One of the best parts of owning or renting an RV is that you don’t have to stop camping as the weather gets chillier! RV camping means you can continue your adventures through the fall, and even into the winter. If you’re planning to camp this fall, especially around Halloween, you don’t have to miss out on spooky festivities just because you’re on the road, either.
7 Ideas for Spooky Camping Fun This Fall
Whether you’re looking for festive, not-to-scary crafts and activities for younger kids, or you want to seriously scare the socks off of someone, there are ideas for everyone who wants to camp around Halloween!
1.) Find a campground with Halloween celebrations
Many larger, resort-style campgrounds plan their own Halloween festivals for guests. If you’re staying at a bigger campground, check the resort’s events page, or call to see if they’re offering any fall events or Halloween activities. KOA Campgrounds, for example, have a roundup of all their fall events at their different properties here.
2.) Find local fall festivities where you’re staying
Even if your campground isn’t doing anything special for Halloween, you may be staying near a town, park, or other area that has its own Halloween activities. Lots of small towns have special trick-or-treat events downtown for kids, and some state parks will have a haunted trail, or even offer special nature talks about bats and other traditionally spooky creatures. Amusement parks will also often have Fright Nights or other Halloween fun planned.
3.) Decorate your campsite
From hilarious skeleton tableaus to witches’ feet sticking out from under your RV, the Glamper Life blog has some great suggestions for decorating your RV campsite, and even your golf cart if you bring one along on your trips.
You can also stretch fake spider webs across your door or around your campsite. You could even add a few fake spiders!
Halloween luminaria are also beautiful, and a fun craft if you have kids with you. Simply get some paper lunch bags, draw or trace Halloween figures like ghosts or pumpkins on them, and prick around the outlines with a pin. Fill the bottom of the bag with a little sand and battery-operated candles and line the path to your RV door with them. The light will shine through the pin-pricks and show the outlines of your festive drawings.
Also, craft and party stores sell fun fairy lights in seasonal shapes like pumpkins and ghosts that you can string up around your campsite.
4.) Camp at a haunted campground
Another way to have an extra-spooky vacation is to plan a trip to a haunted campground. Here are a few camps around the country that are rumored to have guests who checked in…and never checked out.
Montgomery Bell State Park, Tennessee
This state park is 3,782 acres of forest, lakes, and meadows. There are 21 miles of hiking trails and many ways to spend a beautiful day, or several. You can also explore the historic buildings and sites in the park, including the Cumberland Presbyterian Church which was built in 1810. There is also a cemetery from about the same time, situated on a hill near 4-Mile Creek Camp. Many people claim to have seen ghostly happenings, and campers say they’ve heard howling and screaming in the night near the appropriately named Werewolf Springs. There are also rumors the Bell Witch, who inspired the Blair Witch Project, hung out in the area.
Fernwood at Big Sur, California
Tucked in the California redwoods, the Fernwood campground is situated on once-sacred Esalen Indian Ground, and is said to be visited by a Native American spirit wearing a traditional corn mask as he wanders around the cabins and campground.
Camp Roger at Rockford, Michigan
Camp Roger is a Christian youth and family camp and not exactly where you’d expect to encounter a ghost. However, legend has it that a young boy drowned while swimming in the lake, and now comes back to play with other swimmers.
Vallecito County Park, California
This park includes the Butterfield stage station and cemetery right in the Vallecito campground. There have been several tragic stories of stagecoach travelers who met untimely ends and continue to haunt the park. One was the “Lady in White,” a young woman who was headed to meet her new husband but died on the journey and continues to wander the station waiting for the next stagecoach so she can meet her love in Sacramento. You may also see a phantom horse and stagecoach that are tied to a story of a violent robbery in the area.
Hunting Island State Park, South Carolina
This park has beautiful white sandy beaches, a wildlife preserve, and plenty of hiking and other outdoor activities. It also has a haunted lighthouse that was built in 1873. Several ghost-hunters say they have evidence the lighthouse is haunted, and many people report having heard ghostly voices and seen ghostly figures in the building. There are stories about the ghosts, ranging from a lighthouse keeper who was unable to save a drowning boy and still wanders the beaches looking for the boy. Another tale is of a lighthouse keeper’s daughter who jumped from the lighthouse, and her cries can still be heard from the spiral staircase today. Campers say they have also heard bangs or knocks on their RVs in the night, or seen floating lights in the woods and heard eerie singing.
5.) Plan a spooky night hike
Plan a night hike with your group through the woods or other areas where you’re camping. If you want to get really evil, enlist a few people to station themselves along the hike to scare the hikers as they pass through. When you’re in the woods in the dark, it doesn’t take much to get people shrieking in terror.
6.) Eat some spooky snacks
Candy googly eyes, which are available in the baking aisle at most grocery stores, can turn any sugar cookie or cupcake into a funny-looking monster. For more ideas, from pumpkin cookies to Frankenstein pretzels, check out these snacks from Delish.
7.) Tell ghost stories
A classic move, but still great Halloween fun. If you can’t remember the ghost stories that kept you from sleeping when you were younger, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark has been terrifying children for several generations now. And who knows? Once you start telling stories, other people in the group may have some to add and may terrify you right back in return.
Happy Halloween and sweet dreams…if you can actually fall asleep.
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