But Jellystone Parks in Indiana are giving children and their families multiple opportunities to dress up and go trick or treating inside the campground during the weekends leading up to Halloween.
“Our Halloween themed weekends are some of our most popular weekends of the year, so it behooves families to reserve their campsites and cabins several weeks in advance,” said Michele Wisher, vice president of marketing for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises Jellystone Parks across North America.
Following are details on the Halloween and fall themed activities that will be offered this fall at Jellystone Parks in Indiana:
— Bloomington: This park will have non-scary Halloween themed activities the last weekend in September, including a magic pumpkin patch, Halloween arts & crafts and a glow stick wagon ride. Scarier activities are planned for all four weekends in October, which include pumpkin painting, campsite decorating and costume contests, trick or treating and a haunted trail. www.lakemonroejellystone.com
— Fremont: Halloween themed activities at this park include a magical pumpkin patch weekend Sept. 22 – 24, where parents can visit the pumpkin patch and receive a free pumpkin for their little one to decorate. There will also be trick or treating throughout the park as well as wagon rides, bingo, ceramics and tie dye crafts. A “Spooky Spookwalk” is scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, while a costume contest for kids 10 and under is set for Oct. 6 – 8 along with additional contests for pumpkin carving and decorating and the best decorated campsite. There will also be trick or treating. www.jellystonesbest.com
— Knightstown: This park will have a variety of non-scary Halloween activities the first two weekends of October, including a magic pumpkin patch, pumpkin bowling and trick or treating with Yogi Bear™ Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. The weekend of Oct. 6 – 8 will include a visit to the pumpkin patch where all registered children ages 12 and under can pick a pumpkin. Other activities include pumpkin decorating, pumpkin races, trick or treating with Yogi Bear and a search for the Great Pumpkin on Saturday night. A Fall Fiesta weekend will take place Oct. 20 – 22 with upside down bobbing for apples, treats in the haystack and trick or treating with Yogi Bear. Scarier activities are planned for Oct. 27 – 29, including a haunted trail. Arts and crafts, a campsite decorating competition and a costume dance are also planned. www.jellystoneindy.com
— Plymouth: This park will host a Spooktacular Halloween Weekend September 15-17. There will be spooky crafts, ghoulish games, a costume contest, trick-or-treating, site decorating and a Halloween party. Guests can enter the “Night of the Dead Walk” haunted house on Saturday night for a small donation. www.plymouthjellystone.com
— Scottsburg: This park will have Fall Harvest Weekends the first two weekends of October, with Yogi’s magic pumpkin patch, fall games and trick or treating. From Oct. 6 – 8 through the end of October the park will have Halloween themed weekends with creepy crafts, haunted hayrides, goblin games, campsite decorating, street dances and a haunted pavilion. www.jellystoneraintreelake.com