Halloween Events at Ohio Parks for 2017

Last updated: Oct. 6, 2017

The column entitled Area indicates that the event is being held in Northwest Ohio (NW), Central Ohio (C), etc.

The Halloween activities taking place at state park campgrounds are restricted to registered campers. These events are very popular, so reserve your site early.
Weekend of Sept 29th
Date Area Location Event
Sept 29-30, 2017 C Delaware State Park Fall Festival: Join Delaware State Park staff and volunteers for a weekend of ghoulish fun. There will be movies, costume judging, site decoration contest, hay rides and what all kids wait for, Trick-or-Treat. A family event that is safe and fun for all ages. Reserve early for this annual event.
Sept 29-30, 2017 NW East Harbor State Park,
(1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202),
(419) 734-4424
Halloween Campout: Come Join us for Halloween Campout at East Harbor State Park! We will have games, bonfires, hayrides and much more! For registered campers only. Call (419) 734-4425 for more information.
Sept 29-30, 2017 SW Hueston Woods State Park,
(513) 523-6347
Halloween Campout: Campsite decorating, games, haunted trail & Halloween treats for registered campers only.




Weekend of Oct 06th
Date Area Location Event
Oct 06-07, 2017 NW East Harbor State Park,
(1501 Eden Park Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45202),
(419) 734-4424
Halloween Campout: Come Join us for Halloween Campout at East Harbor State Park! We will have games, bonfires, hayrides and much more! For registered campers only. Call (419) 734-4425 for more information.
Oct 06-07, 2017 SW Hueston Woods State Park,
(513) 523-6347
Halloween Campout: Campsite decorating, games, haunted trail & Halloween treats for registered campers only.
Oct 06-07, 2017 NE Findley State Park,
(440) 647-5749 ext. 100 or 102,
Reservation: (866) 644-6727
Fall Campout: Join us in the campground for children’s activities, crafts, leaf hike, hay rides, and Trick or Treat. Regular camp fees apply – Make your reservations early
Oct 06-07, 2017 NW Harrison Lake State Park,
(419) 237-2593
Halloween Weekend: Activities all weekend long for campers only. Pet parage (bring your pet in costume), games, hay rides, music, bon fire, best campiste decoration, trick or treat, and food. Sponsored by the Friends of Harrison Lake.
Oct 06-08, 2017 SE Blue Rock State Park Fall Campout: There will be games, trick-or-treating, a costume contest, hay rides, a campfire cookoff and more. For registered campers.
Oct 06-08, 2017 SW Kiser Lake State Park Halloween Campout: Halloween activities for registered campers, all weekend!
Oct 09, 2017 (9-10:30PM) NE Summit Co.: Firestone Metro Park
(meet at Tuscarawas Meadows Area)
TRICK OR TWEET: Take a hike in search of some feathered friends, then try your hand at feeding the birds. View details online.
Weekend of Oct 13th
Date Area Location Event
Oct 13-14, 2017 NE Findley State Park,
(440) 647-5749 ext. 100 or 102,
Reservation: (866) 644-6727
Halloween Campout: Join us for family games, volleyball, Trick or Treat, potluck soup, decorated campsites & more. For campers only. Make your reservations early.
Oct 13-14, 2017 NE Guilford Lake State Park,
(330) 222-1712,
Camp office phone: (330) 222-1688
Halloween Campout: Campers are encouraged to decorate their campsites. Games and activities for kids led by Naturalist. Pot luck dinner and Trick-or-treating for kids on Saturday night. Family-friendly movie. This event is for paid campers only. Please reserve your spot early.
Oct 13-14, 2017 NW Harrison Lake State Park,
(513) 523-6347
Halloween Campout: Sponsored by Friends of Harrison Lake. Pet parade (bring your pet in costume), games, hay rides, music, bon fire, best campsite decoration, trick or treat, and food.
Oct 13-14, 2017 SE Paint Creek State Park,
(740) 493-2212
Halloween Campout: Games, food, costume contest, campsite, contest, hayrides and more.
Oct 13-14, 2017 SW Hueston Woods State Park,
(513) 523-6347
Halloween Festival: Campsite decorating, games, haunted trail & Halloween treats for registered campers only.
Oct 13-14, 2017 SW Shawnee State Park,
(740) 858-6652
Halloween Campout: Pumpkin carving contest, trick or treat & costume parade.
Oct 13-15, 2017 NE West Branch State Park Halloween Campout: Games, pumpkin coloring, pet costume & campsite decorating contest. Naturalist activities, haunted trail, trick or treat, movie. Haunted trail and trick or treat is for registered campers only. Admission is by donation to the camp friends of West Branch State park.
Oct 13-15, 2017 NW Lake Loramie State Park,
(937) 295-2011
Halloween Campout: Events are open to registered campers only. Movie at the amphitheater. Kid’s crafts and games, Chili Cook Off and potluck at noon, and trick or treat.
Oct 14, 2017 SW Stonelick State Park,
(513) 734-4323 (phones managed by East Fork State Park)
Halloween Campout: Trick or Treating, Costume Contests, Arts and Crafts
Oct 14, 2017 (7PM) C Glacier Ridge Creepy Crawly Night Hike: Take a 1-mile hike looking for spiders and other creepy crawly animal friends. The focus of the hike is for kids to understand the importance of some of the animals which make us say “yuck”. Bring flashlights. Dress for the weather. Ages 5 and older. View details online.
Weekend of Oct 20th
Date Area Location Event
Oct 20-22, 2017 NE West Branch State Park Halloween Campout: Games, pumpkin coloring, pet costume & campsite decorating contest. Naturalist activities, haunted trail, trick or treat, movie. Haunted trail and trick or treat is for registered campers only. Admission is by donation to the camp friends of West Branch State park.
Oct 20-22, 2017 NW Lake Loramie State Park,
(937) 295-2011
Halloween Campout: Events are open to registered campers only. Movie at the amphitheater. Kid’s crafts and games, Chili Cook Off and potluck at noon, and trick or treat.
Oct 20-21, 2017 NE Beaver Creek State Park,
Camp office phone: (330) 385-3091
Halloween Campout: Our Halloween campout starts on Friday night with a potluck supper hosted by the camp hosts, spacial Naturalist events on Friday and Saturday and a decorated site contest as well as costume contest. Prizes will be awarded. Trick-or-treating Saturday night for the kids! Schedule will be posted closer to the event.
Oct 20-21, 2017 SE Rocky Fork State Park,
(937) 393-3210
Halloween Campout: Activities for registered campers only. No additional details provided.
Oct 20-21, 2017 SW East Fork State Park,
(513) 734-4323
Not Quite Halloween Campout: The first weekend for costume contests. Trick-or-Treating and more. Make your camping reservations early.
Oct 20-22, 2017 NW Indian Lake State Park Halloween Campout: Movies at the amphitheater with popcorn and cider served by the “Camp Ghost” (Host). Contests include pumpkin carving, costume judging, pet costume judging and campsite decorating. Trick or Treat from 2-4 PM followed by a Chili soup supper. Events are for registered campers only.
Oct 21, 2017 (1 to 4 PM) NW Maumee Bay State Park,
(419) 836-8828
Creature Crawl: We love spiders and snakes! It’s a Halloween celebration Nature-Center style! Come meet all of our creepy-crawly creatures up close while you learn about local wildlife. Crafts, cookie decorating, and games.
Oct 22, 2017 (1 to 3 PM) NW Ottawa National Wildlife Refugee,
(419) 898-0014
Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treat: Come dressed in your finest costumes and bring your favorite treat bags for this fun-filled afternoon. The boardwalk loop will be decorated for Halloween with costumed volunteers along the way. Answer a fun nature question for your treat from each station! Enjoy spooky story time with the Witch in the Window on Wildlife and be sure to check out the Visitor Center for the Fortune Teller and nature crafts! Coffee, cider, and donuts will be available by donation. If the weather is bad, all the activities will move into the Visitor’s Center.




Weekend of Oct 27th
Date Area Location Event
Oct 27-28, 2017 C Deer Creek State Park,
(740) 869-3124
Halloween Campout: Join Deer Creek staff and volunteers for a weekend of ghoulish fun. There will be movies, marshmallow roast, costume judging, site decoration contest, bands, vendors and what all kids wait for, Trick-or-Treat. A family event that is safe and fun for all ages.
Oct 27-28, 2017 SE Dillon State Park,
(740) 453-4377
Halloween Campout: Join us for this frightful good time! Event includes costume contest, site decorating contest, pumpkin decorating and trick or treat and much more!
Oct 27-28, 2017 SW Caesar Creek State Park,
(513) 897-2437,
Reservation: (877) 644-6727,
Reserve online
Halloween Campout: Trick or Treat, campsite decorating, Haunted Trail, Live Creepy Critters with the Park Naturalist, and more. Reserve your campsite early.
Oct 27-28, 2017 SW East Fork State Park,
(513) 734-4323
Halloween Campout: Last weekend for this year’s favorite camping fun — decorating contests, trick-or-treating and more…. View details online.
Oct 27-29, 2017 SE Hocking Hills State Park,
(740) 385-6842
Halloween Campout: Join with the Haunted Hocking “HHIT” team as they search for the unexplained at Ash Cave, or try your hand at pumpkin decoration. Registered campers and cabin guests can enjoy a hayride, a family-fun spooky movie, site decoration contest, and trick-or-treat at Old Man’s Cave campground. Regular camping & cabin fees apply.
Oct 27, 2017 (10AM-2PM) C Franklin Co.: Sharon Woods
(meet at Spring Hollow Lodge)
Preschoolers Plus: Halloween Open House: Wear your costume and enjoy games, crafts, and other activities to celebrate the season. Age 3-8. View details online.
Oct 28, 2017 (6-8PM) C Franklin Co.: Battelle Darby Creek
(meet at Indian Ridge Bulletin Board)
Fall Fest Pumpkin Hike: Enjoy a self-guided 1.5-mile hike on a Jack-o-Lantern lit trail. View details online.
Oct 29, 2017 (1 PM) C Franklin Co.: Battelle Darby Creek
(meet at Ranger Station)
Graveyard Hike: Take a 4-mile off-trail hike to prehistoric Indian and pioneer burial grounds. View details online.
Oct 29, 2017 (1-2:30PM) NE Summit Co.: Munroe Falls Metro Park
(meet at Tallmadge Meadows Area)
HOWL-OWEEN DOG HIKE : Bring your costumed canine companion to hike with other pets around Meadow Trail. Complete this hike to receive spree credit for both you and your furry friend! Dogs must be leashed (8-foot maximum). Good for spree credit. View details online.
Oct 29, 2017 (2-3:30PM) NE Summit Co.: Furnace Run Metro Park
(meet at Brushwood Area)
CREATURES IN COSTUME: What sorts of “costumes” do our animal neighbors wear? Take a closer look at critters that “dress up” as other animals and objects to survive. All participants are encouraged to dress up! Good for spree credit. View details online.
Oct 29, 2017 (2-4PM) C Franklin Co.: Inniswood Gardens
(meet at Education Pavilion)
Halloween Party: Join us in the gardens. Enjoy activities and crafts in celebration of this traditional holiday. View details online.
Oct 29, 2017 (8AM-6PM) C Franklin Co.: Blacklick Woods
(meet at Nature Center)
Naturally Spooky Display: Celebrate Halloween by viewing our display about some of nature’s spooky animals. View details online.
Oct 30, 2017 (6:30-8PM) NE Summit Co.: Munroe Falls Metro Park
(meet at Tallmadge Meadows Area)
HAUNTED HISTORY HIKE: Join a naturalist for a hike along Meadow Trail while learning about the haunted and not-so-haunted history of the Tallmadge Meadows Area of Munroe Falls Metro Park. View details online.

Cute video of the elephants and hippos getting pumpkins as Halloween treats at the Cincinnati Zoo:

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