Montgomery, Ala.

Mike Mosley fine-tunes his decorations as campers deck out their campsites with Halloween decorations at the Gunter Hill Campground in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, Oct. 28, 2022. Credit: Mickey Welsh/Advertiser

Joe and Carol Neville looked around in amazement. Ten-foot ghouls screeched from their left. The flames of animated cauldrons flickered through the trees to their right. Elaborate, spinning skeletons and illuminated ghosts ringed the lots around them, according to the Montgomery Advertiser.

The Nevilles booked their RV spot at Gunter Hill Park campground in Montgomery, Ala., six months ago, like most everyone here, but they never realized why there was so much demand. Not until they arrived. “We had no idea,” Joe Neville said. By Friday (Oct. 28) evening they had put up a few Styrofoam headstones.

A few lots away, Mike Mosley turned on a light just in time to surprise a passing kid. He’s lost count of how many years he’s spent Halloween by the river at Gunter Hill. A row of trophies he’s won for the year’s best display stands behind him.

When he doesn’t win, his neighbor and friend in the next lot often does. Both book the same spots every year – that always means booking the day reservations open in April.

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