Halloween Weekend 2017

Treats, Fun, & Games!
Join the staff and volunteers of DeSoto State Park, National Park Service, JSU Field Schools, & the Conservation Education Institute for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Trick or treating, games, live animals, storytelling, and more are in store during this popular annual event. Grab your favorite costume, bring the family, and come stay with us! All events are free to the public and great for all ages. More details to come!

Date: October 27-October 29, 2017 (Halloween Weekend)
Where: DeSoto State Park and JSU’s Little River Canyon Center, Ft Payne, AL
Call 256.997.5025 for details. 2017 Schedule to come.

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All programs are free & open to the public, some pre-registration required for certain events. If you wish to stay at DeSoto State Park during this weekend, it is a very good idea to make your reservation months in advance due to popularity of this particular time of year.
Call DeSoto State Park’s Lodge for Cabins, Chalets, & Motel Rooms. 
Call DeSoto State Park’s Country Store for Improved & Primitive Camping
For information on any program, 
Contact: Brittney M. Hughes-
State Park Naturalist
256-997-5025   Email
 To see our photo collection of Spookapalooza in years past, see our Facebook Fan Page:
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Tentitive Schedule (more coming soon)


Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest

DeSoto State Park is glad to host the 6th Annual Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest! Entries will be judged on overall appearance, creativeness, neatness, and originality.  Entries can have any theme or design, i.e., Halloween, nature, fall season, etc. All ages may enter contest.

Date: Entries must be turned in no later than 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 28th. Winners will be announced at the Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 28th

Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama.

All entries will be on display during DSP’s Spookapalooza festivities.

Entries may be picked up at the DSP Country Store on Sunday, October 29th

Fee: Free and Open to all ages. Call 256.997.5025 for details

Campfire Talk: Owl Prowl
Join us for a fun campfire talk in the Great Outdoors! Campfire Talks are a series of educational & entertaining programs located in the great outdoors. Campfire programs are held many Friday & Saturday evening (May –October) in DeSoto State Park.
Ever wonder whooo's going "hoot" in the night? Get better acquainted with everyone's favorite nighttime raptor with the Alabama Wildlife Center, Alabama's oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation and 
education center. Learn what makes these captivating predators so unique, meet live owls up close, and much more!
Be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited. Great for all ages!
Date: Friday, October 27, 2017
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park-Fort Payne, Alabama. Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground (gate will be open to the public) Large CCC Pavilion in the Picnic Area in case of rain
Fee: Free & open to everyone. Call 256.845.0051 or email Brittney.Hughes@dcnr.alabama.gov for details.

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