Spooky Fall Events in the Black Hills

The Black Hills in the Fall is a destination like none other, with events and celebrations happening all season long. Of course, you can’t have an exciting fall without an awesome Halloween!

Halloween in the Black Hills is great for the whole family, with tame and kid-friendly festivals to spooky haunted houses for the adults.

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Scare in the Square

Scare in the Square is one of the best family-friendly activities in the Black Hills for Halloween. Held in conjunction with the Downtown Rapid City Business Group’s Downtown Trick-or-Treat, this event promises to hold tons of Halloween fun (and candy!) for everyone in attendance. Everyone can wear costumes to this free event and visit local businesses to grab some candy for that classic trick-or-treating experience, even when you’re not at home.

Scare in the Square will take place on Saturday, October 31, 2020, from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m.


For the adults in your group looking for something creepy, Deadweird is perfect. Head down to Deadwood to experience this unique (and free!) celebration and get weird with your friends. You’re sure to have an unforgettable time! The 8th Annual Monster Ball on Friday, October 30, 2020 will bring a live band and some awesome prizes. The next day, there will be the annual Costume Contest with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes! 

Chamber’s Crypt Haunted House

Chamber’s Crypt Haunted House is a four-night event that helps to benefit the local Chamber of Commerce and the Sturgis Brown High School Drama Club. Participants will be taken into the basement of the Sturgis Armory, one of the best historic buildings on Main Street. Come experience the spooky elevator ride and get frightened by the ghouls, zombies, and villains waiting for you.

The Chamber’s Crypt Haunted House charges $5 admission per person. 

Tour These Haunted Houses

The Historic Fairmont Hotel

The Fairmont Hotel is considered one of the most haunted spots in all of South Dakota. It was built in the 1800s and first served as a brothel and saloon, but its reputation quickly took a turn for the worst. In 1907, an employee named Margaret Broadwater threw herself from a third-story window, and that was just the first of the spooky incidents over the years. 

Rumor has it that these spirits still remain, and the Famous Fairmont Hotel Ghost Tour will get you close to all of them. Tours happen daily at 8:30 p.m., last around 80 minutes, and will take you all throughout the brothel, bar, and gambling hall. 

The Historic Bullock Hotel 

This jewel of downtown Deadwood is said to still be haunted by Seth Bullock, who built the hotel around 1895. Seth was believed to have died at the hotel in room 211 (though it was later proven that he passed at his home). However, guests have claimed to see Seth wandering the halls, watching over his visitors and employees.

The hotel hosts Ghost Tours throughout the summer to let you see the spooky conditions for yourself. Tours cost $10 per person, last about an hour, and take place daily at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Strret view of the haunted bullock hotel
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Adams Museum & House

This fully restored Queen Anne style mansion is a must-see in Deadwood. It was a prominent symbol for the Black Hills moving from a rough gold mining town into a socially important destination. You can still tour the beautiful home as well as the adjacent museum (considered the oldest history museum in the Black Hills), where there are artifacts from Calamity Jane, Wild Bill, and more.

Entry into the museum is free, but donations are suggested. You can also embark on a docent-led tour of the House for $10 per adult and $5 per child.

Plan Your Next Vacation

Of all the things to do in the Black Hills, these are some of the best fall activities in town. Our rentals are the perfect place to stay once you’re done experiencing all the fun of the sites, restaurants, and Halloween events in the Black Hills. Contact us today to learn more!