How to Celebrate Halloween While Camping

The one thing scarier than Halloween monsters at your front door is telling your kids that they're going camping instead of trick-or-treating. But it doesn't have to be all that horrific; just plan ahead and bring the spirit of Halloween with you to the campground. Here's how to give your kids a Halloween experience they'll never forget.

Carve Pumpkins

Take that gooey, fun-filled mess out of the house and out to camp. Pack along your pumpkins and carving tools, plenty of old newspapers to cover the picnic table and lots of paper towels.

Have a contest to see who can come up with the scariest jack o' lantern. Here are some great pumpkin carving ideas to get the creative juices flowing.

After you cut a hole in the pumpkin and scrape out the guts, save the seeds. You can roast them in your trailer oven or in a pan for a tasty treat.

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After the carving competition is finished, display your masterpieces at your campsite. Place them around the outside of your fire ring so they can "scare" other campers walking by. Use battery powered tea lights inside the pumpkins to prevent an accidental fire.

You can also perch your pumpkin art on the picnic table, in front of your RV or tent, on campsite marker posts or out along the road.

At the end of the evening, when all your goblins have turned in for the night, be sure to bring your jack o' lanterns inside with you. If you're tent camping, you should dispose of them altogether; bears (along with other animals) are particularly fond of this large orange squash because of its sweetness.

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