Halloween is just around the corner, and if you are looking for festive fun or a spooky good time, we’ve got some great suggestions for you! From campgrounds that go all out with Halloween-themed events and activities, to ideas for DIY fun for RVers of all ages. So, grab a pumpkin-flavored something and start planning a fun fall weekend away for Halloween.
Campgrounds & RV Parks with Big Halloween Celebrations
We asked you – our readers – for your favorite campgrounds to visit during Halloween, and you had some fantastic suggestions all across the country! Here are some of the best ones:
North Texas Jellystone, Burleson, TX
Dates: Weekends in October
Jellystone is always known for family friendly fun, but they really go out for Halloween with a Magic Pumpkin Patch, trick-or-treating, a pumpkin launch, and the ‘Zombie Zone.’ Thanks for sharing, Camille B., sounds like a blast! (Read more about visiting this campground in this blog post).
49er Village in Plymouth, CA
Dates: The last three Saturdays in October
This campground has a “crazy good Halloween celebration” according to Angela S. With lots of decorations, festive events and, of course, trick-or-treating.
Monroe Co. / Toledo North KOA in Petersburg, MI
Dates: Weekends from Sept. 14 – Oct. 28
Activities include a magic show, pumpkin carving contests, haunted house, and site decorating contests! Thanks for this suggestion, Tobias S.
Disney’s Fort Wilderness in Orlando, FL
Dates: Sept. 28-30, Oct. 3-7, 10-14, 17-21, and 24-31.
Of course, this is top of mind for many Disney-loving RVers, like Patti G. This year, Fort Wilderness has a ‘Return to Sleepy Hollow’ theme with viewings of the classic film, as well as ghost and headless horseman encounters! (Read more about visiting Fort Wilderness in this blog post).
Hagerstown / Antietam Battlefield KOA in Williamsport, MD
Dates: Weekends beginning Sept. 22 through the end of October.
This campground has Halloween-themed crafts, a trick-or-treat parade, and site decorating contests. Thanks for the tip, Rita M.
Brialee Family Campground in Ashford, CT
Dates: Oct. 12-14 & Oct. 19-21
Every year, Shawn E. goes for the trick or treating for kids AND adults, costume contest, site decorating contest and haunted trail. With 365 sites, that’s quite the candy stash! The campground also offers a haunted house and haunted wagon ride, plus lots of other games and activities.
Jellystone Park in Larkspur, CO
Dates: Every weekend in October
This Jellystone offers trick-or-treating between sites, planting magic pumpkin seeds, decorating pumpkins, going on a silly story hayride, and participating in contests for the best decorated costumes, campsites and golf carts. Jessica B. loves Colorado in fall and this is a fun excuse for a visit!
Other Festive Camping Ideas
If none of the campgrounds near you have openings for the weekends surrounding Halloween, or you just don’t enjoy staying at an RV Park, here are some tips for planning your own Halloween-themed weekend away.
Have a DIY Halloween Party
Traveling with kids or friends who don’t want to miss out on the fun of Halloween? Why not plan your own small party wherever you end up for the night, or invite the neighbors if you are at an RV park or campground! Start by decorating your home on wheels (like Crazy Family Adventure did in the featured photo above) and your campsite. Then, make a plan to carve pumpkins together, tell ghost stories around the fire, and even do some trick-or-treating if enough other RVers want to get involved. Or, if the kiddos really want the classic giant-bag-full-of-candy experience, check out the local towns for events. Many places host safe and fun trick-or-treating events for kids, often with local businesses.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Corn Field with Harvest Hosts
With hundreds of locations across North America, Harvest Hosts is a great option for finding unique, unexpected places to stay for a special weekend away if you enjoy dry camping. There are lots of farms who host pumpkin patches, corn field mazes, and hay rides in the fall. Not to mention, they have some great treats to try as well. It will be sure to be a camping trip to remember. Just make sure you double check the opening and closing times to make sure you get to take advantage of the activities (learn from Alan’s mistakes here).
Boondock in the Woods
Looking for something a little creepier? Camping alone in the dark, quiet woods is a good backdrop for a scary movie night or telling ghost stories by the campfire. There are lots of great places to dry camp across the U.S., and you can decide just how spooky you want the night to get! (Read more about finding a great boondocking spot here).
Does your family have any Halloween traditions that they look forward to? Share them in the comments!