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  • Halloween 2016: Get Your Fright On

The season of ghosts and goblins is once again upon us, which means you should be getting ready for a frightfully fun Halloween season throughout the Black Hills! From haunted houses and paranormal tours to jack-o'-lanterns and costume contests, we've got all the thrills and chills you need for a hauntingly good time! So gather up the kiddos, the costumes, and the candy, and gear up for these top picks to get the most out of the Halloween season. For a full list events, please visit here.


  • The 19th Annual Halloween Night Hike will take place on October 28 & 29. From the Peter Norbeck Visitor Center in Custer State Park, participants hike a paved path along a “creepy” route with costume characters along the way. Hikes begin every 15 minutes from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Reservations for the hike are required and can be made by calling (605) 255-4464.
  • Bring the little ones out for a safe, fun trick-or-treating experience for the whole family during the Merchant's Trick or Treat event in downtown Custer on October 29 from 4-6 p.m. Wear your costumes and get spooky in Custer!!



  • On October 28 & 29, come celebrate the spooky season at Deadweird! Join in the fun of this annual event with a costume contest, parade, thousands of dollars in cash and prizes and a monster ball!
  • Deadwood History and Black Hills Paranormal Investigations will host Paranormal Investigation Tours of the Historic Adams House on October 14 & 15 and 21 & 22. Visitors will participate in a real paranormal investigation with professional paranormal researchers. The tours are filling up quickly, so book yours today by calling (605) 578-3724.



  • On October 14 and 15, it’s the “Keystone Drops Dead” season-end sales event, to coincide with the opening weekend of “The Haunting of Keystone” which has now become a major Halloween destination for thousands of people. From a Zombie walk and pumpkin bowling, to trick or treating for the kids and shopping for the adults, Keystone will be decorated ready to welcome visitors!
  • Held October 16-18, 23-25, and 30 & 31, get ready to be spooked at the Haunting of Keystone! This will feature a multi-event haunted house including trips into the mine, the haunted forest and the old schoolhouse. Enter at your own risk and be prepared for a ghostly good time! Check here for dates and times.


Rapid City

  • Visit Old MacDonald's Farm every Saturday in October from 10am to 6pm for pumpkin & face painting, a corn bin play area, wagon rides, and hands-on activities with the critters. There's also a haunted house, hay rides, pony & train rides. A costume contest will be held on October 29. Check their Facebook page & website for more details.
  • Celebrate Halloween in Downtown Rapid City! The Downtown Trick-or-Treat and Scare are scheduled for Saturday, October 29 from 1 - 3 p.m. Dress up in costumes and visit participating businesses for candy and other treats! Then enjoy tons of ghostly family fun at Main Street Square. For more information on Downtown Trick-or-Treat and a list of participating businesses, visit www.DowntownRapidCity.com.
  • The Historic Alex Johnson Hotel is hosting their annual Halloween Costume Party on Saturday, October 29, starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 (if purchased in advance, $15 at the door) and can be purchased at the front desk of the hotel. Plan to wear your best costume for the contest – winners will be announced at the end of the night along with the presentation of cash prizes! Stick around for drink and snack specials and music by Tiki Man Entertainment. Room packages are also available. Call (605) 342-1210 to book.




Open for its fourth season in 2016, Spearfish Valley Produce has a corn maze and pumpkin patch about 3 miles northwest of Spearfish. Bring your family and find your way through the maze and enjoy our other extra activities.

As always, we wish you have a happy and safe Halloween season!


About the Author

Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer. She is the Communications Director for Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association.

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