Crisp leaves crunch under eager feet; a spooky howl echoes just beneath the wind; eerie shadows lurk just beyond your view at twilight. Halloween is officially here, and ghosts and ghouls of all ages are celebrating. If you’re a frequent Jellystone Park™ guest, you know Halloween just might be our favorite holiday of the year, a

nd our parks pull out all the scary stops to offer a camping weekend that will become a family legend. If you’ve never visited us during this special season, don’t let another year go by! There’s still plenty of time to get in on the frightful fun, with many of our campgrounds offering Halloween Weekends through the rest of the month. A spooky sample:

 

Kansas City/Lawrence, KS

Throughout the entire month of October, bring your little monsters to Kansas City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort! The Haunted Barn is open 8-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October, and the park’s famous Corn Maze opens at 6 p.m. The whole family will love glow hay rides, Halloween arts and crafts, a Halloween dance (don’t forget your costume), face painting, contests for Best Costume, Best-Decorated Campsite, and more.

 

Mammoth Caves/Cave City, KY

Yogi Bear™ & Boo Boo™ Halloween Weekends

The Haunted Forest opens its gates every weekend in October (through November 2) with more new attractions than ever. Each cabin/campsite will get two free admission passes to the Forest. Halloween campers are known for competitive decorating, outdoor cooking and having a good time. Arts and crafts, color your Yogi Bear™ Halloween tote bag for candy collecting ($),plus trick or treating on Saturdays! Pumpkin carving, costume, and site/cabin decorating contests with prizes to the winners.

 

Lancaster South/Quarryville, PA

Halloween Weekends throughout October

Crafts, pumpkin carving competitions, a costume contest and daytime “Trick-or-Treating” around the park. Non-scary hayride at 4 p.m.; Haunted Hayride after dark. Monster Mash Dance Party on Saturday nights and site decorating contest. Book 2 weekends in a row and get the onsite storage at no charge! Add a 3rd night – $25 for campers and 1/2 price for the 3rd night in cabins. Available for all Halloween weekends!

 

Columbia/Swansea, SC

Halloween Spooktacular Weekends in October

Haunted hey ride – kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Crafts, pumpkin painting, costume contests, trick or treating, Halloween Haunt in the recreation center, site decorating contest.

 

Emporia, VA

October 24-25

Join us on Friday for a wagon ride with Yogi Bear™ followed by a campfire of smore’s and ghost stories. Saturday: Crafts, games, trick or treating, costume contest, HAUNTED HAYRIDE!! Decorate your site, prizes will be awarded!

You’ll find our state-by-state list of Halloween happenings here.

The grand prize winner of our WinaColemanCamper.com giveaway was recently presented with a brand new Coleman Camper at the Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Elmer, NJ. Congratulations Bob Wilson from Hammonton, NJ!

Earlier this year, camping and RV enthusiasts could enter the “Jellystone Park™ -RV Trader -Coleman Camper RV Giveaway” by registering online at WinaColemanCamper.com. During the 12 week contest, one winner was randomly chosen each week to win a two-night stay at any Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort.

Then, from over 68,000 total entries submitted, one winner was randomly selected from New Jersey as the Grand Prize winner!

The Coleman Automotive Tent Camper is valued at $10,000. It allows many of you who are sleeping in tents to take one step up and get off the ground. The unit can be pulled by a small car or SUV, so you don’t even need a truck to tow it.

A special thank you to our partners who worked with us to spread the word about the giveaway:

These partners include:

  • RVTrader.com – the largest classifieds site for RVs on the web with over 110,000 RV’s for sale,

Coleman Campers by Livin’ Lite – a manufacturer of lightweight campers and other recreational vehicles, who also generously donated the RV to our winner.

With Yogi Bear™ and his friends in hibernation, winter visitors to year-round Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts will find a more adult crowd for socializing. Two parks recently announced that they are creating a host of new programs focusing on snowbirds and other winter guests who will be traveling without children.

At the 170-site Tabor City, North Carolina, Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort, Assistant Manager Rebecca Murphy says a new activities schedule will be introduced after Thanksgiving weekend.

“Our winter activities include crafting and knitting classes as well as bingo games and potlucks,” Rebecca explains. “We are developing golf outings and well as museum and art gallery tours for our winter visitors. Additional winter activities will include senior fitness classes, horseshoes, bag toss, ladies lunch outings, trivia games and holiday socials.”

And at the North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Burleson, the staff aims to please their “Winter Texans” with adult-oriented activities like live country music performances. “Winter Texans” are, of course, visitors who are hoping to avoid hibernating in the frozen north.

“We’re shifting gears,” says Park Manager Steve Stafford. “We’re developing a growing array of activities and special events to keep our Winter Texans and other winter visitors entertained.”New for the 2014-2015 winter season will be live country music performances on Nov. 7-8 and 14-15, and Christmas parties on Dec. 18-19 with food, live music and hay rides through Christmas lights in the park.

Steve’s team is also organizing a murder mystery weekend and a Civil War re-enactment weekend, as well as a craft beer weekend and chili and steak cook-off weekends.

Find out more at each park’s websites: www.northtexasjellystone.com and www.taborcityjellystone.com.

Are you one of those lucky folks who get to flee the frozen north every winter and spend the coldest months of the year staying warm in the South? With scenic, full-service parks in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas, Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts offer snowbirds the perfect winter getaway. You’ll find new friends, lots of amenities and deeply discounted off-season prices. Our parks offer:

  • Highly-rated campgrounds
  • Clean comfort stations
  • Well-maintained grounds
  • Activity centers
  • Convenience stores
  • Large pull-thru sites
  • Concrete pads
  • Nearby attractions
  • Laundry facilities

As you get ready for your winter migration, see if one these parks might be your seasonal home.

 

Elberta, AL – Fall in love with Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast at our Elberta park, only 20 minutes from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and five miles from Pensacola – in fact, it’s one of only a few RV parks in the Pensacola area.  With 43 full-service campsites, free WiFi, a clubhouse and a fully-stocked fishing pond onsite, the Elberta Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort is perfect for a winter stay.

 

Madison, FL – This 125-acre North Florida park with its own lake and sandy beach is close to Florida and South Georgia attractions. Its all-natural setting and perfect weather make a quiet, peaceful winter getaway. A pet park, catch-and-release fishing, pools, camp store and snack shop offer plenty to do onsite. Enjoy old-Florida charm and salty breezes in a laid-back atmosphere.

 

Bremen/Atlanta area, GA – Less than an hour west of the bright lights of Atlanta, our Georgia campground offers a country getaway with easy proximity to city entertainment. This award-winning park features full hookup RV sites in a lovely, relaxing setting.

 

Robert, LA (New Orleans area) - Located within easy driving distance of the Big Easy, Baton Rouge, and the Gulf Coast the Robert Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort offers two fishing lakes, golf cart rental and storage, free WiFi, a convenience store and more.

 

Horn Lake, MS/Memphis – Just five minutes from the home of the King, this northern Mississippi park was built in 2007 and offers all the modern conveniences you would expect. It’s the perfect base for exploring Graceland, sampling barbecue, checking out the Beale Street blues scene, and enjoying all the peanut butter and banana sandwiches you can eat. The park is also close to nine Mississippi major casino resorts. All RV sites are full hookup, and the park offers cable TV, free WiFi, and propane.

 

Pelahatchie, MS – Located east of Jackson, MS, this award-winning park is situated on the peaceful 95-acre Pelahatchie Lake. Lakefront, off-lake and premium RV sites are available, all full hookup with free WiFi. A camp store is onsite for last-minute needs, and the lake is fully stocked for fishing in the cool winter air. A 24-laundromat is also available.

 

Cherokee, NC - Nestled deep in the Smoky Mountains, this beautiful park is a peaceful getaway with amazing scenic views. Raven Fork River runs the length of the park, and many sites offer a river view; trout streams are also on property. Fire rings and picnic tables come with many RV sites as well. Three bathhouses, a park store, 24-hour laundry room and craft center are onsite. If exploring the area around the Smoky Mountains is your goal, this is your park.

 

Tabor City, NC – Not far from the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, the Tabor City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort boasts numerous awards and offers a welcoming home for the season. Perfect for the nature lover, fishing and hiking opportunities abound. Tabor City offers 125 RV sites, all with a fire ring, picnic table, 20/30/50 amp service, cable TV, WiFi, and water/sewer. Enjoy the tranquility of the beach during the uncrowded winter months and get to know the friendly staff at this beautiful park.

 

Columbia/Swansea, SC – Find plenty of Southern hospitality on this park’s 43 acres of rolling South Carolina farmland. The accents are sweet and the tea is sweeter!  Catch bass, sunfish, and bream

 

in four fully stocked fishing ponds, and walk the park’s nature trails winding down to the North Edisto River. This pet-friendly campground is found less than half an hour from Columbia, SC and less than an hour from the legendary links of Augusta, GA.

 

North Texas (Dallas/Ft. Worth area) – They say everything is bigger in Texas, and with 248 full hookup RV sites, this park just might prove it. Enjoy all the big city attractions of Dallas/Ft. Worth while soaking up the relaxing country atmosphere at North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort.

 

Canyon Lake/San Antonio, TX – Located in breathtaking Texas Hill Country, a half mile from the Guadalupe River and 2 miles from Canyon Lake, the area around our Canyon Lake park offers plenty to do, such as floating and fishing the Guadalupe River, onsite fishing, boating, sailing, or scuba diving; biking trails, hiking trails, Schlitterbahn, and Natural Bridge Caverns. New Braunfels is just 15 minutes away, and San Antonio is a 35-mile drive. The legendary music scene of Austin is less than an hour away, making this a perfect base for exploring all that this area of the Lone Star State has to offer.

 

Texas Wine Country/Fredericksburg – Just outside historic Fredericksburg and in the heart of Texas Wine Country, this beautiful park offers an upscale retreat – even the bathhouse has granite tops! Oversize RV sites offer a variety of views and are pet-friendly. Enjoy wine country tours and tastings, explore nearby art galleries, and sample a long list of award-winning restaurants during your stay.

 

Tyler, TX - Located on 47 acres in the rolling hills of the East Texas Piney Woods north of Tyler, Whispering Pines is one of the most beautiful parks in the South. With 130 full-hookup RV sites, there’s lots of opportunity to make new friends and enjoy the wide-open spaces and clear starry skies of East Texas. Two saltwater swimming pools (one for adults only), a catch-and-release fishing pond, a convenience and gift store, golf cart rentals and more make the award-winning Tyler Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort a great choice.

 

Waller/Houston area, TX – Explore Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast from the Lone Star Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Waller, 35 miles northwest of the city. A stocked fishing lake, scenic lakeview sites, beautiful landscaping, a park store and more make Waller a quiet, relaxing getaway.

 

Wichita Falls, TX (north of Dallas) – One of Jellystone Park’s newest additions, this park offers true Texas country on the edge of city convenience! Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort at Coyote Ranch is host to 123 beautiful RV sites (73 pull thru and 50 back in.) A 90-acre fishing pond, wedding chapel, event site complete with catering, two pavilions, two swimming pools, golf cart rentals and free DirecTV are just a few of the things that make this park unique. A dog run is onsite – and you can even book spa treatments at Coyote Ranch. Golf, shopping, top-notch dining, museums and much, much more are nearby.

 

Kids of all ages love Halloween – and our parks are famous for creating the spookiest, most scare-iffic Halloween celebrations of all. Many campgrounds offer several weekends of chills and thrills, with at least one reserved for little ones who prefer their Halloween light on the fright. Whether your crew is up for a haunted hayride or a super scary stroll through the forest; magic pumpkin patches or trick-or-treat; costume parades or contests; or a frightfully fun Monster Mash party, our parks are ready to celebrate. But a word to the wise – Halloween festivities book quickly, so make your plans now!

 

Pike National Forest/Larkspur, CO 

Sep 26-28, Oct 3-5, Oct 10-12, Oct 17-19, Oct 24-26, Oct 31-Nov 2

Halloween Weekends – Trick or treating, costume contests, and more. Visit the Colorado pumpkin patch while you’re here!

Delaware Beaches/Lincoln, DE

  • Oct. 10-12 – Pumpkin Patch Weekend – Pumpkin toss, pumpkin dash, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin patch hayride and DJ dance.
  • Oct. 17-19 – Halloween Weekend – Bring your costumes, trick or treat candy, site-decorating goodies, decorate pumpkins, pumpkin judging, mummy decorating contest.
  • Oct. 24-26 – Halloween Weekend – Campfires, trick or treat with Yogi Bear™ and Boo Boo™, silly movies, Sandy Candy art, pumpkin decorating, costume judging, hayrides and a marshmallow roast.
  • Oct. 31-Nov. 2- Hibernating with Yogi Bear™ – Join us for trick or treating on Halloween and help wear out Yogi Bear™ for hibernation with lots of fun activities.

Indianapolis Area/Knightstown, IN

  • Sept. 26-28 – Little Goblins – Non-scary weekend for the little ones! Visit the pumpkin patch where registered children 12 and under will receive a free pumpkin. Participate in pumpkin decorating, treats in the haystack, a costume parade, and trick or treating with Yogi Bear™ and a Saturday night dance.
  • Oct. 3-5 – Great Pumpkin – Ride the Pumpkin Express to the pumpkin patch where kids 12 and under receive a free pumpkin. Do pumpkin decorating, a costume parade, and enjoy trick or treating.
  • Oct. 10-12 – Ghosts & Goblins (The Legend of
    Clayton Dillon) – After the Legend is told will you still want to walk around the campground? Will you go to the haunted R.V.? Join in trick or treating at the campsites, a costume parade, arts and crafts, and games.
  • Oct. 17-19 – Headless Horseman – The Headless Horseman rides again at Jellystone Park™. There will be trick or treating at the campsites, costume parade, and other creepy things to try.
  • Oct. 24-26 – Scarecrows & Spooks – This is the biggest, scariest weekend of all! Wagon rides, trick or treating, arts and crafts, a costume dance, and more. Ask to join in a scary scene for the haunted trail. Decorate your campsite to win a voucher towards camping.

Skowhegan Area, Maine

Oct 10-12 – Scary Halloween

Costume contests for kids and adults, trick-or-treating, sitedecorating contest, haunted hayride and Halloween party. Lots of games and crafts too!

Canyon Lake, TX

Oct. 3-5, Oct. 10-12, Oct. 17-19, Oct. 24-26, Oct. 31-Nov. 2

Fall Festival Weekends and Boo Boo™ Boo! Weekends

Magic Pumpkin Patch, camper-treating, our non-scary costume contests, treat bag and pumpkin decorating, mini-carnival and best decorated site contest. Enjoy this “beary” special weekend with the family!

Check out our state-by-state list of Halloween happenings here

Winter is coming (and it’s probably only a matter of weeks before people tire of advertisements and gimmicks using George R.R. Martin’s famous tagline). That does not necessarily mean that it is time to pack up your camping gear for the year and call it quits. Camping in the winter months can offer unique opportunities that you will be unable to replicate any other time of year. Here are just a few.

True Solitude

Family camping is a great retreat and break from the daily grind at any time of the year. Whether you choose cabin camping, RV camping, tent camping, or yurt camping, all kinds of camping teach children about nature and help them foster a greater respect for it, too. Camping in the winter months can provide an experience unlike any other. Americans and their families do not have to worry about other campers as much in winter. Campgrounds are quieter, more peaceful, and — because there are fewer people camping — rates are much cheaper in the winter months.

Enjoy The Outdoors, Without The Mosquitoes And Bugs

Even if you choose cabin camping, everyone knows that cooking over the campfire is a must. It can be a lot of fun for children, too, as long as a responsible adult is around to watch them! In the winter, you don’t have to worry about bugs. You don’t have to worry about bears. With bugs and animals as less of a concern (or even a completely obsolete concern), it may be the perfect time to camp with children.

You Might Learn Something New

Winter is the perfect time to work on new skills. Learn to snowshoe. Pick up cross country skiing. Even learn a thing or two about the stars, which you are likely to see — given the general lack of people and leafless trees.

Winter can be the best time for camping. Go on a one-of-a-kind retreat with the family. Enjoy the outdoors without the bugs, and seize the opportunity to pick up new, winter-specific activities.

With Yogi Bear™ and his friends in hibernation, winter visitors to year-round Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts will find a more adult crowd for socializing. Two parks recently announced that they are creating a host of new programs focusing on snowbirds and other winter guests who will be traveling without children.

At the 170-site Tabor City, North Carolina, Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort, Assistant Manager Rebecca Murphy says a new activities schedule will be introduced after Thanksgiving weekend.

“Our winter activities include crafting and knitting classes as well as bingo games and potlucks,” Rebecca explains. “We are developing golf outings and well as museum and art gallery tours for our winter visitors. Additional winter activities will include senior fitness classes, horseshoes, bag toss, ladies lunch outings, trivia games and holiday socials.”

And at the North Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort in Burleson, the staff aims to please their “Winter Texans” with adult-oriented activities like live country music performances. “Winter Texans” are, of course, visitors who are hoping to avoid hibernating in the frozen north.

We’re shifting gears,” says Park Manager Steve Stafford. “We’re developing a growing array of activities and special

special events to keep our Winter Texans and other winter visitors entertained.”

New for the 2014-2015 winter season will be live country music performances on Nov. 7-8 and 14-15, and Christmas parties on Dec. 18-19 with food, live music and hay rides through Christmas lights in the park.

Steve’s team is also organizing a murder mystery weekend and a Civil War re-enactment weekend, as well as a craft beer weekend and chili and steak cook-off weekends.

Find out more at each park’s websites: www.northtexasjellystone.com and www.taborcityjellystone.com.

Crisp leaves crunch under eager feet; a spooky howl echoes just beneath the wind; eerie shadows lurk just beyond your view at twilight. Halloween is officially here, and ghosts and ghouls of all ages are celebrating. If you’re a frequent Jellystone Park™ guest, you know Halloween just might be our favorite holiday of the year, a

nd our parks pull out all the scary stops to offer a camping weekend that will become a family legend. If you’ve never visited us during this special season, don’t let another year go by! There’s still plenty of time to get in on the frightful fun, with many of our campgrounds offering Halloween Weekends through the rest of the month. A spooky sample:

Kansas City/Lawrence, KS

Throughout the entire month of October, bring your little monsters to Kansas City Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort! The Haunted Barn is open 8-10 p.m. every Friday and Saturday night in October, and the park’s famous Corn Maze opens at 6 p.m. The whole family will love glow hay rides, Halloween arts and crafts, a Halloween dance (don’t forget your costume), face painting, contests for Best Costume, Best-Decorated Campsite, and more.

Mammoth Caves/Cave City, KY

Yogi Bear™ & Boo Boo™ Halloween Weekends

The Haunted Forest opens its gates every weekend in October (through November 2) with more new attractions than ever. Each cabin/campsite will get two free admission passes to the Forest. Halloween campers are known for competitive decorating, outdoor cooking and having a good time. Arts and crafts, color your Yogi Bear™ Halloween tote bag for candy collecting ($),plus trick or treating on Saturdays! Pumpkin carving, costume, and site/cabin decorating contests with prizes to the winners.

Lancaster South/Quarryville, PA

Halloween Weekends throughout October

Crafts, pumpkin carving competitions, a costume contest and daytime “Trick-or-Treating” around the park. Non-scary hayride at 4 p.m.; Haunted Hayride after dark. Monster Mash Dance Party on Saturday nights and site decorating contest. Book 2 weekends in a row and get the onsite storage at no charge! Add a 3rd night – $25 for campers and 1/2 price for the 3rd night in cabins. Available for all Halloween weekends!

Columbia/Swansea, SC

Halloween Spooktacular Weekends in October

Haunted hey ride – kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Crafts, pumpkin painting, costume contests, trick or treating, Halloween Haunt in the recreation center, site decorating contest.

Emporia, VA

October 24-25

Join us on Friday for a wagon ride with Yogi Bear™ followed by a campfire of smore’s and ghost stories. Saturday: Crafts, games, trick or treating, costume contest, HAUNTED HAYRIDE!! Decorate your site, prizes will be awarded!

You’ll find our state-by-state list of Halloween happenings here.

Temperatures are dropping. The first frost is quickly approaching. Soon, it may not seem warm enough to camp at all. More Americans, however, are realizing that camping can be a great family vacation and/or a relaxing getaway year-round. What are the best ways to keep camping feasible and fun in the chilly fall months — and even during the winter, too?

Pack And Plan Accordingly

Seventy-four percent of campers try something they were initially afraid to do — and sometimes that can include fall or winter camping. Seasonal camping does not have to be a daunting prospect, however — especially if you are well-prepared. Pack snow boots, hats, gloves, and scarves along with head and feet warmers and some thick, wool blankets.

What Are The Best Fall-Themed Campfire Foods?

Sitting around the campfire at family campgrounds may seem even more inviting in the chilly fall or winter weather. Similarly, toasty campfire foods are just the thing to keep you warm on a cold, winter morning. Heat up some soup in a pot over the fire, create a stew-like, hobo meal (throw some vegetables and meat into some tin foil), or even indulge in one of Antarctic explorer Sebastian Copeland’s favorite treats, a cranberry and bacon grease spread. Copeland recommends eating it on a bagel with a slice of cheese, or even topping off cereal with the cranberry spread, for a flavorful treat high in healthy fats and rich in antioxidants.

Forget About Roughing It

The best thing about fall and winter camping, however, is that it can allow you to enjoy the great outdoors and take in the beauty of fall foliage or snow-capped pine trees without roughing it. Skip tent camping in favor of cozy cabins or even RV camping resorts. RV camping resorts give you the best of both worlds, inviting you to enjoy nature, a toasty campfire, and several luxury amenities, like a heated lodge, heated showers and bathrooms, indoor recreation, and sometimes even on-site laundry.

Are you packing up your tents and camping equipment? Not so fast! You can continue enjoying camping year-round, whether it’s in a tent with extra warm sleeping bags and several wool blankets or in a cozy RV camping resort.

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