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Bewitching Halloween Events

Make your Halloween this year truly memorable – come to a state park! These family-friendly events are the perfect opportunity to get outdoors, see a beautiful park and enjoy fall breezes.

Events are held throughout the month. Activities include pumpkin carving, haunted hayrack rides, campground decorating, costume contests, face painting, and, of course, trick-or-treating.

Candlelight Tours

Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

Join Buffalo Bill’s wife, Louisa, Buffalo Bill friends and family servants on a candlelight tour of the mansion as they share intriguing tales from the past.
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Trick-or-Treat at the Town

Oct. 13
Indian Cave State Park

Enjoy trick-or-treating and the haunted town of St. Deroin. Indian Cave State Park is also known for its beautiful fall colors.
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Friday the 13th Night Hike and Scary Movie

Oct. 13
Fremont State Recreation Area

Join us for a night hike to see what cool critters and spooky sounds we can discover. An appropriately spine-tingling movie to follow.
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Paint a Pumpkin

Oct. 13
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Express your creativity through a night of spooky pumpkin painting! Paints and painting tips will be provided.
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Halloween is Brewing with Fun!

Oct. 14
Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

The day includes a kids costume contest parade, a pumpkin carving contest, bonfires, kids games and free tram rides.
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19th Annual Hallowfest

Oct. 14, 21
Ponca State Park

The excitement of Hallowfest includes crafts, haunted hayrack rides, a pumpkin roll obstacle course, and a creative pumpkin carving contest. Those staying at the park can take part in campsite and cabin decorating contests.
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Decorate Your Campsite

Oct. 14, 21, 28
Indian Cave State Park

Deck out your campsite with your best Halloween decorations to take home some cool prizes in this decoration contest.
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Skulls, Skins and Skeletons

Oct. 14
Fremont State Recreation Area

Get ready for trick-or-treating with nature activities with a Halloween tie-in. And while you’re here, you can see a photography show, too.
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Campsite Decorating Contest and Trick-or-Treating

Oct. 14
Fremont State Recreation Area

Come trick-or-treating and compete in the campsite decoration contest! Winners get some cool prizes – first place wins two nights of free camping.
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Trunk or Treat at Homestead Knolls Campground

Oct. 14
Calamus State Recreation Area

Join us for an evening of trick-or-treating. Visitors who want to pass out candy are encouraged to decorate their vehicle or campsite.
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22nd Annual Haunted Hollow Hayrack Rides

Oct. 14, 20-21, 27-28
Indian Cave State Park

Hop on a haunted hayrack ride and enjoy the beautiful park grounds.
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Howl in the Hills Night Hike

Oct. 14
Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Experience the Wildcat Hills like never before, at night! Discover all the creatures that go bump in the night during our .57 mile hike. It is sure to be a “howling” good time!
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Pumpkin Carving Nights

Oct. 19-20
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Join in on the best activity of the fall: pumpkin carving! Various stencils, all the tools, and guidance will be provided. A prize will be awarded to the winning pumpkin.
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30th Annual Pumpkin Carvers Event

Oct. 21
Calamus State Recreation Area

Come visit the park and enjoy a day of carving pumpkins. This year there will also be snow cones, cotton candy and kids games.
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Jack O’Lantern Junk and Craft Market

Oct. 21
Indian Cave State Park

Browse some crafty repurposed items. Held in conjunction with the Annual Haunted Hollow.
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Pink Pumpkin Walk

Oct. 21
Indian Cave State Park

Get your pink on! Help us support Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Pink Pumpkin Walk, a cancer walk for survivors and in memory of loved ones.
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Vintage Halloween

Oct. 21-22, 28-29
Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

The weekend is full of vintage Halloween fun frivolity as we celebrate vintage Halloween customs, games, crafts, and décor.
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Trick-or-Treating and Haunted Trail

Oct. 21
Branched Oak State Recreation Area

This event will have decorated campers, candy and costumes. Also, visitors can take a walk through the haunted trail located in hilly terrain and wooded area.
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Creepy Critter Carnival

Oct. 22
Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Join in on an afternoon of Halloween fun at the lake! Play nature and Halloween games, followed by Halloween bingo. Costumes welcome, and prizes for all!
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Trunk or Treat!

Oct. 27
Windmill State Recreation Area

A spooktacular trick or treat event awaits! The park area will be transformed for a fun night of trick-or-treating, costume contests, hot-dog roasting and more!
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Camp and Treat

Oct. 27-31
Red Willow State Recreation Area

Come out to Red Willow to enjoy a campsite decorating contest, a kids’ pumpkin carving contest, and camper-to-camper trick-or-treating.
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Trunk and Treat

Oct. 28
Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Join us for Halloween activities, a parade of costumes and pumpkin painting.
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Spooktacular Halloween

Oct. 28
Two Rivers State Recreation Area

Come out for hayrack rides, pumpkin painting, a virtual scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, campsite decorating and more. There’s food, too, with a chili cookoff, potluck dinner and s’mores bar.
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Halloween at the Hollow

Oct. 28
Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Enjoy historical wagon rides, children’s games, archery, a scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, and a “Hansel and Gretel” haunted walk.
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Haunted Hike Night

Oct. 28
Windmill State Recreation Area

Join Game and Parks staff and Faith United Church of Gibbon for the second year on the Nature Trail of Windmill SRA. Get in some exercise as you walk, or RUN, the trail filled with swamp monsters, zombies, and more!
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Haunted Barn

Oct. 27, 28, 29, 30
Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park

Join us at the haunted barn for Halloween fun, cider, popcorn, caramel apples, and more!
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