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Celebrate Halloween with the Fishes at The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center Oct. 24

East Texas families can get more treats than tricks at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s Halloween at the Hatchery event. The annual event provides a safe place to go trick-or-treating while raising money for local causes including the East Texas Crisis Center, Henderson County Rainbow Room, and the Athens High School Bass Fishing Team. The outdoor event will feature family-friendly games and activities Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 — 8 p.m. Local businesses and organizations will hand out free candy from booths located on the center’s grounds. “Halloween at the Hatchery is a staple in the Henderson County community,” said Hannah Lively, Allen Family Dentistry Business Manager. “We love to gather with everyone and just have fun! It always draws a huge crowd because it is a very well put together event. We look forward to it every year.” Admission for Halloween at the Hatchery is $1 cash per person, and all proceeds will benefit local nonprofit organizations. Trick-or-treaters can enter the event from three areas including the Visitor Center entrance, the bus and trailer parking lot gate, and the overflow parking lot gate. The overflow parking lot is close to the Angler’s Pavilion and is located on Peninsula Point Road. On the day of the event, the TFFC will be open during normal business hours from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will reopen at 6 p.m. for this special event. No one will be admitted between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m., and no pets are allowed. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Event support comes from vendors including Acme Brick Co., Allen Family Dentists, Lakeland Medical Associates, the VFW of Athens, Henderson County 4-H, Red Dot Buildings, Walmart Supercenter Store 412, KCKL, Island Tans & Gift Boutique, Athens Screen Printing and Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership. Businesses or organizations interested in reserving a booth for the event can contact Rebecca Sellers at (903) 670-2266. The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center is located at 5550 F.M. 2495, about 4 miles east of Athens. Regular admission is $5.50 for adults, $4.50 for seniors 65 and older, and $3.50 for children ages 4 through 12. For more information call (903) 676-2277 or visit



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