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Park Events

State parks and recreation areas across Nebraska offer guided hikes, bird-watching, family events, camping, fishing, naturalist activities and much, much more. Find an event near you today!


21st Annual Hallowfest

Ponca State Park

Oct. 12, 19
This beloved tradition at Ponca State Park continues with haunted evening hayrack rides, pumpkin roll obstacle courses, pumpkin carving contest and more.
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24th Annual Haunted Hollow

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 12, 18-19, 25-26
Don’t miss this annual Halloween event! Activities include a pumpkin roll, crafts, face painter and haunted hayrack rides.
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Halloween Decorating Contest in the RV Campground

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 12, 19, 26
Deck out your campsite in your best Halloween decorations for the chance to win the decorating contest.
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Haunted History with the Codys

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

Oct. 18-19, 25-26
Come enjoy a hayrack ride through Buffalo Bill State Historical Park and learn some creepy (and true) history!
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Dusty’s Pumpkin Fest at the Cody’s

Buffalo Bill State Historical Park

Oct. 18
Join us for fall fun every Friday and Saturday in October located on the east side of the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park grounds.
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Fontenelle Family Fishing Frenzy/Discover Trout Fishing

Fontenelle Lake, Omaha

Oct. 19
This is a perfect opportunity for fishing newcomers to pick up some new skills in a relaxed environment.
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Jack-O-Lantern Junk & Craft Market

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 19
Vendors selling everything from A to Z!
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Pink Pumpkin Walk

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 19
Support local cancer societies and join us for a walk in a beautiful park!
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Trick-or-Treat by the Buses

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 19
The Buskatiers will be handing out candy and popcorn, with buses available for viewing.
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Living History Weekend – Victorian Era

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Oct. 19-20
Journey back to the Victorian Times and enjoy displays of Victorian dresses, lacemaking, parlor music, parlor games, the language of the fan, and yard games.
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32nd Annual Pumpkin Carving Festival

Calamus State Recreation Area

Oct. 19
Join us for pumpkin carving, face painting, pumpkin launching, and games. Snow cones and cotton candy will also be available, along with a pot luck lunch at noon for those camping during the festival.
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Ranch Life in the 1860’s

Rock Creek Station State Historical Park

Oct. 19
The Living Historian volunteers inhabit the reconstructed east ranch demonstrating and recreating the general daily life, clothing and chores of living and surviving on the great plains of Nebraska Territory.
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Branched Oak Lake Spooktacular

Branched Oak Lake State Recreation Area

Oct. 19
Join us at Branched Oak Lake SRA on Saturday, October 19 for some Halloween fun!
Activities will include a scavenger hunt, crafts, face painting, Halloween games, a camper decorating contest, trick or treating, and a haunted hayrack ride!
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The Night Sky

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Oct. 19
Meet at Ash Hollow State Historical Park up on the ridge. Amateur astronomer Doug Wolford will bring his telescope to look at the moon and stars.
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Creepy Critter Carnival

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Oct. 19
Bring the kids to the Lake McConaughy Visitor’s Center to play games for prizes and to lean a bit about snakes, spiders, bats, owls, and more.
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Nature Walk: Nebraska Reptiles

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Oct. 19
Meet at Spring Park between Lemoyne and Cedar View on Highway 92. In early celebration of Reptile Day, let’s discuss our favorite reptiles!
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Living History Weekend – Vintage Halloween

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

Oct. 26-27
The weekend is full of Vintage Halloween fun and frivolity as we celebrate vintage Halloween customs, games, crafts, and décor.
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Halloween in the Hollow

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Oct. 26
Come on a haunted history tour, take part in a scavenger hunt, go trunk-or-treating, and more!
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Spooktacular Holloween

Two Rivers State Recreation Area

Oct. 26
Join us for a Spooktacular Halloween at Two Rivers State Recreation Area on October 25th and 26th!
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A Batty Afternoon

Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area

Oct. 26
Learn about Nebraska bats and make some batty crafts!
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Nature Walk: Bat Facts

Lake Ogallala State Recreation Area

Oct. 27
In honor of Bat Week we’ll be taking a nature walk while dispelling myths about bats and providing a few facts you may not know! Meet at the Lake Ogallala hike/bike trail.
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Red Willow Camp & Treat

Red Willow State Recreation Area

Oct. 25-27
Treat yourself to Halloween fun at Red Willow State Recreation Area October 25th – 27th!
Activities will include a Camper/Campsite Decorating Contest, Trick or Treating, a Kids’ Pumpkin Carving Contest, and more!
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Candlelight Tour

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Nov. 2
Come on a guided tour of the fort grounds at night, as volunteers enact scenes from fort life. Register early – this event is very popular!
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Bighorn Sheep Hike

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Nov. 2
Come with us on a hike to find the mysterious and secretive creature of the Wildcat Hills, the bighorn sheep!
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River Valley Artisan Craft Market

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Nov. 2
Start your holiday shopping early with handmade arts and craft items from local vendors!
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Bighorn Sheep Hike

Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area

Nov. 2
Come with us on a hike to find the mysterious and secretive creature of the Wildcat Hills, the bighorn sheep!
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