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7 Unique and Spooky Halloween Events at Texas State Parks

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If you’re bored with traditional Halloween carnivals and pumpkin patches, check out all of the Halloween fun to be had at your local state park this year. Many parks are offering Halloween-themed festivities all month long for you, your friends and family to enjoy. From trick-or-treating and edible creepy crawlies to costume contests and “zombie” hikes, the folks at Texas Parks and Wildlife have planned great Halloween-themed events for everyone.

1. Halloween Creatures of the Night Hike at Inks Lake State Park

Inks Lake SP

Photo: Facebook/Inks Lake State Park

When: October 28 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Trick or treat in costume and meet some of the park’s creatures of the night. Visitors will explore the trails for some of the park‘s more famous creatures!

2. Scary Campfire Stories & S’mores at McKinney Falls State Park

McKinney Falls SP

Photo: Flickr/John Lustig

When: October 27 from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Join your friends at the park for s’mores toasting and telling a few scary stories (PG rated). Bring a chair, water, bug spray, flashlight, and blanket (if the weather is cool) and meet at the Amphitheater at the park.

3. Spider Safari! at Bastrop State Park

Bastrop SP

Photo: Facebook/TexasParksandWildlife

When: October 27 from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Come and hunt for amazing arachnids on the old Golf Course trails with a Ranger. Take a walk with a Ranger along the trails of the old Golf Course to see if you can find any in their natural habitat and see how spiders aren’t that scary at all!

What to Bring: Please bring your own flashlight (preferably a bright LED light with tight focus and a red light option). Close-toed shoes, water, appropriate clothing

Where to Meet: Park at the Historic Golf Course parking lot (a Ranger will be waiting for you.)

4. Halloween Fest at Lockhart State Park

Lockhart SP
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