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6 fresh reasons to enjoy Werewolf Creek on Halloween

By Hallie Kutch, Parks & Recreation Marketing Staff Assistant

The spell has been cast.

With ghosts, witches, and creatures of fright roaming the night, Halloween will once again be a spectacular blast at Wolf Pen Creek Park. Join us for the City of College Station’s Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5-10 p.m. The free event offers activities for all ages and a memorable evening of frightful family fun.

The park transforms into a five-acre, trick-or-treating paradise, thanks in part to dozens of candy booths hosted by local businesses, non-profits, and other community groups. The booths will offer candy and activities, and the festival site will feature large carnival games, a petting zoo, joy jumps, a hay maze, food trucks and much more.

>> Photos: 2016 Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek

The event offers six fresh thrills and chills this year:

1. Costume Contest

You can be the ultimate master of disguise in our Halloween costume contest as ghoulish guests are welcome to enter and show off their creativity. The contest features prizes in several categories, including babies and toddlers, kids, teens, families, couples and group costumes. For guidelines and a schedule, visit

2. Haunted Trail

Walk into a wicked woods full of frights and strange sites. The haunted trail leads to the festival. Walk this way – it’s scary fun for the whole family.

3. Photo Opportunities

Spiders, bats, black cats, and more, see what photo opportunities are in store. Look for oversized, spooky photo opportunities with some of your favorite Halloween characters.

4. Pumpkin Patch

It’s not too late to decorate with pumpkins. The Pumpkin Patch will be operated by Faith in Action and will sell pumpkins ranging from $1 to $35, depending on size. All of the proceeds will go to BCS Habitat for Humanity. Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted.

5. Story Time

Guests of all ages can hear favorite Halloween tales, stories and rhymes.

6. Live Entertainment

“It’s close to midnight, and something evil’s lurkin’ in the dark…” Experience the Michael Jackson magic though tribute artist Michael Ray as he performs “Thriller.” The College Station High School dance team will also perform, and a creepy, crawly show of various reptiles from the Texas Reptile Hospice and Sanctuary will be on display.

Guests may bring refreshments — coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller – but food vendors will be available. Alcohol and glass containers are not allowed. Post Oak Mall offers convenient parking, and handicap parking is available at the Arts Council and Amphitheatre parking lots on Colgate Drive. Shuttles will not be available.

For more information on the costume contest, food vendors, and to see the entertainment schedule, go to

Don’t miss the fun– the Halloween countdown has begun!


About the Blogger

Hallie Kutch is in her third year as marketing staff assistant in the Parks & Recreation Department after graduating from Texas A&M in 2014 with a degree in sports management. She has previously worked with the Dallas Sidekicks professional soccer team and Texas Team Junior Golf. Originally from White Oak, Hallie also attended Kilgore College and was a member of the famed Kilgore Rangerettes dance team.


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Oct. 7 event makes racing in diapers superb family fun

By Virginia Godwin, Assistant Recreation Supervisor

Friendly competition never goes out of style — especially when the competitors are still in diapers.

On Saturday, Oct. 7, young crawlers, stumblers, walkers and runners from across the Brazos Valley will get together for the Toddler 2K and Baby Crawl at Wolf Pen Creek Park. The fun-filled event will also feature vendor booths and health and wellness activities that families can enjoy together.

Youngsters will compete on their developmental level and will be divided by age into early crawlers, strong crawlers, early walkers, strong walkers, and toddlers. Crawlers and early walkers will have a short distance race with one parent or caregiver at the starting line and one at the finish line. Walkers and toddlers will compete in a 2K race and may be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Participants will be given complete instructions after they check-in starting at 9 a.m.

College Station Parks & Recreation and Fit4Moms are also offering a free family workout from 9-9:45 a.m. Moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles and anyone else is welcome to participate and model healthy activities for the little ones.

Children five-and-under must be kept in a stroller during the workout but will be entertained throughout. If you have not participated in a recent Fit4Moms class, please arrive early to complete a waiver form.

The cost is $5 per child, and registration ends Oct. 5.

Call 979-764-3486 for more information, or go to to register.


About the Blogger

Virginia Godwin is in her fourth year as assistant recreation supervisor/youth services. A College Station native, she previously served as staff development specialist for Kids’ Klub, the College Station Independent School District’s after-school program.


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Voters’ Choice returns to popular Starlight Music Series

By Gerry Logan, Recreation Supervisor

If you dream of performing on a live stage in front of enthusiastic and appreciative music fans, here’s your chance.

The crowd-pleasing Voters’ Choice contest returns to College Station’s Starlight Music Series this spring after a successful debut in 2016.

Bands and musicians over the age of 16 — and not signed under a promotional authority/contract — can enter for a chance to play at the May 6 concert at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Entrants must submit one song in an MP3 format along with a YouTube video of the song being performed.

A panel of local judges will select up to 12 finalists based on song originality, stage presence, and creativity. The public will then vote April 4-15 to determine the three artists who will compete at Wolf Pen Creek for these prizes:

1st Place $750 and an artist development package by Revive45
2nd Place $500
3rd Place $250

Starlight Music Series

In College Station, the arrival of spring means more than warm temperatures, green grass, and blooming flowers. It also means the return of the popular Starlight Music Series on selected Saturdays at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

The free six-concert series opens April 8 and feature a variety of music to fit just about every taste.

Since 2002, the City of College Station has invited citizens to enjoy family-friendly entertainment under the stars. The best parts are that it’s completely free and guests can bring refreshments. Food and drink are also available for purchase on-site.

Guests are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs, and free parking is available at Post Oak Mall. We offer a KidZone area at each concert that features bounce houses and other activities from 6-10 p.m.

Join us this spring for six nights of free musical entertainment under the stars at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater!

2017 Concert Schedule

April 8 Texas Unlimited Band with guest Rosie Flores
May 6 Voters’ Choice winners
May 13 Will Hoge (solo) with guests Bonnie Bishop and Joey McGee
May 27 Def Leggend with guests Infinite Journey and Trio Grande
June 10 Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws with guest Kidd Reece and Mo’ Live Zydeco
June 24 Cory Morrow with guest Cameran Nelson


For more information, go to or contact us at or 979.764.3486.


About the Author

Gerry Logan (@GL_sportsguy) is in his fifth year with the Parks & Recreation Department and has served as special events supervisor since 2014. He was previously the sports coordinator for the City of Clinton (Miss.) for three years. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., Gerry is a graduate student at Texas A&M after earning a degree in parks & recreation management from the University of Mississippi in 2010.


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Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek features candy, activities


By Gerry Logan, Special Events Supervisor

Instead of hopping neighborhoods and navigating dark streets this Halloween, take your family to the Wolf Pen Creek Festival Site on Friday, Oct. 28 for Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek, where more than 100,000 pieces of free candy will be available.

From 5-10 p.m., Wolf Pen Creek will become a five-acre trick-or-treating paradise, thanks in part to 80 candy booths hosted by local businesses, non-profits and other groups. Activities include a mini hay maze, Paw Paw’s Party Train, bounce houses, local food vendors and more. Admission is free.

Torrential rains forced us to cancel last year’s fun, but you’ll notice some new features since the inaugural event in 2014.

In addition to providing candy in its on-site courtyard, the Arts Council of Brazos Valley will unveil a new family-friendly exhibit called “Tales of the Summer.” The summerthemed show includes original paintings, photographs, and sculptures by dozens of Brazos Valley artists.

We’ve also replaced the hay rides with shuttles from Post Oak Mall due to safety concerns. From 4:45-10:15 p.m., two accessible Texas A&M buses will transport guests to and from the Arts Council of Brazos Valley building and the Post Oak Mall parking area nearest the park. The festival site is also an easy walk from the mall.

Trick or Treat at Werewolf Creek is the place to be for safe Halloween fun!

For more information, go to or call 979-764-3486.

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Gerry Logan (@GL_sportsguy) is in his fourth year with the Parks & Recreation Department and has served as special events supervisor since 2014. He was previously the sports coordinator for the City of Clinton (Miss.) for three years. A native of Pontotoc, Miss., Gerry is a graduate student at Texas A&M after earning a degree in parks & recreation management from the University of Mississippi in 2010.  


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Enjoy NFL football on Wolf Pen Creek big screen


By Gabby Salazar, Event Activities Assistant

As a Texan, I’ve learned that all you need for a great football watch party are the three “F’s”– football, food, and friends.

You can find all three at the Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater.

On Monday, we invite you and your friends to put on your lucky jerseys and watch Monday Night Football on our 32-foot inflatable HD screen as the Houston Texans take on the Denver Broncos and Texas A&M’s own Von Miller. On Sunday, Oct. 30, we’ll show the Dallas Cowboys‘ game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Admission is free. Gates open at 6 p.m. and both games kick off at 7:30.

Concessions won’t be available, so be sure to bring your favorite tailgating food and drinks. Glass containers and kegs aren’t allowed, and coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Don’t forget your blankets and lawn chairs — and your pets are welcome, too!

For more information, visit or call 979-764-3486.


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Gabby Salazar is in her third year as a recreation assistant for the City of College Station. Before joining the city staff, she was the night manager at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena. A product of A&M’s sports management program, Gabby earned her bachelor’s degree in 2014 and her master’s in 2016. A native of Alamo, she was also a member of the Aggies’ nationally-ranked track and cross country teams.


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Contest winners highlight end of 2016 Starlight season


By Mike Neu. External Relations Manager

When three new artists – Kaitlin Lindley, Stereotype, and Reptilian – take the stage at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, July 2, their presence will mark a historic moment for the 15th season of College Station’s popular Starlight Music Series.

Since 2002, Starlight has provided free concerts to College Station residents and visitors with music lineups crafted months in advance by the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. But this year, the city introduced an online contest where fans could vote for a select group of musicians to decide the featured artists for the final concert of 2016.

The process began with the city soliciting interest from local and regional artists who hadn’t previously performed at Starlight. About 30 performers submitted their work and the list was narrowed to 12 finalists by a panel of community judges. Each finalist submitted a sample music video that was added to the Starlight website. Fans were then allowed to vote for their favorite each day for about 30 days from May to early June. A total of 21,890 votes were cast, and the three artists with the most votes won the opportunity to play on July 2.

Here are the final vote tallies:

Artist Votes
Kaitlin Lindley 5409 jpg | sample | info
Stereotype 5356 jpg | sample | info
Reptilian 4481 jpg | sample | info
Jack Thweatt 3909
Joey McGee 1049
Holly Tucker 341
Etched In Stone 338
HiFi Band 324
Texas Crossing 261
Grace Davis 187
Daniel Gonzales 120
Dean Davis 115

The top three artists will receive one hour of stage time and complimentary advertising and promotion for the final Starlight concert. The top vote getter, Kaitlin Lindley, will also receive a $450 artist development package from Revive 45.

Admission is free and all concerts begin at 7 p.m. Guests may bring refreshments, but glass containers are not allowed. Coolers must be 48 quarts or smaller. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Notable Starlight performers through the years include Jerry Jeff Walker, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Michael Martin Murphey, Big Otis, Eddy Raven, Cowboy Mouth, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, Hotel California, Bellamy Brothers, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Earl Thomas Conley, Aaron Watson, Eddie Money, Foghat, and Roger Creager.

For more information about the 2016 Starlight Music Series, go to or contact Special Events Supervisor Gerry Logan at 979-764-3408 or

Special thanks to our sponsors — The Children’s Museum, Revive 45, KORA 98.3, Classic Hits 107.3 and The Beat 101.9.

Starlight by the numbers
3,200: Estimated Starlight crowd at each event over 15 seasons
288,000: Estimated total Starlight attendance over 15 seasons
$750,000: Estimated in-kind support (media, others) over 15 seasons



Mike Neu (@neu4u) has been with the City of College Station since 2007 and is in his third year as external relations manager. He served in the Texas Army National Guard from 2006-13 and in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009-10. A native of Midland, Texas, Neu has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Texas A&M and a master’s in public administration from A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.


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