Bowling Green area offers a variety of ‘spooky’ events

Sydney Rae Davis

As fall creeps in, so do spooky activities offered during the month of October in the Bowling Green area. From a guided tour of the downtown area’s haunted sites to a theatrical scream park, there are a variety of options on this spooky trail.

1. Unseen Bowling Green

This tour highlights the historic and haunted places of the Bowling Green area. Unseen Bowling Green is split into two main types of tours: the Downtown Haunted History Walking Tour and the Histories, Mysteries, Scandals and Haunts Tour.

“The tour will disclose the dark and mysterious history rooted around Fountain Square Park,” according to Unseen Bowling Green’s website. “Each tour will visit haunted and historic locations, an eerie cemetery and will enter a secret haunted location that has been closed to the public for nearly 100 years.”

The Histories, Mysteries, Scandals and Haunts Tour, offered only to those 21 and above, takes place on Oct. 15 and costs $25. The Downtown Haunted History Walking Tour is offered every Friday and Saturday night in October and costs $12 for adults and $10 for WKU students.

 2. Scarecrow Trail at Lost River Cave

From Oct. 3 to Oct. 25, a collection of scarecrows will line the trail at Lost River Cave. Individuals, families and businesses have constructed these scarecrows and paid a small fee for them to be displayed this fall.

The money spent in submitting these scarecrows goes to maintaining the park and keeping it free all year long. The event is completely free to walk through and is recommended for all ages. 

3. Skeleton’s Lair Scream Park 

Celebrating its 16th year in business, the Skeleton’s Lair Scream Park is an interactive Halloween attraction designed for a daring audience.

This year, the park will feature actor Tom Morga, who played Michael Myers in “Halloween 4” and Jason in “Friday the 13th Part V.” Participants will able to meet Morga on Oct. 23 and Oct. 24.

The park will also feature the doomsday doll factory, a haunted house with a creepy doll theme, which is not included in the general admission price.

There is no minimum age requirement, but Amy Burge, spokeswoman for the Skeleton’s Lair Scream Park, advises everyone to know his or her tolerance level for fear.

The attraction is open on Friday and Saturday nights with additional nights offered around Halloween. Price of general admission is $22, and WKU students receive a $2 discount. For full access to all attractions, the admission price is $30. 

4. John Carpenter’s Reel Sites, Real Scary Driving Tour

This self-guided driving tour highlights locations in Bowling Green that John Carpenter, a famous horror film director and Bowling Green native, referenced in his films.

Those who want to go on the tour canW view the guide online.

The map has nearly 20 locations around Bowling Green that Carpenter referenced in his many films, including “Halloween.” 

5. Tea Bayou

Nestled in the downtown area next to Fountain Square Park is a local restaurant that is becoming known for more than just its cajun-style cuisine.

In 2013, Tea Bayou was featured on the television show “My Ghost Story: Caught on Camera” for its alleged hauntings and ghost sightings.

“The building is haunted, or so I’m told,” Tea Bayou worker Brent Cardin said. “I’ve never really experienced anything in here myself.” Cardin also noted he thinks most of the haunting goes on upstairs in the building, but it is still worth a visit. 

6. Museum Monster Mash at the National Corvette Museum 

On Oct. 31, the National Corvette Museum will be transforming into a Halloween-themed event open to all ages.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., this event will feature a free trunk-or-treat out of collector’s edition cars, free arts and crafts activities and unlimited play of various carnival-style games for $5.

7. Haunted lantern tours at the Historic RailPark and Train Museum

Visitors of this event will be greeted by a conductor who will lead guests through a series of “haunted” train cars.

“Each one will have a character or two, and at least one of the characters will tell you a spooky tale — nothing too scary. No one will reach out and grab you or anything,” education coordinator Sarah Myer said.

The event costs $10 for adults and $6 for children and will take place on various dates from Oct. 15 to Oct. 30.