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Spooktacular draws 4,000 to Fall Creek Falls
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McMinnville resident Hugh Slaughter poses next to a witch mannequin while dressed as a curvy old lady during Spooktacular held at Fall Creek Falls last weekend.
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McMinnville resident Abram Stinson gives his best effort at a cheerleading pose while in costume last weekend at Fall Creek Falls.

With 237 campsites and over 26,000-acres of scenic park, Fall Creek Falls was booked for its second annual Spooktacular event last weekend. From skeletons to a light-up dragon inflatable with a smoke machine, the whole campsite took on spooky ambience.


According to assistant park manager Robert Becker, the event has grown since last year with around 4,000 people turning out on Saturday for all the Halloween festivities.


“We had more day visitors than last year and 95 percent participated by decorating their camper, handing out candy, or dressing up,” explained Becker. “We also had around 500 trick-or-treaters and some of the costumes were really cool.”


McMinnville residents Hugh and Sherry Slaughter spent the weekend at Fall Creek Falls and both agreed it was a blast. In fact, Hugh joined the fun by dressing up as a curvy old woman holding up a sign that read “Reward! Lost puppy. Call 555-7876.” When he turned around, his puppy could be found wedged between an abnormally large gluteus maximus, his rump.


“Everyone got a hoot out of Hugh’s costume and we’d all be in stitches when he shook his hips,” laughed Sherry. “We gave out four, 410-piece bags of candy and painted pumpkins with our group before checking out all the decorated campers. I’ve already booked our spot for next year.”


For campers who participated in the campground Halloween party, the winner received a seven-night camping package. This year, Beery family members from Old Hickory won with their haunted house theme and giant spider.


“Some campers went all out spending up to $2,000 transforming their camper into spooky scenes,” said Becker.


When asked about those interested in participating next year, Becker suggesting booking as soon as you can. Although it’s a public event, campsites fill quickly as many people book a year in advance. Next year’s Spooktacular will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, from 5 to 9 p.m. 


For more information regarding the Campground Halloween Party, contact Robert Becker with Fall Creek Falls State Park at 423-881-5708 or visit tnstateparks.com/parks/fall-creek-falls.