Halloween Camping: 5 Great Tips for a Spooky Camp-Out

October 29, 2019 5:01 am

With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to think about all of the fun and exciting activities you can do with your family members that will make for a memorable holiday. Of course, you could stick with the old tried and tested recipe and head out on a trick or treating excursion around the neighborhood, but how’s about this year you did something different? What about setting up a campfire with your family outdoors? 

Just imagine how deliciously spooky it would be to sit around a camp fire at night, tell ghost stories while wearing your costumes, or trick or treating with other campers. Yes, Halloween camping is super exciting, so here are the five eerie tips to help you organize an amazing Halloween camp-out. 

Make Halloween decorations for the campsite

There are many things that can separate a traditional camping trip from a Halloween camping excursion, and one of these are the decorations. Needless to say, this is a very special holiday the kids are extremely excited about, so it’s important that you go the extra mile and make all a lot of interesting decorations that will transform your little campsite into a terribly haunting spot in the woods all other campers will want to visit. 

Start by choosing the kind of decorations you’ll be making on the spot. It’s important to know exactly what you’ll be making because you’ll be able to bring all of the right supplies, and avoid hauling too much stuff with you. For example, to make monster rocks, you’ll need paint, some brushes, and a lot of googly eyes. Monster eyes are also very popular and easy to make – you just need some paper towels and some small LED glow sticks. Simply carve out the eyes in the paper towels, wrap them around the glow sticks and put them in various places around the campsite.

Surround yourself with Jack-O’-Lanterns

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Making jack-o’-lanterns is a time-honored tradition and an inextricable part of Halloween, so this one is a must for your campsite. There is no better way to decorate your camping spot than to tend to some pumpkin carving with your kids, but you can also get creative and let the kids paint on the pumpkins instead or glue various decorations on them if you don’t want your kids handling sharp objects.  

Bring the essential camping gear

Halloween in the woods is supposed to be creepy and wonderfully spooky, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be comfortable. After all, this is supposed to be a fun, memorable experience, so it’s important that you bring all of the essential camping gear with you. Keep in mind that autumn in the woods can get quite chilly at night, so it’s important that you bring a warm camping sleeping bag that retains heat and won’t get wet in case it rains.

Go ahead and decorate your tents with Halloween-themed decorations, bring plenty of marshmallows to roast over the fire, and don’t forget to bring fold-out chairs for everyone. Bring lanterns and flashlights (also makes for an excellent tool when telling ghost stories), a first-aid kit, camping utensils, a portable fridge, and your essential tech such as a camera, smartphones, and portable chargers. 

Get dressed up for Halloween

Of course, you can’t have a Halloween party without scary costumes. Be sure to prep all of your costumes well in advance, because chances are that you won’t be able to make any last-minute alterations on the site. What’s more, be sure to dress appropriately underneath, because the weather can get quite chilly, and consider going without any Halloween makeup because it can be tricky to take off if you don’t have the right lotions and equipment.  To make the whole dress-up party that much more exciting, you can host a costume contest and invite everyone from your camp to participate.

Trick or treat and tell some spooky stories

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And lastly, remember to arm yourself with some truly captivating and spooky ghost stories to tell around the campsite. After all, Halloween is all about the thrill of being scared (oh, and the candy), so you’ll have to practice your storytelling skills to keep the kids interested, and most importantly, send chills down their backs. But before you huddle up around the fire, be sure to go on a trick or treat around around the camp, so that the kids can enjoy some delicious sweets while listening to your eerie stories.

Wrapping up

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Camping on Halloween is one of the most exciting things you can do with your family this year, and it’s bound to make for a memorable night spent with your loved ones. Before you set off, though, be sure to follow these tips in order to organize yourself the best Halloween party ever.

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