Kentucky Tourism

Halloween Events

The Halloween season is a popular one at Kentucky State Parks! Haunted trails, campground decorations, and trick-or-treating are popular at many parks.  (Note: most campground events are for registered campers only)

Here’s the 2017 list of Halloween events:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Campground Spookout, Oct. 20-21
Have a spook-tacular weekend at Barren River Lake where ghosts and goblins take over the campground. There will be a variety of games and activities throughout the weekend as well as contests for best costume, best-decorated campsite and best pumpkin carving! Call 270-646-2151.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union
Campground Carnival Weekends, Oct. 20-22, 27-29
Calling all ghouls, ghosts, haints, and hexes!  Big Bone Lick transports to another realm for the annual Halloween celebration. Pack your best festive decorations to bring your campsite to life…or death for the campsite decorating competition. Campers will be treated to Halloween games, crafts, trick-or-treating, costume contest, and a traditional pumpkin carving contest (must bring own pumpkin). (Please note: Beginning in 2018, Campground Halloween Carnival Weekends will be offered for one weekend only, and will always be the last weekend in October. This is due to logistical interference with Salt Festival.) Call 859-384-3522.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Halloween Campout Celebration, Oct. 28
This is one of Blue Licks’ largest events! Visitors can enjoy all things scary and spooky in this Halloween extravaganza.  Participate in the costume competition and decorate your site for a chance to win a weekend stay in the campground.  Haunted mini golf available and much more.  We have even added a category for pets to our costume competition. Call 859-289-5507.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Carter Caves Haunted Trail, Oct. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21
Walk through a 1/4 mile wooded trail and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear. Trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail as one of the best haunted attractions in the region. Admission is $10 per person. (On each Friday of the Haunted Trail we will be offering a $2.00 discount in exchange for donation of two (2) can food items.  All can food items donated will be distributed to local Blessing Boxes in Carter County to help feed the hungry.) Concessions will be available at the beginning of the trail. The trail is not recommended for young children. Transportation to and from the trail head provided. Ticket sales are each night from 7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at Carter Caves public pool. Call 800-325-0059.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Halloween Campout Celebration and Spooky Cave-In Movie, Oct. 27-29
Campers come join us for the 13th annual Halloween Campout Celebration! Some of the special activities include site-to-site trick or treating, pumpkin carving contest, costume contest, and a campsite decorating contest. Join us at Cascade Cave on Oct. 29 for an evening of fun and entertainment as we show you a family-friendly spooky flick INSIDE THE CAVE! We’ll show “Ghostbusters (2016). The price is $5 per person at the door and seating is not provided, so it is Bring your own chairs. Popcorn and drink concessions will be available at the cave on a cash only basis. Call 800-325-0059 for information.

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
Un-boo-lievable Weekend, Oct. 27-29
Campers will enjoy a fun-filled fall weekend with prizes for best-decorated campsite and best costume.   There will be a chili and dessert cook-off.  Trick or Treating followed by a “Civil War Ghost Ride” ending the night with coffee and hot chocolate. Call 270-677-2327 for more information. (For camping trailer and log cabin rentals call 270-677-2327 or email [email protected])

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Murder Mystery Weekend, Oct. 27-28
Bring your special someone for an evening of murder mystery fun.  There will be a choice of a Friday or Saturday package with a different show each night.  The cost of each package is $199 per couple, which includes one night’s lodging, dinner, mystery show and breakfast.  The cost of dinner and show only is $39.50 per person. The Friday, Oct. 27 show is titled "The Ghost of Windsor Manor!" The Saturday, Oct. 28 show is titled "The InnSpectre!" Call 606-528-4121.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville
Haunted Hallow Halloween, Oct. 21
Visit Dale Hollow Lake for a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment for all ages. Participate in crafts, hayrides, a pumpkin carving contest, costume contests, campsite decorating contests, live entertainment and trick-or-treating. Enjoy a special haunted buffet in the Island View Restaurant. Call 270-433-7431.

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville
Spirits of Sawyer, Oct. 13
Join the park staff and a real "live" paranormal investigative team at the park on Friday, Oct. 13 to experience all of the history that E.P. "Tom" Sawyer has to offer!  The park grounds are full of historical areas and artifacts. After a brief history presentation and explanation of past paranormal activity, you and a group of other amateur investigators will be given a map of the points of interest, and will meet up with a paranormal investigator at each location to seek further evidence of the paranormal activity at the park. Registration is required. The fee is $25/person. Meet at the Sawyer Hayes Community Center. Refreshments will be available at 8:30 p.m. The event will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. Children under the ages of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years of age or older. Call 502-429-7270.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Halloween Lights Drive Through, Oct. 6-28
Enjoy the sights, sounds and scares of over 1 ½ miles of Halloween lights and displays from your car through the campground. Concessions and snacks available.  The $5 donation goes to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. For more information call 859- 527-3454 or email [email protected]

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Halloween Fest, Oct. 17-29
Join Fort Boonesborough for its 22nd annual Halloween Party. This will be the biggest yet as we celebrate with THIRTEEN days of fun and frights. We will have scheduled times for pirate putt-putt, camper decoration contest, constume contest, ghost walks, bean supper, pancake breakfast, Halloween parade, crafts, Pumpkin Express hayrides, live entertainment, trick or treating and lots, lots more. THIS EVENT IS FOR REGISTERED CAMPERS ONLY!  For more information call (859) 527-3454 or email [email protected]

General Burnside Island State Park, Burnside
Camp Fright Weekend, Oct. 20-21
General Burnside Island will be having Halloween activities for the whole family at the campground.  There will be games, crafts, special entertainment and candy for the children.  Prizes awarded for best costumes, campsite decorations and pumpkin carving contest.  Make your reservations through Reserve America 888-459-7275 or call the campground directly for more information 606-561-3625.

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
Halloween Family Weekends, Oct. 20-22 and 27-29
Two great weekends of family fun themed around Halloween for guests staying at our lodge, cottages, or campground!   Along with day activities, special entertainment, and Trick or Treating will highlight your experience. It's a fun and safe way to have a howling good time, so make your reservations soon as both weekends are extremely popular! 
Also for both weekends the Butler-Turpin State Historic House will feature Bluegrass Paranormal Society, Witch's Coven, and Pumpkin Trail glow hike to the family cemetery pathway for a historical interpretation! Call 502-732-4384.

Grayson Lake State Park, Olive Hill
Halloween Fest, Oct. 21
Campers at Grayson Lake will enjoy a chili cook-off, crafts, a costume contest for kids and adults, a haunted trail and trick or treat! Events start at 11:30 a.m. with the chili cook-off at the shelter. Call 606-474-9727.

Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville
Halloween in the Park, Oct. 20-22
The entire weekend will be filled with fun and enjoyment for the whole family!  Campers will receive a small Halloween treat upon arrival. This event for registered campers only will include: free ghost golf for when the full moon comes out; a campsite decorating contest; a costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest and trick or treating for kids. Call 270-465-8255.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Camper Halloweens, Oct. 13-14, 20-21, 27-28
Greenbo Lake has a full schedule of events for these three weekends. They 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. Call 606-473-7324.
Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Haunted Pontoon Rides, Oct. 20, 21, 27, 28
Jenny Wiley State Resort Parks invites you to new haunts and a new location for the 2017 haunted pontoon rides! Come to the Stratton Branch Boat Ramp for rides from dark until 11 p.m. Tickets are $10 a person. Call 606-889-1790.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Haunted Hay Rides and Halloween at the Campground , Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29
Join Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for its Halloween at the Campground! Friday night and Saturday night will feature Haunted Hay Rides (fee). On each Saturday, there will be trick or treat, a campsite decorating contest, and costume contest. Call 606-889-1790.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Halloween Bash, Oct. 21
Dress up those little goblins and princesses and bring them to the “Halloween Bash” at the John James Audubon State Park Museum for a HOOT of a time! We will have a fun-filled morning with lots of art, plus a visit from Owlivia, the owl. Suitable for children ages 3-8, with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Cost $5. Call 270-827-1893.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Campground Halloween, Oct. 14
Get your costumes ready and pull out your spookiest decorations--you won't want to miss the Campground Halloween at John James Audubon State Park! Our park naturalists will meet you at the Campground Shelter for some pre-holiday fun. Free activities are planned throughout the day to get you in the Halloween spirit, and will begin at 10 a.m. You'll want to watch the amazing tricks of magician Joe DeVietro, plus a campsite decorating contest should provide lots of friendly competition as campers compete to win prizes for their site. Trick-or-treating will take place from 4-5:15 p.m., so prepare your little ghosts and goblins to stop at all the designated trick-or-treat stops around the campground.  Call 270-826-4424 for information.

Kingdom Come State Park 
Haunted Trail, Oct. 27 & 28 
Kingdom Come State Park presents "Haunted Trail." Demons and the darkest creatures await you as you hike trough the haunted trail of the park. Hike is .6 mile and is  rated PG13. Admission is $5.00/person and purchased through the gift shop. For more info call (606)589-4138 or email [email protected]

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Campground Halloween Weekend, Oct. 20-21
This weekend is Halloween fun for the whole family at the Kentucky Dam Village Campground! Activities will include campground trick-or-treating, hayrides, Halloween storytelling by our special guest storyteller The Queen of Halloween, a campsite decorating contest, and more. Visit for information on how to make campsite reservations. Bring extra candy to give out for trick-or-treating! For more details, please call 270-362-9205.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Trunk or Treat, Oct. 28
Lake Barkley State Resort Park will host its “Trunk-or-Treat” at the Boots Randolph Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 4-6 p.m. Golf cart “trunks” will be decorated for Halloween 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 Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Trick-or-Trot 5K, Oct. 28
Need to burn some calories before filling up on Halloween candy? Then come on out to Lake Barkley State Resort Park for the Trick-or-Trot 5K on Oct. 28. Designed for all ages and fitness levels, this fun run or 2-mile walk takes place in beautiful Lake Barkley State Resort Park. Registration deadline for a fee discount is Oct. 21. Call 270-924-1131.

Levi Jackson State Park, London
Camp Spook, Oct. 16-22
Break out your costumes and candy! Levi Jackson State Park has recreation activities planned, including crafts for the kids, a campground-wide trick or treat, a dance party, and much more! All recreation events are for registered campers only. Reservations are recommended, but please note we may not have any campsite openings. Please observe holiday weekend camping rates. Minimum 3 night stay. (Please note: camping reservations for Camp Spook can only be made online or by calling Reserve America (1-888-459-7275). The park does not book Camp Spook reservations.) Call 606-330-2130 or e-mail [email protected] for more information.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Weep No More: Victorian Funeral Customs at My Old Kentucky Home, Oct. 1-31
Social customs related to the death of a family member during the Victorian era encouraged practices that publicly demonstrated the grief that the remaining family members were experiencing. Door knobs would be draped in black, as would door entries, mirrors, portraits of the deceased loved one, and clocks were stopped at the time of death.
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. Call 502-348-3502.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Shadows of Federal Hill, Oct. 15, 17, 20, 22, 27, 29
Our very popular “Shadows of Federal Hill” tour is back! Ghosts are roaming the halls of My Old Kentucky Home! Are you the kind of person that likes the more adventurous and darker side of history? We have just the evening for you! Explore My Old Kentucky Home with the ghosts of the mansion’s past, all by candle and laternlight at “Shadows of Federal Hill,” a ghost tour of My Old Kentucky Home. Your tour will begin near the Cemetery. You’ll be led by the undertaker into the mansion where you’ll be greeted by the ghosts of Federal Hill, who will sing as they lead you through the home, sharing stories of hard times and demise. At the end of your tour, our ghosts will take you to the gardens where a traveling band of Appalachian witches will read your fortune. Victorian style refreshments will be available in the mansion’s 19th century kitchen. You won’t find this unique experience anywhere else! Reserve your tickets in advance by visiting Great for couples, the whole family, and children too! Call 502-348-3502.

Nolin Lake State Park, Mammoth Cave
Halloween Campout, Oct. 20-21, 27-28
Have a spooktacular weekend at Nolin Lake State Park's annual Halloween Campout, where ghosts and goblins take over the campground! There will be costume contests for all ages, campsite decorating contest, trick-or-treating, and a variety of other activities for ghouls of all sizes. Campers, don't forget to bring candy for trick-or-treating! We'll be waiting for you...Call 270-286-4240.

Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Haunted Frontier, Oct. 27-29, 31
A haunted house 243 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.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Spooky Extravaganza, Oct. 27-28
A full schedule of Halloween activities will be going on this frightfully fun weekend. Come get spooked on our Haunted Trail! Make some Halloween crafts, go trick-or-treating, or participate in our contests for best Jack-o-lantern, campsite decorating, and costumes. Call 270-797-3421.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Pine Mountain Haunted Trail and Spooktacular, Oct. 21
Prepare for the scare of a lifetime as you journey through our abandoned campground trails. Peril is around every turn! Will you make it out of the darkness? Costumes are encouraged for kids. Open 7:30-10 p.m. This is a family friendly trail. Tickets are $10 and include food and drinks. Call 606-337-3066.

Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville
Campers Halloween, Oct. 21
Taylorsville Lake State Park will host the annual Camper Halloween Weekend Oct.  21.  The fun-filled day of ghoulishness starts at 2 p.m. with a camper-only chili and hot dog fun and games. Next up will be voting for the best-decorated campsite along with a pumpkin painting contest for the little goblins. Other events include a costume contest with categories for all ages; campers’ hayrides throughout the evening; and hot chocolate and snacks.  Trick or treating for the youngsters before dark will be campground wide for those who wish to participate.  Prizes all around.  For information, call 502-477-8713 or email  [email protected]

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Victorian Mourning Customs, Oct. 18-19
Visit Waveland State Historic Site to learn about the private and social aspects of mourning in Victorian-era America.  Learn about the expectations of dressing properly while grieving, the significance of draping the home and inner decor, etiquette of funerals and death announcements. Reservations are required. Tours at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10 per person ages 10 and up. Call 859-272-3611.

William Whitley House State Historic Site, Stanford
Escape Frontier Terror, Oct. 5, 12, 19
Early pioneer days were treacherous and dangerous during the settling of Kentucky.  Hidden escape routes and hideouts were used to stay safe.  Using a series of clues and teamwork, groups will have 45 minutes to escape the retreat room with the hopes of no one left behind!  Reservations are required and the event times are 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Cost is $5 per person. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  This event is not recommended for young children.  To see if alternate times or dates can be arranged, please call the park at 606-355-2881

William Whitley House State Historic Site, Stanford
Spirits of Whitley House Tour, Oct. 7, 14, 21
Many unusual stories are told about the William Whitley House, the first brick house in Kentucky built in the 1700s. Your tour guide dressed in period attire will share several of the sights and sounds experienced over the years by the staff and guests.  A chill will run through your veins as you listen to and possibly experience some of those unusual happenings.  Tour times are hourly beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations required two days in advanced by calling the park at 606-355-2881.

William Whitley House State Historic Site, Stanford
Halloween Spook-tacular and Whitley’s Wicked Trail, Oct. 28
Enjoy the second annual Halloween events at the William Whitley House State Historic Site.  Children can participate in the costume contest, photo ops with Halloween characters and other activities around the picnic shelter and lawn.  Adults and the brave at heart can venture Whitley's Wicked Trail deep into the dark paths of the unknown.  The trail hopes to scare your inner soul and is not for the weak at heart. The trail is not recommended for young children and parental guidance should be used.  Cost is $5 per person.  Children's activities begin at 5 p.m. and haunted trail opens at dark. For more information call 606-355-2881.

Yatesville Lake State Park, Louisa
Halloween at Yatesville, Oct. 21
Campers at Yatesville Lake can enjoy a free chili lunch at noon, kids crafts, a hayride, trick-or-treat and a haunted trail. These events are for campers only. There will also be awards for best costume and campground decorations. Call 606-673-1492.