Kentucky State Parks holding Halloween events

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The Halloween season is a popular one at Kentucky State Parks. Haunted trails, campground decorations, and trick-or-treating are popular at many parks. Parents of young children should check in advance — some parks have age recommendations for their events.

Note: most campground events are for registered campers only. Here’s the 2017 list of Halloween events:

William Whitley House State Historic Site, Stanford

Escape Frontier Terror, Oct. 5, 12, 19

Early pioneer days were treacherous and dangerous during the settling of Kentucky. Hidden escape routes and hideouts were used to stay safe. Using a series of clues and teamwork, groups will have 45 minutes to escape the retreat room with the hopes of no one left behind. Reservations are required and the event times are 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. This event is not recommended for young children.

To see if alternate times or dates can be arranged, call the park at (606) 355-2881.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill

Carter Caves Haunted Trail, Oct. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21

Walk through a one-fourth mile wooded trail and experience thrilling scenes and haunts that will have individuals shivering with fear. Trail survivors consider Carter Caves Haunted Trail as one of the best haunted attractions in the region. Admission is $10 per person. (On each Friday of the Haunted Trail we will be offering a $2 discount in exchange for donation of two (2) can food items. All can food items donated will be distributed to local Blessing Boxes in Carter County to help feed the hungry.) Concessions will be available at the beginning of the trail. The trail is not recommended for young children. Transportation to and from the trail head provided. Ticket sales are each night from 7:30-10 p.m. at Carter Caves’ public pool.

For more information, call (800) 325-0059.

E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park, Louisville

Spirits of Sawyer, Oct. 13

Join the park staff and a real “live” paranormal investigative team at the park Oct. 13 to experience all of the history that E.P. “Tom” Sawyer has to offer. The park grounds are full of historical areas and artifacts. After a brief history presentation and explanation of past paranormal activity, individuals and a group of other amateur investigators will be given a map of the points of interest, and will meet up with a paranormal investigator at each location to seek further evidence of the paranormal activity at the park. Registration is required. The fee is $25 per person. Meet at the Sawyer Hayes Community Center. Refreshments will be available at 8:30 p.m. The event will begin at 9 p.m. and end at 12:30 a.m. Children under the ages of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years of age or older.

For more information, call (502) 429-7270.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond

Halloween lights drive through, Oct. 6-28

Enjoy the sights, sounds and scares of over 1 ½ miles of Halloween lights and displays from the car through the campground. Concessions and snacks available. The $5 donation goes to the Fort Boonesborough Foundation.

For more information, call (859) 527-3454 or email jack.winburn@ky.gov.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown

Weep No More: Victorian Funeral Customs at My Old Kentucky Home, Sunday- Oct. 31.

Social customs related to the death of a family member during the Victorian era encouraged practices that publicly demonstrated the grief that the remaining family members were experiencing. Door knobs would be draped in black, as would door entries, mirrors, portraits of the deceased loved one and clocks were stopped at the time of death. The historic home at the park, Federal Hill, will be transformed into the Victorian world of mourning. Enter the mansion, draped in black swag and feather plumes and wander the darkened halls to hear the stories of the mansion’s storied past as it relates to death and demise.

For more information, call (502) 348-3502.

William Whitley House State Historic Site, Stanford

Spirits of Whitley House Tour, Oct. 7, 14, 21

Many unusual stories are told about the William Whitley House, the first brick house in Kentucky built in the 1700s. The tour guide dressed in period attire will share several of the sights and sounds experienced over the years by the staff and guests. A chill will run through an individual’s veins as they listen to and possibly experience some of those unusual happenings. Tour times are hourly beginning at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $5 per person. Reservations required two days in advanced by calling the park at (606) 355-2881. n