I love my hometown of Mayfield, KY. To an outsider there may not be much to the eye other than a couple mom and pop restaurants and the chatter of the cross town football team rivals and most recently, the scar on a little KY town devastated by an EF4 tornado on December 10, 202. I think we can all agree that there really is so much more to the small towns we call home.
Since the devastation of that night, our community has rallied together like never before. With our historic courthouse flattened and the blueprint of our town barely recognizable, it has been refreshing to see new and old traditions being carried forward regardless of the geographical changes. Last year, in October of 2022, marked the first ever month long celebration of Halloween. The city of Mayfield is located in Graves County, KY and local tourism planners have set out on a mission to establish out little town as a Halloween destination. Insert the “Haunted Graves” project.
While it is still a new concept, the locals, as well as myself and my kiddos have fully embraced the celebrations. An often overlooked holiday, that gets a lot of bad rap still has a lot to offer in the fun department. From an endless number of expertly decorated hay bails around town to a glowing night time parade there is a little something for everyone each weekend of the month of October!
River Valley Ag Hay Bail Trail
It really is the most unique display of creativity through the streets of the city. The boys have enjoyed finding new bails throughout the week and snapping pictures with some of their favorites. Trail maps can be found at the local river Valley Ag office. This is just one of the many ongoing events and activities as part of the Haunted Graves project.
Cartwright Grove Haunted Fall Festival
Cartwright Grove is a local must see! A replicated old-time town that holds historical significance to our regions. The owners have done an outstanding job of decorating each building to a tee. Each Halloween season they host weekend festivals and quickly reset their motif to that of an enchanting Christmas village before December! This year we took the kiddos dressed in their costumes after the annual glowing Graves Halloween Parade.
Looking for a costume idea? Check out this fun DIY Big Bad Wolf Costume/Halloween Mask Makeover
FNB Glowing Halloween Parade
My pictures from the parade this year are limited. I had the opportunity to participate in this years parade by representing our local animal shelter. I did happen to snap a couple pics before we started. This year’s parade boasted almost 80 businesses and organizations represented! It is definitely a must-see if you are visiting in October.
Listen, my friend, I have only listed a small fraction of the fun events and destinations to visit during October. I will strive to recap those events back here and add to this synopsis of events. But for now, take my word for it. Even if you aren’t local I’d like to encourage you to take some of these ideas back to your own city leaders and spread the fun all around! Until then, STAY SPOOKY!