Halloween has become the second biggest holiday in the United States. Only Christmas is bigger, and in many places, it seems to start immediately after Halloween.
You can decorate your home, whether you’re going for a spooky vibe or celebrating a fall festival. But how do you celebrate Halloween in an RV or camper?
Let's Know Halloween Decorations For Campers
Tip 1: Hit the farmer’s market.
The local farmer’s market is a great place to pick up cheap Halloween decorations, whether you want to be scary or sweet. You can buy pumpkins, squash and dried corn stalks to create a fall festival vibe.
The pumpkins can become jack o’lanterns. You could add to it with hay bales or find an already made scarecrow to set up by the RV. And it can all be composted or thrown out when you’re done with it.
Consider picking up a few preserves or pies while you’re at it, because you’ll never get anything fresher than that.
Tip 2: Gather round the campfire.
You don’t have to decorate your RV to get into the Halloween spirit. Gather your family around the campfire. Make hot dogs and smores.
Then share scary stories. This is free beyond the cost of food. And you can do it anywhere.You can do it with just your crew or invite the neighbors. Just practice proper fire safety.
If you’re dealing with a burn ban or young children, attach red and orange streamers to a fan to resemble a fire without the risk. Then make hot dogs or smores on the oven before serving them to the group.
Tip 3: Visit the craft store.
Halloween decorations can be made out of cheap supplies from the craft store. Orange and black paper can be used to make paper jack o’lanterns.
Thin orange, red, grey and black paper can be used to make the light passing through the windows change color.
You could in theory wallpaper the RV with these colors, inside or out. Or just make witches and ghosts out of paper and attach them to your walls.
Do you need more?
If you’re want more tangible decorations, make fake spider webs out of rope and put a large black ball with legs on it in the middle.
Put eyes on a blanket or pillow case and hang it from the trees to create a ghost. You can make fake tombstones out of cardboard and grey and black paint.
Tip 4: Take a Halloween-themed day trip.
This is one of the benefits of RVing. You could visit real-life ghost towns or abandoned sites for the day, whether or not Halloween is approaching. Research local tours and attractions.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not is a great place to hit in October. Or go on haunted history tours. Don’t forget to visit the corn mazes opening up.
Tip 5: Trick or Treat.
Stock up on candy and give it out on Halloween. It is one of the few times that bring everyone together.
If it isn’t Halloween yet, you can still join in fall festivals and local parties. After all, you’re bringing food.
Tip 6: Stay at campgrounds that get in the spirit of Halloween.
This can be a lifesaver for busy parents or retirees who don’t want to do a lot of work themselves. Stay at a campground that gets in the spirit of Halloween.
They might arrange for scary storytellers to visit. They might organize haunted hikes or hayrides. Or they may hold several Halloween themed parties. All you have to do is show up.
Tip 7: Visit haunted houses.
This can be a great activity for families or those who can’t find a campground that immerses you in the Halloween spirit. You might visit haunted historic homes.
Unlike a haunted history tour, you’re only stopping by one spooky place, and the rest of the day is yours. Or you could visit professionally run haunted houses that take you on a heart-pumping tour.
Tip 8: Find out what local theme parks are doing.
This is another benefit of living in an RV. Theme parks often deck out for every major holiday, and Halloween is no exception. They may have haunted houses or Halloween themed scavenger hunts.
However, you’ll also be able to ride the rides and see a variety of shows. You might see the same musicals they run all year after running through their haunted house.
One side benefit of this approach is that you’re likely to find activities for every age range, whether it is face painting for the toddler or roller coasters for the teenagers.
Tip 9: Learn what local libraries have to offer.
This is another category where you have to do your research. Yet it can be the most rewarding. You’ll often find free showings of family-friendly Halloween movies at local libraries.
Many host fall carnivals that are suitable for all ages. You might listen to a local horror author read from their best-selling work.
Or you could simply walk in and read from their selection of kid and adult books, though you might not be able to take them with you unless you get a library card.
Tip 10: Host a Monster Mash.
People love parties. No matter where you are, you can host your own Halloween party. You might provide Halloween-themed desserts.
You could go with classic games like apple bobbing and darts. You could give kids the chance to make Halloween arts and crafts or showcase your own.
You could organize Halloween scavenger hunts or just hand out candy. Take it to the next level with Halloween music and dancing along with a variety of sweet treats.
Remember that you can make apple turnovers, cherry pie and corn on the cob if you can’t stand stockpiling a lot of candy. You could also buy or make a piñata, making a game out of getting the candy.
Or you could recreate various carnival games. Let little kids fish for prizes behind a barrier and have a volunteer hook candy or little toys to it.
A benefit of hosting the even yourself is that you have full control over the activities and treats provided, making ideal for individuals with food allergies or other sensitivities.
Living in an RV doesn’t mean you can’t break out the Halloween decorations. Instead, it gives you that many new ways you can experience the spirit of Halloween.