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14 Great Gifts for RVers: Limited Space, Unlimited Possibilities

Finding thoughtful gifts for RVers can be more challenging than it looks, especially if you don’t own an RV yourself.

RVing has been slowly growing in popularity for a while now, but 2020 saw unprecedented numbers join the hobby. Newsweek attributes this recent spike to travelers exploring new, safer ways to get out of the house and spend time with family.

Even as other travel methods open back up, we imagine a lot of these people will stick with their newfound passion for RVing. So it’s time to get shopping!

14 Gifts for RVers, Campers, and Road Trippers Everyone Is Sure to Love

As you’ll soon see, the best gifts for RVers can range from ultra-useful to fun and casual.

If you’re shopping for someone who just started RVing, we suggest getting them a gift they’ll use on the road. But for someone who already owns everything they and their RV could ever need, cute stocking stuffers are a safe alternative.

Whichever type of camper is on your holiday list, here are the best gifts for RVers you can give this year:

1. Camp Casual’s The Mug Wanderlust White

If you’re shopping for a seasoned camper or RV owner, sometimes it’s better not to overthink your gift idea. The Camp Casual’s The Mug Wanderlust White is a great stocking stuffer for anyone who enjoys life on the road.

This coffee mug features a fun retro design starring old-timey gas stations, RVs, and pull-behind campers. Every mug is unique, with some natural color differences, and holds 15 ounces of hot or cold liquid. They’re also dishwasher and microwave-safe.

While the White Wanderlust design is our personal favorite, Camp Casual sells four other varieties of this mug. If you’re looking for matching gifts for a couple or family, a full set would be perfect!

2. Portofino 5 Pc. Kitchen Gadget Set

One of the best parts of RV camping is access to a kitchenette. Even the most luxurious RVs are short on space, though, so compact culinary tools are a must. The Portofino 5 Pc. Kitchen Gadget Set is an excellent place to start.

This set includes a grater, grinder, pizza cutter, bottle opener, and slicer. Every piece is made of ABS plastic and stainless steel for durability and longevity.

Measuring just five inches long, you can store these kitchen gadgets in almost any drawer or utensil holder. Each gadget is super-compact, easily stacks for storage, and includes a hole for hanging.

3. Camco Party Lights Retro Travel Trailer

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to celebrate our favorite hobbies. If your giftee seemingly has everything, why not get them a set of RV-themed holiday lights? The Camco Party Lights Retro Travel Trailer is one of the most unique gifts for RVers around.

These party lights feature overload protection and are safe for indoor or outdoor use. Each strand measures 8 feet and holds 10 camper-shaped lightbulbs.

Your giftee can hang them on a Christmas tree, balcony, or in a bedroom. Or use them to decorate their RV’s awning for the holiday season. These lights are compatible with any style Camco awning light hangers.

4. Designing Moments I Sleep Around Kitchen Towel

Holidays are about the giving spirit. But no one said generosity couldn’t come with a side of humor. The Designing Moments I Sleep Around Kitchen Towel is perfect for any RVer with a love of blue comedy.

Use this tea towel around the house or as a humorous add-on to your RV kitchen or cookout setup. Order multiple for a full set or mix-and-match with other RV-themed kitchen towels for a custom gift.

This flour sack towel is 30-by-30 inches, and the screen-printed design measures about 7-by-6 inches. The towel is machine-washable and made of 100 percent cotton.

5. Jolly Green Products Roast’Em! Premium Extendable Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

Camping and roasted marshmallows go together like the holidays and wrapped gifts. If you’re looking for the best gifts for RVers this season, don’t pass up the Jolly Green Products Roast’Em! Premium Extendable Marshmallow Roasting Sticks.

Sure, regular roasting sticks will get the job done. But this gift set is 10x better. It includes 5 roasting sticks that easily extend from 10 to 34 inches — once you’re finished with s’mores, retract them back down for easy storage.

Each roasting stick features a high-quality wood handle and durable stainless steel skewers. This set includes a heat-resistant bag for storing and plastic caps to keep your roasting sticks safe and sharp.

6. SONGMICS Bamboo Lap Desk

Whether working on the go or kicking back with some Netflix, the RV life is all about staying compact and portable. The SONGMICS Bamboo Lap Desk is one of the best gifts for RVers who work remotely or like to keep their electronics close at hand.

This tray features ventilation holes, an adjustable top, and a small drawer. The legs are adjustable and easily fold in when it’s time to stow the tray.

Laptops up to 15.6 inches fit on this lap desk, and it can hold 17 pounds without issue. If your giftee prefers to leave the electronics at home, this lap desk also doubles as a breakfast tray for convenient meals in bed.

7. Waggle Pet Monitor 4G Lite

RVing is a family affair, and that can include four-legged family members, too. Just like a car, though, leaving your dog in a parked RV can be risky. With the Waggle Pet Monitor 4G Lite, RVers can keep constant tabs on their furry friends while running errands or taking a quick hike.

The Waggle monitor installs anywhere in your RV to keep tabs on the internal temperature. You can access updates using the smartphone app — you’ll receive instant alerts if the monitor notices anything wrong.

This monitor uses your RV’s power source but does have a rechargeable battery for emergencies. Keep in mind that Waggle requires a monthly subscription to use this device, so it certainly isn’t one of the cheapest gifts for RVers in the long-term.

8. W&P Porter Glass

Most RVs feature a dining table of some sort, but they aren’t the most practical when you’re actually on the road. The W&P Porter Glass offers a classier way to enjoy beverages without worrying about spills.

This travel tumbler is made of durable, easy-to-clean glass with a soft silicone sleeve on the outside for extra grip. The lid seals tight for zero spills and includes a locking sip spout. Every piece is dishwasher-safe.

Yes, the W&P Porter Glass is for wine and cocktails. However, state laws vary when it comes to drinking alcohol in the back of a moving RV. Always check local laws before leaving an open container in your RV.

9. Franklin Pet Supply Travel Pet Bowl

Of course, humans aren’t the only ones trying to stay hydrated on the go. The Franklin Pet Supply Travel Pet Bowl is one of our favorite gifts for RVers of the canine variety.

While metal or ceramic water bowls will slide around and spill, this bowl features a tapered design to keep water inside rather than on your RV floor. Particularly messy pets will still manage to spill a little bit, though.

This pet bowl holds 16 ounces and is made of flexible, BPA-free silicone. It’s easy to wash by hand and safe to place in the dishwasher.

10. Chef’s Star 8-Piece Cookware Set with Detachable Handles

The RV camping experience can vary greatly from person-to-person. But it doesn’t matter if you’re cooking on an open fire or in a fully stocked kitchenette: Every RVer needs compact cookware.

The Chef’s Star 8-Piece Cookware Set with Detachable Handles makes the perfect “house”-warming gift for fledgling campers. This set includes three pots, two frying pans, two detachable handles, and one silicone-sealed glass lid that fits all but the largest pan.

You can safely use this cookware on open-flame or induction stovetops and in the oven up to 350 degrees (minus the lid and handles).

11. See Many Places US Gold Scratch Off Map Poster

Some campers hit up the same spot every year. But for many RVers, living life on the road is about seeing new places and tracking mileage across the entire country. The See Many Places US Gold Scratch Off Map Poster is a great gift idea for RVers traveling in the U.S.

This poster measures 28-by-22 inches and starts out with a gold finish across the entire country. As you visit each state, scratch off the gold layer to reveal an iconic image below. Gift this map as-is or frame it (without glass, of course) for a ready-to-hang present.

Anybody will enjoy the satisfaction of scratching states off their bucket list, but we especially like this gift idea for newlyweds or families. Parents can even use this map to teach kids U.S. geography as they travel!

12. The Original Bedside Caddy from LiB

Our bedsides collect all kinds of gadgets, books, remotes, and all-around clutter even at home. The Original Bedside Caddy from LiB is a great gift for the disorganized (but trying to be better!) RVer on your list.

This caddy includes one large section, big enough for a 14-inch laptop, with mesh pockets inside for extra organization. The front features two smaller pockets — these are great for phones or reading glasses. Cable management is made a little simpler with the built-in power cord holes.

The Original Bedside Caddy was originally designed to fit securely under a mattress. But with the Velcro fasteners, you can hang this organizer anywhere in your RV you need more storage.

13. The Ultimate RV Logbook

RV camping is a learning experience in more ways than one. For example, you’ll rarely enjoy the perfect trip on the first try. You’re bound to book a dud of a campsite or miss out on a must-do activity. With The Ultimate RV Logbook, though, RVers can easily keep track of their trips all in one convenient journal.

The two biggest sections in this logbook focus on taking notes about the best campsites and recording your RV’s maintenance. The campsite logs are laid out nicely — checkboxes galore — so you can remember what type of hookups were available or how good the cell service was.

By the way, The Ultimate RV Logbook was updated in September of 2020. It now includes a National Parks checklist for nature lovers and an extended index.

14. Yahtzee National Parks Travel Edition

If you’re on the hunt for a simple, fun stocking stuffer or a nice White Elephant gift, the Yahtzee National Parks Travel Edition is a classic.

This reimagined version of the original game features nature and camping-related icons rather than numbered pips. The dice cup includes a sealed cap for no-fuss packing and travel.

And if you’re a fan of our National Parks system yourself, we should note that a portion of proceeds from this game goes straight to the National Park Foundation.

Give Your Favorite RVer the Best Holiday Season Ever

As any passionate RVer can tell you, road-tripping and camping are two of the best ways to explore the world and spend time with loved ones.

The most thoughtful gifts for RVers are those that pay homage to their favorite pastime or offer a much-needed solution for life on the road.

From compact cookware to travel-themed games, you’ll have no shortage of awesome ideas for your holiday shopping this year. And your giftee is guaranteed to remember your generosity every time they start up their RV for a new adventure.

Who knows… in return, your giftee might take you on an RV trip of your own someday!

Do you have any RV gift ideas of your own you think belong on our list? Be sure to share your top gift ideas in the comments below!

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Basics of RV Travel Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The history of Recreational Vehicles (RV) is terrific, but RV travel safety has a new meaning in 2020.

People began converting cars, vans, and trucks into camping vehicles almost as soon as the invention of automobiles. The first official RV was made in 1910, making RVs 110 years old.

When the Pierce-Arrow Touring Landau rolled off the assembly line, it had almost modern amenities. The back seat became a bed. A phone system connected the chauffer to the passenger compartment.

Also hidden behind the driver’s seat was a small sink. Outhouses weren’t prevalent then, so Pierce-Arrow even thought to include a chamber pot (ewwwww).

It wasn’t long before pull-behind trailers began to roll off the assembly line. Camping has been a popular family activity ever since. But how do you enjoy camping in the middle of a pandemic?

This year, RV travel safety changed from checking tire air pressures to packing extra masks and disinfectant wipes. But you can still camp and keep your family safe.

What RV Travel Safety Means

RV travel safety previously meant performing mechanical and equipment checks on gear, but 2020 has brought about a change in definition.

COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, has swept around the world, creating a shift in lifestyle for everyone.

Since the virus will be around for a bit, we must adapt to continue living our lives while also trying to safeguard ourselves and our families. The best method of staying safe is by staying at home and not traveling.

Unfortunately, after six months of modified “lock-down,” we are all experiencing a bit of cabin fever. As we re-evaluate the meaning of safe travel, our packing list will also change.

There are several things that you can do to remain safe while traveling. The chances of coming into contact with a contagious person greatly increase while you are traveling.

We mentioned face masks and disinfectant wipes earlier. You may also need hand sanitizer, disinfectant soap, extra clothing, extra food supplies, a thermometer, and additional tissues.

Another factor not many people consider is a change in the itinerary to decrease person-to-person contact.

Skip that tourist attraction that everyone else is visiting. Opt for a quiet hike on an almost deserted trail for a safer adventure.

The new definition of RV travel safety means rethinking how we pack and how we plan. Keeping a mind on where we go, who we will meet along the way, and what we will pack to keep ourselves as safe as possible.

Don’t skip checking the air in the tires though — you still need to do that too.

What the Government Says About COVID-19

When we say the “government,” we are referring to the Center for Disease Control (CDC). While you may hear differing versions and recommendations elsewhere, the CDC is still the authority on infectious diseases.

The most general recommendation from the CDC is to stay home. Most of us have been doing that, but the desire to travel is rearing its head. Therefore, if you must travel, the CDC recommends:

  • Find out the level of COVID-19 at your intended destination
  • Check numbers for each state you will be passing through
  • Determine if you or a family member are at an increased risk
  • Find out restrictions/requirements at your destination

Although that is a fundamental list, it should put you on a path to retooling your thoughts as you pack and prepare. Keep a mind to safety and exercise common sense.

Being aware of local requirements for masks or other personal protective equipment (PPE) is a good start.

How to Find Out State Safety Requirements

While traveling around within the United States, each state has its own set of rules and restrictions regarding COVID-19. Checking each state is where your research skills will come in handy.

Start at the CDC listing for State & Territorial Health Department Websites. You will find a list of links to every state and territory health department website.

If you are visiting any tribal lands during your journey, you can find rules for those areas on the CDC’s Tribal Health website.

Regardless of the individual state requirements, at a minimum, you should follow the basic travel guidelines of the CDC for safer travel:

  • Wear a mask covering your nose and mouth in any public space
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from all persons not in your household
  • Wash your hands often or use a good quality hand sanitizer
  • Avoid contact with anyone that is visibly sick
  • Don’t touch your face — nose, mouth, and eyes

These necessary steps limit your potential exposure to COVID-19. But they will not offer you 100 percent safety.

If you or a family member is in the high-risk category, the CDC recommends not traveling.

Additional resources:

Avoid travel to and through areas where the infection levels are high. Once you are at your destination camping site, stay there rather than touring the local venues. Safety measures won’t protect you if you act recklessly while traveling.

Be courteous in your travels. Remember that everyone is a potential victim of this virus. CDC guidelines are the bare minimum to keep your family and others safe.

Planning RV Travel Safety into Your Itinerary

One of the advantages of RV travel is that you can travel more and stop less. By carrying travel food and using the restroom in your RV, you can avoid many public areas.

But you still park in RV parks during the night, and you will need gasoline.

Although you won’t be 100 percent protected, there are a few things you can do at fuel stops to lessen your exposure:

  • Pay at the pump to avoid contacting other people directly
  • Use disinfecting wipes on the pump handle and keypad before use
  • Apply hand sanitizer after fueling or wash with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Take the extra time to wash again when you arrive at your destination

If you make food stops, use curbside pickup options where available (because most drive-thru lanes can’t accommodate your RV’s height). Eat your meals in your RV or outside settings away from other people.

In packing, remember to include enough of any medications for the trip (add two extra days for emergencies and dropsies).

Pack food, water, pet food, and other amenities to allow you to avoid unnecessary shopping excursions. Masks, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting soap were already mentioned, but it never hurts to double up.

When planning activities during your RV vacation, keep safety in mind. Be aware of any hot spots for COVID-19 along your travel route.

Avoid large social gatherings or areas where many people are congregating. Save that boat tour for next summer, or a later time when the risk factors are lower.

If you have been exposed to a person who has or had COVID-19, please stay home. Be aware of the symptoms and seek medical attention if you experience any of them.

Keeping the Kids Safe While Traveling

Traveling with children can present challenges without the added risks of COVID-19.

Younger children may not understand the importance of keeping a face mask on. Little Johnny sneezes, and your 4-year-old instinctively says, “bless you” as you cringe and reach for the hand sanitizer.

Believe it or not, children are more adaptable than adults. Don’t shame or try to scare them into compliance. Be honest and tell them the truth.

Yes, COVID-19 is bad and can make us very sick, but wearing our masks can keep us safer.

While on the road, select less populated areas to allow your children to stretch their legs and run and play a bit. With GPS readily available on cell phones, don’t be afraid to explore some lesser-known roads along the way.

Although more challenging, traveling with children can be an excellent adventure for the entire family. Keep the disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer close and have fun!

Pack It Up and Move It Out

As people venture out, RVs are taking a front seat over air travel. The advantages are many, and RV parks are stepping up to ensure safety in their parks.

Among the advantages of RV travel:

  • Using pay-at-the-pump means no personal interaction
  • There are off-grid camping areas throughout the country
  • Self-contained restroom facilities
  • Food storage and prep is in your control
  • No worries about contamination in hotel rooms
  • No worries about canceled flights or recirculated airplane air

Even if you don’t own an RV, there are plenty available for rental at reasonable prices. While you should sterilize a rental RV, once you do that, you can enjoy the other benefits.

After your trip, you should plan on staying home in at least semi-quarantine for 10 to 14 days. No matter how safe you were during your trip, there is still a possibility that you encountered COVID-19.

Keep an eye out for any symptoms and seek medical attention immediately if you start to feel ill.

RV travel can be safe and enjoyable for the entire family. With a few safety precautions, planning, and exercising common sense, you can have a great vacation.

Enjoy your trip!

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RV Halloween Ideas: Decorating, Food, and Fun Ideas on the Road

If you are an avid RV camper, then Halloween camping is something you need in your calendar. It is a tradition in many camping areas. Campgrounds hold competitions for the best decorations, best spooky food, costumes, and much more. Some families return year after year to try to win top honors. Take your RV Halloween decorating ideas to the next level.

Have you got kids? Even better. With Halloween activities, your children will stay safe, busy, and have a ghoulishly good time haunting the campground. There is no shortage of family-friendly activities (even socially distanced ones!): family haunted hayrides,  scavenger hunts, a night hike through haunted trails. Halloween camping in an RV is a secret that needs to escape. Put on your zombie make-up, and let’s go fall camping!

RV Halloween Ideas — Yep, It’s a Thing

Camping and decking out your RV for the holidays are two things that meld surprisingly well. Not only can you enjoy the great outdoors, but you can scare kids, and that is always fun!

But what do you pack for a Halloween camping trip? Generally, you would pack everything you pack for a typical camping trip, and then you add the Halloween decorations.

Depending on your location, you might need cold-weather clothing: warmer sleeping bags, boots, rain gear, and snowshoes. October can undoubtedly be a mixed bag in the weather department. So how do you plan for every contingency and still manage the Halloween decorations?

Basic Necessities to Bring

Start by evaluating your bare necessities. These are the items you need to haul along on any camping trip such as food, water, and clothing. Make yourself a checklist:

  • Food for the number of days/number of people in your party
  • Clothing for the number of days (plus spares just in case)
  • Warmer clothing — sweatshirts/light jackets for evenings
  • Firewood (please check local laws regarding firewood)
  • Food prep equipment/grill
  • Portable heater

That is a very basic list. Yours will probably need more equipment and provide more detail. Please don’t forget the sunscreen, bug spray, and first aid kit. If you are like many RV owners, much of your day-to-day camping supplies, stay packed in your RV year-round.

Because fall camping can be unpredictable, you should pack an array of clothing for warmer days and cooler nights. This should include items that can be layered if needed for extra warmth, but you probably won’t need parkas, scarves, and woolly mittens.

NOTE: A quick word on firewood. Due to invasive bugs such as the Emerald Ash Borer, many states prohibit transporting firewood from one location to another. Check local and state ordinances before your trip. Some states even restrict transporting wood from your home within the same state to a wilderness area.

Do You Need the Witch Automaton?

Whether you are a full-out Halloween fanatic or just enjoy camping, you can have fun decorating your RV for Halloween. Ideas begin with the RV itself. You can use spooky lights around the awning or in the windows. Grab some of that sticky, stringy spider web stuff and wrap it around the outside of your rig.

You can also set up decorations around your campsite. Fake tombstones, bones, and plastic garbage bag spiders are all easy to set up and remove when you leave.

Be mindful of the weather predictions when deciding on your decorations. If it rains the whole time you’re camping, you’ll be living with that electronic witch automaton inside the RV with you.

Decking Out Your Campsite

Start with lights. One of the quickest ways to add lights is inflatable solar lights. If you have an awning, you have multiple light-style choices from simple rope lights to ornate pumpkin globes. If your budget is tight, these inexpensive lights are mostly battery operated, shorter than electric strands, but equally eerie:

The market is full of inexpensive ways to light up your holiday. These Holiday Ghost Lights have different modes so you can “redecorate” every night just by changing the mode. The basic idea is that it shouldn’t cost a fortune to decorate your RV for the season. A string of simple lights can offer the holiday spirit (ha — see what I did there?) to get you in the mood.

What would RV Halloween ideas be without pumpkins? This can also double as a camp activity for the family. Once you scoop the guts out of your pumpkin, you can carry them to a woody area and give the local critters a treat. Just make sure that you deliver your treat far away from all camping areas. Check with the park personnel for a safe spot to treat the birds and animals.

If you can’t feed the critters, wrap the pumpkin seeds in three layers of aluminum foil, keeping the package mostly flat. Toss the packet onto the coals of your campfire for a great human treat. Always use proper safety precautions with sharp carving tools, knives, and hot roast pumpkin seeds.

With so many decorating options, we can’t possibly cover them all, but perhaps we have spurred your creativity. You are only limited by your imagination. It’s Halloween — let your creepy side out.

Ghoulish Snacks to Pack

During Halloween, we all seem to stock up on pre-packaged candy and snacks to hand out to trick and treaters. We eat plenty of them ourselves, too. Since we can’t live on candy alone, if you are looking for RV Halloween ideas for healthy and ghoulish snacks, there are plenty of available options.

With a simple search, you can find recipes and instructions for simple cupcake desserts like Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes to elaborately decorated Skeleton Cookie Cupcakes. If you have a more sophisticated guest, you could opt for these simple Boo-Scotti Dippers, or perhaps some Ghoulishly Green Popcorn. If you are a baker, you can make snacks before your trip, like these scary-looking Broken Finger Cookies.

While cupcakes and cookies may not fit the healthy diet ideas you want for your kids, there are plenty of ideas for the healthier side of things also. Adding red pepper “nail’ to pizza “fingers” turns a cheesy snack into a portion of witchy finger food.

Arrange colorful vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, and yellow peppers) on a platter to make a candy corn-inspired dish. These Frozen Yogurt Drops blend the concept of candy dots with a healthy alternative. Pretzel sticks and cheese make these cute little Witches’ Brooms.

As with our RV Halloween decorations, our food suggestions are only the tip of the broom handle. Rather than getting swept up in pointing out all the great holiday camping ideas for food and fun, we’ll leave that to your imagination.

Costumes, Kids, and Safety

Costumes are a Halloween must-have. While most commercially produced costumes carry flame-retardant properties, you still need to be cautious. Flame-retardant does not mean fireproof. (Scare alert!) They will still catch fire but will burn slower. Polyester and nylon will even melt and fuse with skin. With that in mind, use caution when selecting costumes.

Things to avoid when buying Halloween costumes for holiday camping:

  • Long, flowing costumes
  • Any costume with a cape
  • Synthetic wigs and wings
  • Costume gloves that limit the use of hands in any way
  • Costumes with larger carry-along props

We are sure you can probably add a few items to our list. If you are in the mood to make your kid’s costumes, there are some adorable and inexpensive ways to keep them safer in a camping environment. First and foremost is to keep them away from campfires, but you knew that, right?

Making a Halloween costume out of everyday clothing is relatively straightforward. With a pair of ordinary blue jeans and a flannel shirt, you can add a little “dirt” to your child’s face and make a lumberjack. With a white outfit and some white face paint, you can make a non-flowy ghost. Keeping your children safe and comfortable while exploring different options is fun and simple. Those blue jeans with the blown knees, and old ripped shirt, and some battered tennis shoes and you have a hobo.

Clothing to avoid is those items made with synthetic materials. Good, flame retardant natural materials such as cotton and wool are great options. They will keep your children safer, warmer, and can be used to create some cool costumes. Zombies are always a favorite and a perfect use for those short jeans your kid is now too tall to wear.

Have a Hauntingly Spooktacular Time

If you are planning on decorating your RV for Halloween, there is no limit to the number of RV Halloween ideas, decorations, and costumes to put a perfect spook on the holiday. While we couldn’t cover everything here, hopefully, we helped to get some great ideas churning.

Holiday camping is a fun and enjoyable way to get family time, say good-bye to the summer, and take a break from daily life. In some families, the Halloween trip has been a long-standing tradition. If you’re new to the concept, make the most of the weekend. If nothing else, you will have a short, fall camping excursion with your family. Pack up your pumpkins and enjoy the waning summer.

Whether you live in the north, south, east, or west, call around to your local campgrounds. Many have a whole list of program options and fall activities planned for Halloween. Some facilities have haunted hayrides, corn mazes, haunted RVs, night hikes, and many other season-specific activities to offer your entire family a great trip. Just remember that October weather can be fickle, so pack for a variety of different temperature ranges.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!