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Yellowstone River

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Cultus Lake

All activities are member-generated from October 1 to April 1.


Pacific City

October 31
Halloween in Downtown Tillamook

Trick or Treating at the businesses in the downtown area runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Whalers Rest

October 5-7: Everyone is German this weekend at our Whalers Rest Oktoberfest. We'll have pretzel making, beer tasting, and yummy snacks. Don't forget your mug and join our Drink Drop Game!

October 31: Join us for some crazy Halloween fun! At 6 p.m. we'll be hanging out in the North Clubhouse for some "Spooky Bingo Fun". You can dress up for some extra chances for prizes too! See ya there!

October 5-7
Newport Performing Arts Center

Great jazz and jazz lovers together on the beautiful Oregon coast! 2012 lineup includes Clayton Brothers Quintet, Graham Dechter, Denise Donatelli, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Hamilton and Atsuko Hashimoto. Arts Center is just 5 minutes from the preserve.


Birch Bay

September 29: An Early Canadian Thanksgiving Celebration Potluck beginning at 5 p.m. October 26-28: Haunted House tours and Halloween Festivities.

October 18-20
Fall Craft and Antique Show
Shop for handcrafted gifts, home décor, vintage treasures and gourmet delights. Held at Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, just 12 miles from the preserve. Hours are Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


October 27: 3rd Annual Haunted Forest: Bring your little goblins for the Trick or Treat Hayride, games, costume contest, Creepy Campsite contest, face painting table, photo corner($), crafts($), and fun! Bring your appetites for Witch's Brew Stew and hot apple cider ($). Join us for another ghoulishly good time! Dusk to 8 p.m. ‘Happy TTrails' horse trails are open for you equine enthusiasts (reservations required). The spa at the Adult Lodge is open all winter. Children accompanied by parents are welcome until 6pm. Must be age 8+ to use the spa.

October 6
Onalaska Apple Harvest Festival

For more information call (360) 978-4018.

October 27
Pumpkin Steam Train Ride

Train leaves from the Chehalis Train Station, just 15 minutes from the preserve. For more information call (360) 748-9593 or visit

Grandy Creek

October 26-28: "Spooktacular" Weekend: A haunting weekend full of Halloween fun! Participate in our costume contest, pumpkin carving contest and site decorating contest. Trick-or-treat all over the park, come along for a frightening ride on our haunted hayride, then make your way through our spooktacular haunted house. Join us if you dare, for a Halloween scare!

La Conner

October 6: Canadian Thanksgiving. Join us for our famous turkey dinner. We serve the turkey, potatoes and gravy, you bring the veggies and dessert to share. Cost is $4.99, plus tax, per person.

October 27: Happy Halloween! Bring your own pumpkin or get one from the Rec. girls for our carving contest. Then join us for a piñata and costume contest and parade. Come Trick or Treat and then we'll finish the night with a scary hayride through the Haunted Wood – not for the faint of heart.

Through October 7
Two Color Quilts Exhibit at La Connor Quilt & Textile Museum

The 2012 Quilt Festival features an exhibition of Juried and Judged quilts and fiber art, plus four days of quilt events and workshops with international instructors within walking distance of the Museum. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A $10 donation includes entrance to all venues. For more information visit

October 26
Boneshaker Bicycle Festival

This scenic cycling event has everything a rider could want as your tour the fabulous Skagit Valley. Enjoy the views of the countryside and beautiful Cascade Mountains as you pedal off the miles on seven different, mostly flat, loops that vary from 4 to 25 miles. All the rides are self-guided and will start/finish in the historic waterfront town of La Conner at the marina. Other event activities include a bike swap and expo, guest speakers, live music and entertainment, kids' parade, bike decorating, bike safety rodeo, raffles and prizes. For more information visit


October 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20
Oktoberfest Celebration

The world famous Bavarian Village of Leavenworth has one of the best Oktoberfest's in the world! Event features live music, Wine Festival, Leaf Festival, Theatrical Plays and Musicals, plus great food & great beer! Event is just a short 25-30 minute drive to from the preserve.

Long Beach

October 13: Candy Bar Bingo: Bingo with playing cards, fun for the whole family! Assorted candy bars for the winners.

October 27: Halloween Scavenger Hunt – Hunt for assorted candy & toys/games in the Lodge or on the campground-wear your Halloween costume!

Mount Vernon

October 5-6
Held at the Port of Anacortes Warehouse, just 18 miles from the preserve, event features music, food and more during this fall festival. Sample locally homemade beer. For more information call (360) 293-7911.

October 6, 13, 20 and 27
Concrete Ghost Walk

Visit some of Concrete's most haunted locations while learning some of the town's history along the way. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. For more information call (360) 853-8767.


Lake of the Springs

Every Saturday John Carter will be at our Family Campfire and Sing-along. You may dance the night away at our Family Dance featuring one of our wonderful DJs, Mike Allen or Ana Maria.

October 14: Pre-Line Dance Festival Show put on by our Line Dancers.

October 15: Fall Line Dance Festival features lots of good friends, good food and a whole lot of dancing hosted by Marion and Friends.

October 27: LOTS celebrates Halloween with site decorating, kids' fishing derby, pumpkin carving, costume contest, weenie roast, tailgate trick or treating and lots of family fun.

Lake Minden

October 5-7: Crafters Holiday: Join us for two days of crafting. We'll have tables set up for Jewelry Making (various projects), Beaded Ornaments, and a variety of Craft Projects. Sign up early for specific projects. Don't forget the Friday Night Potluck Social, Brown Bag and Saturday Candy Bar Bingo and Ice Cream Social.

October 12-14: Life's a Mystery: Bring your favorite "mystery" addition for Mystery Potluck Dinner Social and win a mystery prize at Brown Bag B-I-N-G-O. Enter a Mystery Puzzle competition and see if you can put together a Mystery puzzle without the benefit of knowing what it is. Do a Mystery Craft, take part in a Mystery Scavenger Hunt and trade your favorite Mystery book at a Mystery Book Book Swap.

October 19-21: Join us for the always exhilarating Hydroplane Boat Races on the 20th and 21st. These races are a Lake Minden favorite that promise rip-roaring fun and heart pounding excitement. A little too much excitement? Take a break from the races for Candy Bar Bingo and the Ice Cream Social. Don't forget to join us Saturday night for a good old-fashioned Barn Dance.

October 26-28: Getting Ready for Ghouls: This will be a weekend of Ghoulish Halloween Fun. Don't be chilled to the bone. Bring your favorite addition for chili for a Chili Potluck Social. Saturday join us for our first ever Halloween Zombie Walk and hayride. Up for some fun? Dig up your deadliest costume and join our 1.25 mile walk around the park. Prizes will be given for the deadliest costume. Prefer dancing? Practice up and meet for a Thriller Zombie mob dance. Also on Saturday, first time ever, is our Tailgate Trick or Treat. On Wednesday the 31st we'll have our traditional hayride trick or treating.

October 20
Running Dead: Zombie Run

Get ready to run for your lives! Running Dead will be a zombie infested 5k obstacle course mud run. For those of you who are not familiar with this format it means that we will have military-style training obstacles that you would see in a boot camp, as well as a mud pit that you must traverse in order to survive the zombie apocalypse. Also, each runner will have flag football flags attached to their waists that the zombies will try to take, but if you make it to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) with at least one of your flags still attached you have officially survived the zombie apocalypse! If not, you will be lost to the world of the undead. You had better get training now, because remember, zombies hate fast food! Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held at Sacramento Regional Park, 2012 Gibson Ranch, just 23 miles from the preserve. For more information call (916) 531-2603.

October 26-27
The Haunted Fort
Sutter's Fort, once a portal for weary pioneers, again serves as the gateway for their restless spirits, who return to tell the tales of their lives and melancholy deaths at this special family friendly event. Held at Sutter's Fort State Historical Monument, 2701 L Street, in Sacramento, just 27 miles from the preserve. Hours are 6:30 to 9 p.m. and tours leave every 10 minutes; tickets available at

Palm Springs

October 11: Our first Ladies Day Out of the season. We start out with lunch at the Elephant Bar followed by shopping at local thrift stores.

October 19-20: Welcome Back Weekend! We will start out on Friday night with a Hawaiian themed movie. Then Saturday night we have our Welcome Back Hawaiian Pool Party. Good food, good music and welcoming back good friends. Pack your Hawaiian shirt for this weekend.

October 26-28: Don't be afraid! Join us for a Spooktacular Weekend. Friday and Saturday nights we will turn down the lights, pop some popcorn and watch Halloween themed movies. Decorate your rig, site, bike, golf cart, pets and yourself. Saturday afternoon there will be a Halloween Parade - drive your cart, ride your bike or walk the parade route. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated site, bike, golf cart, best pet costume and best costume for adult and child. Saturday night our little Ghosts and Goblins will haunt the park for goodies. On Sunday we replace Candy Bar Bingo with Halloween J-I-N-G-O.

October 10-13
AOPA Parade of Planes at The Palm Springs Convention Center

The Palm Springs community will enjoy a unique event as AOPA presents a Parade of Planes. On October 10, these planes will taxi from the Palm Springs International Airport, via public streets, to the Palm Springs Convention Center. Once there, the planes will be on display, along with other fun-filled activities, until October 13 when the show ends. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 10. Sponsored by Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association (AOPA). For more information call (301) 695-2050.

October 19-21
American Heat Palm Springs Motorcycle Weekend

You'll find stunt shows, live entertainment, and retail vendors galore. Palm Springs is a great place to stay. It's bounded by lush mountain ranges for the perfect ride and tours of the desert cities. Open to all motorcycles. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Held at Palm Canyon Drive, just 15 miles from the preserve. For more information call (775) 329-7469.


October 13-14
Coloma Gold Rush Live

Experience life as it was during the 1850 California Gold Rush era in the location where it all began...Coloma, California, home of Sutter's Mill, and the location where gold was discovered that touched off the California Gold Rush! Enjoy live music, live history tent encampments, historic trade demonstrations, and a merchants' market. There is gold panning for kids and adults, as well as sawmill demonstrations and historic reenactments. Event is held at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, just a mile from the preserve. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. For information call (530) 295-2170 or visit

San Benito

October 13: Oktoberfest: During the day we'll be tasting all types of beer, root beer, that is! At 6 p.m. we will have our Oktoberfest dinner and music afterward with Mike Noonan.

October 20: Karaoke with Noni at 7 p.m., plus complimentary snacks.

October 27: Halloween Parade at noon followed by Magic Show with Leo at 1 p.m. Halloween carnival from 4 to 6 p.m. and our restaurant will be serving up wonderful carnival foods.

Every Wednesday is Tea Time Social at 1:30 p.m., followed by creating cards for our troops at 2 p.m. in the Family Lodge. Friday dinner specials from 6 to 7 p.m. Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8:30 to 10 a.m., we have breakfast with a full menu. The first Saturday is our Manager's Meeting at 11 a.m. Ice Cream Socials are every Friday through Sunday from 2 to 2:30 p.m. We also have non-denominational Sunday services at 11 a.m. Movies in the Fireplace Room of the Family Lodge on Fridays and Sundays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 and 9 p.m.

Wilderness Lakes

October 6: Casino Night: Come play Blackjack for FREE. Play with Wilderness money and get rich. Tickets given and drawing for prizes at the end of the evening. Must be 21 to play.

October 13: Octoberfest. Have you ever tasted German Beer? This is your chance. FREE German Beer to everyone over age 21. Root Beer tasting for the kids. Enjoy a few pretzels on the side. Ooom Papa Music for your enjoyment. You can experience all that wrapped up in one evening.

October 20: Movie Night for the whole family. FREE Popcorn also!

October 26-28: Halloween Weekend includes Haunted House, Costume Contest, Trick-Or-Treating, and Pumpkin Decorating. Dominic's Karaoke will allow everyone the spotlight experience. Lots of songs to choose from for all ages. Come see if you could be the next American Idol!


Bay Landing

October 5-7: Columbus Day Celebration: Who sailed the ocean blue? Christopher Columbus, of course! It will be an educational day with the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Crafts will be made and coloring contests of the ships and many more activities. Come join the fun!

October 26-28: Halloween Costume Party: All you ghosts and goblins come for the kids party in the early afternoon, and don't forget the adults costume party Saturday night. This is our last hoopla for the season and we always do it up right with lots of treats and goodies for all. Our haunted hayride just gets better and better and this year we will have another surprise for you!

Colorado River

Please contact the Ranger office during business hours for information about October activities.

October 27
Stafford Opera House Dinner Theater The Navasota Theatre Alliance presents The Odd Couple-Female Version

Performances are held at the Stafford Opera House, 412 Spring St., downtown Columbus, just 5 miles from the preserve. For information call (979) 732-8385.

October 14
St. Anthony Fall Festival

Held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 1602 Bowie St. Columbus, just 5 miles from the preserve. Event begins at 9 a.m. For more information call (979) 732-9758.

Lake Conroe

October 6: Weird & Wacky Weekend: This weekend will be all about everything weird and wacky. There will be a contest for the wackiest and weirdest outfit. Wacky Golf will also be on our schedule for the weekend, plus other weird and wacky games.

October 13: Throw Back Weekend: Say Welcome to Buddy the Bear! He will be at the park to remind us of the old days. We will be having a pancake breakfast and playing some of the games that were played years ago. So come join us for a Blast from the Past.

October 20: Oktoberfest Weekend: Come join us for some of October's special Treats and Crafts. We will be playing some Halloween Games and enjoying a lot of Pumpkin Treats.

October 27: Halloween Weekend: Lake Conroe is the place to be this weekend. We will be having a carnival (popcorn, Caramel Apples, Cotton Candy and Games). Our Annual trick or treat & haunted trail will be better than ever. So come and enjoy.

October 20-21
Pet Fest

PetFest is a weekend event in Old Town Spring, Texas dedicated to finding homes for the many wonderful animals in shelters and rescue groups across Houston and the surrounding areas. We invite you to grab your furkids and join us for this fun-filled festival of entertainment and education while helping raise money, volunteers and foster homes. This festival is great for the whole family and pet lovers alike. Held at 123-F Midway Spring, just 30 miles from the preserve. For information call (281) 353-9310.

Lake Whitney

October 6: Annual Pioneer Days Weekend: Carrying on our annual tradition helping to celebrate our great Pioneer Days weekend guests are encouraged to go to town and visit the booths, take the family to the carnival and taste the local cuisine. There will be activities all weekend long including a Junior Miss Lake Whitney and Miss Lake Whitney beauty pageant. There will also be a parade sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce so you don't want to miss that!

October 13: Casi Chili Cook-off.

October 20: Homecoming Weekend: Let's reminisce about prior years and enjoy a time of meeting new members.

October 27: Halloween Weekend: Lot of activities all ending with a wagon ride through the preserve.

October 6
Pioneer Day
Sponsored by the Lake Whitney Chamber of Commerce, event includes carnival games and rides, arts & crafts booths, baby photo contest, pet photo contest, rodeo, food booths, live entertainment, parade and street dance. Events are held in downtown Whitney, just 5 miles from the preserve (streets will be closed to traffic).

Medina Lake

Every Thursday and Saturday we will have an Ice Cream Social. Treat your taste buds to mounds of ice cream! Every Friday night we will have a wienie roast. Come roast your dog the way you like it over an oak wood fire.

October 6: Bingo Saturday - Candy Bars, Ice Cream and Super Prizes are all waiting for you to yell BINGO!

October 13: Octoberfest features craft sale, kids' crafts, and candy game. If you are a competitor, come join us for root beer chuggings, sauekraut sausage eating and waltz and polka dancing. Top of the Trail will be serving a German meal during the dinner hours.

October 27: Halloween Weekend: It's time to carve some pumpkins, bob for apples, and smash some pinatas. Dress up in your finest costume for our contest and go trick or treating. In the evening, we will have a haunted carnival for all to enjoy.

Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays in October
Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch

The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch focuses on old-fashioned family fun that boasts the blessing of earth's bountiful harvest. Fresh picked apples, figs, and persimmons are joined by the likes of dried corn stalks, large variety of harvest squash, dried decorative corn, gourds and a wonderful selection of pumpkins. Enjoy hayrides, playing in the hay bale maze and giant hay stacks. Visit the petting zoo, enjoy barrel train rides, apple orchard tours and the cider mill and and apple processing. Enjoy storytelling and sing-alongs, and much more. Event is held at Love Creek Orchards, in Medina. For more information call (210) 215-1995.




October 19: The kitchen reopens with a Fish Fry and breakfast resumes.

October 26: All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner, plus costume contest, popcorn and a movie for Halloween.

October 27: Trick or Treat in the park at 2 p.m. From 6 to 8 p.m. we'll have our Halloween-themed weekend "Zombieland" events including a haunted walk, pumpkin patch for the little tikes, Halloween party with DJ Dave, plus games and prizes til 10 p.m.

October 28: Fireside Ghost Stories and marshmallow road at 8 p.m.

Peace River

October 19
Fall Festival
Main Street Wauchula puts on a street fair on the third Friday of every month. October's theme is Fall Festival. Local companies and vendors set up booths and there is also live entertainment. This is a very family friendly atmosphere reminiscent of yesteryear! Sponsored by Main Street Wauchula. For information call (863) 767-0330.


Lake Gaston

October 19-21: Halloween in the Woods: All day fun for children and adults. Crafts and fun are spectacular at the "spook-a-rama" for the kids. Children come out in your scary, cute, or original Halloween costume for the costume contest. Jack-o-Lantern carving contest. Trick-or-treating is so much fun for givers and takers of sweets galore. Site decorating is sure to be more frightening than ever before. Dinner before the goblins come out to explore. The woods are haunted with monsters and more. Test your courage as you travel through "Halloween in the Woods". End the evening with an adult costume contest no one should miss.

October 2-31
Sylvan Heights Corn Maze

Great Halloween fun for all ages – go through the corn maze and find 15 numbered spots with letter clues to fill in the puzzle. The Corn Maze will be open during regular hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed on Monday). Admission to the corn maze is $2 per person; the corn maze fee is separate from the regular park admission. (Regular admission is $9 for adults (13-61), $5 for children (3 to 12) and $7 for Senior Citizens (62 +); children under 3 are free). Sylvan Heights Bird Park is located at 500 Sylvan Heights Parkway, in Scotland Neck, just 30 miles from the preserve. For more information visit


Carolina Landing

October 20, 26, 27: Carolina Landing Haunted Basement. Entry is free to all members. If you aren't too scared you will receive a voucher to the party upstairs and a free meal. Those too wimpy will have to pay.


Natchez Trace

October 6: Fall Fun Weekend includes pumpkin painting, scarecrow building and Corn Hole tournament.

October 13: Oktoberfest Weekend includes movies at the Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

October 20: Fall in Love Weekend features romantic dinner and dance.

October 27: Spooktacular Celebration complete with carnival and hayride.

October 12-14

Held in Hohenwald, just 10 miles from the preserve, event includes giant flea market, arts & crafts, live music and food concessions. Sponsored by the Hohenwald Arts Guild.


Chesapeake Bay

October 6: Dog Daze: Contests for Best Dog/Owner Resemblance, Best Tail Wagger and more.

October 13: 16th Annual Dragon Run Day: This festival is one of our biggest events of the year. We'll enjoy delicious seafood catered by Damon's Restaurant and celebrate the rich natural heritage of the Dragon Run watershed area. Featured events and activities include Ride the Dragon - 3 bike ride options of 25-, 50- and 100-mile lengths; Introduction to Kayaking – free and all equipment provided; Interpretive Boat Tours up the Piankatank River into the headwaters of the Dragon Run – all day long and also free, on a first-come, first-serve basis; hands-on eco-exhibits and displays, a craft bazaar, hayrides and live entertainment throughout the day.

October 27: Halloween Weekend: Chesapeake Bay is, hands down, the best place to bring your kids or grandkids for Halloween. Dozens of rigs are decorated for our annual contest, there are pumpkins to be painted or carved, and stiff (ha!ha!) costume contests for all ages. Trick-or-treat around the campground at nightfall, then dance off all that sugar at the Monster Mash Dance, DJ'd by Count Dracula himself.



Gateway to Cape Cod

October 20: Our last weekend of the season includes a Halloween Celebration – fun for all ages. Entertainment under the pavilion, trick or treating in the late afternoon and in the evening we'll have our Haunted Wagon Ride, the best of the best.

Through October 21
King Richard's Faire

Entertainment, exciting rides and skill games abound on the enchanted 80-acre site. Eight stages, acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, dancers, fire eaters, puppeteers and even exotic tigers are here. Held at 235 Main Street, in Carver, just 15 miles from the preserve. Tickets at the gate are $27 for adults, $15 for children ages 4-11 and children under age 4 are free.


Rondout Valley

October 6-7: Columbus Day brings back our 3rd Annual Breast Cancer fundraiser. Tickets will be sold in advance in our Activities department.


PA Dutch

October 5-9: PA Dutch Potluck Weekend includes Friday night candy bar bingo in the Barn, Saturday-ceramic class ($), plus wagon ride-bring a food. This is our last potluck of the season.

October 12-14: Fall Festival I Weekend includes Friday night movie in the craft room, Saturday-ceramic class ($), wagon ride and Trick or Treat night.

October 19-21: Fall Festival II Weekend (Closing Weekend) features Friday night entertainment by Men & Machine and Saturday Halloween Party for all!


October 5-8: Columbus Day Weekend: Ice Cream Social with all the trimmings! Pig Out! Fall foliage time and a special big discount at whitewater rafting. Float down the beautiful Lehigh River Gorge. Call (800) 944-8392 for further info.

October 26-28: Spookedelic Weekend: Decorate your "Fright Site"! We'll have pumpkin painting and Trick and Treat Time. Get your costume ready for the "Monster Mash" on Saturday night. The Haunted Candle Shoppe (as seen on TV-Animal Plant) is only five minutes up the road.

October 19-21
Pocono Mountains Elvis Festival

Three day world class event – music, life and fans of Elvis honored. Elvis Tribute Artist Contest, Las Vegas-style headline show, costume ball and more.

October 6-28
The Great Pumpkin Festival and Fright Night

Pumpkin chuckin', hayrides, petting farm, pony rides, daytime hayride includes "Creep Show". Fright Nites include Zombie Apocalypse, Waldorf Hotel and Terror in the Corn. All pumpkins $3. Free festival admission.



Kenisee Lake

October 13-14
Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

Parade, crafts, quilt show, antique cars and engines, mini bridge entertainment and food as well as drive it yourself bridge tours through our 18 covered bridges, including the longest and shortest in the USA. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fee is $4 and parking is free. Held at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds in Jefferson, less than 4 miles from the preserve. For information call (440) 576-3769.


October 13: Halloween Scream! The ghosts and goblins will descend upon us this weekend. Come to the spooky lodge and carve your scary pumpkin. Trick-or-treat for goodies. Costume contest and site decoration contest.

October 20-21: Farewell Weekend. Time to clean up your campsites and prepare for the winter season. Say goodbye to camper friends until next April when we re-open for a whole new season of fun.