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Why Halloween Is the Next Big Thing for Campgrounds, and Campers

Photo Chez Chesak

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an edited excerpt from a report by Erin Thiem for Togo RV. Click here to read the article in full.

We thought taking our kids to a nearby state park to go trick-or-treating would be a unique experience. Our 30-person extended family set up on 10 sites. We knew we’d have fun but lamented that the kids would only have 10 stops to get candy.

But something completely unexpected happened. As the kids — dressed as a skeleton, a gnome, a witch, a phantom, and a reaper — romped around, we discovered that many of the other sites had bowls of candy and decorations, with some transformed into ghoulish masterpieces. Suddenly the kids were having a full-fledged evening of trick-or-treating. By night’s end, they had a haul of sugary treats that rivaled a “regular” Halloween at home.

We’d stumbled upon a growing trend: Halloween is a huge deal at many campsites.

“We definitely now have two key seasons,” notes Trent Hershenson, vice president of marketing at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts. “Obviously, summer is the biggest but over the past several years, fall has become a huge second season. Parks once had one or two Halloween-themed weekends but now it’s not unusual for a location to have five or six, even up to eight.”

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