Halloween travel doesn’t have to be about finding the spookiest haunted house or a ghost in a graveyard. Instead, pack up the RV and head to any number of camping grounds that offer special events just for the Halloween holiday. You will have to call months in advance for many of the RV camping sites below as they tend to fill up quickly.
Below is a list of just a few of the best Halloween sites available at RV camping grounds across parts of Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Ohio. If you don’t see a site near you, call your local state park and ask about the Halloween ideas they have planned for the spookiest night of the year.
Carter Caves State Resort Park. Carter Caves is in Eastern Kentucky on US 60. Every Halloween, the park opens its festivities with numerous events such as: best Halloween decorated camp site, costume contest, best jack-o-lantern carving, scary movie night in the caves, trick-or-treating from camper to camper, haunted trail, and much more. Call for reservations in advance. This Halloween site has been known to fill up a year in advance.
KHP Campground. Titled the Halloween Camp Out , this RV camping site is open for not only one weekend for Halloween, but for two. The last two weekends in October sets the stage for a frightful fun camping experience. Some of the Halloween festivities include: a golf cart parade, costume contest, trick-or-treating, kids crafts, a haunted house and so on. For more details about this Halloween site in Kentucky, call 859-259-4257.
Pioneer Campground. This campground is in Muncy County, Penn., and is a great place to set up your RV for Halloween. The Halloween campground celebration will be the park’s last big event before closing for the season. Enjoy activities such as: moonlight hayride, haunted house, decorating and painting pumpkins, campsite decorating contest, pumpkin bowling, and much more. To find out more, call 570-946-9971.
Stonelick State Park. Stonelick is in Ohio and holds its annual Halloween Campout one weekend in October each year. Among some of the activities that are scheduled include: trick-or-treat, hobo stew, costume contest, campsite decorating contest, pumpkin carving contest, and more. Call 513-734-4323 for more details.
Other Halloween Sites
I wanted to add as many places that hosted Halloween events as I could, but space would not allow. Instead, I have listed them below with numbers and links for you to get in touch with them. These are great places to visit on Halloween when traveling by RV. Some of the activities at the sites include: costume parades, Halloween dances, night hikes, sampling apple butter, hayrides, Frisbee golf, movies, horseshoes, haunted trails, haunted houses, craft shows, spooky story telling and many more activities and games.
East Fork State Park’s “Not-Quite-Halloween Campout” in Ohio. Call 866-644-6727.
Cowan Lake State Park’s “Fall Campout” in Ohio. Call 937-383-3751.
Mary Jane Thurston State Park’s “Fall Campout” in Ohio. Contact 419-832-7662.
Barron River Lake State Resort Park’s “Halloween Spookout” in Kentucky. Call 800-325-0057.
Green River Lake State Park’s “Halloween in the Park” in Kentucky. Call 270-465-8255.
Old Fort Harrod State Park’s “Haunted Frontier” in Kentucky. Call 859-734-3314.
If you don’t see a campground near you, check out the Kentucky State Parks or the Ohio State Parks listings for more details.
Halloween Ideas at Camping Grounds
For those of you who have never heard of a (cast iron) pie iron, it is a must for making the following Halloween treat at the campground. Young and old will find this delightful Halloween recipe one that will send them straight into the Thanksgiving spirit.
Open Fire Pumpkin Pie Recipe Ingredients:
2 slices of bread (we use regular sandwich bread)
2 tablespoons pumpkin pie filling
2 large marshmallows
2 teaspoons of butter
graham cracker crumbs
dash of pumpkin pie spice
Begin by buttering one side of each of the slices of bread. You’ll need quite a bit of butter to keep it from sticking to the pie iron. Place one slice of bread into the pie iron with the buttered side down. Next, add pumpkin pie filling and spread evenly over bread. Add marshmallows on top of filling and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs and pumpkin pie spice. Place the second slice of bread on top of filling with the buttered side up. Close the pie iron and heat until bread has browned. Careful, filling will be hot. I would say this recipe serves two, but we can eat a whole one ourselves.
Tip: Take along an electric ice cream maker and serve homemade vanilla ice cream along side the open fire pumpkin pie. You can even add some pumpkin pie filling to the ice cream to make pumpkin pie ice cream too.