Kentucky Tourism

Halloween Events

Kentucky State Parks are getting out the pumpkins and goblin decorations as we prepare for one of the most popular times of the year -- Halloween.

Many of the park system's campgrounds will be having special activities for campers, including decorations, costumes, hayrides and games for the kids. Resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will also have special events during October -- a great time to be outside with family and friends.

Parents of young children should check in advance -- some parks have age recommendations for their events.

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Spookout Weekend
Oct. 14-15
Barren River Lake State Resort Park will hold its annual Spookout Weekend, where ghosts and goblins take over the campground. There will be costume contests for all ages, a pumpkin roll contest, trick-or-treating, and a variety of other activities for ghouls of all sizes. Campers are asked to bring candy for trick-or-treating. For more information, call 270-646-2151.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
, Mt. Olivet
Zombie Walk
Oct. 22
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park will host its annual Zombie Walk where guests can dress up in their best zombie costume and show their best zombie shuffle around the park. The walk will end at the lodge with a viewing of a family horror classic. Fee is $5 per adult and $3 for children under 12. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian for the movie. From 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m.  For more information, call 859-289-5507.
Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mt. Olivet
Halloween Campout Celebration
Oct. 29  
Visitors to Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park’s Halloween Campout Celebration will enjoy all things scary and spooky. Guests may participate in the jack-o-lantern carving contest, costume competition, and campsite decoration. Prizes will be awarded. Haunted mini golf will be available. The park has added a category for pets to the costume competition. For more information, call 859-289-5507.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Carter Caves Haunted Trail 
Oct. 7-8, 14-15, 21-22
Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the annual Haunted Trail. Guests will be able to take a walk through the 1/4 mile Carter Caves Haunted Trail and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear. Trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail one of the best haunted attractions in the region. Admission is $10 per person. 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. Ticket sales are each event night from 7:30-10 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool. For more information, call 800-325-0059.     

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill 
Halloween Campout Celebration
Oct. 28-29
Carter Caves State Resort Park will host the 12th annual Halloween Campout Celebration. Some of the special activities will feature site-to-site trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, a costume contest, and a campsite decorating contest. For more information, call 800-325-0059.     

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill 
Spooky Cave-in Movie
Oct. 29
Carter Caves State Resort Park will host an evening of fun and entertainment with a movie inside Cascade Cave. The movie has not been selected. The price is $5 per person at the door and seating is not provided, so guests are encouraged to bring their own chair. Popcorn and drink concessions will be available at the cave on a cash only basis. For more information, call 800-325-0059. 

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
Campground Un-BOO-lievable Halloween Event
Oct. 22-23
Columbus-Belmont State Park Campground will offer a fun-filled weekend with campsite trick or treating. Prizes will be offered for best decorated campsite and best costume. There will be a chili and dessert cook-off, ending the night with a “Civil War Ghost Ride.” For more information, call 270-677-2327 or email
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Tour of Terror 
Oct. 21, 22, 28 & 29   
Cumberland Falls State Resort Park will offer its Tour of Terror in October. Most people visit the park during the daylight hours, but at night who knows what goes on out there in the forest? Guides will take guests on a tour of the falls that they won’t soon forget. The cost is $10 per person. Purchase tickets at the visitor center the day of the event. The first tour will began at 7:30 p.m. at the visitor center near the falls. For more information, call 606-528-4121.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville
Halloween Weekend
Oct. 22
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park will host the annual Halloween Weekend Oct. 22. The fun-filled day of frights will start with activities for everyone, such as voting for the best- decorated campsite and a pumpkin painting contest for the little goblins. There will be live entertainment, a costume contest with categories for all ages, and trick-or-treating all across the park. A mug of hot cocoa or mulled cider will help knock the chill off for guests who brave the spooky festivities in the park. There will be plenty of prizes and family fun. For information, call 270-433-7431 or email

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Halloween Lights Drive Thru
Oct. 22
Guests will enjoy the sights, sounds and scares of over 1½ miles of Halloween lights and displays from the car at Fort Boonesborough State Park. There will be pirate miniature golf with Halloween music and thousands of lights. Concessions and snacks will be available. A $5 donation for the tour will go to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. For more information call 859-527-3454 or email
Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Halloween Fest
Sept. 30-Oct. 22
Fort Boonesborough State Park will host the 22nd annual Halloween Party. This will be the biggest yet as the park celebrates 13 days of fun and frights. Activities include pirate putt-putt, camper decoration contest, costume contest, ghost walks, bean supper, pancake breakfast, Halloween parade, crafts, Pumpkin Express hayrides, live entertainment, trick or treating and more. This event is for registered campers only. Each camper will receive two guest passes that must be displayed in a car window for admission. For more information, call 859-527-3454 or email 
General Burnside State Park, Burnside
Campground Halloween
Oct. 8, 22
General Burnside State Park will host two Halloween events for campers on Oct 8 and 22. These events will include games for children and adults, a site-decorating contest and a costume contest. There will be trick-or-treating between camp sites. These events are for campers only. For information, call 606-561-4192.

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
Halloween Family Weekends
Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-30
Resort guests staying at General Butler State Resort Park (lodge, cottage or campers) can participant in the activities planned at the campground on Oct. 22 and Oct. 29. Both days will feature entertainment along with trick or treating for guests. On Saturday, Oct. 22, the park will host a pottery workshop in the campground with Albert Bauman and folk music will be provided by Heath & Molly. On Saturday, Oct. 29, Albert Bauman will hold a pottery workshop and there will be trick or treating. The Butler-Turpin State Historic House will also host Halloween-themed tours these two weekends. For more information, call 502-732-4384.

Grayson Lake State Park, Olive Hill
Annual Halloween Fest
Oct. 22
Campers at Grayson Lake State Park will enjoy crafts, games, chili cook off, costume contest, campsite decorating contest, haunted trail and treat-or-treating. Activities are for campers only. For more information, call 606-474-6826 or 606-474-9727 for information.

Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville
Annual Halloween in the Park
Oct. 21-23
Green River Lake State Park’s Halloween in the Park will provide a weekend filled with fun and enjoyment for the whole family. The first 20 campers will receive a small Halloween gift. Activities include free ghost golf for when the full moon comes out; a campsite decorating contest, a costume contest for children, pets, and adults; a pumpkin decorating contest; and trick or treating for the kids camping. This is for registered campers only. For more information, call 270-465-8255.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Camper Halloween Weekends
Oct. 14-16; Oct. 21-23; Oct. 28-30
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will host three fun-filled Camper Halloween Weekends. The schedule of events include: Site decorating contest, costume contests, pumpkin carving contest and cake walk. Fun and games for everyone. Saturday night trick or treating for campers only. For more information, call 606-473-7324.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Haunted Pontoon Ride and Halloween at the Campground
Oct. 21-22 and Oct. 28-29
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park’s Haunted Pontoon Ride will start at dark Friday and Saturday night at the Stratton Branch boat ramp. This haunt features a pontoon ride along the lake shore with thrills and scares you won’t forget. Life jackets are provided. The fee is $10 a person. The Halloween at the Campground will feature haunted hay rides on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Saturday, a campground decorating contest for the spookiest site, trick or treat starts at 4 p.m. and costume contest will follow at 6 p.m. on the dance pad. For more information, call 606-889-1790.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Halloween Bash
Oct. 22
John James Audubon State Park will host its Halloween Bash at the Audubon Museum on Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. The bash for ages 3-8 includes a fun-filled morning with lots of art, nature, music, storytelling with Mary Jo Huff and a visit from Owlivia. Registration is required and the fee is $8. For sign ups or more information contact Kim McGrew at the Audubon Museum 270-827-1893 or

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Campground Halloween Weekend
Oct. 21-22
Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park’s Campground Halloween Weekend will offer fun for the whole family with hayrides, trick or treating, a campsite decorating contest, campfire tales, crafts, and games. Campsite reservations are recommended. Activities will start Friday night and end Saturday night. Campers are reminded to bring candy for trick or treating. For more information, call 270-362-4276 ext. 412.

Kincaid Lake State Park, Falmouth
Halloween Weekends
Oct. 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
Kincaid Lake State Park will have three Halloween weekends for campers only. They will include games, pumpkin carving, best decorated campsite contest and trick or treating for campground guests. For more information, call 859-654-3531.
Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Trunk or Treat
Oct. 29
Lake Barkley State Resort Park will host its “Trunk or Treat” at the golf course on Saturday, Oct. 29th from 4-6 p.m.  Golf cart “trunks” will be decorated in a Halloween theme and candy will be distributed to children. There will also be a costume contest. The park will feature a special buffet at Windows on the Water Restaurant. Call 270-924-1131.

Lake Malone State Park, Dunmor
Halloween Bash
Oct. 28-29
Friends of Lake Malone State Park and Lake Malone State Park will host the annual Halloween Bash Oct. 28-29. The Haunted Pavilion will be open Oct. 28 from 7-10 p.m. Other events including games, costume contests, decorating contests and trick-or-treating will be held Oct. 29 from 5-10 p.m. Food will be available for sale. Admission is one canned food item per person for the local food banks. For more information, call 270-657-3111.

Levi Jackson Wilderness Road State Park, London
Camp Spook 2016
Oct. 17-22
Levi Jackson State Park will have recreation activities planned, including crafts for the kids, a campground-wide trick or treat, a dance party, and more. All recreation events are for registered campers only. Reservations are recommended. Minimum 3-night stay. Camping reservations for this weekend can only be made online or by calling Reserve America. The park does not book Camp Spook reservations. For more information, call 606-330-2130 or e-mail for more information.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Weep No More, Victorian Funeral Customs
Oct. 1-31
The historic home at the park, Federal Hill, will be transformed into the Victorian world of mourning. Enter the mansion, draped in black swag and feather plumes and wander the darkened halls to hear the stories of the mansion’s storied past as it relates to death and demise. The tour will cover social customs related to the death of a family member during the Victorian era. Call 502) 348-3502

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Shadows of Federal Hill
Oct. 14-16, 21-22, 28
My Old Kentucky Home will ask guests to explore the mansion’s past, all by candle and lantern light as part of the “Shadows of Federal Hill,” a ghost tour of My Old Kentucky Home. The tour will begin near the cemetery. Guests will be led by the undertaker to the mansion where a horse-drawn hearse will be waiting outside. Ghosts will lead visitors through the mansion, sharing stories of hard times and demise. At the end of the tour, the ghosts will sing and take you to the gardens where a traveling band of gypsies will read your fortune. Victorian style refreshments will be available in the mansion’s 19th century kitchen. Reserve tickets in advance by calling 502-348-3502. Open 7-10 p.m. Also available at the door on the nights of the event!

Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Haunted Frontier
Oct. 27-30
Old Fort Harrod State Park will hold its annual Haunted Frontier weekend Oct. 27-30. Visitors can experience this haunt that starts in the old fort before entering the wooded area behind the fort, very near the oldest cemetery in Kentucky. Most of the haunt is outside in the smoky darkness of this historic place. This is a serious haunt, not recommended for children under 10 or the weak hearted. Starts at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 12. For more information, call 859-734-3314.

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site, Tompkinsville
Halloween In the Park
Oct. 7
Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site will host its Halloween in the Park for children of all ages. Children will enjoy the costume parade, as well as the Halloween-themed games and activities. The fee is $7 per child. Registration by Oct. 5 is required. For more information, call 270-487-8481.

Paintsville Lake State Park, Paintsville
Car Show and Campground Events
Oct. 29
Paintsville Lake State Park will host its annual car show at 10 a.m. During the afternoon and evening, there will be Halloween events in the campground including a cookout, pumpkin painting for children, Dave Cottrell and magic, trick-or-treat and a Halloween decoration contest with prizes. Call 606-297-8486.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Spooky Extravaganza
Oct. 21-22
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will offer a full schedule of Halloween programs for the weekend. Events include family-friendly Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating, and contests for best Jack-o-lantern, campsite decorating, and costumes. All programs are free and prizes will be given to contest winners. For more information, call 270-797-3421.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Movie in the Cove
Oct. 15
Pine Mountain State Resort Park will help visitors start the Halloween season with a scary outdoor movie in the park’s Laurel Cove Amphitheater. On Saturday, Oct. 15, the park will be screening the 1980 version of “Friday the 13th.” The cost is $5 per person and concessions will also be available. The movie will begin at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather, bring a blanket, and arrive early. Ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult as the movie is rated R. In the case of rain, the movie will be moved indoors to the Ray Harm Room at the lodge. For more information, call 606-337-3066. 

Waveland State Historic Site
Escape Waveland
Sept. 23- 25, 29-Oct. 2, Oct. 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-31
Waveland State Historic Site will host “Escape Waveland,” an escape game that will immerse guests into the world of the unknown and challenge them to solve riddles and crack codes. Two experiences, The House Call and The Serial Killer, will be offered. The fee is $25 a person and registration is required. Visit to register. The game is open starting at 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and at 1 p.m. on weekends. 

White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond
Ghost Walk
Oct. 20, 21, 22, 28, 29
White Hall State Historic Site will host the annual Ghost Walk in October. Guests can visit the historic home and experience the tales of the Clay family. Guests will be treated to hot apple cider and fresh baked cookies after the tour. This production is a history-based theater event, not an activity that is intended to scare the guests. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Tours are from 7-9:30 p.m. with nine performances each night. This event is by reservation only. Tickets are $10 a person. Call the park at 859-623-9178 for show times and tickets.  

William Whitley House State Historic Site, Stanford
Halloween SPOOKtacular and Whitley’s Wicked Trail of Fear
Oct. 29
The William Whitley State Historic Site will hold its Halloween SPOOKtacular, including costume contests, music, dance, hayride and other family friendly fun, at 6:30 p.m. The haunted trail will begin at dark and may not be for the little ones. Admission is $5 and includes the family-fun event and the haunted trail. For more information, call 606-355-2881 or e-mail