While October may be the best month to watch the leaves change and spend the last bit of time outside before winter, what’s October really without ghouls, goblins and a whole lot of screams?

Halloween is just around the corner, and while trick-or-treating is always fun, it can get boring year after year. Luckily, state parks around the country are organizing carnivals, festivals, and all sorts of spooky events for all ages throughout the month. From scary trails to monster egg hunts, state parks have thought of everything to make you shiver in terror.

Check out some of the great, creative Halloween thrills happening across the U.S. in state parks:

From Sarah Ackerman, Flickr

The 15th Annual Halloween In The Park, Honeymoon Island State Park, FL:

On Friday (Oct. 26) and Saturday (27), Floridians are invited to visit park’s great haunted house and nature trail, as well as enjoy the bungee jump, dunk tank, and loads of other activities. The family event helps support Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks, so make sure to come in costume to be scared senseless.

Halloween at Heritage Hill, Heritage Hill State Historical Park, WI:

October 19, 20, 26 and 27 will provide four nights of frights for families in Wisconsin. The park hosts safe trick-or-treating for all ages, s’more making around the campfires, costume contests, and one of the area’s largest corn mazes.

Halloween Fest Lights Drive Thru, Fort Boonesborough State Park, KY:

Enjoy the scary sounds and sights of Halloween with the family as you drive through a mile and a half of spooky lights and displays in the park. With pirate miniature golf and lots of fun for the kids, Kentuckians shouldn’t have trouble finding a great adventure for Halloween through the end of the month.

The Haunting of Ainsworth, Sacajawea State Park, WA:

Each year, families are invited to walk amongst the dead every weekend in October and see scary beasts and ghouls along the trails. The best part about the event is that it benefits local charities, so while you’re getting your fright on, you’re helping the community too!

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HallowSnow Party, Muskegon State Park, MI:

If you are tired of the usual Halloween activities, this party couldn’t be more perfect. Instead of decorating pumpkins, the park brings together fall and winter by racing pumpkins down their luge tracks at top speeds. Families can fire away and watch the pumpkins burst for an awesome time.


Did your favorite state park’s Halloween event not make the list? Let us know, and we’ll update it to include your recommendations for the other Park Visitors!