Nebraska state parks: What is happening during the month of October and Halloween

In Nebraska, state park areas are fantastic places to celebrate Halloween, with many parks providing family-friendly activities on October weekends. Plan your leisure time at one of these nine park areas.

Each vehicle visiting a state park must possess a valid park entry permit. Obtain your pass at or the park’s entrance booth.

Jack O Pumpkin World at Mahoney through October

Near Ashland, Mahoney State Park unveils its newest autumn attraction: Jack O’ Lantern World. Thousands of jack o’ lanterns made by 50 artisans will be displayed over a three-quarters mile path from September 30 to October 30.

The stroll, which features intricately carved, illuminated pumpkins, is intended to be an unforgettable celebration of Halloween, art, nature, and autumn. Gather your friends and family for a unique, quirky event.

Tickets are necessary; get them at Ticket-holders must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time of their event.

Call the park at 402-944-2523 or Peter at Jack O’ Lantern World at 224-757-5423 for more information.

Indian Cave SP will host the 27th annual Haunted Hollow.

Bring the family to Indian Cave State Park in October for three weekends of Halloween-themed activities during Haunted Hollow’s 27th year.

On October 7-8, October 14-15, and October 21-22, everyone will be thrilled with haunted hayrides, trick-or-treating, outdoor movies, a scavenger hunt, pumpkin rolling, a craft market, and a campground decorating contest.

For additional information, please check the event listing at

Ponca SP will host Hallowfest between October 8 and 15, 2018

Enjoy the Halloween season at Ponca State Park by attending the 24th annual Hallowfest on October 8 and October 15.

Crafts, a pumpkin-rolling contest, a pumpkin-carving contest, a scary drive, and a campground-decorating contest are among the activities.

For further information, contact the park at (402) 755-2284.

The Johnson Lake Halloween Haunt is scheduled on October 8.

During the Johnson Lake Halloween Haunt, which takes place on October 8, Johnson Lake State Recreation Area will offer a pumpkin-painting contest and a campsite-decorating contest.

The pumpkin painting will take place in Area C between 1 and 3 p.m. The judging of campsite decorations will commence at 6 p.m. in the main campground, and the top three finishers will receive prizes. From 3 to 5 p.m., there will be trunk or treating in the boat parking area.

The Calamus Pumpkin Carvers Event is scheduled for October 15.

October 15 is pumpkin month in Calamus State Recreation Area.

From 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., the Calamus Pumpkin Carvers Event will feature pumpkin carving, games with prizes, a derby for rolling pumpkins downhill, refreshments, campground decorating, trick-or-treating, and lighting pumpkin displays.

Visit the event listing on the calendar at for more information.

On October 15, Branched Oak SRA will host Spooktacular.

Spend the day of October 15 with your family at Spooktacular at Branched Oak State Recreation Area.

This event will be hosted by Middle Oak Creek Campground and will include a pumpkin-rolling contest, pumpkin-carving contest, costume contest, campground decorating contest, trick-or-treating, haunted trail, and haunted hayrack ride.

For additional information, please check the event listing at

Enjoy Halloween decorations and trick-or-treating at Fremont Lakes SRA campsites.

On October 15, Fremont Lakes State Recreation Area will host family-friendly Halloween-themed activities.

Campers are permitted to decorate their campsites for Halloween. Then, between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., children may trick-or-treat in the campground while the decoration contest is held.

For additional information, please contact the park at (402) 727-2922.

Oct. 22 is Halloween in the Hollow.

Come to Ash Hollow State Historical Park on October 22 from 2 to 6 p.m. Mountain Time to enjoy Halloween in the Hollow.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., there will be children’s games, s’mores, pumpkin picking and decorating, a scavenger hunt, hayrack rides, and a costume contest.

At 5 p.m., the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers, local emergency medical services, and law enforcement will sponsor the Trunk or Treat event with their vehicles on display.

Direct event queries to [email protected]

Howl in the Hills will be held at the Wildcat Hills

Never before have you seen the Wildcat Hills like this – at night! Discover the inhabitants of Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area on the Howl in the Hills trek on October 22.

This 0.57-mile hike begins at 7:00 p.m. MST. Hikers must have a torch, hiking boots, and an adventurous spirit.

Register by calling 308-436-3777 before October 6th.

October 28-30 is Halloween at Red Willow.

Camp and Trick or Treat at Red Willow Reservoir State Recreation Area from October 28-30.

This Halloween celebration for families will include a campsite decorating contest, a pumpkin carving contest for children, and trick-or-treating. Off-season camping prices of $5 off for electrical sites and $10 for tent sites will also be available. Campers who bring treats for children will receive discounted pricing.

For further information, please see the calendar event entry at

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