Prepare to be Scared!
Haunted Graves, sponsored by the Mayfield-Graves County Tourism Commission, is a month-long celebration of all things Halloween in Mayfield and Graves County, Kentucky. October 2021 is the inaugural event of what is expected to become an annual campaign, bringing people of all ages to the community each year, to experience Haunted Graves for themselves!
Mayfield & Graves County already is home to the Wooldridge Monuments in Maplewood Cemetery, known as the “Strange Procession that Never Moves”, and featured in the television show, “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”, and in the book, “Weird Kentucky”. Mayfield & Graves County also is host to A-Maize-ing Farms, the largest corn maize in Kentucky, as well as terrifying places like Talon Falls Adventure Park in Melber and the Industrial Slaughterhouse in Fancy Farm (all three open every weekend during the month of October). Our local movie theater, Princess Theaters, is hosting a month-long “ScreamFest Film Festival”; when your name is Graves County and you’ve been home to the filming of not one, but two horror movies, Talon Falls and Starlight, you know you’ve got something spooky going on…thus, the creation of Haunted Graves.
Below is a schedule of what’s on the Haunted Graves calendar thus far, and there’s always room for more; give us a call at 270-247-6106 to get your special event added.
- Haunted Graves officially kicks off on the first Saturday, October 2nd (9am-3pm) with the Mayfield-Graves County Art Guild’s Annual Gourd Patch Festival, plus opening weekend of the Purchase Players Community Performing Arts Center production of “Clue!” (October 1st, 2nd & 3rd).
- The second weekend of Haunted Graves 2021 includes a visit to the Mayfield-Graves County “Scaregrounds” for the region’s premier “Just For You” Vendor & Craft Show, featuring over 80 vendors & craftsmen (Sat., Oct. 9th, 10am-4pm). You also get a second chance to catch the Purchase Players production of “Clue!” (October 8th, 9th & 10th). Plus, if you’re a cyclist, the Mayfield Kiwanis Club is hosting the Bike Around Mayfield (BAM) race from the Ice House (Sat. Oct. 9th, 8am), including a competition for best costume and best decorated bike. And don’t forget the Graves County Public Library’s “Haunted Harvest”, featuring carnival-like activities for all to enjoy (Sat. Oct. 9th, 4-8pm).
- The third weekend of Haunted Graves includes the inaugural FNB Glowing Graves Lighted Halloween Parade, sponsored by FNB and the Mayfield Rotary Club (Sat., Oct. 16th, 6pm). Following the parade, head back out to the “Scaregrounds” to visit Cartwright Grove to see some of those costumed characters (Fri. & Sat., Oct. 15th & 16th, 6-9pm) in our very own “Wild West Town”, which will be decorated for the spooky holiday, you might even get to take a wagon ride through “the Grove”. You also don’t want to miss the special “Pumpkins in the Park” event (Sat., Oct. 16th, 10am-2pm), co-sponsored by West Kentucky & Tennessee Telecommunications (WK&T) and West Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative (WKRECC), hosted at the WK&T Tech Park on Highway 45 North. This family-friendly event includes a mini-pumpkin hunt, pumpkin decorating, inflatables, “Touch-a-Truck”, food, music and more.
- Haunted Graves is really gearing up the fourth weekend of October. Speaking of gears, the City of Mayfield hosts the Top Gun Cruise-In in downtown Mayfield on Saturday, October 23rd (12-6pm) which also will include a “Trunk-or-Treat”. You also don’t want to miss the Independence Bank “I-B Scared 5K” that starts at Cartwright Grove (Sat., Oct. 23rd, registration at 5pm), runs past the Wooldridge Monuments, and ends at the bank; you can even take a hay ride back to the “Scaregrounds” to listen to live music at the Cartwright Grove Saloon (Fri. & Sat., Oct. 22nd & 23rd, 6-9pm)!
- The fifth and final weekend of Haunted Graves 2021 caps off the month with even more Halloween fun. In addition to your final chance to experience Cartwright Grove’s “Haunted Fall Festival” (Fri. & Sat., Oct. 29th & 30th, 6-9pm), 1st Kentucky will host “Trick or Read” at their downtown bank location (Sat. Oct. 30th). Ever wonder what it would be like to trick-or-treat in an RV? Youngblood RV is going to decorate and open up their RV’s for a new trick-or-treating experience (Fri., Oct. 29th, 4-6pm). The culmination of Haunted Graves 2021 is the City of Mayfield’s “Trick or Treat Scavenger Hunt”, on Friday. Oct. 29th (3-5 pm) which will include participation by businesses throughout town and provide an opportunity for trick or treaters to solve a mystery and win cash and prizes!
In addition to the weekend events, we’ve got a couple of fun activities scheduled for Tuesday, October 26th. CFSB is hosting a “Glow Golf” 9-Hole Golf Scramble at the Mayfield Country Club, starting at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner and live music. Speaking of live music, the Graves County High School Orchestra is holding their “Halloween Spooktacular” Concert that same night at 6:00 p.m., at the Graves County High School Performing Arts Center.
PLEASE don’t forget about our Halloween & Fall Specialty Experiences! A-Maize-Ing Farms in Mayfield is Kentucky’s largest Corn Maze. This family-friendly activity also offers hayrides, corn cannons, giant inflatables, a petting zoo, photo ops, and pumpkins & mums for sale. Visit www.FunCornMaze.com for their updated schedule of events.
Do you like to be SCARED??? Check out the Industrial Slaughterhouse in Fancy Farm. This interactive haunted attraction is famous for its on-site actors and even has a concession stand. Visit www.theindustrialslaughterhouse.com for their updated schedule of events.
Finally, the Talon Falls Screampark in Melber is another one of Graves County’s Haunted Attractions that include live actors. This outdoor venue provides lots of space to be surprised and terrified! Visit www.talonfallsscreampark.com for their updated schedule of events.
For more information, or to add your event to the Haunted Graves calendar, contact the Mayfield-Graves Tourism Commission at 270-247-6106.