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Fall & Halloween 2018

There’s no better place to enjoy the changing leaves and fall breezes than a state park! Through November, parks across the state are full of fun fall and halloween events for you and your loved ones to attend, with activities like nature and bird walks, painting, games, live music, and living history reenactments. Take advantage of the cool weather and get outdoors this fall!

Stargazing

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Sept. 14 Take in a sky full of stars with the aid of a powerful telescope.

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2018 Prairie Blacksmith Convention

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Sept. 28-29  See blacksmithing demonstrations and watch the blacksmiths compete!

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Ladies Day on the Range

Ponca State Park

Sept. 29 Strengthen your confidence level and improve your accuracy and confidence with one-on-one instruction in archery, .22s, shotgun and muzzleloaders.

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2018 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational

Pressey Wildlife Management Area

Sept. 29 The longest running organized youth shooting event in Nebraska, this free competition is open to all youth ages 11 and older who have successfully completed Hunter Education and have not yet graduated from high school.

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The Triumphant Return of the White Pirogue II

Niobrara State Park

Oct. 1 Get a dose of American history with a presentation by historical reenactors traveling the Missouri River in a replica of Lewis and Clark’s historical white pirogue.

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Wild Game Cooking Presentation

Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center, Lincoln

Oct. 4 Cookbook author Hank Shaw will make his first ever appearance in Nebraska to speak about how to get more out of your wild game in the kitchen, with a focus on upland birds.

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Living History – Heritage Days

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Oct. 6-7 Enjoy hands-on learning demonstrations and demonstrations of 1800s skills, trades and ways of life at the fort.

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Halloween is Brewing with Fun

Eugene T. Mahoney State Park

Oct. 6 Join us at E.T. Mahoney State Park on October 6th for Halloween campsite decorating, kids’ costume contest, pumpkin carving contest, kids’ games and a bonfire!

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Trick-or-Treat at the Town

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 12 Haunted history for kids! Join us for trick-or-treating along the scenic, decorated trail through the old town of St. Deroin.

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Photography Show

Fremont Lakes SRA

Oct. 12 Participate by submitting your own photo or come and enjoy the work of other photographers who visited Fremont Lakes this year.

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20th Annual Hallowfest

Ponca State Park

Oct. 13 & 20 The 20th Annual Halloween celebration features haunted evening hayrack rides, pumpkin roll obstacle course, pumpkin carving contest, campsite decorating contest and much more!

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23rd Annual Haunted Hollow

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 13, 19, 20, 26 & 27 Fun for all ages awaits: the classic pumpkin roll, food vendors, festive crafts, face painting and the notorious haunted hayrack rides:  $8/Adult, $6/Child (4-12), age 3 & under free. Buy tickets beginning Oct. 1.

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Chili Cookoff Contest

Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area

Oct. 13 Join us for a little friendly cooking competition. Enter your favorite chili recipe and take in some stunning fall scenery at the park.

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Halloween Decorating Contest in the RV Campground

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 13, 20 & 27 Do you have halloween spirit? Show it off by decorating your campsite, there will be judges and a winner. See you there!

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Howl in the Hills Night Hike

Wildcat Hills Nature Center

Oct. 13 Experience the Wildcat Hills like never before! Discover all the creatures that go bump in the night during our .57 mile hike! It is sure to be a ‘howling’ good time! Please bring a flashlight, hiking shoes and a sense of adventure.

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Harvestfest

Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

Oct. 20 Join us for fun fall festivities surrounded by rich history. Visitors to the Fort in the fall experience changing leaves, cool weather and discover the fascinating past of Nebraska.

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31st Annual Pumpkin Carvers Festival

Calamus State Recreation Area

Oct. 20 Channel your creativity and imagination for a day of carving pumpkins and games! There will be kids activities and fall festivities. Hope to see you  there!

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Jack-O-Lantern Junk & Craft Market

Indian Cave State Park

Oct. 20 Get some Christmas shopping done early! Vendors selling everything from A-Z. Booth space available by calling the park office.

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Trick or Treating

Branched Oak State Recreation Area

Oct. 20 Join us for some trick or treating in the park! Campers are encouraged to decorate their campers and campsites and are encouraged to hand out treats for the kids. There will be hayrack rides along the hiking trail.

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Spooktacular Halloween

Two Rivers State Recreation Area

Oct. 26 Meet at Lakeside Campground for a Meet, Greet, and Eat that also includes face painting and hayrack rides.

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Halloween at the Hollow

Ash Hollow State Historical Park

Oct. 27 Come out to the hollow to celebrate Halloween with the ghosts of the Oregon Trail! Enjoy kid’s games, concessions, archery, crafts, costume contests, trick or treating and the Haunted Trail Walk after dark.

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Trunk or Treat

Calamus State Recreation Area

Oct. 27 Bring the family and break out those new costumes for trick or treating at the campground!  Visitors are welcome to pass out candy and are encouraged to decorate their vehicle or campsite.

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