South Dakota State Parks to Host Halloween Events

PIERRE, S.D. – Campgrounds are open year-round, and several parks will host trick-or-treaters at special events this Halloween season.

Make plans to attend a Halloween event:

Halloween Hike at Custer State Park, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28-29, 5:30 to 8 p.m. MDT at the Peter Norbeck Outdoor Education Center. Hikes depart every 15 minutes. Reservations required: 605.255.4515

Trick-or-Treat Trails at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon, Saturday, Oct. 29, 5-8 p.m. CT.

Fright Night at Richmond Lake Recreation Area near Aberdeen, Saturday, Oct. 29, 3-8 p.m. CT.

Mortimer’s Monstrous Halloween Event at Oakwood Lakes State Park near Bruce, Saturday, Oct. 29, 5:30-8:30 p.m. CT.

Creative Kids Batty Halloween Painting Party at 10 a.m. CT and Creative Spirits Celtic Design Painting Party at 1 p.m. at Lewis and Clark Recreation Area near Yankton, Saturday, Oct. 29. Register by calling 605.668.2985. Cost is $25 per person.

Trick-or-Treat Trails at LaFramboise Island Nature Area in Pierre, Sunday, Oct. 30, 4-7 p.m. CT.

There is a fee to participate in the Painting Parties. There is no cost to participate in any of the other events, but a park entrance license is required where applicable. Participants should wear comfortable hiking shoes and dress for the weather. Children must be accompanied by adults. Costumes are encouraged for the hikes but not required.

Reservations for campsites, camping cabins and group lodges can be made online at or by calling 1.800.710.2267.

For more information on the state parks or to see a calendar of upcoming events, visit or call 605.773.3391.