It's that time of year again, and the Darien Nature Center volunteers and staff are busy cooking up some Halloween fun for the entire family.

This year's fall open house, Halloween Hoot & Howl, will take place Sunday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. Among the events planned are hayrides, mystery walks, campfire stories, s'mores, seasonal craft projects, refreshments and live animals.

The Great Sirico, the balloon man, will be on hand creating animals out of balloons.

Children of all ages are encouraged to attend in costume.

For more information contact the Darien Nature Center at 203-655-7459.