From ghost walks and graveyard tours to a “scream park” and haunted steamboat, Kentucky will be a very scary place this Halloween season and the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism has created a special Halloween web site listing many chilling attractions around the state. Check out http://www.kentuckytourism.com/explore/haunted to find a fright fix. Examples include ghost tours giving a haunting perspective on the rich history of places like downtown Louisville, Paducah, Bardstown and Henderson. Tour “haunted” hotels and theatres in Louisville or eerie historic homes in Bardstown, Paducah and Henderson (http://www.louisvilleghostwalks.com).
Graveyards provide another setting to get in touch with the supernatural. For example, at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, visitors can stroll down the lantern-lit turnpike to the cemetery while listening to interpreters telling spooky stories uncovered from the Shakers’ journals (http://www.shakervillageky.org/events_calendar/index.cfm). Meanwhile, Skeleton’s Lair near Bowling Green is a full-fledged “scream park” with a creepy wax museum, haunted hayride and scary interactive 3D and paintball adventures. This attraction is located on Cemetery Road in Settle, Ky (http://www.skeletonslair.com). The USS Nightmare in Newport 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.” (http://www.ussnightmare.com). (http://www.kentuckytourism.com/explore/haunted)