Halloween will soon be here and the Kentucky State Parks have plenty of activities – some scary and some not -- planned for families.
They include costume contests, haunted trails, hayrides, storytelling, games, campground decorating and more.
Below is a listing of Kentucky State Park Halloween events with dates, times and phone numbers. (Please note that some activities are limited to campground guests.) Visit www.parks.ky.gov for more details about parks or to make lodging or camping reservations.
BIG BONE LICK STATE PARK, Union
Halloween Spook-Fest: Oct. 20-24 and Oct. 27 – 31
Help us scare away the evil spirits here at Big Bone Lick by bringing all your little ghouls, ghosts, witches and skeletons to the park for our annual Halloween Scare-fest! Campers will be treated to Halloween games, crafts and special events. Bring the scariest decorations you can find for the campsite decoration contest where you can win fabulous prizes. Don’t forget your pumpkins so you can enter our traditional, no pattern allowed, pumpkin carving contest. Special note: be advised that the scare-fest has a traditional scary/spooky setting and theme and parental discretion is advised. Only open to park visitors camping in the campground. Call 859-384-3522.
Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Haunted Trail, Oct. 15-16; Oct. 22-23
The ghouls and goblins have risen from the underground world at Carter Caves to scare you silly on these two weekends. If you dare, come and take the walk through our 1/2 mile haunted trail and don't forget to bring your “Mummy.” Our past trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail as one of the best haunted trails in the region. Admission is $8 per person for the trail. Concessions will be available at the beginning of the trail. The trail is not recommended for young children. Transportation to and from the trailhead will be provided by the park. Tickets are on sale each night from 7:30-10 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool.
6th Annual Halloween Camp-out Celebration and Ghost Stories, Oct. 29-30
Some of the special activities include site-to-site trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, spooky mini golf and a campsite decorating contest. On Saturday night you can imagine yourself encased in total darkness with only the sounds of bats flying through the air. Sounds like a perfect place to spend your Halloween evening with our Ghost Stories in a Cave Program. Bring along a chair and your imagination.
Cumberland falls state resort park, corbin
Moonbow Costumed Ball, Oct. 30
Show off your favorite costume and enjoy an evening of dancing fun. Music provided by a DJ. A special package price will be offered that includes dinner, lodging, dance and hors d'oeuvres for two for $149. Dinner and dance is only $30 per person. Starts at 9 p.m. Call 800-325-0063.
DALE HOLLOW Lake State Resort park, burkesville
Haunted Hallow Hotel, Oct. 23
Good Evening, welcome to Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park. We’ve been expecting you. Brave souls can experience first hand the horrors deep within the woods of the hollow on this very scary night. Ghoulish activities will be offered throughout the day on Saturday such as pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, campsite decorating contest, and hayrides (a fee will be charged for rides) Campers don’t forget to bring candy for those little trick-or-treaters. We’ll be waiting for you, ha, ha, ha... For more information call 1-800-325-2282.
FORT boonesborough state park, richmond
Halloween Fest XVI, Oct. 19-31
Come early and join us for our biggest Halloween Party yet as we celebrate with 13 days of fun and frights. We will have scheduled times for haunted putt-putt, camper decoration contests, costume contests, ghost walks, bean supper, pancake breakfast, Halloween parade, crafts, Pumpkin Express hayrides, Pirate golf, live entertainment, trick or treating and lots, lots more. This event is for registered campers only. For more information call (859) 527-3131, ext. 218 or email email@example.com.
The public is invited to drive through the campground to see the approximately 100,000 lights and decorations in the campground. We are asking for a donation of $2 to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation to drive through. The lights will begin on Friday Oct. 1 and go through Oct. 30 each night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
GREENBO LAKE State Resort Park, greenup
Camper Halloween, Oct. 22-23; Oct. 29-30
Two fun-filled weekends with ghosts, goblins, witches and more! There will be a scavenger hunt, hayrides, costume contest, pumpkin carving, and site decorating contest and campsite trick or treating. Don’t miss out on this weekend of ghoulish fun. Do not forget the haunted trail available both weekends from dark until 10:30 p.m. We dare you to take the trail of horror. Haunted Trail walks begin at the community pool parking lot. Admission fee is $5 per person and includes hayride back to parking lot. The haunted trail is definitely not for the faint of heart. 1-800-325-0083.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, prestonsburg
Haunted Hayride, Oct. 15-16; Oct. 22-23
If you like to be scared, then Jenny Wiley State Resort Park is the place to be! Come join this annual event and take a tractor-pulled hay ride that you soon won't forget. The Haunted hay Ride will be held in the campground and will begin at dark. Fee is $4 per person. The park is also sponsoring a pumpkin-carving contest for school children. Deadline is Oct. 26. The judging will take place at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. Pumpkins will be displayed at the park through Halloween weekend. Call 1-800-325-0142.
Haunted Campground Halloween, Oct. 22-23
Come join the Recreation Staff for an evening of ghosts, ghouls and spooks! The evening activities will consist of a costume dance, a live ghost hunt, costume contest and much more! While you are there, take part in the Haunted Hay Ride. Happy Haunting! 1-800-325-0142.
OLD FORT HARROD State park, HARRODSBURG
Haunted Frontier, A Settler’s Nightmare, Oct. 28-31
Come to a haunted house 236 years in the making. Actually it’s a haunted fort. One of the most popular events of the year returns to scare the pants off of the brave crowds who dare to enter the Old Fort at night. Not recommended for children under 6. Call 859-734-3314.
Paintsville Lake State park, PAINTSVILLE
Camper’s Halloween, Oct. 29-30
Camp with us on Halloween weekend and we’ll treat you to a camper’s cookout. You’ll also want to spook up your campsite for our best decorated Halloween campsite contest. First and second place winners in both RV and tent camping will win free camping! The staff will have treats for the kids and they can also visit other campsite for treats! 606-297-8487.
Taylorsville Lake State Park, TAYLORSVILLE
Happy Halloween Evening, Oct. 30
Taylorsville Lake offers a safe and spooktacular way to celebrate the Halloween holiday at Happy Halloween. Activities include hayrides, campsite decoration, trick or treating, the ever-popular outdoor scary movie. Activities begin at 5 p.m. on Friday. Call 502-477-8713.
Waveland State Historic Park, LEXINGTON
Murder, Madness and Mayhem: Waveland’s Haunted House and Trail, Oct. 15-16
Open from 8 – 11:30 p.m. both days. Groups of 10 or more need to call for reservations at 859-272-3611. Admission is $7 adults and $4 for students.
WHITE HALL State Historic site, richmond
Ghost Walk, Oct. 28-31
This is a must-see theatrical experience performed by Eastern Kentucky University’s Theater Department. “Spirit Guides” lead guests from room to room and introduce the spirits of the past, who come out of the dimness to tell the tender and incredible stories of the illustrious Clay family. Each tour is limited to 20 people. First performance is at 7 p.m. with 12 tours a night. Tickets are $10 per person, by reservation only. Call (859) 623-9178 for information and reservations.