From ghost walks and graveyard tours to a “scream park” and haunted steamboat, Kentucky will be a very scary place this Halloween season.

To help you get in a spooky mood, the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a special Halloween website listing many chilling attractions around the state. Check out www.kentuckytourism.com/explore/haunted/  to find a fright fix near you.

Here are just a few examples:

Ghost tours give a haunting perspective on the rich history of places like downtown Louisville, Paducah, Bardstown and Henderson. Tour “haunted” hotels and theaters in Louisville or eerie historic homes in Bardstown, Paducah and Henderson. www.louisvilleghostwalks.com

Graveyards provide another setting to get in touch with the supernatural. For example, at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, stroll down the lantern-lit turnpike to the cemetery while listening to interpreters telling spooky stories uncovered from the Shakers’ journals. www.shakervillageky.org/events_calendar/index.cfm

Meanwhile, Skeleton’s Lair near Bowling Green is a full-fledged “scream park” with creepy wax museum, haunted hayride and scary interactive 3D and paintball adventures. This nationally known attraction is located on Cemetery Road in Settle, Ky. www.skeletonslair.com

The USS Nightmare in Newport, another nationally recognized scary attraction, is built on a retired steamboat moored on Riverboat Row. Step back in time as you tour this 288-foot haunted boat known as the “Death Dredge.” www.ussnightmare.com

Discover many more frightening experiences for the Halloween season in Kentucky at www.kentuckytourism.com/explore/haunted/.


The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.



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