Kentucky Tourism

Halloween Events

October is a great time to visit Kentucky State Parks! Halloween is a popular season at our parks and campgrounds. So if you like costumes, decorations, haunted trails and other Halloween-related events, plan to visit. (Many campground events are for campers only, please check in advance) Here’s our 2019 Halloween events:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Campground Spookout, Oct. 18-20
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! 270-646-2151.

Big Bone Lick State Historic Site, Union
Halloween Carnival, Oct. 26
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 p.m. and trick-or-treating at 7 p.m. This event is free to campers; other guests must pay $5 per car. Call 859-384-3522.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet

Halloween Campout Celebration, Oct. 25-27
Visitors can enjoy all things scary and spooky in this Halloween extravaganza!  Participate in the jack-o-lantern carving contest and the costume competition, make a tie dyed t-shirt or listen to spooky stories.  Decorate your site for a chance to win a weekend stay in the campground.  Haunted mini golf available and so much more!  The park has added a category for pets to our costume competition so that your "furry kids" can get in on the fun too!  Call 859-289-5507.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Haunted Trail, Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19
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 $12 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. 606-286-4411.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Cave-In Movie Night, Oct. 25
The park promises a scary movie that will be shown underground on Oct. 25! 
The park will provide provide the entertainment, the drinks, and snacks; you just bring the chairs! Cost is $6 per person at the door (cash only - drinks and snacks sold separately). Find out what the movie is by checking the park’s Facebook page. Call 606-286-4411.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Halloween Campout Celebration, Oct. 25-26
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, 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! 606-286-4411.

Columbus-Belmont State Park, Columbus
Un-BOO-lievable Weekend, Oct. 25-27
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 Hike” ending the night with coffee and hot chocolate. Call 270-677-2327

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin

Murder Mystery Weekend, Oct. 26
Bring your special someone for an evening of Murder Mystery fun. The cost of the  package is $199.95 per couple, which includes one night's lodging, dinner, mystery show and breakfast. The show starts at 8 p.m. Please call reservations at 606-528-4121.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville

Haunted Hollow Halloween, Oct. 25-27
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! Call 270-433-7431.

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville
Spirits of Sawyer, Oct. 11-12
Join the park interpretive staff and a local paranormal investigative team on a real live historical paranormal investigation. Several areas to be investigated include cemeteries, a dairy barn, a cave and the area where the old state hospital sat. Admission is $35 a person. Call 502-429-3280. 

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville
Haunted Park After Dark, Oct. 19-27
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. Admission is $6 a person. Call 502-429-7270.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
Halloween Lights Drive Through, Oct. 4-26
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]

General Burnside Island State Park, Burnside
Spook Out Weekend, Oct. 18-20 and 25-27
Looking for some family Halloween fun? Come join us at General Burnside Island State Park Campground.  We have two full weekends 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 606-561-4104.

General Butler State Resort Park
Halloween Weekends, Oct. 11-13, 18-20, 25-27
October is the month to celebrate family fun and Halloween at General Butler! All three weekends will feature special entertainment, themed activities, Trick or Treating and much more! 502-732-4384.

Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville
Halloween in the Park, Oct. 18-20
A weekend of fun and excitement!  Activities include ghost golf, a costume contest, campsite decorating, pumpkin decorating, games, crafts and trick or treating. The Haunted Corn Maze is open to campers and the public for $5 a person. 270-465-8255.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Haunted Boat Ride, Oct. 18, 19, 25, 26
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.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Campground Halloween Activities, Oct. 18-19, 25-26
There will be plenty of Halloween activities during these two weekends at the Jenny Wiley campground! A haunted boat ride and hay ride will be available on Friday evenings. On Saturday afternoon, there will be trick or treat, a campsite decorating contest and a costume contest, along with the evening haunted hay ride and boat ride. Call 606-889-1790.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Creatures of the Night Hike, Oct. 26
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 270-826-2247, ext 228.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Halloween Bash, Oct. 26
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 270-826-2247, ext 227 or [email protected]

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
Halloween Campout, Oct. 25-27
Drop in for our Halloween Weekend Celebration! Festivities include costume contests, camper decorating contests, pumpkin carving, movie night and a Halloween recreation schedule full of fun activities! Call 270-343-3111.

Lake Malone State Park, Dunmor
Halloween Bash, Oct. 25-26
Visit the Haunted Pavillion on Oct. 26 from 7-9 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 for Bouncy House and Bouncy Slide. Food concessions will be available. All events weather permitting. Call 270-657-2111.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Shadows of Federal Hill, Oct. 18-19, 24-26
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. You’ll be guided by an undertaker through each room, 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. 
Halloween treats and candies await in the mansion's carriage house after the tour. For just $5 more, guests will receive access to the Shadows of Federal Hill Haunted Hayride! An innocent hayride at first glance, but there's something much more frightening going on. Find out more as you board the hay wagon! (Hayride age discretion of 8yrs +) Shadows of Federal Hill starts at 7 p.m. and a new tour begins every 15 minutes. Tours are 45 minutes each. Call 348-3502.
Nolin Lake State Park, Mammoth Cave
Halloween Campout, Oct. 18-19, 25-26
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. There will also be a haunted house and kid’s zone at the picnic pavilion. Admission is $3 for the Haunted House, which includes admission to the Kid’s zone with hands-on Halloween activities. Campers, don't forget to bring candy for trick-or-treating!  270-286-4240.

Old Fort Harrod State Park, Harrodsburg
Haunted Frontier, Oct. 25-26, 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. 25
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. Admission is $3. Registration required. Call 270-487-8481 to register. Limited to first 40 children.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Spooky Extravaganza, Oct. 26
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.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Ghost Hunts, Oct. 25, Nov. 1
Is Waveland 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 Friends of Waveland as a fundraiser. 859-272-3611.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Evening Ghost Tea, Oct. 30
Is Waveland really haunted?  Find out on Oct. 30! Guests will be served hauntingly delicious tea food. Then, the president of the Lexington Paranormal Society, David Underwood, will scare you with stories as you walk from room-to-room in the dark with only a candle to guide you.  Dress in black clothing or costumes welcomed for a spooky good time!  Adults only. Starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person – seating is limited. Make your reservation by calling 859-272-3611.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Victorian Mourning Customs, Oct. 16-17
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.  $10 per person ages 10 and up. Starts at 7 p.m. both nights. Reservations required. Call 859-272-3611.