Parks after dark: Halloween 2019


DO fear the creepers! This Halloween season, take a jog with the zombies at Riverside State Park.

Oct. 9, 2019

Looking to scare up some fun this month?

No need to feel grave — several state parks have frighteningly fun festivals planned to bring you a howling good time this Halloween season. We’ve checked with the state parks goblins and rounded up what you need to know to plan a phantom-tastic good time!


Five parks are hosting wicked fun events that may leave you searching your sock drawer for spares! Whether you enjoy a night of fright or day of fall activities, there’s a spirited adventure waiting for you!

Sacajawea Halloween resize

Grab your "ghoulfriends" and prepare to be scared at the Haunted Forest events happening at Sacajawea Historical State Park.

Haunted Forest: Fear the Forest

Where: Sacajawea Historical State Park (Directions)
When: Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 and 31
7 - 11 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 26 “No-Scare Family Day”
Noon – 3 p.m.
Admission: $13 per person. Children 5 and under are free. Park at the Port of Pasco, 1110 Osprey Pointe Ave, Pasco (Directions)
The “ghouling” details:
Now in its 15th year at Sacajawea, the Haunted Forest hosted by the Pasco Jaycees is a popular Tri Cities Halloween tradition. Ride the shuttle from the Port of Pasco to the park where you’ll walk a grim mile of horror. Watch out for creepy followers, and don’t lose your head in the dark maze. At the end, ride the shuttle back to the parking lot. It’s OK to hold hands!

October Harvest 

Where: Cama Beach Historical State Park (Directions)
When: Saturday Oct. 19
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: Free.
The “ghouling” details: 
Have a ball celebrating fall! Point your compass toward Cama Beach Historical State Park and bring your wee ones. Engage in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities, learn about mysteries of the sea, do fun crafts and play games at the Cama Center. This event is sure to be long on treats and short on tricks!

Haunted Zombie Hike

7 Mile Airstrip at Riverside State Park (Directions)
When: Saturday, Oct. 19
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Adults and kids 10 and above: $10
Kids 9 and younger: $5
Ages 9 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Parental discretion is advised. No pets are allowed on the trail. A Discover Pass is not required with admission. This is a fundraiser for the Riverside State Park Foundation and they are covering parking costs.
The “ghouling” details:
“Trick or treat, smell my feet,” might be a real threat after this event! Flee through the woods on a straight-shot, half-mile hike known as the the "scariest half-mile in the woods. Lookout for chainsaw-wielding undead! Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes and don’t stray the path. Pick up a handy flashlight from event staff to help you escape monsters! If you make it through, warm up with some hot beverages and tasty treats like hot dogs, tacos and kettle corn.

Parks after dark - hospital room

I want you to be patient — MY patient! You'll get a heavy dose of chills and thrills at the Haunted Fort Casey event.

1914 Triangle of Fire: Haunted Fort Casey

Fort Casey Historical State Park (Directions)
Oct. 25, 26
6:30 -  10:30 p.m.
Admission: All tickets are $10 for persons 4 and up, and must be pre-purchased at the Whidbey Playhouse website. Due to scary images and performances, the Haunted Fort tour is recommended for guests 10 and older. The Kid Zone is recommended for participants younger than 10.
The “ghouling” details:
Like a little history in your haunt? Then the Haunted Fort event is right up your dark, creepy alley! Volunteer ghouls from the Whidbey Playhouse will be on hand to give hair-raising live performances. Tours are every hour on the half hour both nights. Brave this thrill-packed spook show through the cold, dark bunkers and parade grounds at historic Fort Casey. Younger participants — and the faint of heart — may have more fun at the Kid Zone, enjoying trick or treating, a bounce house, games and more!

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Where: Bridle Trails State Park (Directions)
Admission: Free. Space is limited. Organizers recommend you RSVP.
When: Saturday, Oct. 26
10 a.m. to noon
The “ghouling” details: Seeking a little daytime Halloween fun? Join park staff and the Bridle Trails Park Foundation for a 1-mile scavenger hunt at Bridle Trails. Indulge in Halloween treats, and get your picture snapped with an adorable mini horse! A Washington State Parks interpretive specialist will be on hand to show you some “creepy” animal specimens. Dress for the weather, and be on the trail between 10 and 11 a.m. for the scavenger hunt.

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Fear not! Your state parks have events and celebrations all year long, for every kind of interest. Find out what's happening where and when on our online calendar.

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You'll find seasonal fun for all ages at Cama Beach Historical State Park's annual October Harvest Festival.