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Did you know that one of the busiest weekends for camping is Halloween? It’s not quite as popular as the 4th of July or Memorial Day weekend, but Halloween camping is a huge deal. Halloween is a favorite time of the year for some people, Kellie included. She absolutely loves everything that Halloween has to offer from decorating to carving pumpkins. One of the best parts is the costumes and the imagination that some kids, and adults, have when it comes to those costumes.
When Kellie and I dressed up as Raggedy Ann and Andy, she won first prize for best “homemade costume.” Kids will often want to dress as their favorite superhero or as their favorite Disney movie character, and they can’t wait to go door-to-door collecting as much candy as possible in one evening.
So, what does this have to do with Halloween camping? You can do the same things at an RV park or campground that you do at home. Several RV parks and campgrounds across the country have Halloween celebrations throughout the month of October, and if you want to join in on the fun, make your reservations early. If you are looking for some great ideas from activities to decorating, this post is for you. Let’s get started, shall we?
Halloween Camping Activities
Several campgrounds across the country have Halloween activities. Some even have dedicated sites for those who want to participate in the fun and sites for those who do not. Many of these RV parks will give you a plastic sign or bag to place near the entrance of your site to let others know that you will be handing out goodies to the trick-or-treaters.
If you reserve a site at a campground that does not have activities, you can provide your own fun for the day with your family. For instance, pumpkin carving.
Before you go, stop by the local supermarket or grocery store and grab a few pumpkins and a carving kit. You can spend the morning and afternoon with the kids making spooky pumpkins to display at night. For more info on carving pumpkins, check out this how-to article from tasteofhome.com.
Another great Halloween camping activity for the whole family is Pin The Face On The Pumpkin. To play this classic game, cut out eyes, noses, and mouths out of black construction paper.
Have the kids stand a few feet away from a pumpkin, and with their eyes covered, have them place their facial pieces on the pumpkins. Snap a picture after each turn so everyone can see the results.
Decorating Your RV And Campsite
Don’t worry about hitting the annual Halloween store for your decorations. Most dollar stores have aisles of decorations at a fraction of the cost. You can get some inexpensive Halloween lights to put around your site, or you can stretch the fake spider webs across the front of your RV. Make sure you add a few plastic spiders to make it extra creepy.
Use a hollowed out pumpkin full of ice for your drinks. Not only does it add to the Halloween theme, it’s a little creepy as well. For an added bonus, throw in a few plastic eyeballs while you’re at it.
Let the kiddos put their favorite Halloween window decals on the front door of the RV or on their window if they have one by their bed.
If you are at a campground that does have Halloween camping activities in the park, make sure you have plenty of candy to hand out. If you would rather not pump the neighborhood kids full of sugar, try handing out glow bracelets or necklaces. Kids, and adults, love those things. They’re not just fun, they’re totally cool too…
Now, the best part of Halloween camping, costumes. Kellie and I tend to lean towards couples’ type costumes, like the Raggedy Ann and Andy we talked about above.
Get dressed up with your kids in a family themed costume. Think, Flintstone’s, or The Adam’s Family. I guarantee that it will be fun for the entire family. There are literally hundreds of options out there to choose from. Use your imagination, get the whole family’s input. I have always been amazed by the imagination of our nieces and nephews when it came to costumes. When asked, they would often throw out things like princess, ninja, or my favorite, zombie cheerleader.
Spending time with your family making these costumes out of everyday household items will leave you with memories for years to come.
Dress Up The Pets
Let’s not forget about our furry friends at Halloween. Kellie and I make sure we deck the puppies out in a cool costume every year that we dress up. We dressed House up as a bumble bee when he was just a puppy, and we went cliché with Chance. Yes, we dressed a weenie dog as, you guessed it, a hot dog.
Halloween is the best time to sit around the campfire at night and tell scary ghost stories. Make up a great story about some goblin that lives in the woods nearby. Don’t overdo it though, you don’t want to spend the rest of the night trying to get the kids in bed or walking them back to their bed after a few nightmares.
Conclusion On Halloween Camping
Like I said earlier, you can do everything you normally do at home at the campground. The most important part of Halloween camping is spending time with your family and friends making memories. Get creative, get everyone involved, and have fun. Your kids will be talking about these trips long into their adult lives. If you are like Kellie and I and don’t have children, take your nieces and nephews out with you. Be the coolest Aunt and Uncle they have.
Do you have any great ideas for Halloween camping? Do you know of any RV parks or campgrounds that celebrate Halloween? If so, please leave a comment below and share with us and other RVers that might be looking for a great place to spend Halloween.
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