While Fort Boonesborough State Park is known for presenting the history of Daniel Boone and other 18th-century pioneers, it’s also becoming known for something quite different—its annual Halloween party.
This year’s Halloween Fest XIII at the park’s campground will feature 150 activities over 13 days from October 16-28. The park estimates 13,000 people will take part in at least one event.
“It’s our biggest crowd of the year,” says campground manager Jack Winburn. The Halloween programs are for campers, but the public is allowed to drive through the campground to view the decorations at the park along the Kentucky River near Richmond.
This year’s events include haunted putt-putt, costume contests, ghost walks, bean supper, pancake breakfast, Pumpkin Express hayrides, hikes to a lost pumpkin mine, petting zoo, live entertainment, and trick or treating.
Winburn says volunteers—mostly campers—do much of the work to help decorate the campsite. “We sure couldn’t do it without them,” he says.
For more information on Fort Boonesborough State Park, go online to www.parks.ky.gov and click on Parks/Historic, or call (859) 527-3131. The park is located at 4375 Boonesborough Road, Richmond.
Tanner Jacob Walkers and Janna Beth Winburn make a fun pair as Dracula and the butterfly princess at the 2006 Halloween Fest.
Jerrie and Frank Center, Winchester, decorate their campsite.
Brenda Kidd, Berea, enjoys passing out candy to other campers.
DeeAnn and Craig Evans, Richmond, transform their tent into a giant spider.
Andrew Cora, age 9, Mt. Sterling, meets Steven Caudill who plays Daniel Boone at Fort Boonesborough State Park.
It’s an annual tradition at Fort Boonesborough State Park in Madison County to decorate campsites for Halloween.
MORE HALLOWEEN AT KENTUCKY STATE PARKS
Most state park campgrounds have Halloween activities in mid to late October.
A few parks have Halloween programs open to the general public. They include:
- Haunted Trail, Carter Caves State Resort Park near Olive Hill, weekends of October 12 & 19
- Haunted Trail, Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park near Mount Olivet, throughout October
- Masquerade Weekend, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, October 26-27
- Haunted Hollow Hotel, Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, October 27
- Little Spooky Spooks Festival, Kenlake at Hardin, October 20
- Halloween Harvest of Horrors, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville, October 20
- Halloween Spooktacular, Rough River State Resort Park near Leitchfield, October 26-27
- Halloween Family Fun Weekend, General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, October 26-28
- Halloween Bash, John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, October 27
- Haunted Frontier, Fort Harrod State Park in Harrodsburg, October 26, 27 & 31
- Ghost Walk, White Hall State Historic Site near Richmond, October 25-27
- Some events charge admission and there are age recommendations for children.
For more information on these events or other camper-only Halloween events, visit the Kentucky State Park Web site at www.parks.ky.gov. Click on “Events” and “October” for all Halloween events listed by state park.