Park Extends Shoulder Season with Halloween
Halloween only comes once a year for most of us, but not for LaVeta Shinkle, her daughter, April Milne, and granddaughter, Lacy Milne, of Greeley, Colo.
They take part in pre-Halloween activities every year at the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Estes Park, where the activities include a costume contest, a campsite decorating contest, trick or treating, a Halloween dance and a haunted hiking trail, the Estes Park Trail-Gazette reported.
"We`ve made it an annual family tradition," said LaVeta, adding that her family has enjoyed the park`s pre-Halloween activities every year for at least 10 or 12 years. "We enjoy the fun of decorating and the Halloween dance."
For four consecutive weekends in September and early October, guests at the Jellystone of Estes decorate their campsites with everything from jack-o-lanterns to skeletons and monsters. Some even bring their own scary music and drape their motorhomes with cobwebs and Halloween lights.
Katie Schmidt, 35, of Thornton camped at the park with her family last weekend and won first place in the campsite-decorating contest. "It`s a great way to kick off the season," she said. "It`s fun for the kids. It`s fun for everybody."
Jellystone of Estes owner Kathy Palmeri said she started offering the pre-Halloween activities about 12 years ago as a way to boost late season occupancies. "It used to be that after Labor Day we only had a few people camping here. But now, with these Halloween activities, we`re nearly full every weekend."
Jellystone of Estes will hold its fourth and final pre-Halloween celebration this coming weekend, Oct. 2 and 3. The park will then close for the winter, and will reopen in mid-May.