Best Campgrounds for Celebrating Halloween

by | Oct 10, 2018 | RV Travel Destinations | 3 comments

With Halloween coming up, we decided to put together a list of the best campgrounds for celebrating Halloween! Pack up the RV and don’t forget the decorations, because this trip will be one for the books.

Carter Caves State Park in Richmond, Kentucky

Trail winds through a cavern with a river flowing through it in Carter Caves State Park in Kentucky.

If you’re searching for a thrill to excite your journey this Halloween. Carter Caves State Park is the perfect place to do so. Each Halloween, actors line the sides of a quarter mile wooded trail to scare you! Admission is only $10 for the small hike and the website suggest you don’t bring along younger children. Come see why visitors keep returning to the fear every year!

Also included in the RV park are perfect locations to go birding, gem mining, caving, hiking  and horseback riding. If you travel with a horse, this campground has specially designated equestrian camping spots. Don’t miss out on all this campground has to offer.

Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware

Photo Courtesy of Killens Pond State Park Facebook. Nature Center area of the park.

If you are traveling with some kiddos, we think this destination should top out your list. Here at Killen’s Pond State Park, visitors can take one of the many hayrides offered throughout the season. Entrance to the park costs $4 for in state admission and $8 for out of state visitors. With a ticket, visitors can hop on the Fall Hayride and take a lovely, peaceful ride through the area. Fall Hayrides are scheduled for October 13th and resume in November. During the weeks between, the park offers Harvest Hayrides to visitors staying and engaging in all of their fall harvest activities!

Travelers can also hunt and fish in many of Delaware’s state parks. Hiking, biking and kayaking are all options for families to engage in during the day downtime.

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Indianapolis East in Indianapolis, Indiana

Photo Courtesy of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Knightstown Facebook. Pumpkin decorating contest in 2016.

Every fall season, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Indianapolis hosts a fun packed weekend for families known as the Little Goblins Weekend at the beginning of pumpkin season. The weekend kicks off Friday night and includes activities like Pumpkin Bowling and a family movie. Saturday, things speed up and activities are packed in including games, Yogi time, planting pumpkin seeds, visiting a pumpkin patch and trick-or-treat. Sunday closes things out with a game known as capture the pumpkin.

The celebrations continue with a different theme each weekend. Some of the themes include The Great Pumpkin Adventure, Thrills and Chills, Monster Mash and Spooks and scarecrows to wind the season down. Your little ones are sure to enjoy this festive weekend and you will be able to take pride in helping them participate!

Canton / East Sparta KOA Holiday Campground in East Sparta, Ohio

Photo courtesy of Sparta KOA website. Halloween celebration among travelers.

If you are looking to celebrate Halloween in a more traditional way, try out a visit to the Canton KOA. Here, visitors can participate in a site decorating contest. After setting out decorations, head over to the pavilion with a fresh cooked meal and commune at the potluck. The night holds pumpkin carving contests and costume competitions, so be ready to be on top of your game.

Our favorite part about this campground as a Halloween destination? The offer special low rates to all visitors for the weekend of the party. Visit their website for more details. Be sure to reserve your spot and start packing because we hear the competition can be hard to beat!

Lake Rudolph Campground in Santa Claus, Indiana

Photo courtesy of Lake Rudolph Campground Facebook. Taken at the 2018 decorating contest.

Halloween family fun begins at Lake Rudolph Campground in September and continues until the start of November. It would be hard to find another campground that is just as passionate about this sport holiday as they are here! With activities for all age groups, you can’t go wrong at this campsite. Costume contests, site decorating, terrifying bonfire stories, trick-or-treating, a classic scary movie marathon, hayrides and car shows are just a few of the options visitors have upon arriving for the weekend. With specially designated events for all, the whole family is sure to have a fun time.

Winners of the contests receive gift cards, so be sure to bring only the best decorations. Before you leave, don’t forget to stop by the gift shop to pick up your annual Halloween Weekends tee shirt. This is bound to be a memory that you will want to remember!

Hagerstown KOA in Hagerstown, Maryland

Photo courtesy of Halloween Events at Hagerstown KOA Facebook. Advertising their upcoming events.

We are all about finding a spooky city to spend Halloween in and this city takes the celebration to the next level. At the campground, visitors can engage in all the typical Halloween activities, trick-or-treating, marshmallow roasting, costume parades and so much more. We love that this weekend is kid friendly all around!

But the more frightening feature is the Creekside Manor Haunted House that is open to visitors of the campground from 7:30-10:00 each night. Take a trip into the horrors of real life hauntings as they come to life here in these halls. If you love a scare, be sure to make this your next stop!

Midway Campground Resort in Statesville, North Carolina

Photo courtesy of Midway Campground Resort Facebook.

This small family owned campground keeps it’s Halloween celebration grounded and close to it’s roots. Share the joy of the fall season with those around you here! Take a walk through the Wicked Woods for a scare or stay at the site to prepare for the costume contest.

And calling all pet lovers! This campground has a Halloween special in store just for you. The grounds holds a pet costume contest and judges to see who has the most petrifying pooch or frightful feline! Get ready to pack up your pup and head towards North Carolina to see how your pet measures up to the rest.

Makoshika State Park in Glendive Montana

Makoshika State Park Road

If you are searching for an adventurous getaway that will keep you on your toes for Halloween weekend, make the trek out to Montana to hear their version of a spooky story. Every year, Makoshika State Park hosts an event close to Halloween known as Jackalopes. Sit around a campfire and hear creepy stories of the strange species and embark on your own journey with the guide to teach for the elusive mythical creature. The most terrifying part of this event? It takes place completely in the dark at night.

During the day scour the badlands in search of fossil sites, as this is known to be an area where many were found. Take tours or explore on your own. Either way, this is sure to be a fun experience for those with the will to adventure.

Mt. Lassen KOA in Shingletown, California

Sunset at Lassen Peak with reflection on Manzanita Lake, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

If you don’t like to celebrate “Halloween,” we suggest joining Mt. Lassen KOA’s fall festival. It is the perfect alternative and offers fun activities that will keep the kids entertained all weekend. With bounce houses, kettle corn, pumpkin carving and many more fall games you can’t go wrong.

But be sure to grab your tickets and reservations now as we hear space runs out fast. While there, enter the RV decorating contest to see if your spooky scene measures up. After enjoying the holiday, we suggest taking a hike into Lassen Volcanic National Park to take in some of the most picturesque views as the colors change.

Big Creek RV Park in Annapolis, Missouri

Photo courtesy of Big Creek RV Park Facebook. Hayride taking off.

This campground is bound to have an event that everyone can enjoy. The month of October is packed with all kinds of fall fun encouraging visitors to participate. Activities range from the parade of the Caledonia Pumpkin Festival, to barn dances, to bonfire spooky stories and  Halloween Fest. There will be no shortage of entertainment during your stay here.

If your taking an adults only trip, this may be just the campground you were looking for. The weekend before Halloween, the grounds host two events that we thing you will love. The first event is a light hearted social entitled, “Drink Up, Witches.” The next night, join your friends at the murder mystery dinner show on the property. Tickets are only $35 and visitors are welcome.

Timber Ridge RV Resort in Traverse City, Michigan

Covered bridge in autumn on a scenic drive in Traverse City Michigan

If you are looking for a destination to get artsy, this campground teaches you how to incorporate arts and crafts into fall decorating while celebrating Halloween at the same time. Timber Ridge RV Resort hosts a different themed Halloween Fest every weekend in October. The majority include leaf rubbing, mini pumpkin decorating and are closed out with a cider and donut tasting. These activities embody fall up north perfectly and we couldn’t love it more!

During your stay, drive through the scenic roads as the middle of October is known as the peak time to see the leaves change in Michigan. Visitors can also participate or observe the Halloween walk that takes place in downtown Traverse City. Choosing this campground as a destination is likely to give you all the homey feels – in a good way!

Pine Acres Family Camping Resort in Oakham, Massachusetts

Photo courtesy of Pine Acres Family Camping Resort Facebook. A visitor decorates their campsite for Halloween.

This campground holds a parade through the campsite of trick-or-treaters, costume dressers, and staff members. During this time, they will judge your RV site decoration. We suggest adding lights to make your scene more dramatic. During the day, participate in Halloween themed games and bingo.

The most unique part of this campground’s celebration is the unveiling of the haunted mini golf course every year. Go take a put if you dare and race the par to make it out of the course alive!

Gettysburg Campground in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Photo courtesy of Gettysburg Campground Facebook.

For the last two weeks of October, Gettysburg Campground stays consistent with the majority of the other campsites and offers the typical Halloween celebration activities. The list is completed with games, contests hayrides and, of course, a haunted trail that is only for the daring visitors.

What makes this stop special is the pre-Halloween celebrations that are organized here. For two weeks before the holiday, you can participate in the Apple Harvest and Columbus Day celebration. Take part in a traditional Fall Harvest celebration centered around food and fun!

Scenic Ridge Campground in Whitewater, Wisconsin

Photo courtesy of Scenic Ridge Campground Facebook. Actors dress up to scare visitors on their haunted walks.

While the events change weekly for the Halloween schedule, This campground is sure to continually offer events for everyone in the family. The most interesting one we found was the pumpkin hunt! Choose to be involved in as many or as few events as you want. You can even sit back and enjoy the frightful film festival the campground puts on.

Thrill seekers, we have found your match. The most enticing aspect of this campground is the professional manner that the haunted trails are run. You are sure to receive just as much of a scare here as you would at a theme park. Be ready to be terrified on your trip here and enjoy it!

We hope your Halloween vacation is truly haunting!

What do you think are the best campgrounds for celebrating Halloween?

The best campgrounds to celebrate Halloween

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