An RVer’s Guide To Spooky Halloween Fun

airstream-halloween-lights-by-koocheekoo.jpg With Halloween just around the corner, new full time RVers are probably wondering what other RVers do for Halloween and what to expect at the RV campgrounds and resorts.

Without a doubt, many RV resorts, RV parks and campgrounds go out of their way to make Halloween an event to remember.

After all, RVing is a family-oriented lifestyle and Halloween is definitely something that families celebrate together.

It’s such a big deal that some parks celebrate Halloween every weekend in September and all of October.  For those in northern RV resorts it’s a way to close out the season in preparation for the coming winter.

What if you want to decorate your RV campsite for Halloween, but you have a limited budget?  Plus, obviously storage space inside the RV is tight, so just how much stuff do you have to buy and where do you put it once Halloween is over?

The good news is making Halloween a fun and successful event has very little to do with money spent, and if you do it right there will be little in the way of stuff to store for next year!

Here are some RV Halloween tips…

 

RV Halloween Decorations

Halloween decorations are the easy part.

The dollar store is your best friend.  Think: Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General. They will have seasonal items like banners & flags, paper ghosts and goblins, plastic jack-o-lanterns and streamers.

If you prefer to make your own, a quick trip to Walmart or most any convenience store will yield the basics like construction paper, string and markers.

A great online source for all things Halloween is 1Halloween.net. There, you’ll find links for everything from spooky cutouts to recipes for your favorite Halloween treats.

Some Halloween items to be on the watch for:

  • bales of hay
  • pumpkins
  • gourds
  • spider webbing
  • outdoor lights
  • cemetary tombstones
  • things you can hang from trees
  • …you get the idea

 

Tips For Decorating Your RV Campsite

halloween-string-banner-mini-pumpkins-by-liquid-paper.jpg I’ve seen strings of awning lights at RV dealers for incredibly high prices.

Instead, buy a string of cheap Christmas tree lights for a dollar or two and make orange construction paper pumpkins.  Tape the pumpkins to the wires between the lights and it will look just as festive.  (Be sure to use the small Christmas lights that don’t get hot, because you don’t want to create a fire hazard.)

You could also grab some cheap Halloween lights.  It definitely doesn’t have to be expensive to create simple, yet fun, Halloween decorations.

If you get some mini pumpkins at the local supermarket, then you could create little jack-o-lanterns to place around your campsite.

Even with a battery-operated light (such as a mini flashlight, instead of a candle) freshly carved pumpkins can safely create a fun holiday atmosphere.  Votive candles could be used, as long as you’re cautious about where you put them. Or, you could always paint pumpkins — a fun new twist that’s safe (and fun!) for kids.

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RV Halloween Costume Parties & Contests

campground-costume-party-by-sully213.jpg Costume parties typically take place every weekend leading up to Halloween at RV parks and campgrounds.

To find cheap Halloween costumes, take a trip to a local thrift store, Salvation Army, or Goodwill store and you’ll find a good selection of vintage clothing at reasonable prices.  For example, you could buy a trench coat and a fedora and go as a “secret agent”, or some bib overalls along with a hammer and tape measure would make you a “carpenter”.  Use your imagination… whatever the clothes racks offer will determine the type of Halloween costume you come up with.

Of course, you could also visit any local party supply store for the most modern Halloween costumes around.
RV Trick or Treating & Other Campsite Activities

kids-trick-or-treating-campground-by-dchrisoh.jpgI’m not sure how many RV parks promote actual Trick or Treating on Halloween night.  My guess is it may be popular at a few campgrounds, but park-sponsored activities leading up to Halloween are typically aimed at replacing the actual  door to door search for candy and treats.

If your campground location is encouraging the little Goblins to go from site to site looking for Treats with the empty threat of Tricks, then download some Halloween recipes and make a couple batches of goodies that will please everyone.

It’s also fun to get together with fellow RVers located near you and plan your decorating schemes together, play outdoor Halloween games, and maybe even have a potluck party. Some RV parks organize such activities for their residents, but if the campground you’re staying at hasn’t planned such a potluck party, you might want to plan your own Halloween potluck party for RVers — where everyone brings a dish or some fun Halloween treats to share with those who attend.

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Likewise, many RV resorts put on hayrides in the weekends leading up to Halloween.  If you’re lucky, the wagon will be pulled by a team of horses, which is more realistic than an old farm tractor.  Occasionally, you’ll find an antique fire engine put into service for a unique twist to traditional hayrides.

 

Storing Halloween Decorations & Party Supplies

Once the celebrating is over, the reusable decorations can be easily stored in a rubbermaid or plastic container.  Chances are, there will still be plenty of room for the Christmas decorations you’ll be needing in a couple months!  Any old clothes or costumes can be re-donated back to Goodwill, and paper decorations can always be recycled.

With very little waste and a modest budget, Halloween can still be a fun event for RVers on the go.

For a little inspiration, check out these RV campground decorating ideas:

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Curtis Carper

I’ve been involved in RVing for over 40 yrs -- including camping, building, repairing, and even selling RVs. I’ve owned, used, and repaired almost every class and style of RV ever made. I do all of my own repair work. My other interests include cooking at home, living with an aging dog, and dealing with diabetic issues. If you can combine a grease monkey with a computer geek, throw in a touch of information nut and organization freak, combined with a little bit of storyteller, you've got a good idea of who I am.

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