Spookapalooza!

Halloween Weekend 2017

Treats, Fun, & Games!

Join the staff and volunteers of Alabama State Parks 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 & great for all ages! 

Date: October 27-October 29th, 2017 (Halloween Weekend)

Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama

Call 256.997.5025 or email for details

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All programs are free & open to the public. 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. 
1-800-568-8840
Call DeSoto State Park’s Country Store for Improved & Primitive Camping
1-800-760-4089
 
For information on any program, 
Contact: Brittney M. Hughes-
DeSoto State Park Naturalist
256-997-5025   Email
 
 
 To see our photo collection of Spookapalooza in years past, see our Facebook Fan Page:
 
DeSoto State Park~Fort Payne, Alabama    

 

Please note, both upper loop and lower loop of Improved Campground will be CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC from 3:00 to 5:30 on Saturday, October 28th

NO Food/drink vendors will be on site

 

 

 

 

 

 

10/25/2017-BMH


FYI: Based on weather forecasts for Saturday, we have decided to cancel the Spookapalooza GAMES on Saturday from 2:00 to 3:15.
This will be the ONLY event of Spookapalooza cancelled as far as we know right now.
The campfire talks Friday/Saturday night, trick or treating, and critter show will go on AS PLANNED.

 

Schedule

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: Entiries can be turned in at the Nature Center, next to the Country Store. 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. Great for all ages! 


CANCELLED: Spookapalooza Fun & Games


Trick or Treating in DeSoto State Park’s Improved Campground
Wear your favorite costume if you wish! Candy stations are located through-out the campground. Parents must accompany children at all times. Dress up your pets and bring them along! (Always on a leash) 

Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama-Improved Campground. (Campground gate will be open to the public) Parking is allowed at the bathhouses and alongside the roads inside the campground. 

Time: Starting around 3:30 p.m, ending at 5:30 pm
Fee: Free & Open to everyone; Great for all ages!


Campfire Talk: Native American Folk Tales & Mask Making

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.

Join storyteller Renee Simmons Raney, (Cheaha State Park staff member) & author of ‘Calico Ghosts’ and 'Hairy, Scary but Mostly Merry Fairies!' for this fun program. Renee will be telling the story of Brother Leaf and will be hosting a mask making activity for kids of all ages! Purchase her book in the Desoto State Park Gift Shop (before it closes) and have her sign it after the program. Be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited.
Date: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm CST
Where: DeSoto State Park in 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.


Native Critters of Alabama
Join Alabama State Park Staff members Mandy Pearson & Renee Simmons Raney to discover some of the native creatures of Alabama (as well as non-natives) in this fun uncaged presentation. Meet some live critters! Be sure to bring your own comfortable camp chair or blanket, as seating is limited.

Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama. Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground. (Campground gate will be open to the public). DeSoto’s Nature Center next to the Country Store in case of rain

Fee: Free & Open to everyone. Great for all ages!


 
 
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