Sure, haunted houses are great, but if you're seeking an off-the-grid haunt this October, why not consider a Texas state park?
Throughout the month, Texas state parks are offering family-friendly Halloween-themed events, ranging from spooky campfire stories to trick-or-treating.
At Martin Dies, Jr. State Park, for example, you can take a guided zombie apocalypse hike — as in, could you survive if zombies emerged? — from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 12 and Oct. 26. Space is limited; register in advance. The hike is free with park entrance fees.
Or don your favorite costume and make your way to Fairfield Lake State Park for a campfire, s'mores and spooky stories at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 18. Event is free with park entrance fees.
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If you want to give back this holiday, try Halloween at the Hatchery from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 24, where the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center will offer trick-or-treating while donating back to local nonprofits. Admission is $1 cash per person, all of which will go to charity.
Find additional events and more details at tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/holidays.