Halloween fun in an RV

Posted on October 17, 2017

Halloween has something for everybody. The spookier it is for some families, the better. Others like to keep it on the silly side. In either case, the chill in the air, the fall colors and the glow of a campfire make it an ideal holiday for nature lovers.

Whether you hit the road in your diesel RV or celebrate in a motorhome community, Halloween is a great occasion for making memories.

A Howling Good Time in Your Own Neighborhood

Here are some fun ideas if you’re staying parked:

  • Decorating your toy hauler or Class C motorhome can be a scream for the whole family. Round up the neighbors to plan a contest with prizes for different categories.
  • Organize an RUV park treasure hunt. Children can divide into teams and search for ghoulish goodies using a treasure map and clues. If plenty of adults supervise, it might be even more fun searching by flashlight after dark.
  • Set up pumpkin bowling. Choose small, round pumpkins, and cut the stems away. For pins, pour a little sand into 1- or 2-liter bottles to keep them from tipping over.
  • Start a continuous ghost story as you trick-or-treat. After each stop on your route, let the kids take turns adding short installments.
  • Hold relay races. Challenge the kids to reach the finish line while lurching like zombies, hopping like toads, sneaking like black cats or flying on broomsticks like witches.
  • If the weather doesn’t cooperate, take the party inside your Class A motorhome.

Plastic skeleton kits are fun and educational to assemble. You could even hide the bones for the kids to hunt down before assembly. Cook pumpkin soup or another meal in an actual carved-out pumpkin. There are lots of recipes online. Older children and teens might enjoy filming their own horror movie.

Eerie Excursions

State parks around the country go all out to host ghostly events. Check park websites for information on dates and age appropriateness. Most activities are toddler-friendly. Here are some destinations that are worth exploring:

  • Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, West Virginia

Hear a hair-raising tale during an 11-mile train ride that makes a rare nighttime descent into Cass.

  • Craighead Caverns, Tennessee

What’s creepier than a cave? Point your gas RV or Class A toy hauler to Tennessee for some spine-tingling spelunking. The Lost Sea Wild Cave Tour includes a glass-bottom boat ride across the largest underground lake in the U.S.

  • Michigan State Parks

More than 30 parks participate in the frightening festivities during September and October, and no two themes are alike. Hike haunted trails. Take harrowing hayrides. Dances, pancake breakfasts and chili cook-offs are also on the calendar.

  • Buffalo Bill Ranch State Historical Park, Nebraska

Your memory is sure to haunt you for years to come. RVs and motorhomes from miles around head for the Haunted Barn, which is suitable for kids 10 and older.

  • Indian Cave State Park, Nebraska

Enjoy breathtaking fall foliage by day. Tour St. Deroin, a historic old ghost town, by night.

  • East Harbor State Park, Ohio

Get a creepy feeling at Lake Erie. Pack up the RV for bonfires, hayrides, campground trick-or-treating and much more.

Stuffy hotels and hectic airports are too scary even for Halloween. If you want to do Halloween right, do it in a Thor Motor Coach.


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