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Halloween Happenings

Halloween 2020

Kentucky State Parks are celebrating one of the most popular times of the year – Halloween. Several resort parks, recreation parks and historic sites will have special events throughout October. Due to COVID-19, precautions will be taken, including mask requirements and social distancing when appropriate. For more information on guidance for celebrating Halloween during the outbreak CLICK HERE and HERE.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Haunted Mini Golf
October 30 & 31, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

A Halloween favorite is coming to Big Bone this season! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 2nd. Bring your young witches and warlocks for daytime putting or join us after dark for a spooky good time! Lights, sounds, music, and more will bring the mini golf to life...or death!

Appropriate for all ages. $5 per player. Open to the public.


Big Bone Lick State Historic Site

Monster Mash Bash
October 30 - Nov. 1
Open to the public. $5.00 per vehicle (excludes campers).

October 23 itinerary: 4:00 p.m. Musical Tombstones: Don’t be caught dead without a tombstone! Come out for this Halloween edition of musical chairs and see if you’re the last one standing. Prize awarded to winner.           

5:00 p.m. Witch’s Brew: Double bubble toil and trouble, fire burn and cauldron bubble! What evil potion are the witches brewing up? Join interpretive staff to find out! Then try your hand at brewing your own potions, slimes, and more to take home! (No wand or magical powers required). Fee: $3.00 per witch or wizard

7:00 p.m. Haunted Mini-Golf ($): Continue Halloween celebration with a round of spooky, glow in the dark mini-golf! Decorations, lights, sounds, and glow in the dark equipment will be sure to send a shiver down your spine. Have no fear, the ghouls and ghosts have gone to bed! Appropriate for all ages. Fee: $5 per person  

October 24 itinerary: 11:00 a.m. Halloween Tie Dye ($)*: Let your imagination run wild and create a spooktacular Halloween souvenir to take home. Supplies limited. Program begins promptly. Purchase your shirts 30 minutes ahead of the program time. Fee: $10 per Big Bone shirt $6 per plain shirt *certain sizes of t-shirts may be temporarily out of stock.

1:00 p.m. Mummy Races: Ready, set, go! Race against the clock to create the best mummy in all of Big Bone. If your team wraps up the best mummy the fastest, win a prize!

3:00 p.m. The Great Pumpkin: The Great Pumpkin is lost! Help find him and save Halloween! The Great Pumpkin will be hidden somewhere in the campground. Meet up with interpretive staff for clues on his location. The finder of the Great Pumpkin gets to keep him!

6:00 p.m. Costume Contest: Do you think you have the scariest costume in all of Big Bone? Or maybe the most creative or cutest? Show it off at your campsite site during our Trick-or-Treating Parade! Prizes awarded for most creative, cutest, scariest, funniest, and best all around.  

6:00 p.m. Trick-or-Treating: It’s time! The sweetest event of the season! Dressed in your very best costumes, join the entire campground in celebrating one of the spookiest nights of the year. Candy is handed out via our staff parade stopping by each campsite! Be sure to be in costume for the costume contest judging! 

6:00 p.m. Pumpkin Carving Contest: Let your Halloween spirit shine bright by displaying your hand carved pumpkin for all guests and ghouls to see! Have pumpkins easily visible at the front of your site to be considered in the contest. Must supply own pumpkin. Use of stencils or patterns is prohibited. Winners will be awarded during Trick-or-Treat. 

7:00 p.m. Haunted Mini-Golf ($): Continue Halloween celebration with a round of spooky, glow in the dark mini-golf! Decorations, lights, sounds, and glow in the dark equipment will be sure to send a shiver down your spine. Have no fear, the ghouls and ghosts have gone to bed! Appropriate for all ages. Fee: $5 per person

October 25 Itinerary: 10:00 a.m. Halloween Luminaries ($): Keep the witches, vampires, werewolves, and ghosts at bay with your custom Halloween luminary. Join interpretive staff for this custom craft sure to commemorate your Halloween celebration at Big Bone Lick. Fee: $5.00 per jar.


Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
Paranormal Weekend
Weekends in October: 8:00 p.m. - Midnight
Join the Tri-State Shadow Chasers every weekend in October for an informative look into the world of paranormal investigation.  Learn about investigation techniques, get hands-on experience with actual equipment, and hear experienced paranormal investigators speak on a variety of topics!  Put your learning to the test with planned site investigations during the weekend!  Registration fee is $35.00 per person or choose a Saturday 1-night package for 2 for $199.95.  Price includes: Registration fee, Lodge Room for 2, Dinner Saturday and Breakfast Sunday morning.  Call 859-289-5507 to sign up.


Carter Caves State Resort Park
Fairway 5 Flix Movie Series
October 31, 2020 
Watch Hollywood blockbusters from the comfort of your own vehicle. Gates OPEN at 5:30 p.m. each night. Enjoy food from local food trucks. Candy concessions from the Friends of Carter Caves. Movies begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. each night. 40 ft. outdoor screen, FM transmitter for sound IN YOUR CAR! Call for movie titles at 606-286-7009.


Carter Caves State Resort Park

Halloween Campout Celebration
October 30 - 31, 2020
Campers come join us for 4 WEEKENDS OF HALLOWEEN CAMPOUT CELEBRATION. Some of the special activities include  pumpkin carving contest, Halloween Tie Dye ($), campsite decorating, Spooky Mini Golf ($), and our one-of-a-king Fairway 5 Flix movie series each Saturday night!($) You're guaranteed to have a spooktacular time so we hope to see you lurking around the campground on this fun filled weekend! THERE WILL BE NO SITE-TO-SITE TRICK OR TREAT AT THIS YEARS EVENT AS WELL AS NO COSTUME COMPETITION. For more info call 606-286-4411.


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Halloween Murder Mystery
October 30, 2020 / 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Bring your special someone for an evening of Murder Mystery fun! This interactive theater show will have you on the edge of your seat as you try to figure out Who Dun It? If you guess correctly you might win a prize! Cost of package is $ 199.95 per couple, which includes one night's lodging, dinner, mystery show, and breakfast. Dinner is served from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Call (606) 528-4121 for reservations.


General Butler State Resort Park

Butler Boo Bash
October 30-1, 2020 / All Day
Butler Boo Bash is a fun Halloween tradition for the whole family! Join us as we enjoy s'mores around the campfire, crafts, pumpkin pie eating contests, hayrides, and more! Follow us on social media for more details of all the different activities. All 3 weekends will have a little something different! Call (502) 732-4384 for more info.


Old Fort Harrod State Park
Haunted Frontier
October 28 – 31, 2020 / 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
A haunted house 246 years in the making. Come and experience this haunt that starts in the old fort before entering the wooded area behind the fort, very near the oldest cemetery in the state of Kentucky! All 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. Call 859-734-3314 for details.


Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site
Halloween in the Park
October 28, 2020 / 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Join us for our first ever Halloween Obstacle Trail! This COVID friendly activity requires participants to walk a large circle through the park while stooping, twisting, dodging and stepping carefully through “Snake River”, “Bat Perch Place”, “Bone Alley”, the “Pumpkin Patch” and more! You will also travel through our “slightly” haunted woods and cemetery. There will be photo op locations, the opportunity to “whack a rat”, “feed Frankenstein” and more! Pre-registration is required. All registration forms and fees must be received at the park by Wednesday October 21, 2020. Participants will be required to bring some supplies from home. Social distancing will be enforced and facemasks, not Halloween masks, are required for everyone over 5 years old. Halloween costumes are optional. Arrival times will be staggered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Supply lists and starting times will be assigned upon receipt of registration forms and fees. This event is suitable for children through age 10. Adult supervision is required. Cost is $3.00/person. Space is limited. For more info call: (270) 487-8481.


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park
Spooky Extravaganza
October 31, 2020 / 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Come enjoy our Halloween activities! We will be making "It's Fall Y'all" Shirts, and have contests for best Jack-o-lantern, campsite decorating, and costumes! We will even have a Halloween trail decorated for you to enjoy. Come camp and see what prizes you can win on this spooky weekend. Call 270-797-3421 for details.


Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Death and Dying in the Civil War and the Battle of Perryville
September – November 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Death during the 19th Century was a part of everyday life for Americans. Mortality rates were high due to disease, poor sanitation, and childbirth. An entire culture of rules and etiquette evolved around death and dying. The concept to the good death was seen in the 19th Century as the model for all deaths, where the dying would be surrounded by loved ones at home on his deathbed relaying wisdom and knowledge of his life experience and would pass away peacefully. The body of the deceased would be buried in the family plot or a local cemetery. When the loved one passed, his body would be spiritually intact as he was in life. When the Civil War erupted upon the American landscape, 19th Century Americans had to deal with hundreds of thousands of the dead upon the battlefield. The concept of the good death had to adapt to deal with the mass losses on the battlefield. Their husbands, sons, and brothers were being buried in far away places and many times the bodies being horribly mangled. The soldier many times died without saying goodbye to loved ones and the body was not intact when he died. The preexisting concept of the 'Good Death" was shattered. The Battle of Perryville, which was fought on October 8, 1862, had 1,422 men killed, with 2,682 Confederate wounded and 2,873 Union wounded. Many of the wounded would die days, weeks, and months later after the battle. How did 19th Century Americans deal with death om such as wide scale, such as the Battle of Perryville,. This exhibit will explore 19th Century mourning practices, the concepts of the good death and how Perryville and the surrounding community had to deal with issues arising from the aftermaths of the Battle of Perryville, such as the disposal of the bodies and how they dealt with the adapting to the concept of the "Good Death" to fit their needs. Cost is $4.00 for adults, $3.00 for children and $3.50 for veterans and seniors.  Call (859) 332-8641 for more info.

Waveland State Historic Site
Peculiar, Curious, Bizarre and Morbid Victorian Customs
Weekends in October: 30-31, 2020 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Wednesdays in October: 28, 2020 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Join us in an exploration into the strange life and death of the Victorians. Journey from room-to-room as we talk about cabinets of curiosities. Victorian Mourning customs, the history of ghost hunting, bee funerals and more! See historic Waveland decorated in full mourning with displays including an authentic Fisk casket, death mask, hair jewelry and more. Tickets - $15.00 per person. Tours limited to 6 per tour. Masks required and social distancing will be practiced. Reservations required. Not suitable for children under 12. Call for (859) 272-3611 for more info.