Halloween Happenings At Carlyle Lake

The Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake is gearing up for a spooky Halloween season with a number of Halloween themed events taking place in October.

The 2019 Haunted Trail at Carlyle Lake will be held Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The fun begins at the Carlyle Tractor Supply parking lot with a hayride down to the Little Prairie Nature Trail where ghost and goblins await. Admission to the trail is $9 per person. All proceeds will support the 2020 Fireworks Spectacular. The Haunted Trail is supported by groups who volunteer their time to set up haunted spots along the Little Prairie Nature Trail and frighten visitors as they pass through. Participating groups will receive $50 per group for each night of the event that they participate. If you are interested in volunteering on the trail contact Peggy Hilmes at (618) 594-4354. The Haunted Trail is sponsored by the Carlyle Lake Fireworks Committee and the Carlyle Optimist Club, in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Carlyle Lake.

The public is invited to Dam West Campground to participate in a variety of family-friendly Halloween activities on Saturday, 26 October 2019. For the public’s safety, no vehicular traffic will be allowed through the Dam West Campground from 6:00 p.m.-8:00p.m. Activities are as follows:

5:30 p.m. – Campground Costume Parade

6:00 p.m. – Halloween Mystery Program at the West Bay Amphitheater

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Campground Trick or Treating

8:00 p.m. – Campsite Decorating Judging

Campers are encouraged to decorate their site for a chance to win free camping. Campsite decorations must be family-friendly. Park Rangers will judge sites at 8:00 p.m. Winning sites will be awarded with five days of free camping for first place, three days of free camping for second place, and two days of free camping for third place.

For more information contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email at carlylelake@usace.army.mil.

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