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S.D. State Parks to Host Halloween Weekend Events

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The 2014 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas will be available for purchase Oct. 1. (GFP.SD.gov)
The 2014 annual park entrance license for South Dakota's state parks and recreation areas will be available for purchase Oct. 1. (GFP.SD.gov)

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 Night Hike, Friday and Saturday, October 25-26, 5 - 8 p.m. MT at the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center. Participants take a guided one-mile night hike along a path lit only by jack-o-lanterns during this festive educational event. The event is geared to expose families to the interesting and humors sights, sounds, and night life of Custer State Park. Hikes take place every 15 minutes from 5:30 - 8 p.m. MT. Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations call 605-255-4464.
  • Spooktacular Trick or Treat Trails, Saturday, Oct. 26, at Big Sioux Recreation Area near Brandon. Big Sioux’s trails will provide tons of Halloween fun. Participants can follow reflective signs with their flashlights on a scavenger hunt and gather prizes and treats at stops along the trail. Hot chocolate, cider and coffee will be available at the park’s picnic shelter. Bring a flashlight. The fun begins at 5 p.m. CT. For more information call 605-582-7243.
  • Forest Drive Night Hike, Saturday, Oct. 26, at Richmond Lake Recreation Area Fun for all ages can be had at this frightening event. Explore the trails in the dark as you participate in a scavenger hunt. Be careful as there may be spooks along the way. For more information call 605-626-3488.
  • Trick or Treat Trails, Sunday, Oct. 27, at LaFramboise Island Nature Area in Pierre. A trail marked by reflective signs will guide participants through the wooded nature area. Trick-or-treaters can gather prizes, informational material and treats by visiting event sponsors at stops along the trail. Bring a flashlight. The Halloween fun runs from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. CT. For more information call 605-773-2885.

There is no cost to participate in any of these events, although a park entrance license is required at Custer, Big Sioux and Richmond. 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 www.campsd.com or by calling 1.800.710.2267.

For more information on the state parks or to see a calendar of upcoming events, visit www.gfp.sd.gov or call 605-773-3391.

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