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The lost souls of the high Sierras will inspire the imagination for all ages throughout October at Wuksachi Lodge and Sequoia National Park
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012—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 the month of 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 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 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 or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

Artist Weekend – Oct. 20 and 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 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 or call Wuksachi Lodge at (559) 565-4070 ext. 0.

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About Wuksachi Lodge

Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.

About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special PlacesSM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit
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