 through Nov. 20. Guests will receive a free reusable trick-or-treat bag for Halloween and recycle the used wrappers.

“We’re focusing on conservation this year because it’s our mission,” said Hannah Campbell, programs coordinator. “We want to educate guests on simple ways to reduce waste and encourage them to recycle candy wrappers, carry reusable bags on Halloween and eat healthier.”

At the end of November, LMC will collect all recycling bags for shipping to TerraCycle. Wrappers will be used to make school supplies and other repurposed materials. Palm Beach County school teachers interested in setting up a classroom bin can contact Demi Fox, outreach coordinator, at dfox@marinelife.org. For more information, visit www.marinelife.org/conservation.

LMC will also hold two costume contests at noon and 2:30 p.m. and will award the best-dressed with fun prizes.