Top Campgrounds for Halloween Camping

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The most wonderful time of year might actually be Halloween, and one of the best ways to truly embrace the spookiness of the fall season is in the great outdoors. A chill in the air, the crunch of leaves, and a bright fire that lights up the night are the perfect backdrop for family fun, ghost stories, pumpkin carving, and all things Halloween. So if you dare to venture out on All Hallow’s Eve, then be sure to make one of these campgrounds your final destination. 

Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY

Get ready for the ultimate outdoor Halloween celebration at this epic adventureland, and the whole family will be sure to appreciate the dedication to Halloween fun that this park puts forward year after year. Decorations, festivities, and activities for all ages take over the park from sun up to sundown and don’t forget to bring your costume for the campground’s annual costume parade. If all this and more piques your interest, make sure to reserve a space as soon as you can since the park tends to sell out for Halloween every year. 

Norton Creek Trail: Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, NC

For those looking for a more haunted experience, the Norton Creek Trail is the home to a will-o-the-wisp who was an early settler that died searching the woods for his daughter. Unfortunately, this area of these great woods is not only home to the kinder ghosts. Legend has it that this particular area is also the home to a witch by the name of stonefinger that craves the livers of the young. 

Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in Atlanta, GA

The spirit of Halloween doesn’t have to be celebrated only on one day, and in this park, it lives on the entire month of October. Decorating, trick or treating, and crafting galore are only a handful of the activities campers can enjoy. When the sun sets, this park also has a reserved set of Halloween activities for older children and adults that will delightfully scare anyone that attends. 

Mammoth Cave National Park in West-Central, KY

Up-leveling your Halloween experience requires venturing underground, and you can do just that in the deep, dark, and long Mammoth Cave system. This sacred ground is believed to house lost souls buried there during ceremonial rituals and the wandering shadow spirits of explorers that met their doom in the lingering dark. Visitors should be sure to take a lantern ghost tour when they arrive, and if you hear the sound of someone coughing, it might be one of the many ghosts of settlers that died of tuberculosis in the cave long ago. 

Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA

Celebrating Halloween can be more laid back, and the Vail Lake Resort offers recreational activities every weekend in October. In-between festivities, visitors can enjoy hiking trails, swimming, mini-golf, and all-around fantastic California weather. Expect to see a parade of traditional costumes at this scenic fall destination as well, and candy galore will be available for guests. 

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Abigail Baker is a writer from Happy Writers, Co. in partnership with outdoor and recreational fabric retailer, Seattle Fabrics.

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