Spooktacular SD State Parks

by Katlyn Richter on October 4, 2010 · 0 comments

Halloween is just around the corner and South Dakota is full of destinations that will fill your spooky day with thrills and chills. This year, try exploring one of South Dakota’s state parks for a spooktacular event.

Sica Hollow State Park was named “evil” by the Native Americans who told of horrific happenings in the dark ravines. Still today, many of the natural occurrences, like glowing tree stumps, still fuel the eerie legends and intrigue visitors.

Halloween Night Hike at Custer State Park – Participants will take a guided one-mile night hike along a path lit only by jack-o-lanterns. Watch out, you might meet spooks in the woods! The event is geared to expose families to interesting and humorous sights, sounds, and nightlife at Custer State Park. A hiking group will depart the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center every 15 minutes between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29, and Saturday, October 30.

8th Annual Spooktacular Trails Walk at the Big Sioux Recreational Center, this gorgeous recreational area is only 4 miles south of Brandon, S.D. On Saturday, October 30, from 5-8:00p.m., come walk the Spooktacular Trail and stop by the many stations along the way to trick or treat. Also, you can participate in a scavenger hunt along the wooded trail searching for reflective spooky signs with your flashlight. Costumes are encouraged! At the end of the walk, warm up next to the nice campfire!

Trick or Treat Trails Walk at LaFromboise Island Nature Area – A trick or treat trail marked by reflective signs will guide participants of all ages through the wooded area with stop along the way gathering prizes and of course, treats! Costumes are encouraged and bring a flashlight! The event is from 4:30-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 30.

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