10 Halloween Events and Attractions in Kentucky’s State Parks

If you’ve planned ahead how you’ll spend October, you probably already have local events on your calendar — perhaps a night at The Haunted Hotel or a visit to Boo at the Zoo.

But the rest of our state also has some cool (and spooky) events planned for October, and we’ve got a collection of them. Check out our list of Halloween-themed attractions and events in Kentucky’s state parks, less than two hours from Louisville.

If you would like to venture further outside of Louisville or would like more information about any of these events, please visit the website of the Parks department. There are several more Halloween events listed there, although some are only available to guests camping in the respective parks.


Paranormal Investigations (16+)
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site (131 km from Louisville)
$25/person | Start 20:30 o’clock
Are there really ghosts in this historic place? You get the chance to find out together with a local paranormal research group. (You must call 859-384-3522 extension 4 to reserve your space.)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER. 1, 2, 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30

Haunted mini golf
Big Bone Lick State Historic Site (131 km from Louisville)
$5/person | Friday/Saturday 10am – 9pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm
Creepy themed mini golf. (It gets better when it gets dark.)


Escape Room Game
Nolin Lake State Park (145 km from Louisville)
$10/person | Times vary
Find out if you (and/or a group of up to 8 people in total) can get out of an escape room in one hour.


Cry No More – Victorian Mourning
My Old Kentucky Home State Park (42 miles from Louisville)
$16/person, discounts available | 09:15 – 16:00
Learn about the fascinating culture, rituals and artifacts surrounding death and mourning in the Victorian era.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER. 14-15, 21-22

Halloween Ghost Out
Barren River Lake State Resort Park (170 km from Louisville)
Free | 12-9 hours
Campers and the public can enjoy trick-or-treating, live music and a costume contest.


Ghost hunt and ghost stories on the battlefield
Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site (124 km from Louisville)
$5/child, $10/adult | 7:30pm-8:30pm
On this outdoor tour, you’ll learn about the Civil War battle that left a bloody legacy—and many ghost stories.


SHADOWS Family Evening
My Old Kentucky Home State Park (42 miles from Louisville)
$10 for kids (4-15), $20 for adults (16+) | 6pm-9pm
A family-friendly version of the popular “Shadows of Federal Hill” tour – actors in period costume tell spooky stories, but without the jump scares. Then there’s face painting, s’mores, trick-or-treating and a hayride. (Book your tickets by calling 502-564-1915.)


OWL-o-Ween Night
John James Audubon State Park (200 miles from Louisville)
$15/person | 6pm-9pm
Get up close and personal with two owls (Boo and Owlivia), owl-themed crafts and more. (Register by calling 502-782-9727 or emailing) [email protected].)


“Shadows of Federal Hill” Ghost Tour
My Old Kentucky Home State Park (42 miles from Louisville)
$15 for kids (4-15), $20 for adults (16+) | Tours begin at 7:00 PM; tours last 45 minutes and start every 15 minutes
The popular haunted tour returns. “Funeral directors” guide guests through the Old Kentucky Home mansion by lantern light to rooms where ghosts share eerie true stories from the park’s history.


Ghostly stories and night trails
John James Audubon State Park (200 miles from Louisville)
$5/person | Walking at 6:30 pm, storytelling at 8:00 pm
Go outside for a nighttime walk and scary stories.

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