Fall is here! After a hot summer, it is now time to enjoy some cooler weather.
October camping is awesome in most regions of the country. We still get some pretty warm days, yet the evenings cool down to where an evening campfire sounds inviting. What better reason to make s’mores.
Once a year, we get the opportunity to go camping where Halloween is The Experience. Many campgrounds and RV parks plan numerous on-site Halloween experiences. Fun for the adults and safe for the kids, camping and Halloween means good times for everyone.
Regardless where you plan to RV, there are camping destinations that Halloween camping veterans and first-timers alike will enjoy. Extra special this year, is that Halloween falls on a Saturday. Folks can sleep-in on Saturday morning, enjoy the entire day, sleep in on Sunday morning, and drive home in the afternoon. Halloween doesn’t get any better than that!
Got ghouls on your mind? Spooky creatures peeking out from everywhere? Yes Halloween is around the corner and this year; why not trade your trick or treating playground from your neighborhood to a campground or RV park?
Here’s a rundown on campgrounds that offer great Halloween activities this year.
Let’s start on the Pacific coast in San Diego. Campland on the Bay has all day events for the whole family. Games including dodge ball, horseshoes, and capture the flag are great for everyone. They have arts and craft classes, tie dye shirt classes, and a fun Halloween evening.
Our next haunt, Lake Morena County Park, is about an hour east of San Diego just east of the wooden Laguna Mountains. This gorgeous park is home to several campgrounds, at least one of which is reportedly haunted. From “Blair Witch” style heavy footsteps outside of tents to full blown apparitions, campers claim to have experienced ghostly happenings.
A young woman in a long, white, flowing dress has been seen among the trees and campers often say they can see her in the distance, or hear her voice laughing and singing, but no one is there! Add this one to a long list of classic, “Woman in White” hauntings across America and around the world!
Emerald RV Resort in Palm Desert has a pumpkin festival weekend. Pumpkin carving contests, Halloween inspired drinks for kids and adults, all are topped with a costume parade.
Located in Sierra Nevada foothills, Far Horizons 49er Village in Plymouth has Halloween costume and campsite competitions that everyone can join in on.
Lake Rudolph Campground and RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana holds seven Halloween weekends each year. They are seasoned experts and have been doing Halloween right for many years. You’ll experience Bonfire Ghost Stories, Rudy’s Kids’ Carnival, Haunted Hayrides, Frightful Film Classics, and dance yourself silly at the Halloween party complete with sound and light show.
Compton Ridge Campground and Lodge in Branson, Missouri holds two Witchy Weekends in October. They feature a Spook House, site decorating, pumpkin carving, hay rides, and hot wassail.
Pin Oak Creek RV Park and Paintball in Villa Ridge, Missouri has five Halloween weekends in October and November. They have Mummy Wrap, pumpkin carving, Haunted Trail, Flashlight Bone Hunt, and Campfire Tales.
Williamsburg KOA in Virginia starts you off trick-or-treating and then it’s on to the Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens to see Haunted Houses and special Halloween Shows. Spook up your campsite or cabin for a chance to win the Site Decorating Contest! Bobbing for apples is a classic the entire family enjoys.
Capital City KOA in Topeka, Kansas holds two Halloween Weekends the last two weekends in October. They have a Haunted Hayride to their cemetery, and guests can walk the Haunted Trail. You’ll enjoy lots of Halloween treats, pumpkin decorating, site decorating, and other activities.
Many people visit Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Kentucky during the daylight hours, but after dark anything can happen! There are numerous stories told about frightful and supernatural happenings around the falls area. Guides will take you on a tour of the park that you will never forget. Not recommended for children under 10.
Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon’s silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play.