Head to the woods for Halloween?  Are you crazy?  Fortunately, there are plenty of family-friendly ways to celebrate Halloween at Georgia State Parks.  Hayrides, ghost walks and trick-or-treating can all be found at your favorite Georgia State Park.  Our Inquisitive TravelingMom has sussed out some of the most fun activities near her favorite Georgia cities.  All of them are easy on the budget but high on fun!

Spending Halloween at Georgia State Parks affords amazing views!

Spending Halloween at Georgia State Parks affords amazing views! Photo Credit: Georgia Department of Natural Resources

The state park system has always been a great entertainment option for families on a budget.  Our family has made it a mission to visit as many Georgia State Parks as possible.  Did you know they provide fun activities for the holidays?  Check out these ways to enjoy Halloween at Georgia State Parks.

Halloween at Georgia State Parks: North Georgia

Halloween Archery and Ghost Stories – Fort Yargo State Park, Winder, GA

Meet at the tennis courts for monster-themed archery and then enjoy ghost stories and s’mores!

October 26 and 27, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.   Admission: $10 Parking fee: $5

 

Halloween Happenings and Costume Contest on the Mountain – Fort Mountain State Park, Chatsworth, GA

Pan for gold, make Halloween crafts and join in the costume contest!  Participate in a sunset hike and take part in an educational program all about bats.

October 28, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.   Admission: $1-8  Parking fee $5

Owl-O-Ween – Smithgall Woods State Park, Helen, GA

Give a hoot about birds of prey!  Spend an hour with raptor and wildlife educator Beth Thomson as she shares her flock with guests.  30 spots available.

October 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Admission: $10 Adult / $5 Children  Parking fee: $5

Take a fun holiday hike to celebrate Halloween at Georgia State Parks.

Take a Halloween Hike at Georgia State Parks! Photo credit: Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources

Halloween at Georgia State Parks: East Central Georgia

Haunted Park – Elijah Clark State Park, Lincolnton, GA

Tour the Elijah Clark house, play a few rounds of “Witches and Ghosts” mini-golf, take the hayride and brave the haunted house.  Visit on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for Ghosts and Goblins archery.

October 27 and 28, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.   Admission: $3 includes activities except haunted house.  $5 admission includes all evening activities.  Archery $5 per person.  Parking fee: $5

A Haunted Evening at A.H. Stephens – A.H. Stephens State Park, Crawfordville, GA

The evening’s activities include a haunted hayride, treats, games and a costume contest.  Hang out for a movie on the lawn!  If you are camping that weekend, take part in the campsite decorating contest.  Meet at the concession building behind the park office.

October 28, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Admission: $5  Parking fee: $5

Gather the family for fall fun when you spend Halloween at Georgia State Parks!

Gather the family for fall fun when you spend Halloween at Georgia State Parks! Photo Credit: Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources

Halloween at Georgia State Parks:  South Georgia

Twisted Tales and Spooky Trails – Reed Bingham State Park, Adel, GA

Join the Twisted Tale hayride 6:30pm – 10:00pm Friday and Saturday October 27 and 28.  Visit October 28 from 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for storytelling, carnival games, trunk or treat and other fun activities.

Admission: Please call the office for prices 229-896-3551   Parking fee: $5

Spooky Halloween Hayride – Seminole State Park, Donalsonville, GA

Join Friends of Seminole State Park for its annual spooky hayride.  Don’t worry – this is a family friendly event.

Admission: $3  Parking fee: $5

Super Hero Trail Ride – F.D. Roosevelt State Park, Pine Mountain, GA

Adults and kids, wear their favorite (and comfy) super hero costume to join the wranglers on a guided one hour trail ride.  Best costume gets a prize!  Pre-registration required; call stables at 706-628-7463.

October 28th, 9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  Admission: $35  Parking fee: $5

Holidays are more fun with friends. Grab yours and celebrate Halloween at Georgia State Parks!

Grab a friend and enjoy Halloween at Georgia State Parks! Photo Credit: Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources

Halloween at Georgia State Parks:  Coastal Region

Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site, Brunswick, GA

Journey back in time with a visit to Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation.  Walk beneath centuries-old Live Oaks and enjoy a lantern tour of the house.  Listen to tales of recent ghostly encounters!  The tour is approximately one mile in length and one and a half hours.

Admission: $15

Sunset Bat Hike – Fort McAllister State Park, Richmond Hill, GA

Spread your wings and join the rangers to watch bats take off over the setting sun!  The program includes a half-mile walk over the park’s marshes and creeks.

Admission: $2  Parking fee $5

Annual ParkPass at Georgia State Parks

Parking at most Georgia State Parks sites require a $5 parking fee.  It made sense for our family to purchase a ParkPass.  Annual ParkPasses are good for 12 months from the date of purchase.  The passes are $50 and help fund the upgrades and necessary maintenance that make our parks more enjoyable.  Annual Historic Site Passes are $50 family, $30 adult, $25 youth.  Senior and military discounts are available.

Another option is becoming a member of Friends of Georgia State Parks.  I purchased an individual membership for $55 last year and in addition to the ParkPass, my membership includes a discount to State Historic Sites.  Also included are other perks such as a free night of camping, a 10% retail store discount and more!

Give camping at try this Halloween at Georgia State Parks!

Give camping at try this Halloween at Georgia State Parks! Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

First Time Camper Program

Make the most of your Halloween at Georgia State Parks by staying overnight!  Never camped before?  No worries!  Use the First Time Camper program to borrow gear and get expert advice.  REI and Coleman loan out a six person tent, four sleeping pads, a camp stove with fuel, four roasting forks, one lantern and two camp chairs.  Regular camping rates apply.

There is no better time or place for family fun than Halloween at Georgia State Parks!