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Halloween Happenings


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.


Barren River Lake State Resort Park

Halloween at the Highlands Pub & Driftwood Restaurant
October 29, 4 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Join us for Halloween at the Highlands Pub and Driftwood Restaurant! Live music from local artists Mongo & Changing Directions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. From 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. it's the Driftwood Restaurant hosting the Octoberfest Buffet. Prices: $18 Adults $9.00 Kids (6-12) $4.00 Kids (5 & under). Adult Costume Contest judging begins at 9 p.m.  

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Haunted Mini Golf
Every weekend in Oct.
A Halloween favorite is returning to Big Bone this season with all new theming! Haunted Mini Golf will be offered every weekend in October starting on October 1st. 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. $5.00 per player.

**Last game starts at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 4:30 p.m. on Sunday** Open to the public.

Carter Caves State Resort Park
Cascade After Hours: The Legends of Carter County
October 28
Cascade After Hours: The Legends of Carter County The first event of it’s kind! Journey by lantern light through Cascade for a series of Carter County legends and stories. At each stop, listen to a hair raising story from our storyteller, then move along to your next stop. There will be walking involved, but seating will be available at each location. Let the atmosphere of Cascade Cave set the mood for the Halloween season. $20/adults, $10/children 3-12 yrs old. Limited space is available. Specifics TBD. Follow Carter Caves State Resort Park on Facebook for updates.


Carter Caves State Resort Park
Halloween Campout Celebration
October 28 - 29
Halloween Campout Celebration Campers come join us for our 16th annual Halloween Campout Celebration! Some of the special activities include site-to-site trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, our famous tie dye, and a campsite decorating contest. It’s a spooktacular time so we hope to see you lurking around the campground on this fun filled weekend! 

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Murder Mystery Weekend
October 28 - 29
Come stay at the DuPont Lodge and enjoy and evening Murder Mystery performance! 

This years Murder Mystery show is titled "The Ghost of Windsor Manor" presented by Murder and Merriment. This interactive performance will have you on the edge of your seat wondering who is to blame. If you guess correctly you have a chance at winning a FREE night stay at the DuPont Lodge that you can redeem at a later date. 

Space is limited, so call today to make your reservations! 

•    Single Occupancy : $130.00
•    Double Occupancy : $150.00
Call (606) 528-4121 for reservations!


General Butler State Resort Park

Glow Golf

Fridays & Saturdays in October

Get your glow on with Glow Golf. Every Friday and Saturday in October from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. at the mini golf course! Rates: Adult: $10.00 and 12 and under: $5.00. Call (502) 732-4384 for more!


General Butler State Resort Park

Haunted House
Fridays & Saturdays in October

Are you afraid? You should be. Join us at the Lake Shelter to see if you can make it through.  Tickets are purchased at the mini golf shack from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights in October. Tickets: $5.00. Call (502) 732-4384 for more!


General Butler State Resort Park

Paranormal Tours of the Butler Turpin Historic House

Fridays & Saturdays in October
Experience the infamous paranormal activity in our Butler-Turpin State Historic House from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Do you think there is more to what meets the eye? This popular #butlerboobash event will be a paranormal hunt and a chance to interact with the spirits that may, or may not, still walk the halls. *Not recommended for young children. Space is limited! Tickets on sale now at: Advance Tickets: $10.00. Tickets at the Door: $15.00. Call (502) 732-4384 for more!


General Butler State Resort Park
Butler Boo Bash
October 28 - 29
Our Annual #ButlerBooBash is always a fun time! From a haunted house, hayrides on our trolley, guided hikes, and more, this is a family friendly weekend of fun!  Most events take place in the campground but lodge and cottage guests are encouraged to participate as well in all the activities. Call (502) 732-4384 for more!

John James Audubon State Park
Spooky Tales and Nighttime Trails
October 29
Let's get into the Halloween spirit with Spooky Tales and Nighttime Trails! Join our park Naturalists in frightfully fun evening of night hikes and spooky stories, lead by our friends the "RiverTown StoryTellers at the River's Bend". Cost of admission is $5.00, all ages welcome. Hiking starts at 6:30 PM, story telling starts at 8:00 PM. Hikers are advised to wear sturdy closed-toe shoes as well as warm layers of clothing, to account for the variable weather conditions and cool nighttime temperatures of late October. Contact Lisa Hoffman at 502-782-9727 or [email protected] for further details. Please note that alternative indoor activities will be implemented, in the event of inclement weather.

Kingdom Come State Park
Haunted Mini Golf
Every weekend in October starting on October 1st

It was such a hit last year, we have to bring it back this year! Experience our mini golf course in a spooky new way with lights, music, haunts and horror! All things creepy and crawly will surround you and guarantee a spooktacular time!
Cost is $3.50 per golfer.

Kingdom Come State Park
Haunted Trail & House
October 28 & 29
Zombies, ghouls, demons and the darkest creatures of the night await you! Our popular haunted trail and house is back and scarier than ever! Leave the little ones at home - the haunted trail and house is not recommended for those 8 years and under! Friday & Saturday, October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.


Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
Halloween Weekend
October 28 - 31
Drop in for our Halloween Celebration! Festivities include costume contests for all ages, camper decorating contests, pumpkin carving contests, movie night at the Lure Lodge, and a Halloween recreation schedule full of fun crafts and activities! For more information about events, lodge rooms and cottages please call 270-343-3111. For campground reservations, please visit

My Old Kentucky Home State Park
Weep No More, Victorian Mourning at My Old Kentucky Home
October 1- 31
My Old Kentucky Home will be transformed into the bizarre Victorian world of funerals and mourning all of October! Enter the mansion, draped in black swag and feather plumes, and wander the darkened halls to hear the stories of the mansio's storied past as it relates to death and demise.
"Weep No More," an exhibit on Victorian mourning customs, is coming to My Old Kentucky Home in the heart of bourbon country, Bardstown, starting Oct. 1! During the Victorian era, social customs related to the death of a family member encouraged practices that publicly demonstrated the grief of the remaining family members. Original artifacts including death masks, jewelry and art made of the hair of deceased friends and family, tear vials, black mourning clothing, in addition to entry doors and door knobs draped in black, mirrors turned backwards, clocks stopped at the time of death, and a wake held in the mansion's parlor all set the stage for an otherworldly experience!
The Weep No More tour is part of our regular 40-minute guided tour of My Old Kentucky Home. Tours start at 9:15 a.m. with the last tour held at 4 p.m., everyday. Hear the song, "My Old Kentucky Home" performed by our talented tour guides on every tour! Tickets are $16 per-person with various discounts for seniors, children, youths, military, groups, and more.


My Old KY Home State Park
Shadows of Federal Hill, Ghost Tours of My Old Kentucky Home
October 29
Are you the kind of person that prefers a DARKER side of history?
This October, wander the ancient halls of the famous mansion "My Old Kentucky Home" by lantern light and hear tales of death and demise of its former inhabitants told by ghosts of the plantation's past.
Enter a different time and world as you're guided by an undertaker through each room of the mansion, encountering a different ghost as you move through the darkened halls. Tales of deadly duels, sickness, accidents, and untimely death plague this hallowed ground. Most frightening of all, their stories are real and happened within these very walls.
Ghosts played by talented professional actors perform each scene, and beautifully sing period songs.
Our hayride returns this year, in addition to the haunted scare garden, and s'mores await in the park's rotunda after the tour.
Shadows of Federal Hill starts at 7 p.m. and a new tour begins every 15 minutes. Tours are 45 minutes each. Shadows of Federal Hill is held October 29. 
•    Adults (age 16+): $20.00
•    Children (age 4-15): $15.00
•    Adult with S'mores (age 16+): $22.00
•    Child with S'mores (age 4-15): $17.00
Call (502) 564-1915 for reservations!


My Old KY Home State Park
SHADOWS Masquerade Ball
October 28
•    For ONE NIGHT ONLY – A V.I.P. experience like no other. An exclusive Halloween Masquerade Ball, featuring our scare garden, hayride and our “Shadows of Federal Hill” ghost tour, along with a DJ, appetizers and an open bar of top shelf selections. Discount for couples. Book a table for 6 to get the best price. Must be 21 or older to attend. Event is 6:30-11 p.m. 
•    Adult (age 21+): $120.00
•    Couple (both age 21+): $225.00
•    Table of 6 (all 21+): $600.00
Call  (502) 564-1915 for reservations!

Nolin Lake State Park
Nolin Lake State Park Escape Room Game
October 1 -  31
Join Us for an Escape Room at Nolin Lake State Park! You will have 1 hour to escape with your friends and family. Will you be able to solve the riddles and clues? Participants must register by either calling our campground booth at 270-286-4240 or if camping with us register on site for any availability. $10.00 per person. Limited to 8 people per group. Come see if you can escape at Nolin Lake State Park!


Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Ghost Hunting and Ghost Stories on the Battlefield
October  29
Walk with park manager, Bryan Bush, as he talks about the history of the battle which occurred on October 8, 1862. Learn of the horrific aftermath of the battle and the ghost stories associated with the battlefield. Tickets are non-refundable; rain or shine, not recommended for children under 10.  Tickets are $10/adult $5/child (10 –17). No walk-ons. Tickets can be purchased by calling 859-332-8631. Tour is from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Waveland State Historic Site

Tea, Tales and Terror: A Spirited Evening at Waveland

October 26

Waveland offers teas every Tuesday, but do you like your spine to tingle a little while you sip your tea?  Then our Ghost Tea may be for you!  Tea, Tales and Terror: A Spirited Evening at Waveland offers guests the chance to learn a little about the otherworldly residents at Waveland.  Tours are $20.00 and by reservation only.  Dates are October 12 and 26 at 6:00 pm. Included in your tour is hot Elmwood Inn tea on a cold October night and a sweet treat or two to go with your cup.  Then, a tour that focuses on the families that lived in the mansion, and some say have never left.  Tales of the supernatural experiences of visitors and staff will be relayed.
Make your reservation now by calling (859) 272-3611. 


Waveland State Historic Site

Peculiar, Curious, Bizarre, and Morbid Victorian Customs

Friday, October 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. 

Why were the Victorians so enamored with death?  Join Waveland staff in an exploration of the strange life and death practices 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, and hair jewelry.  Reservations are required.  This tour is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. Tickets: $15.00 


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