Visitors can enjoy some hauntingly good fun this October at Hueco Tanks State Park, as well as many other parks across the state.
Throughout the month, the parks are hosting a variety of family-friendly Halloween-themed events.
The Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society is partnering with Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site for a unique tour into the dark, mysterious and historic areas of the park.
Find out which spirits walk along the mountain ridges and pass along the desert floor on the Ghosts of the Ancients tour from 8 – 10 p.m. October 26. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
Statewide, visitors to parks can choose from zombie apocalypse hikes, monster mash geocaching and a jack-o’-lantern scavenger hunt, just to name a few. Below are a few highlights from around the state.
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park is hosting a scavenger hunt Oct. 27 and 28 for eight plastic jack-o’-lanterns that have been hidden along the Walnut Ridge Unit and Hen House Ridge Unit hiking trails. Visitors who find a jack-o’-lantern can return it to the park headquarters for a special trick or treat prize. The scavenger hunt begins at daybreak and will continue until all pumpkins are found.
Learn to survive a zombie apocalypse at Galveston Island State Parks’ themed hike from 3 – 4 p.m. Oct. 27. The short, humorous hike will teach visitors the basic skills needed to find food, water, shelter and space in case of an apocalyptic event. The hike will begin at the nature center and is free with park entry fee. Pets and zombies must be on a leash.
Become a modern-day treasure hunter this Halloween at the Monster Mash Geocache at Ray Roberts Lake State Park- Isle Du Bois Unit from 3 – 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27. Visitors will meet at the Lost Pines Amphitheater to learn to geocache using hand-held GPS units. The geocaching event is free with paid entrance fees.
Discover what creatures go bump in the night at Inks Lake State Park during the Creatures of the Night Halloween Walk from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Visitors can trick or treat along the Devil’s Waterhole Nature Trail and see first-hand which animals call Inks Lake home. The trail is self-guided, and costumes are encouraged. Candy will be distributed while supplies last.
Halloween at the Hatchery is the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center’s way of giving East Texas families a safe place to go trick-or-treating outdoors while raising money for local causes. The outdoor event will feature family-friendly games and activities from 6 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25.
Information about the events, taking place across the state, can be found on the holiday calendar page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.