The month of October has surprisingly become huge for RV campgrounds, resorts, and parks around the U.S. thanks to Halloween festivities…
Maybe because, for many in the northern states, October is a last chance to do one more trip before winterizing and storing the RV.
Instead of just one night – Oct. 31 – many parks dedicate the entire two or three weekends (or more) before Halloween. That’s why now is the best time to plan for your Halloween adventures (maybe even for next year!).
We’ve put together a list of some of the best places for Halloween camping across the U.S. (based on my own experiences and lists from others, including DoItYourselfRV).
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The place sells out every weekend in October and to get a spot, many campers had to book their sites a year in advance. This year, they are having two events: Halloween Campout I on October 4-8 and Halloween Campout II on October 11-15.
Every year, about 1,500 people visit to take part in the festivities and activities that run all day long.
Several years ago, Jennifer and I visited it on a Wednesday and Thursday and found the place half full already by early birds – Halloween campers who have so much fun stay for weeks at a time.
At night, their motorhomes, fifth wheels, truck campers, and travel trailers are strung with lights and spooky decorations.
There are paper mache spiders, witches, werewolves, skeletons, headless horsemen, and elaborately carved pumpkins.
Cobwebs are strung between trees, tombstones sprout from the ground, and ghostly sheets wave in the breeze. The park provides inflatables that can be borrowed as well.
There are costume parades and contests, wagon rides, music, barbecue, and campfire socializing.
I know of no park that is into the spirit of it all like the Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., which is planning seven – count them seven – consecutive Halloween-themed weekends this fall – starting in September.
Jennifer and I have visited this event, too.
“It’s the most popular thing we do,” said Dave Lovell, the resort’s director of marketing. The park hires professional storytellers for Friday night bonfires. There are haunted hayrides, costume contests, scary movies and dance until you drop sound and light show.
As an indicator of how popular it is, reservations start rolling in a year in advance. So, while you may not make it this year, it's worth booking in advance for next year!
3. Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California
The Inn Town Campground is decorated for Halloween for the entire month of October. They encourage campers to decorate their campsites and participate in various festivities.
Don't let the name of the city fool you. The campground is nestled in the mountains of California, with campsites surrounded by trees.
You can see the surrounding beauty and follow their special events on their Instagram page.
This park is having its 29th Annual Halloween Fest this year from Oct 17-29. This 13-day event is for registered campers only. They've scheduled Halloween putt-putt, camper decoration contests, costume contests, ghost walks, bean supper, pancake breakfast, Halloween parade, crafts, Pumpkin Express hayrides, live entertainment, trick or treating and lots, lots more.
Don't have a camping reservation for this year? That's okay, there's another option for you…
Their Halloween Lights Drive is open from Oct 13-28. Enjoy the sights, sounds, and scares of over 1½ miles of Halloween lights and displays from your car. Drinks and snacks are available at the Trading Post in the campground. Call 859-527-354 for info.
Looking for other options in Kentucky? Check out this Kentucky State Park Halloween Events out!
October weekends are full of magic and monsters at the Hill Country Camp Resort. They start their festivities at the end of September through the last weekend of October. You can see all they have planned by visiting their Halloween page.
From trick-or-treating to costume contests, there’s something for campers of all ages to enjoy.
Some offerings include a magic pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving contests, and campsite decorating contests. Older folks might enjoy the haunted hike.
For more than 20 years the Halloween experts at Midway Campground have been hosting the spookiest haunted woods walk around. Here, you can scare yourself silly with a delightfully terrifying walk in the Midway Wicked Woods.
From the haunted graveyard to the spinning tunnel of terror and 3D clown room, this is one haunted walk you won’t want to take alone! Halloween weekends run all month in October, with some additional dates and hours on certain days.
Definitely geared toward fun for the whole family, this park is holding its annual Halloween weekends starting with Land-O-Pines Pumpkin Patch.
The event includes trunk or treat (award & prize for best decorated display), hayride, kiddie bingo, coloring contest, wiener roast, kid’s craft workshop, and more!
There are themes for each weekend leading up to Halloween, including Stranger Things, Star Wars, the pre-Halloween weekend, and, of course, Halloween weekend.
Halloween weekends are held every week through Halloween. Each weekend will feature a number of Halloween-themed crafts, games and activities all weekend long.
Pumpkin carving contests and a trick or treat parade every Saturday evening.
There will also be a site decorating contest every weekend in October so don't forget to bring your decorations. See who has the scariest and most creative site.
Prizes will be given for first, second, and third place winners. Each weekend will get a little scarier and of course, you must visit Creekside Manor Haunted House on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Annual Hallowfest celebration features haunted evening hayrack rides, pumpkin roll obstacle courses, a pumpkin carving contest, campsite decorating contest and much more!
Hayrack reservations begin early October. Hallowfest is held the weekends in October.
It's the 25th year celebrating Hallowfest, so its festivities clearly keep people coming back for more fun!
This campground’s Halloween Campout is set for early October. The schedule includes a Friday night campfire get-together, trick-or-treating on Saturday through the campground (bring candy to hand out and one full-size bar per game for candy bar bingo).
Potluck stew (campers bring the vegetables, the campground supplies the meat and homemade cornbread). Bring a pumpkin to carve, or take part in Halloween games, craft time, and “Monster Costume Ball Party”.
Camp Margaritaville Pigeon Forge RV Resort & Lodge is the newest RV Resort in the heart of the Smoky Mountains, where you can bring your RV or treat yourself to a stay at The Lodge.
They host Halloween weekends with site decor competitions with prizes for the winner. Their activities director on-site also hosts other fun spooktacular events, including bonfires with scary stories or live music.
If you want to tell your own scary stories, check out our list of 13 Ghost Stories Books to Read Around the Halloween Campfire.
There is something for everyone at Camp Margaritaville Pigeon Forge with their Pool Recreation Area with a Double Loop Water Slide and Kid’s Zone, Hot Tub and Fire Pit, Fins Bar, Fins Breakfast Buffet, kid’s Playground, Barkaritaville Pet Park, pickleball courts and the recently opened family entertainment center, Fin City, lazy river and activities lawn.
Other places to enjoy a Halloween party!
12. Jellystone Parks
We listed one Jellystone park above, but most Jellystone Parks with Halloween activities have festivities every weekend in October.
Jellystone Parks around the country now offer Halloween-themed activities. Some of them even have PRE Halloween activities in September!
More than a third of KOA’s nearly 500 campgrounds offer Halloween-themed activities. Many offer hayrides, monster-themed parties, costume contests, and so much more.
As you may know, KOAs have a rewards program that makes it one of the 5 Best RV Campground Memberships & Clubs. Their events throughout the year (including Halloween!) make their huge network of campgrounds one of the best.
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What are your favorite places to camp to enjoy a Halloween celebration?
Be sure to leave your favorite Halloween destinations in the comments below!
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