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Jellystone Parks Expanding Halloween Season

August 5, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

When it comes to celebrating Halloween, nobody does it earlier or longer than Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts.

From mid-August through the first weekend of November, Jellystone Parks are celebrating Halloween with costume and campsite decorating contests, haunted walks in the forest, trick-or-treating and other activities, according to a news release.

“Halloween themed weekends are one of our most popular events,” said Michele Wisher, director of marketing for Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems, which franchises Jellystone Parks across the U.S. and Canada.

Jellystone Parks usually offer a mix of both scary and not-so-scary activities, which are designed to appeal to young children as well as teens and adults.

But while most Halloween-themed activities take place in September and October, some parks in Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania are offering them as early as August.  A handful also celebrate Halloween during the first weekend of November.

The Jellystone Park in Plymouth, Ind. even has a “candy drop” in which a plane passes over the park, dropping candy on the families below. Several Jellystone Parks also offer Oktoberfest and fall festival activities, including scarecrow making and pumpkin decorating contests.

Here is a sampling of weekend activities and special events taking place in the coming weeks at Jellystone Parks across the country:

            Alabama

Jellystone Park in Elberta: This park will have a magic pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating on the non-scary Halloween themed weekend of Oct. 11-13, while scarier activities are planned for Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27.  Halloween crafts, a costume contest and party are also planned. http://jellystonealgulfcoast.com

            Colorado

Jellystone Park in Estes Park: This park will have Halloween themed activities every weekend in September, including campsite decorating, trick or treating, a haunted hike and Saturday night dances. www.jellystoneofestes.com

Jellystone Park of Larkspur: This park will feature a pet mania weekend Sept. 20-22 with awards for best pet trick and best dressed pet and a pet parade. Five Halloween-themed weekends are scheduled beginning the last weekend of September. Activities include costume contests, a magic pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, campsite decorating, a scary haunted trail and a not so scary hayride. www.jellystonelarkspur.com

Jellystone Park in Montrose: This park’s fall activities include a Halloween-themed weekend Oct. 4-6. www.blackcanyonjellystone.com

            Delaware

Jellystone Park in Milford: This park has Halloween-themed weekends every weekend in October with costume and campsite decorating contests and trick-or-treating. www.delawarejellystone.com

            Florida

Jellystone Park in Madison: This park has Halloween-themed activities included a haunted trail and a haunted house scheduled for the last two weekends of October. www.jellystonefla.com

             Georgia

Jellystone Park in Bremen: Halloween-themed activities are planned for every weekend in October, including a pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, and costume and campsite decorating contests. www.georgiajellystone.com

         Illinois

Jellystone Park in Amboy: This park has a fall pumpkin festival, caramel apples and cider and scarecrow making on the weekend of Sept. 27-29. Best costume, pumpkin and campsite contests are slated for Oct. 4-6, while Halloween activities planned for the weekend of Oct. 11-14 include a dance party. Halloween activities are also planned for the weekend of Oct. 18-20. www.jellystoneamboy.com

Jellystone Park in Goodfield: This park has two consecutive Halloween-themed weekends Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20. www.jellystonegoodfield.com

Jellystone Park in Millbrook: This park has three consecutive Halloween-themed weekends including the last weekend of September and the first two of October. www.jellystonechicago.com

Jellystone Park in Pittsfield: This park has Halloween-themed events planned for Oct. 5-6 and Oct. 12-13, including a haunted house, a haunted hike and graveyard, a witches house bonfire and costume contests for everyone, including pets. www.jellystonepinelakes.com

         Indiana

Jellystone Park in Bloomington: This park will have a fall festival Sept. 20-22 with caramel apple and scarecrow making activities. Guests can also sip hot apple cider on a nighttime hayride. An Octo-bear-fest is scheduled for Oct. 4-6 with a corn husking race, a pumpkin seed toss and German crafts and food. The last three weekends of October are Halloween themed weekends with campsite and costume contests and other activities. www.lakemonroejellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Fremont: This park’s Halloween-themed activities include a “Little Tykes Pumpkin Patch” and costume parade on Sept. 20-22 while campsite decorating contest and bonfire with scary stories is slated for Sept. 27-29. A costume parade will take place the weekend of Oct. 4-6 while a Monster Ball and campsite decorating competition will take place Oct. 11-13. www.jellystonesbest.com

Jellystone Park in Knightstown: This park has scheduled non-scary Halloween-themed weekends on Sept. 27-29 and Oct. 4-6 with pumpkin decorating and a costume parade. Scarier weekends are planned for Oct. 11-13 and Oct. 18-20, the latter of which features a visit by the Headless Horseman. The weekend of Oct. 25-27 is the scariest and features a haunted wagon ride, a costume dance and campsite decorating contest. www.jellystoneindy.com

Jellystone Park in Pierceton: This park will have games from around the world Sept. 6-8 including games from Germany, Mexico and the U.S. Play Fazzoletto, Schokoladenessen, break piñatas and enjoy ethnic food. The weekend of Sept. 13-15 guests will celebrate Octoberfest and Halloween with campsite decorating, a pumpkin patch and pumpkin decorating, a haunted trail, a bon fire and weenie roast at the beach, as well as caramel apple dipping. www.piercetonjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Plymouth: This park has Halloween-themed activities scheduled for Sept. 13-15, including Halloween crafts and games, costume and campsite decorating contests, and a candy drop by a plane that passes over the park. www.plymouthjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Portage: This park has a Halloween-themed weekend scheduled for Aug. 9-11 with costume and campsite decorating contests and trick or treating as well as a monster mash dance. www.campjellystone-portage.com

             Kansas

Jellystone Park in Lawrence: This park has Halloween-themed activities every weekend in October, including a haunted house and corn maze. www.kansascityjellystone.com

             Kentucky

Jellystone Park in Cave City: This park has a non-scary Halloween-themed weekend on Sept. 27-29 with a haunted forest attraction scheduled every weekend in October. www.jellystonemammothcave.com

           Louisiana

Jellystone Park in Lake Charles: This park has non-scary Halloween-themed weekends planned for Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 with scarier weekends with a haunted forest planned for Oct. 18-20 and 25-27. www.jellystonelcla.com

Jellystone Park in Robert: This park has Halloween-themed weekends planned throughout October, including a pumpkin patch and kiddie carnival on Oct. 4-6 and a Monster Mash Dance Oct. 11-13. www.jellystonela.com

Maine

Jellystone Park in Skowhegan: Labor Day’s “Spooky Weekend” fun includes costume contests (kids and adults this year), trick or treating, site decorating contest, games, crafts, haunted hayride and a Halloween party.

       Massachusetts

Jellystone Park in Sturbridge: This park has Halloween-themed weekends scheduled for Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. www.jellystonesturbridge.com

Michigan

Jellystone Park at Frankenmuth: This park has four consecutive Halloween-themed weekends starting with a Great Pumpkin Hunt on the weekend of Oct. 4-6 and concluding with a scarecrow festival on Oct. 25-27. www.frankenmuthjellystone.com

Jellystone Park at Grayling: This park has Halloween-themed weekends set for Aug. 9-11, Aug. 16-18 and Oct. 9-11 with pumpkin painting as well as costume and campsite decorating contests. www.graylingjellystone.com

Jellystone Park at Indian River: This park is planning an Oktoberfest potluck supper as well as fall arts and crafts on the weekend of Sept. 20-22 with Halloween activities, including a haunted trail in the woods and trick or treating, on Sept. 20-22. www.jellystoneindianriver.com

Jellystone Park at Silver Lake: This park will have a Halloween-themed weekend Sept. 20-22 with a spooky maze at the pavilion, pumpkin painting and carving and trick or treating as well as costume and campsite decorating contests. www.silverlakejellystone.com

            Minnesota

Jellystone Park in Austin: This park will have Halloween-themed activities, including a haunted trailer, a costume contest and masquerade ball, on Aug. 23-25.  www.beavertrailsjellystone.com

             Missouri

Jellystone Park in Eureka: This park has three consecutive Halloween-themed weekends planned for the last three weekends of September. Activities include a scavenger hunt, s’mores and ghost stories, trick or treating with Yogi, and Monster Mash Karaoke. www.eurekajellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Forsyth/Branson: This park has not so scary Halloween-themed weekends planned for Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18-20, each of which will feature a magic pumpkin patch. www.jellystonebranson.com

       New Hampshire

Jellystone Park in Ashland: This park has scheduled fall fair weekends for the last three weekends of September and first weekend of October with fall arts and crafts, a bouncy house and slides, caramel apples and opportunities to decorate pumpkins. The weekend of Oct. 11-14 will be a haunted weekend with Halloween tattoos, costume and campsite decorating contests, a Halloween parade and a fireworks show. Columbus Day weekend also coincides with neighboring Sandwich Fair, New Hampshire’s oldest county fair. www.jellystonenh.com

            New Jersey

Jellystone Park in Elmer: This park will have five consecutive Halloween-themed weekends starting Sept. 27-29. Activities include a corn maze, a haunted trail and wagon ride, plus pumpkin carving and painting.  www.jellystonenj.com

             New York

Jellystone Park in Gardiner: This park has four consecutive Halloween-themed weekends, including the last two weekends of September and the first two of October.  www.lazyriverny.com

Jellystone Park in Cooperstown: This park will have Halloween themed activities Aug. 23-25. www.cooperstownjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Mexico: This park has three consecutive Halloween-themed weekends including the last two of September and first weekend in October. Activities include a costume parade and campsite decorating contest. www.jellystonecny.com

Jellystone Park at North Hudson: This park has a Halloween-themed weekend slated for Sept. 20-22 including magic pumpkins, a corn maze and a not so scary haunted house. An Oktoberfest weekend is set for Sept. 27-29 with German food and music. www.adirondacksjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in North Java: This park’s fall activities include a “Redneck Weekend” Sept. 13-15 with seed spitting, belching and redneck horseshoes contests as well as a Mr. and Mrs. Jellystone Park Redneck contest. A non-scary Halloween weekend is set for Sept. 27-29 with regular Halloween activities Oct. 4-6 and 11-14. www.wnyjellystone.com

Jellystone Park at Woodridge: This park has four consecutive Halloween-themed weekends starting Sept. 20-22, with pumpkin picking and a corn maze held at neighboring Kelder’s Farm. www.nyjellystone.com

             North Carolina

Jellystone Park in Cherokee: This park has Halloween-themed activities every weekend in October. www.jellystonecherokee.com

Jellystone Park in Marion: This park has Halloween-themed activities every weekend in October. Activities include bobbing for donuts, a mummy wrap relay race and a haunted maze that leads to the Grand Monster Mash Ball. www.jellystonemarion.com

Jellystone Park in Tabor City: This park has Halloween-themed activities every weekend in October. www.taborcityjellystone.com

            Pennsylvania

Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest in Harrisville: This park has five consecutive Halloween-themed weekends between Sept. 20-22 and Oct. 18-20. Pumpkin patch and face painting activities are scheduled for the first weekend while the following weekends include costume and campsite decorating contests and a haunted pavilion. The weekend of Sept. 27-29 also features an “Amazing Soup potluck dinner,” where guests are invited to share their best homemade soups. www.pittsburghjellystone.com

Jellystone Park at Mill Run: This park has five Halloween-themed weekends slated for Aug. 9-11, Aug. 16-18, Sept. 27-29, Oct. 4-6 and Oct. 11-13, the last of which is a non-scary weekend. www.jellystonemillrun.com

Jellystone Park at Quarryville: This park has five consecutive Halloween-themed weekends from the end of September to the end of October. Activities include costume and campsite decorating contests and a Monster Mash DJ dance every Saturday night. www.jellystonepa.com

Jellystone Park Shangri-La in Milton: A “Trail of Terror” is scheduled for the last two weekends of September and the first two of October. Other weekend activities include a Halloween parade, campsite and costume contests, magic pumpkins and pumpkin painting and bobbing for apples. www.jellystoneshangri-la.com

             South Carolina

Jellystone Park in Swansea: This park has five Halloween-themed weekends beginning the first weekend of October. The first two weekends are no scare weekends, while the last three are scary. Activities include a haunted house as well as costume and campsite decorating contests.  www.columbiajellystone.com

            South Dakota

Jellystone Park in Brandon, S.D.: In September this park will reopen its popular seven-acre corn maze, which complements the park’s other fall activities. Sept. 28-30 will be a “Witching Weekend” and will feature Halloween themed crafts and guests will be invited to wear costumes and decorate their campsites. On Oct. 6 the park will have a “Mutts in the Maze” event during which time people will be allowed to go through the corn maze with their dogs, with proceeds from the event being donated to the local humane society. On the weekend of Oct. 25-26 the park will have a haunted maze and its 4th annual Monster Mash with games, activities, music and dancing. www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com

             Tennessee

Jellystone Park in Gatlinburg: This park is planning five consecutive Halloween-themed weekends with non scary activities starting the first weekend of October. Activities include pumpkin carving contests, campsite decorating, a dance party and Karaoke. www.greatsmokyjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Horn Lake MS (Memphis area): This park has a Halloween-themed weekend planned for Oct. 25-26 with pumpkin painting, cookie decorating and a costume contest. www.memphisjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Nashville: This park will give prizes for best costumes and the best decorated campsites on the weekends of Oct. 11-13 and 18-20. www.nashvillejellystone.com

            Texas

Jellystone Park in Burleson: This park will have a haunted “Hey, Hey, Hey” ride and haunted maze, a magic pumpkin patch and trick or treating each weekend of October. www.northtexasjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake: Halloween-themed weekends are set for the last three weekends of October. These weekends will include a non-scary costume contest and a magic pumpkin patch, a mini carnival, trick or treating and a campsite decorating contest. Other activities include arts and crafts, movies, laser tag, gem mining and story times with Yogi. www.hillcountryjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Fredericksburg: This park will have an Oktoberfest parade on the weekend of Oct. 4-6; a pumpkin patch parade and dance on the weekend of Oct. 11-13; a haunted forest dance on the weekend of Oct. 25-27; and a Boo! parade and dance on the weekend of Nov. 3. www.twcjellystone.com

Jellystone Park in Waller: This park’s fall activities include “Trail of Terror” weekends every weekend in October with Halloween music and dancing, movies, crafts, a magic pumpkin patch, not-so-scary “hey” rides, ceramic painting, tie-dye T-shirt making, campsite and cabin decorating contests and trick or treating. www.jellystonetexas.com

             Virginia

Jellystone Park in Emporia: This park has a Halloween-themed weekend scheduled for Oct. 25-26 with a campfire, s’mores and ghost stories, as well as a costume and campsite decorating contest. www.campingbear.com

Jellystone Park at Gloucester Point: This park has Halloween-themed weekends every weekend in October, including haunted and spookless pavilions. www.jellystonegp.com

Jellystone Park in Luray: This park has six consecutive Halloween-themed weekends starting Sept. 21 and running through the end of October. Activities include a haunted pavilion with a maze, strobe lights and a fog machine. Saturday night activities include a glow stick dance. www.campluray.com

Jellystone Park in Natural Bridge Station: This park has six consecutive Halloween-themed weekends starting with a non-scary Halloween weekend the weekend of Sept. 20. www.campnbr.com

             Wisconsin

Jellystone Park at Bagley: This park’s Halloween themed activities take place during the last two weekends of September and include a haunted pavilion.  www.jellystonebagley.com

Jellystone Park in Caledonia: This park has six consecutive Halloween weekends starting Sept. 13 with Fall Fiesta weekend and the opening of “The Haunted Trail.” Sept. 22 weekend highlights include a Halloween parade and crafts.  The weekend of Sept. 27 has a scavenger hunt, trick or treating and a costume contest. The remaining three weekends have a variety of events like costume contests, trick or treating, and more.  www.Jellystone-Caledonia.com

Jellystone Park at Fort Atkinson: This park has Halloween-themed weekends scheduled for the last two weekends of September and the first two of October. The park also has a haunted house. www.jellystonefort.com

Jellystone Park at Fremont: This park has Halloween-themed weekends set for the first two weekends of October with costume and campsite decorating contests. www.fremontjellystone.com

Jellystone Park at Warrens: This park has Halloween-themed events scheduled for the first three weekends of September and the first two weekends of October. Activities include a “Trail of Terror” on Saturday nights.  Other weekend activities include campsite and costume decorating contests as well as pumpkin decorating and trick or treating. The 41st annual Cranfest, the world’s largest cranberry festival, takes place in Warrens the last weekend of September. www.jellystonewarrens.com

Canada

 

Jellystone Park in Amherstburg, ON: This park with have a Scare Factor weekend on Aug. 9-11 with a Scare Factor Family Challenge and a Scare Factor Food Challenge. On Labor Day weekend the park will have Halloween themed activities including costume and campsite decorating contests and a monster mash dance. www.jellystoneniagara.com

Jellystone Park in Lower Woodstock, N.B.: This park will have Halloween activities during the weekends of Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18, including a witches broom obstacle course, a campsite decorating contest and a haunted house. www.jellystoneparknb.com

Jellystone Park in Kingston, N.S.: This park will have a Halloween-themed weekend Aug. 23-25 that includes a “Teen Food Fright” competition, ghost races, a campsite decorating contest and a monster mash costume ball. www.jellystoneens.com

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts

Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting 79 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 30 states and Canada.  Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and service-oriented parks.   Additionally, each Jellystone Park is themed with Yogi Bear elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal.  It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.” Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corp., Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit www.campjellystone.com

 

 

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