We here at PBN are proud of our unabashed Halloween love. Whether bringing you nature-inspired Halloween costumes, campsite-friendly pumpkin recipes, a round up of the most haunted state parks, camping horror movies, Halloween events happening at the parks, or places where you might run into a UFO or Bigfoot, we take any chance we get to combine our love of the outdoors with our love of all things spooky. Since we’ve covered so many Halloween-related bases already, it may seem like we’ve left no stone unturned, but what about state parks that are just plain fun to visit at Halloween time? If you’re seeking an outdoor destination where you can really get in touch with the spirit of the season, check out these state parks to visit at Halloween.
Goblin Valley State Park
Green River, Utah
The unique, rusty-colored landscape at Goblin Valley State Park has often been compared to Mars, but this strange park is filled with “goblins” rather than aliens. Bizarre, towering mushroom-shaped sandstone formations dot the park. Referred to as “hoodoos”, the geological features create a landscape like no other. There is something undeniably spooky about the haunting landscape of Goblin Valley, which makes it one of the best destinations in Utah to explore during Halloween season.
Granite Ghost Town State Park
What could be creepier than roaming the silent streets of an actual ghost town? Imagine what life must have once been like here as you explore remains of a once-bustling 1890s silver boomtown dating back to Montana’s boom-and-bust mining days. The historic abandoned buildings and ruins are well preserved and open for exploring. The town’s high elevation can only be reached via a steep, narrow road that winds up from Phillipsburg, which sets the tone for the spooky discoveries you’ll find once you reach the park.
Florida Caverns State Park
Unleash your inner bat this Halloween season when you tour the dry caves at Florida Caverns State Park. Filled with stunning formations of limestone stalactites, stalagmites, flowstones, draperies and soda straws, the caves are unsurprisingly a huge draw, and tours often sell out. The cave’s formations cast spooky shadows on the walls of the caverns, which helps to create an eerie ambiance in the cool, dank caves. With low, narrow passages that could send claustrophobes screaming, Florida Caverns is the park perfect for a Halloween visit.
Lovers Leap State Park
New Milford, Connecticut
Get in touch with your macabre side as you trace the footsteps of ill-fated lovers from ages past. The legend of Lovers Leap traces its origins back to the 18th century when Native Americans occupied this land. Although various versions of the story exist, the tales generally agree that Pootatuck Indian Chief Waramaug’s daughter, Princess Lillinonah, and her lover leapt to their deaths from Lovers Leap, a cliff on the Housatonic River, which runs through property. Stand atop the rock formation and take in breathtaking views of the surrounding area while you remember those who lost their lives here so many years ago. Just don’t jump!
What state parks do you like visiting at Halloween? Let us know in the comments which parks we should add to the list!