Desoto State Park


Event Dates:
October 30, 2020, 7:00 pm
DeSoto State Park Spookapalooza

Spookapalooza! in DeSoto State Park

Treats, Fun, & Games!

Join the staff and volunteers of Alabama State Parks, JSU Field Schools, & the National Park Service for a weekend of fun events guaranteed to run shivers up and down your spine! Trick or treating, 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! More details to come.

Date: October 30th-31st, 2020 (Halloween Weekend)

Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama


Schedule at a Glance:

Friday, Oct. 30th-6:00 pm      Campfire Talk (TBA)

Saturday, Oct. 31st-3:00-5:30 pm Trick or Treating, Improved Campground

Saturday, October 31st - 6:00 pm Campfire Talk (TBA)

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Spookapalooza Pumpkin Carving Contest

DeSoto State Park is glad to host the 9th 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 31st to be judged. Turn in at the Nature Center, next to the Country Store. Winners will be announced at the Campfire Ring in the Improved Campground, 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 31st

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, November 1st

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


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, where campers will be handing out candy. DeSoto State Park staff & volunteers will be at the campground pavilion with popcorn, candy, and prizes. Dress up your pets and bring them along! (Always on a leash) Parents must always accompany children. Be sure to swing by the campground pavilion to enjoy popcorn, candy, displays and more!

PLEASE NOTE: In the Improved Campground, the upper & lower loop will be CLOSED TO VEHICLE TRAFFIC from 2:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Improved campground gates will open at 3:00 pm, no public entry will be allowed prior to 3:00 pm

Parking can be found at the campground bathhouses and along the roadsides in the campground. Please carpool if possible, parking is limited and this event has high visitation. Some parking can be found at the Country Store, and the campground accessed by the short trail behind the Country Store deck. Please be courteous and do not park vehicles on campsites.

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2020

Time: 3:00-5:30 pm (gates will only be open during this time)

Where: DeSoto State Park in Fort Payne, Alabama-Improved Campground.

Free & open to everyone. Great for all ages. Call 256.845.0051 or email for any details.


DSP Spook campsite

Please note: The Improved & Primitive Campground is currently full for Spookapalooza Weekend

For availability or campground information, call the Country Store at 256.845.5075