Bicentennial Bash: A Historic Halloween

10/16/2021 | Pomme de Terre State Park | Pittsburg, MO

Join us on the Hermitage side of Pomme de Terre State Park on Saturday, Oct. 16 for our Bicentennial Bash: “A Historic Halloween.” Activities will include a costume contest, a campsite decorating contest, and campsite trick-or-treating. 

The costume contest is open to campground guests, with prizes awarded in two categories: kids up to age 12 in any costume and guests aged 12 and up dressed as a famous Missouri figure or legend or in clothing representing a specific time in Missouri’s history over the past 200 years. Judging will begin at 4 p.m. at the Hermitage amphitheater. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded immediately following the judging.

Registered campers in the Hermitage area are eligible to participate in a best-decorated Halloween campsite contest. Campsite decorating should be completed by 4 p.m. Judging will be conducted after 4 p.m. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive a prize at their campsite, along with a yard sign to display that will announce the winners of the campsite decorating contest.

Park staff will close the Hermitage campground entrance to vehicle traffic at 4:30 p.m. to allow trick-or-treaters to make their way through the campground. Campers are encouraged to provide pre-packaged, easy-to-grab candy for trick-or-treaters.

This is one of many events Missouri State Parks is hosting to commemorate the state's bicentennial. To see a complete list of bicentennial-related events and learn more about the commemoration, click here. Participation in all activities is voluntary. The public is strongly encouraged to follow social-distancing guidelines and to be proactive in protecting themselves and others. 

All activities are weather permitting. The rain date for this event is Oct. 30.

For more information, please call the Pomme de Terre State Park office at 417-852-4291. 

Event Times:
  • Judging for costume and decorating contests: 4 p.m.
  • Trick-or-treating (campground entrance closes): 4:30 p.m.
23451 Park Entrance Road, Pittsburg, MO | 417-852-4291

Associated activities

  • Camping