Ghost stories around the campfire, lantern-lit hikes, creepy crawlers, cemetery tours, hayrides, bats and more! Once you've decided on this year's costume, head on out to one or several of your more than 400 national parks for some Halloween fun! Be ready for anything and always have your camera, as you never know what awaits you in your national parks!
Here are some Halloween-inspired national park adventures to add to your bucket list:
MASSACHUSETTS – 19th century American poet Henry W. Longfellow once wrote that "All houses wherein men lived and died are haunted houses." See if he was right as rangers lead you on spirited house tours on the night before Halloween at Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site. Find out more here.
NEW MEXICO – Ever dressed up as a spider for Halloween? Now you can pretend you actually ARE a spider creeping and crawling around through tight spaces in Spider Cave at Carlsbad Caverns National Park! If you’re up for a serious adventure, come check out this three-dimensional maze cave that involves excessive crawling and climbing. Find out more here.
NEW YORK – Get into the Halloween spirit with a walk around Fort Hancock (which is believed to be haunted!) in Gateway National Recreation Area. Spooky tales, ghost stories, fall snacks and hot cider will be shared! Find out more here.
WASHINGTON – Peek into the past with costumed interpreters and park rangers as they bring to life the stories of Fort Vancouver National Historical Site with live theatre and lantern-lit tours! Finish off your evening by sharing a cup of hot cider with the talented performers! Find out more here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Explore the dark and spooky night sky with Ranger Tony Linforth at Rock Creek Park! Children who wear their Halloween costume will receive a Rock Creek Park goody bag. Find out more here.
For more national park inspiration download one or several of National Park Foundation’s free special edition Owner’s Guides. For more information about events happening in America's national parks, visit the National Park Service's calendar.