Halloween House & Trick-or-Treat Trail (volunteers needed for October)



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One-time only


Walker Nature Center
11450 State Route 4721
United States



The Walker Nature Center’s Halloween event is one our most exciting volunteer opportunities of the year. We’re looking for more than 50 fun-loving, energetic volunteers to bring this event to life. This is a great opportunity for adults, teens, civic organizations and college groups. 


Must be preregistered to volunteer for this event.

Please specify which day and shifts you would like to work. New volunteers must attend orientation. Returning volunteers have the option to attend orientation, but it is highly recommended.

Volunteer Orientation: Wednesday, October 17, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.


Walker Nature Center - 11450 Glade Drive, Reston, Virginia


Friday, October 26, 2018 and Saturday, October 27, 2018

5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. 


Characters – Do you have a theatrical streak? Are you a Halloween enthusiast? You might have what it takes to be one of our Halloween characters that delight and educate visitors. All costumes, props and scripts will be provided. Costumed characters should be people who enjoy Halloween and will really “get into” their role. You do not have to memorize the script. Each station is based on a theme with key talking points and sample dialogue. You will ad-lib comments that fit with the mood of the station and have fun!

Mascots – Kids love the Nature Center mascots, Walker the Woodpecker and Myrtle the Turtle. They love having their picture taken with them, too. We need volunteers to wear these adorable head-to-toe, furry costumes. Mascots need excellent people skills and should be able to animate their character without talking. 

Mascot Escort – We need volunteers to help the mascots get into costume and escort them around the event. This job requires standing and walking.

Face Painting – Paint simple animals and designs on children’s faces or hands. Sample designs will be provided. Minimal artistic skill necessary. Supplies provided.

Carnival Activities – Help children to play quick Halloween-themed carnival games. Distribute prizes and candy to children.

Hands-on Crafts – Help children to make Halloween themed take home crafts. All supplies provided.

Trick-or-Treat Trail Assistant (Start) – Welcome patrons to the trail and check for hand stamps. Explain the rules of the trail and hand out trick-or-treat bags.

Trick-or-Treat Trail Assistant (End) – Pass out candy and collect flashlights from patrons finishing the trail. Direct new patrons to the trail entrance.

Breakdown – Help clean up the event at the end of the night. Many hands make for light work.


No prior experience required. Training, costumes, and supplies will be provided on-site.

Ages 13 and up are welcome. Volunteers between the ages of 13 and 15 must be accompanied by an adult who volunteer at the same station. Parents must complete a Volunteer Minor Application for each volunteer participating.

Any Questions or Concerns:

Please contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org.


  • Training Provided


  • Groups
  • Families
  • International Volunteers

How To Apply


Applications and other information can be found at http://www.reston.org/ under "About Reston Association" then the "Volunteer Opportunities" tab.

New Volunteers (required):

Fill out a volunteer application. Once complete, you will receive confirmation and instructions on how to start a VicNet account.

 You can find the application here:

Returning Volunteers:

Log into VicNet and register under the "My Schedule" tab. Click the "Help Wanted" boxes on the calendar to sign up. 

If you experience any problems with Volgistics or VicNet, please contact Ha Brock, Volunteer Reston Manager, at 703-435-7986 or habrock@reston.org