Jellystone Parks Ready To Usher In Halloween Fun

September 13, 2017 by   - () Leave a Comment

Halloween site decorating at Whispering Hills Jellystone Park

Halloween isn’t until the end of October, but Jellystone Parks across the U.S. 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 are being offered throughout September and October at Jellystone Parks:

— Big Prairie/Holmes County, Ohio: This park kicks off its fall activities with an Apple Dumpling Festival Weekend Sept. 29 – 30. Activities are scheduled Friday evening and all-day Saturday, and will include local crafters, artisans and bakers. Participants can help make apple butter, take a Percheron Draft Horse wagon ride and explore the park’s eight-acre corn maze. The event is open to the park for $5 per person per day, while children under 2 and campers can participate free of charge. Crafters and artisans interested in setting up a booth are encouraged to contact the park’s office for details.

The weekend of Oct. 6 – 7 is a “Pumpkin Fun Weekend” with magical pumpkin wagon rides, pumpkin pie eating, pumpkin carving and decorating contests, and a glow in the dark dance party. There will also be a photography contest in which campers are encouraged to take photos around the park Friday and Saturday. Each camper can then submit one photo to the contest. A presentation of photo submissions will be made at the Jellystone Theater and campers will cast their votes for the best picture. The winner will receive one free night stay.

The last three weekends of October are Halloween-themed weekends with magical pumpkin rides, contests for pumpkin carving and decorating, and campsite decorating. There will also be costume contests with separate categories for boys and girls, ages and group costumes. However, participants cannot compete in more than one category. There will also be a special category for pets. Judging is based on costume, creativity and stage presence. Visit for more information.

— Bloomington, Ind.: This park will have non-scary Halloween-themed activities the last weekend in September, including a magic pumpkin patch, Halloween arts and 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. Visit for more information.

— Brandon (Sioux Falls), S.D.: In addition to offering Halloween-themed activities in September and October, this park has a seven-acre corn maze with an easy section for young children and a more difficult section for teenagers and adults. Activities include a “Mutts in the Maze” event on Oct. 4, when furry friends are allowed into the maze. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Sioux Falls Humane Society. For more information visit

— Lodi, Calif.: This park will have a non-spooky Halloween-themed weekend Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, with a magic pumpkin patch, as well as a costume contest and trick or treating. Traditional Halloween-style activities will take place the remaining four weekends of October, with a Halloween costume parade and costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, campsite decorating contests, scarecrow making, trick or treating and a haunted house. Visit for more information.

— Madison, Fla.: This park will offer Halloween-themed weekends during the last three weekends of October. Activities include a haunted house and trail. Younger ghosts and goblins will enjoy a magical pumpkin patch, a kiddy Halloween maze and a wagon ride with Yogi Bear. Other events include a fall festival as well as costume and campsite decorating contests. Visit for more information.

— Monticello, Iowa: For the first time, this park will have a haunted house during its three Halloween-themed weekends, which start Sept. 29 – Oct. 1. Other activities include costume and campsite decorating contests and Halloween-themed crafts, scarecrow making, as well as trick or treating. Visit for more information.

— North Hudson, N.Y.: This park will offer a not-so-scary Halloween-themed weekend Sept. 22-23. Children will be able to plant seeds in Yogi Bear’s magical pumpkin patch, go through a corn maze, a not-so-scary haunted house and participate in a fall wagon ride. There will also be pumpkin painting, trick or treating and costume judging for the kids.

The weekend of Sept. 29-30 will be a traditional Halloween-themed weekend with a haunted house, a magic pumpkin patch, as well as trick or treating, costume and campsite decorating contests. Visit for more information.

— Pelahatchie, Miss.: This park will offer four consecutive Halloween-themed weekends starting Oct. 6. Activities will include a Trail of Terror, a haunted trail for kids, a magic pumpkin patch, candy bar bingo, glow rides, a costume contest, trick or treating and a campsite decorating contest. Visit for more information.

— Pittsfield, Ill.: This park will have a Mexican fiesta on the weekend of Sept. 22 – 24, where campers will be able to create their own maracas, play fiesta games and bring dishes to a “Fiesta Potluck.”

Halloween-themed weekends take place Sept. 29 – Oct. 1 and Oct. 6 – 8 and include costume contests for adults and children, a campsite decorating contest, painting of the Witches House, a haunted trail maze and a Witches House bonfire. On Oct. 20 – 22, the park serves as a base camp for the Pike County Fall Color Drive, a countywide event that encourages visitors to drive down country roads dotted with historic one room schoolhouses, country churches and fall color. Visit for more information.

— Quarryville, Penn.: This park will offer six consecutive Halloween-themed weekends starting Sept. 22 – 24. Activities will include costume and campsite decorating contests, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and a DJ dance party. Visit for more information.

— Wichita Falls, Texas: This park will have Halloween-themed activities every weekend in October, including costume and campsite decorating contests and zombie tag. The Headless Horseman will also ride through the park. Visit for more information.


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