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texas parks christopher le hSThAXPXEBM unsplasht webGhouls and goblins of all ages are invited to a variety of family-friendly Halloween-themed events at state parks across Texas that are guaranteed to provide a witchy good time. Activities range from educational conversations on creepy crawlies and nocturnal animals to pumpkin scavenger hunts along park trails. Anyone interested in finding an event in their area can visit the TPWD state park calendar at for a list of spooky events and updates.

For those still traveling through the state of Texas on their way to the Rio Grande Valley, here is a list of some events at state parks you might want to take part in.

Some of the ghostly events include:

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Athens

Oct. 28, 6 p.m.

Halloween at the Hatchery

Grab your costumes and trick-or-treating bags for games, photo opportunities and ghostly activities.

Franklin Mountains State Park, El Paso

Oct. 30, 10 a.m.


Visit the park to learn about the creepy crawlies that call the park home--centipedes, millipedes, snakes, bats, tarantulas and more. There will also be a pumpkin carving contest and serving up spooky s’mores.

Choke Canyon State Park - Calliham Unit

Oct. 30, 7 p.m.

Halloween Critter Crawl

Bring a flashlight and your costume. Visitors and staff will wander around the Seventy-Five Acre Lake and Hawk Ally Trail to find all the nocturnal critters on All Hallows’ Eve.

San Angelo State Park, San Angelo

Oct. 30, 2 p.m.

Jack-O-Lantern Scavenger Hunt

Can you spot the Jack-O-Lanterns out on the trail with the park ranger? Enjoy a guided scavenger hunt and learn about many of the plants and animals of the park.

Oct. 31, 10 a.m.

Compass Trick or Treat

Trick or treating will be a challenge for the kids when they must use a compass to find the hidden candy in the park.

Before heading out to a state park, all guests, including annual pass holders, are encouraged to pre-purchase or register for day passes and overnight reservations in advance through the Texas State Parks Reservation System. Park capacity is limited and permits sell out fast. Reservations can be made online at or by calling (512) 389-8900.