The Only Checklist You’ll Ever Need While Packing for Your Camping Trip

Few activities offer more family bonding time and exciting outdoor recreation than going camping. That’s why more people are taking their families on camping trips than ever before! In fact, three million more Americans went on a camping excursion in 2012 than they did in 2010, a major increase in popularity.

But each year, countless families will arrive at their camping sites and make a horrifying discovery: they’ve forgotten to pack an important item, and now the camping trip is all but ruined!

Don’t be like these families — always arrive at your camping sites packed and prepared. To make sure you and your family are ready for anything during your family summer camping excursion, we’ve compiled this list of the most essential items to pack:


    • Hiking boots


    • Sunglasses


    • A hat or bandanna


    • Backpack


    • Biodegradable soap


    • Antibacterial wipes


    • Deodorant


    • A hairbrush or comb


    • A first aid kit


    • Sunscreen


    • Prescriptions and medicine


    • Insect repellent


    • Shampoo and conditioner


    • Toilet paper


    • Toothbrush and toothpaste


    • Other various personal hygiene items




    • A light jacket or sweater
    • A pair of gloves or mittens
    • Hiking socks
    • Long-sleeved and short-sleeved shirts
    • Underwear
    • A raincoat
    • Pants
    • Moisture-wicking socks and long underwear

Camping gear

    • A tent and related tent equipment
    • Camera and camera accessories
    • A collapsible water bottle
    • A lantern
    • Sleeping bag
    • Matches or a lighter

Food and cooking items

    • A small, portable stove
    • Cooking and eating utensils
    • Food, including plenty of snacks
    • Napkins and paper towels
    • Plates and cups
    • Plastic garbage bags

And for an even smoother camping experience, encourage the kids to pack their own bags — this lets them get involved in the packing process and also allows them to pack their favorite toys, books and other belongings!

Know of any other must-pack items to bring before leaving on a family camping trip? Share your own tips and tricks with us in the comments below!

New Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort to Open in Trinity, TX

We can’t wait to welcome our seventh Texas Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort this spring! The former Port Adventure RV park will become Jellystone Park™ on Lake Livingston in March.

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Livingston, near the picturesque East Texas town of Trinity, the new park is just 80 miles north of Houston – a perfect weekend getaway to the tranquility of the water and the open countryside. The second largest lake in Texas, Lake Livingston offers 450 miles of shoreline and plenty of room for fishing, skiing, boating and more.

The park is in the midst of making many improvements to its already-welcome facility before it reopens as a member of the Jellystone Park™ family. Currently the park offers 53 RV campsites, waterfront cabins, cabanas, duplexes, and tent sites. A 6500 square-foot pavilion offers a great place for events and gatherings.

Guests will enjoy the swimming pool, paddle boats, miniature golf, badminton, volleyball, and basketball. A game room, ping pong, outdoor theater, and even karaoke round out the family-friendly amenities.

Located at 207 Port Blvd. in Trinity, the campground is taking reservations for spring. Call 936-594-1300.

Announcing Our 2104 Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts Award Winners

Every November, the Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts team gathers to recognize the very best of the best: parks in our family that have gone above and beyond during the previous camping year. We’re proud and excited to announce this year’s winners; stop in and tell their staff congratulations!


Camp-Resort of the Year: Caledonia, WI.

This is our very highest honor, given to the Camp-Resort whose facilities and operators exceed all Jellystone Park™ standards. The winner must achieve strong growth in business, implement sustained improvements, and be known as a leader in the camping industry. Way to go, Caledonia!


Entrepreneur of the Year: Canyon Lake, TX; Madison, FL; and Milford, Delaware.

The Entrepreneur of the Year award is presented to Camp-Resorts that showed a strong growth in business over the past year.


Operator of the Year 

Rick and Shelly Spear, Estes Park, CO 

Jackie Maguire, North Java, NY

This award recognizes individuals and teams directly responsible for the day-to-day operations of their Camp-Resort. The Spears and Jackie earned their accolades for excellence in management, improved ratings, and growth in business.


Maple Leaf Award

Kingston, Nova Scotia

The Maple Leaf Award goes to the Canadian park in recognition of

their strong commitment and dedication to the

Jellystone Park™ family and values.


Facility of the Year

Harrisville, PA; and Woodridge, NY

These two parks were recognized for making sustained improvements to their facilities. This includes adding features for guests, building new programs, and more.


Dan O’Connell Service Award 

Jim Leaming, Sturbridge, MA

The Dan O’Connell Service Award goes to one person in the

Jellystone Park™  system who has shown tremendous, long-time support and work to improve the campground industry. Jim Leaming’s ongoing leadership and commitment to teamwork made him the perfect choice.


Watch the Jellystone Park™ Journal for more on each of these winners in the coming months. In the meantime, be sure to tell them GREAT JOB!

Three Ways to Convince Your Friends to Go Camping With You This Winter

During the winter, tent, RV or cabin camping life can be an incredibly unique and rewarding experience. But that’s only if you don’t go it alone — camping by yourself in the winter isn’t fun for anyone involved.

The idea of camping in tents or cabins, however, isn’t something many people are thinking about doing during the winter months. That’s why you’re going to have to convince your friends to go camping with you if you want to experience the thrill of the great outdoors this season!

To get your friends on board for a wintertime camping trip, here are three great ways you can convince them:

Ask that crazy, risk-taking friend you have

We all have that friend — the one who lives on the thrill of taking risks and walking away from near-death experiences unscathed. We don’t know how they do it, but we do know that they’re almost always willing to go on a winter camping trip. With another person by your side, convincing your other, less-than-willing friends will become incredibly easy.

Get your friends on board by playing up the novelty

There’s no way you’ll convince anyone to go on a winter camping trip with you if you don’t make the experience sound like a life-changing novelty. Remind your friends that everything looks better covered in snow; that all their favorite trails will be completely empty; that the campsites will be pristine and trash-free during the off-season. Best of all? You get to wear snowshoes!

Take advantage of better campsites

During the summer, it’s almost impossible to secure a camping spot at the most in-demand sites. However, the winter opens up a much wider availability of much nicer camping spots, which can even include cabins with all the essentials and amenities if your friends aren’t interested in entering survival mode. When your friends know all that the outdoors has to offer during the winter, you’ll have no trouble getting a group together to experience it!

Want to know more about going cabin camping or RV camping this winter? Ask us anything in the comments below!

5 Camping Recipes That Are as Fun to Make as They Are to Eat

Getting away from the TV screens and video games that can dominate life at home can make camping a rewarding bonding experience for families. And since there’s cabin camping, RV camping and even yurt camping widely available now, tent camping isn’t the only option.


But even if you do decide on old-fashioned tent camping, you’re not limited to granola bars, sandwiches and hot dogs in terms of your camping cuisine. Using what’s provided in almost all camp sites — a dedicated fire ring and a picnic table — you can create a wide variety of tasty meals. Kids, especially, can enjoy trying out these campfire cooking and no-cook food prep methods (just be sure you provide adequate supervision around the fire):

  1. Breakfast: Ziploc Omelets

Especially in autumn and winter, a hot breakfast is the perfect way to start the morning in camping life. Beat some eggs in a large bowl, and then pour individual servings into quart-sized plastic bags. Each person can add cheese, veggies or sausage as desired. Boil some water over the fire and pop in the sealed bags for a few minutes, and each person will have a personalized omelet. Plus, the washing-up water will already be hot.


  1. Lunch: Walking Tacos

Since so many camp sites these days offer activities and amenities, you probably don’t want lunch to be a sit-down affair that takes up the whole afternoon. You can combine all the classic taco or taco salad ingredients in individual bags of corn chips, shake and eat right out of the bag.


  1. Snack: Ice Cream in a Bag

Heading into winter, ice cream might seem like a strange choice. But making this delicious snack is so fun that kids are sure to enjoy it in any season. Simply combine milk, sugar and vanilla in a quart-sized plastic bag and seal it tightly, place that bag into a gallon-size bag, and fill the outer bag with salt and ice. Five to eight minutes of rolling, shaking, massaging and tossing later, the inner bag will contain ice cream. If you think your kids might get rambunctious, consider double-bagging the ice cream mixture before placing in the outer bag.


  1. Dinner: Tin Foil Stew

This one is a camping classic. Use aluminum foil to create a bowl shape or packet (there’s big controversy among campers regarding the ideal folding method), and then fill with all the normal stew ingredients. Place the foil pouches in hot coals to cook, and in about an hour the beef will be cooked through and the veggies will be tender. Eat straight out of the foil to minimize cleanup.


  1. Dessert: Monkey Bread

This warm, gooey dessert is the perfect end to a night spent around the campfire. Simply tear off pieces of biscuit dough and shake in a plastic bag filled with cinnamon-sugar until well coated. Then, toss all the pieces into pre-heated Dutch oven. Put the oven in the coals (piling a few coals on top of the lid, as well), and wait about a half hour. Soon, the bread will be puffy and easily pulled apart into bite-sized pieces.



How else can you cook delicious meals in the comfort of simple camp sites? Share your recipe ideas in the comments!

Tips for Making the Perfect Pumpkin Pie

The pumpkin pie is the centerpiece of Thanksgiving dessert tables across the United States. For many families, Thanksgiving (and occasionally Christmas) are the only times this tasty dish is served – and everyone wants to learn how to make Grandma’s family recipe taste just like hers, so they can pass the pumpkin pie tradition on to their own children and grandchildren.

How did the pumpkin pie because synonymous with our holiday of gratitude? No one really knows. Historians say the pumpkin is native to North America, and Native Americans likely cut the pulp into slices and roasted them over the fire. When European settlers arrived, they began exporting the big orange gourd. There, the French and the English prepared it as a dessert, but differently from the presentation we’re used to. They stuffed the whole pumpkin with apples, spices, sugar and even honey, and then baked it whole.

Here in the United States, recipes for pumpkin pie as we know it began showing up on Thanksgiving tables in the early 19th century. As a fall crop, pumpkins were likely considered a symbol of the autumn harvest and were plentiful; cooks of yesteryear were accustomed to making the most of what was available, so it’s no wonder they found a way to make delicious pumpkin pie.

If this is your first time making Grandma’s famous family recipe, or you just want to perfect your own pumpkin pie, here are a few easy tips to make it turn out just right.

Be careful not to over-beat the filling. Pumpkin pie is supposed to be thick and creamy; too much mixing will add air and thin out the texture.

Brush the pie crust with a slightly-beaten egg white and pre-bake it before filling it. This helps the crust stay flaky and crisp.

If you’re having a hard time getting the crust just right (it can be tricky), consider using a refrigerated pie crust. No one will know the difference – and we’ll never tell!

Buy an extra pie crust and use cookie cutters to cut it into festive shapes for the top – autumn leaves, pumpkins and so forth. It will look beautiful.

  • If you’re in a hurry, canned pumpkin or pumpkin pie filling will work. Or roast a sugar pumpkin and puree the insides.

Fold crushed toffee into whipped cream for a deliciously decadent pie topping.

Keep an eye on the pie while it’s in the oven. Overbaking leads to the pie “weeping,” which makes the crust soggy and creates cracks in the surface.

Keep the pie refrigerated until it’s ready to be served.


Happy baking!

Join Your Friends at Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts as We Give Thanks for a Great Year

No matter what’s going on in the world around us, there’s always lots to be grateful for. This year, as you prepare to celebrate the fourth Thursday in November (or Thanksgiving, as we like to call it), give some thought to spending this special holiday with your friends at a Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort! From potluck turkey dinners to football parties, campfires and family movies, there’s lots of fun to be had and memories to be made.


In Robert, Louisiana, Nov. 26-31 is full of celebration – Thanksgiving, Christmas and the park’s Anniversary Party Finale! Holiday activities start Wednesday, including the annual Golf Cart Poker Run Grand Prix Invitational. Their 37th annual Potluck Thanksgiving is set for Thursday, and Santa Claus will visit good little boys and girls on Saturday night. (Parents, bring a gift for Santa’s sack with your child’s name, age and cabin or site number.) After Santa heads back to the North Pole, it’s time to put Yogi Bear™,   Boo Boo™ and Cindy Bear™ into hibernation until next March.


Columbia, South Carolina, has long celebrated the venerated football rivalry between the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and the Clemson Tigers. After a hearty Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday (guests bring dessert to share; the park provides the rest), it’s time to watch the big game on the big screen. Don’t forget to wear your team colors and get ready to cheer. There’s also plenty of fun to be had with crafts, hay rides, the jumping pillow, family movies, campfires, marshmallow roasts, and much more.


Down in Texas, you’ll find Canyon Lake’s 8th annual Turkey Day – a park-wide potluck dinner. The park provides the turkeys; guests bring two sides. Santa makes his first visit of the season, and don’t forget canned food to donate to the local food bank, or diapers for New Braunfels’ Options for Women. In Fredericksburg, TX, enjoy a potluck, games, crafts, family movies, a wine tasting, family Wii games, and and bonfire story-telling with Yogi Bear™.


Check with your favorite park to see if they have a Thanksgiving event planned, and no matter how you choose to celebrate, remember that the entire Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resort family is thankful for YOU!v

Camp Year-Round with These Simple Tricks

Temperatures are dropping. Frost may even have made its first appearance. 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. Winter 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 RV camping.


Either way, you can continue enjoying camping year-round.


Here’s a list of our Camp-Resorts open in the winter:


Elberta, AL

Cobb Mountain, CA

Larkspur, CO

Montrose, CO

Madison, FL

Bremen, GA

Millbrook, IL

Portage, IN

Lawrence, KS

Cave City, KY

Robert, LA

Sturbridge, MA

Pelahatchie, MS

Cherokee, NC

Tabor City, NC

Mill Run, PA

Milton, PA

Swansea, SC

Memphis, TN

Nashville, TN

Burleson, TX

Canyon Lake, TX

Fredericksburg, TX

Tyler, TX

Waller, TX

Emporia, VA

Gloucester Point, VA

Knocking on November’s Door

Autumn leaves crunching under your feet … a fragrant mug of cider or cocoa warming your hands … the family clustered around the cozy light of a roaring campfire. There’s something about camping in the fall that makes it just a little different from the rest of the year, and November can be a great time to enjoy the cool air and the gorgeous colors of the season. While some of our Camp-Resorts have closed for the season, many are still open and there’s still fun to be had. Just take a look.


Madison, FL

  • Veteran’s Day, Nov. 7-9 – Give thanks for our many Veterans as we salute them this weekend! All veterans receive 25% off their reservation with us. Present your ID card at check-in.
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Tree Lighting, Nov. 27-30 – Spend Thanksgiving with Ranger Smith™ & Yogi Bear™ (if we can wake him up). Join us for our traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday at noon. Campers bring the side dishes and tournaments! (3 night minimum stay)


Robert, LA

  • Ranger’s Birthday & Scout Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Join us for outdoor fun and safety training. Celebrate Ranger Smith’s birthday with cake and ice cream. Call early for half-price cabins or campsites are $10 per person (scouts and youth groups only) for the entire weekend. DJ on Saturday night.
  • Veteran’s Day Special, 50% off Weekend, Nov. 14-16 – Yogi Bear™ wants to say thank you to all the great men and women who have served in our armed forces. That’s why we’re inviting all veterans and current military to camp for FREE! Cabins will be half price. And so we all get a chance to recognize those who protect our freedom, camping for everyone else is 50% off. DJ Party and Specials.
  • New Year’s Eve in November – Nov. 21-23 – We’re celebrating New Year’s Yogi Bear™ style! Come out and party with New Year’s Recreation Activities, crafts, and dance in the New Year with a DJ Saturday night. We’ll have hats, horns, streamers, and champagne (21 and older) to do it up right!
  • Thanksgiving and Christmas Celebration/Anniversary Party Finale – Nov. 26-31 – We’ll have holiday activities Wednesday-Sunday, plus the Golf Cart Poker Run Grand Prix Invitiational. Join us for our 37th Annual Potluck Thanksgiving on Thursday. Santa pays a visit on Saturday night (parents, bring a gift with your child’s name, age, and site or cabin number.) Then help us put the bears into hibernation until March 2015!


Elmer, NJ

  • Camping Only, through November 16 – It’s a great time to rent a site or cabin and sit around the campfire with friends and family. The night air is crisp and the days are warm. Perfect time to camp.
  • Final Weekend – Nov. 14-16 – 
Enjoy this final weekend before the snow falls and the gates lock. See you next season!


Marion, NC

  • Turkey Trot Week, Nov. 3-9 -Join us as we get ready for the Thanksgiving holiday, just a few weeks away! A “hey” ride followed by a s’mores roast compliments of Yogi Bear™ are two great ways to take in the refreshing autumn air. Trot through the nature trail in the morning and then unleash your creative talents and transform a pumpkin into a colorful turkey as part of the weekend activities!
  • Hibernation Week, Nov. 10-16 – It’s that time of year again … time to tuck Yogi Bear™ and his pal Boo Boo™ in for a long winter’s nap. Join us as we enjoy milk and cookies and read a good night story to the bears by a roaring fire … boy, camping just doesn’t get a whole lot better! Be sure to join us and make your own “Hibernation Station” pillowcase to remember your stay here at Jellystone Park™!

Tabor City, NC

  • Veteran’s Day Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Family friendly movie, hey ride, crafts and worship service honoring our veterans.
  • Sunshine 5K, Nov. 15
  • Thanksgiving Celebration, Nov. 27-30 – Join us as we take time to be thankful for all we have. Yogi Bear™, Cindy Bear™ & Boo Boo™ will go into hibernation this weekend – help us put them to bed for the winter!


Swansea/Columbia, SC

  • Thanksgiving Celebration and USC/Clemson Football Game – Nov 27.-30 – Join us for our Thanksgiving potluck dinner – and don’t forget your team colors. We’ll watch the game on the big screen together.


  • Gatlinburg, TN – Nov. 10-17 – It’s still Fall and it’s still beautiful! Come camp 4 nights, and get the 5th night FREE during this time!
  • Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27 – Come join us for our annual Thanksgiving Day Feast! Here at Great Smoky Jellystone Park™, we supply all the turkey, stuffing, rolls, and gravy you could ever eat! We also enjoy the many wonderful side dishes that our participating campers bring to the table! We will have activities during these Thanksgiving Day and through the weekend! Come and have a great time to relax and enjoy wonderful food! See you there!
  • Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 28-30 – Join us for Thanksgiving crafts! Run off those turkey pounds with a game of hide and seek, flag football, and much more!

Nashville, TN

  • Nov. 7-30 – The Dancing Lights of Christmas


Burleson, TX

  • Veterans Appreciation Week, Nov. 9-16 – Campsites $50 per night and cabins are 3rd night free.
  • Gobblin’ Good Times, Every weekend in November – Come hang out with Yogi Bear™ in “Novembear” and enjoy some Awesome Fall weather at North Texas Jellystone Park™. Enter the Fall Fling contest, or try out your artistic hand with one of our many craft items in the Craft Shack. Come to the big fire pit and enjoy some fireside s’mores. Or, a game of Turkey Trot candy bingo could satisfy your sweet tooth. Either way, you’re bound to have a “Gobblin’ Good Time” with Yogi Bear™ and Friends. Activities are going on Fridays through Sundays.  Activities Department closed Thanksgiving Day.
  • Decembear to Remembear, Nov. 28-30 – See website for details.

Canyon Lake, TX

  • Veterans Day Special, Nov. 7 – 9 – A sincere thank you to all who have served.  Please call 830-256-0088 to reserve our Veterans Day Special. Veterans and active military, pay for two nights, get one night back as camp credit for a future stay upon arrival with valid ID!Veterans, please bring a picture to share on our bulletin board. Thank you for your service! Hey rides, crafts, Scavenger Hunt Laser Tag, Rocket Launch, Family Movie, Night Laser Tag, Glowstick Hey Ride.
  • Thanksgiving Week, November 26 – 30 – It’s our 8th annual Turkey Day!  Come have some fun at our park-wide potluck.  Yogi Bear™ provides the turkeys (21 last year) and everyone brings 2 sides. We’ll have great fun, give-aways, and door prizes.  The rest of the weekend is filled with fun and activities, with Santa making his first appearance on Saturday.  Start a new tradition!  We are also collecting canned food for the local food bank and diapers for Options for Women New Braunfels.

Fredericksburg, TX

  • Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Help us honor veterans this weekend with red, white and blue activities. Enjoy cookies for our veterans, wagon ride, Capture the Flag, Bonfire and Bedtime Story with Cindy Bear™, Family Movie, Military Scavenger Hunt and more.
  • Hibernate the Bears, Nov. 14-16 – Family movie, Family Trivia, Jumping Pillow games, bonfire, storytelling and s’mores with Yogi Bear, ™ say goodbye to the bears.
  • Renaissance Weekend, Nov. 21-23 – Family movie, crafts, Renaissance style costume contest for knights and fair maidens, Capture the Flag, bonfire and storytelling.
  • Thanksgiving Weekend, Nov. 27-30 – We will be having a potluck dinner, we provide the turkey and we ask the campers to bring 2 sides or a side and a dessert! We have lots of games, crafts and other fun activities planned. Book earlier to avoid the waiting list!

Waller, TX

  • Thanksgiving Weekend – Nov. 27-30


Gloucester Point, VA

  • Early Thanksgiving – Nov. 7-9 – Arts and crafts, Thanksgiving feast, Jumping Pillow games, family movies.
  • Hibernation Celebration – Nov. 14-16 – Help put the bears to sleep for the winter with lots of games, crafts and movies.

Luray, VA

  • Pajama Party Weekend – Nov. 8 – There is a chill in the air here at Jellystone Park™ and it’s time to put Yogi Bear™, Boo Boo™, and Cindy Bear™ to bed. It’s been a busy and fun filled year, so now it’s time to relax with a bedtime story and snooze the winter days away. Help us say goodnight to the Bears for another winter!

Natural Bridge, VA

  • Early Thanksgiving and Hibernation Weekend, Nov. 7-9 – Yogi Bear™, Boo Boo™, and Cindy Bear™ are thankful for a fun season, but it’s time for their long winter’s nap! Celebrate with us for our 12th annual Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll supply the turkey, gravy, stuffing, salad and rolls. We ask that our guests bring either a side dish or dessert to our Thanksgiving feast. Join us after dinner for our last Bingo of the 2014 season!

Thrills and Chills Fill October at Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts

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.