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This is our first year as travel trailer owners. It’s provided a whole other element of fun to holidays. We “glamped” Easter weekend and the Easter bunny visited our campsite. Halloween was no exception. We visited Jellystone Hill Country and discovered just how big Halloween is in the family camping community. I booked our site back in July on a whim. Later I found out we were lucky to get a spot. We’ve become a fan of Jellystone campgrounds with our younger children but Halloween was even more fun than usual. This weekend we found our new Halloween tradition. We made great camping memories with fun activities, decorations, and a brother and sister costume idea we already had on hand!
Campsite Halloween Decorating Fun
As I mentioned, this was our first year with the travel trailer at Halloween. We received the email from Jellystone a week before our reservation detailing the activities scheduled for the weekend. One of the activities was campsite decorating. I wasn’t sure what people did or what to expect. I grabbed a few things from the garage and decided this year we would just get our feet wet and check out what other people were doing.
We kept the decorations simple. I ordered some Halloween colored string lights for the trailer awning and a fun Disney Halloween projector for the back of the trailer that worked really well. The rest of the decorations like the Disney pumpkins, Mickey and Minnie, table cover and wreath were things we already had. I bought the folding chair and table set earlier this summer and love them. The colors came in handy for Halloween! They come in a zipper bag and fit neatly in one of the travel trailer storage bins. The kids and I draped webs and spiders on the table and chairs and called it good.
Brother and Sister Costume Idea
One of the other activities listed for the weekend was a costume contest. Campers could enter as individuals or as a group. I ask my kids what they want to be for Halloween but for this “trial run” before the real deal mom made an executive decision. Earlier this year we had booked a Disney cruise. Of course I immediately went into “Disney prepper” mode and began ordering all the things. I ordered these super cute Jake and Izzy costumes from Jake and the Neverland Pirates for Pirate Night on the cruise. Then I decided I wasn’t ready to give Disney the amount of a small used car for a cruise yet and we decided to wait on the cruise. But by golly we were going to use those costumes so I had a brother and sister costume idea stroke of genius.
So Jake and Izzy for the group category in the costume contest they were and they looked pretty stinking cute. Alas they did not win and were usurped by another Disney family. The whole dang family dressed up as Peter Pan and crew. There was no competing with the family dog as Nana. But Jake will always hold a special place in our heart. He was the first character we “met” at Walt Disney World Disney Junior Breakfast when my son was four. My special needs son didn’t want to come out from under the table and sweet Jake met him where he was at and gave as many high fives as the little hand coming out from under the table wanted.
After the costume contest came “camper treating”. What is camper treating you ask? It’s trick or treating only cooler. The kids and parents walk the campsite stopping at weird and wonderfully decorated RV’s, tents and cabins. The kids loved it and I think the grown ups had just as much fun as they did. Ethan, my special needs son said his cup was full after all the waiting at the costume contest and just wanted to hand out candy with Dad. My husband said Ethan had a great time seeing the kids in their costumes. God bless my little rule follower. My husband did say he told every single kid to only get one piece.
Then Caitlin and I were off for camper treating fun. That little girl walked me all over that camp ground getting candy. I should have put on my Fit Bit so I could at least have gotten credit! We collected candy from the Ranger Station to Timbuktu until finally my tired old feet said no mas.
She got all the candy which she shared with her brother and I got ideas for next year’s campsite decorating contest. Take for example, these showoffs, er I mean happy campers above with their inflatables, tree lights and tombstones. I loved the memories they made this weekend- hay rides, magic pumpkin patches, dance parties and camper treating. You don’t need a travel trailer to go camper treating so check out a campground near you!