Kentucky Tourism


October is a great time to visit Kentucky State Parks! Halloween events are being held at many of our parks and campgrounds. So if you like costumes, decorations, haunted trails and other Halloween-related events, plan to visit. Here's our 2018 Halloween events:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas 

Campground Spookout, Oct. 19-20
Barren River Lake State Park Resort's annual Campground Spookout is here! Register for your campsite soon! This weekend's adventures include a costume contest, pumpkin decorating contest, Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating, and a campsite decoration contest! Call 270-646-2151.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union

Halloween Carnival, Oct. 26-27
Calling all ghouls, ghosts, haints, and hexes! Welcome to a frightening weekend of fun and games. Come with your best decorations to bring your campsite to life…or death...for the campsite decorating competition. Saturday’s events include a pumpkin carving contest at 2:30 p.m., carnival games at 3 p.m., a costume contest at 6:30 p.m. and trick-or-treating at 7 p.m. This event is free to campers; other guests must pay $2 per car. Call 859-384-3522.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

Haunted Trail, Oct. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20
Take the walk through our 1/4 mile wooded trail and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have you shivering with fear. Our past trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail as 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 trail head will be provided by the park. Ticket sales are each event night from 7:30-10 p.m. at Carter Caves Public Pool. Call 606-286-4411.

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus

Un-BOO-lievable Weekend, Oct. 26-28
Campers will enjoy a fun filled fall weekend with prizes for best decorated campsite and best costume. There will be a chili & 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

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

Murder Mystery Weekend, Oct. 26-27
Bring your special someone for an evening of murder-mystery fun. There will be a choice of a Friday or Saturday package. Cost of each package is $199 per couple, which includes one night's lodging, dinner, mystery show and breakfast. Cost of dinner and show only is $39.50 per person. Show starts at 8 p.m. each night. Please call reservations at 606-528-4121.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville

Haunted Hollow Weekend, Oct. 26-28
Ghoulish activities will be offered Friday evening and throughout the day on Saturday. Activities will include a pumpkin carving/decorating contest, costume contest, campsite decorating contest, trick-or-treating, crafts, hayrides and more! 270-433-7431.

E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, Louisville

Haunted Park After Dark, Oct. 20
This activity is sure to leave you IN THE DARK!! See if you can find your way through the park using only a map and a GPS device. For you die hard geo-cachers, this is a new twist on an old favorite. If you are new to geo-caching, this is a great experience to test out your skills. You will hunt for nine caches around the park, each with a spooky tale! Each cache will give clues to the "final destination." Don't have a GPS? Check out one of ours for use during the event. Limited availability, first come first served. Also, smart phone can download a GPS app. Just make sure that you can input coordinates on those devices and that they are fully charged before starting your night off. From 7-10 p.m. Cost is $6 per person (cash please). Register at Activities Building. Contact Clintin Joplin; [email protected] 502-429-7270.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond

Halloween Lights Drive Through, Oct. 12-27
Enjoy the sights, sounds and scares of over 1½ miles of Halloween lights and displays from your car. Drinks and snacks available at the Trading Post in the campground. For more information, call 859-527-3454 or email [email protected]

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond

Halloween Fest XXIV, Oct. 16-28
Join us for our 24th annual Halloween Party. This will be our biggest yet as we celebrate with THIRTEEN days of fun and frights. The park has scheduled times for putt-putt, camper decoration contests, costume contests, 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

Spook Out Weekend, Oct. 19-21
Looking for some family Halloween fun? Come join us Oct. 19-21, 2018 at General Burnside Island State Park Campground. We have a full weekend of games, costume contests, site contests, trick or treating, crafts and more. These activities are included in your camping fees. Book your stay by visiting or calling 1-888-459-7275.

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton

Paranormal Tours, Oct. 19-20, 26-27
The Butler-Turpin historic house has a long and fascinating history, but the history plays next fiddle to the ghostly investigations that come from spotting orbs, sounds you cannot explain, along with motion that the eye does not see! Tour times are 7,8,9,10 and 11 p.m. Limit 12 persons per tour. Admission is $10 per person, $5 for children ages 12 and under. Reservations strongly recommended. Each tour includes a greeting from gathering witches, an investigation tour of the Butler-Turpin home, a hike on the Pumpkin Trail and an interpretative presentation of Butler-Turpin Family Cemetery. Call 502-565-0607 for reservations.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup

Camper Halloween Weekends, Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-27
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is hosting three Camper Halloween Weekends this year! Events include a site decorating contest, costume contests, pumpkin carving contest and cake walk. Fun and games for everyone! The Saturday night trick or treating is for campers only. 606-473-7324.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg

Haunted Hay Rides and Halloween at the Campground Oct. 19, 20, 26, 27
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.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg

Haunted Boat Ride, Oct. 19-20, 26-27
Join Jenny Wiley State Resort Park for this one of a kind scare on the water! Begins at dark at Stratton Branch Boat Ramp. Admission is $10 a person. Call 606-889-1790.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson

Creatures of the Night Hike, Oct. 27
It's almost Halloween-are you afraid of things that go BUMP in the night? Join the park naturalists, if you dare, for this After Dark Hike. It's a scare-less event, but you'll learn about some of the fascinating and perhaps creepy creatures that make their way through the nocturnal hours of the night. Dress according to the weather, so you'll be comfortable on this 2.1-mile hike over hills and a staircase, in the dark. You may bring a flashlight if you wish. Admission is $2, paid at the gate. *Cancelled if raining. Call 270-826-4424.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson

Halloween Bash, Oct. 27
Bring those little Goblins (ages 3-8) to the Audubon Museum for a fun morning of Halloween ART from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Wear your costumes if you'd like. Advance registration is required. An adult must stay with the students. The cost is $5. Contact: Kim McGrew-Liggett, Audubon Museum at 270-827-1893 or [email protected]

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora

Halloween Campout, Oct. 26-28
Bring the kids and go camping one last time before it's too cold. We're offering a BOGOF special for the weekend. When you pay for Friday night, you'll get Saturday night for free! Decorate your campsite for a chance to win a free weekend next season! We will have candy and punch at the gatehouse on Saturday as well as activities throughout the day ending with S'mores by the campfire. The local area kids will be out trick-or-treating on Saturday so we are encouraging campers to hand out candy to the kiddos. Contact [email protected] or call 270-474-2211.

Kingdom Come State Park, Cumberland

Pumpkin Carving Contest, Oct. 13
Hayride Oct. 19-26
Haunted Trail, Oct. 20-27

The park's first Pumpkin Carving Contest is Oct. 13. Carve your best creative vision into your pumpkin. Hack, gash, slash, cut, and gut your best pumpkin. Bring already-carved pumpkins to the gift shop for judging from noon to 1 p.m. The park will offer a hayride each evening from 5-10 p.m. Oct. 19-26. Step into the wagon, find your seat and take a trip to a lighted pumpkin patch. Pick your favorite pumpkin but beware of the scarecrows! Fun for the whole family. The park's Haunted Trail is available Oct. 20-27 from 7-10 p.m. Zombies, ghouls, demons, and the creatures of the night await you! Are you brave enough for a spooktacular haunted hike to our creepy cave amphitheater? What will you see? Do you dare? Call 606-589-4138.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz

Trunk or Treat, Oct. 27
Lake Barkley State Resort Park will host its "Trunk or Treat" at the golf course on Oct. 27 from 4-6 p.m. Golf cart "trunks" will be decorated in a Halloween theme and candy will be distributed to children. The park will feature a special buffet at Windows on the Water Restaurant. Call 270-924-1131.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown

Halloween Campout, Oct. 26-27
Calling all boys and ghouls! We have tons of fun planned for our Halloween Campout at Lake Cumberland! It starts with a Halloween party at the Lure Lodge on Friday night. Saturday festivities include a costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, camper decorating contest, and an activity schedule full of Halloween fun! There's a Saturday evening movie at the Lure Lodge! Come join us as we celebrate Halloween like "mon-STARS!" For reservations, please visit or call 888-459-7275. For more information, call the park at 270-343-3111.

Lake Malone State Park, Dunmor

Halloween Bash, Oct. 26-27
Visit the Haunted Pavillion on Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. for $3 a person. Oct. 27 events from 4-10 p.m. include Haunted Pavillion, games, costume contests, trick-or-treating and campground decorating contest. Bring a can of food for local food bank donation. Food concessions will be available. All events weather permitting. Call 270-657-2111.

Levi Jackson State Park, London

Camp Spook, Oct. 22-27
Break out your costumes and candy! It's the annual Halloween event here at Levi Jackson State Park. We'll have recreation activities planned including crafts for the kids, a campground-wide trick or treat, a dance party, and much more! (All events, including trick or treat, are for registered campers only.) Reservations are recommended; this is the park's most popular event of the season. 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

Shadows of Federal Hill, Oct. 12-13, 19-20, 26-28
Wander the ancient halls of the famous mansion at 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. Your tour starts in the cemetery and a guide takes you through each room of the mansion, encountering a different ghost. Ghosts played by talented professional actors from the historic site's amphitheater cast "The Stephen Foster Story," perform each scene, and beautifully sing period songs. Halloween treats, including cider, cookies, and candies await in the mansion's carriage house after the tour. Guests will receive FREE access to the Shadows of Federal Hill Haunted Carnival Hayride! Visit a late 19th century style carnival that has set up on the grounds of the plantation. Sideshows, rides, and concessions all appear normal from a distance, but there's something more sinister going on. Tours start at 7 p.m. Call 502-348-3502.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown

Weep No More, Oct. 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 mansion'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, Visit Bardstown, starting Oct. 1! The Weep No More tour is part of the park's regular 40-minute guided tour of My Old Kentucky Home. Tours start at 9 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 $12 per-person with various discounts for seniors, children, youths, military, and groups. Call 502-348-3502.

Nolin Lake State Park, Mammoth Cave

Halloween Campout, Oct. 19-20, 26-27
Join Nolin Lake State Park for another spooky weekend during the park's annual Halloween Campout! There will be costume contests for kids of all ages, a campsite decorating contest, trick-or-treating, and a variety of activities for ghouls of all sizes. Campers, don't forget to bring candy for trick-or-treating! 270-286-4240.

Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg

Haunted Frontier, Oct. 26-27, 30-31
A haunted house 244 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.

Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site, Tompkinsville

Halloween in the Park, Oct. 19
Children up to age 12 will enjoy an evening of Halloween themed games, crafts and activities. Come in your favorite costume. Enjoy the "slightly" haunted playground. 270-487-8481.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs

Spooky Extravaganza, Oct. 26-27
A full schedule of Halloween activities will be available for the weekend. Halloween crafts, trick-or-treating, and contests for best Jack-o-lantern, campsite decorating, and costumes, just to name a few. Call 270-797-3421.

Taylorsville Lake State Park, Taylorsville

Halloween Weekend, Oct. 26-28
Halloween is one of the most fun times of the year at Taylorsville Lake State Park! Everyone at the campground decorates and joins in all the weekend festivities. For many families, Halloween weekends have become an annual family tradition. Bring your candy bag and a pumpkin - it's a treat for everyone! Events include: Adult, Group and Children's Costume Contests, Pet Costume Contest, Pumpkin Carving/Decorating Contest, a Zombie Nerf War, Trick o' Treat at 4:30 PM (Saturdays). Call 502-477-8713.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington

Ghost Hunts, Oct. 26, Nov. 2
Is Waveland Haunted? The Lexington Paranormal Research Society ghost hunt will begin at 8 p.m. Meet at the cabin at 8 p.m. The paranormal investigation will last until midnight. Not recommended for children. Admission is $20 per person and reservations are required. Proceeds go to the Friends of Waveland as a fundraiser. 859-272-3611.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington

Victorian Mourning Customs, Oct. 17-18
Victorians understood that death was an everyday part of life and that there were many rules of mourning etiquette expected to be followed. Each phase of mourning sent a special social message to others. Join us as we discuss 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. $12 per person ages 10 and up. Reservations required. Starts at 7 p.m. both nights. 859-272-3611.

White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond

Ghost Hunt, Oct. 19
Is White Hall haunted? The Lexington Paranormal Research Society ghost hunt will begin at 8 p.m. The paranormal investigation will last until midnight. Not recommended for children. Admission is $20 per person and reservations are required. Proceeds go to the Clermont Foundation as a fundraiser. 859-623-9178.

White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond

Escape Games, Oct. 26-27
Participate in 1 of our 2 games to escape White Hall's past and return to the present. There's just one catch: your group has only 1 hour to solve the puzzles and make it back to 2018. Failure means Kentucky history is changed forever! Each game is offered at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Group reservations only. Each game can accommodate up to 8 people. The more people you have, the more brains to help solve the puzzles. The cost is $160 per group. Call the park at 859-623-9178 to make your prepaid reservation. If your group needs to cancel, you must do so by Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. Tickets are NON-REFUNDABLE after this date. Minimum age to participate is 14. Children under 18 must have an adult in their group.