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Have you tried camping on Halloween? Halloween camping can be great scary fun. Many campgrounds across the country treat Halloween as an exceptional holiday, with the campground hosts holding special events for their guests to join in to mark the occasion. They even put up haunted houses, frightening corn mazes, and scary hayrides for everyone to have some awesome Halloween fun.

Here are five campgrounds that have special haunted houses and rides for Halloween that you can try out :

1.  Lake Rudolph Campground, Indiana

Lake Rudolph Campground in Santa Claus, Indiana may be more known for the special Christmas events it hosts for both the locals and out-of-town guests. But on Halloween, this usually festive campground becomes a place for the ghosties, the ghoulies and all those other things that go bump in the night. Lake Rudolph holds its Halloween weekends throughoutSeptember and October. Events to look forward to include site decorating contests where guests make their own haunted houses, trick-or-treating, telling ghost stories around the campfire, classic horror movie showings, and the costume dance. On these Halloween weekends, the normally Christmas-y hayride on Lake Rudolph becomes a frightful one.

2.  Gettysburg Campground, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg Campground in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania celebrates the scary season by holding special Halloween weekends for most of October. This year, they will be on October 14-16, October 21-23, and October 28-30. Highlights of these Halloween weekends are the pumpkin-carving contest, the Halloween costume contests for both adults and kids, trick-or-treating, and the Halloween dance. And then, of course, there is the haunted house and the haunted hayride fitted with creativeprops and sound effects where kids and their parents can scare themselves silly. You have to stay a minimum of two nights to be able to participate in these events. If the Halloween revelry in Gettysburg Campground sounds too tame for you, then you can visit the Gettysburg National Military Park located nearby on Halloween night. The park is rife with sightings of paranormal occurrences.

3.  Whispering Pines Campground, Rhode Island

In Whispering Pines Campground, located in Hope Valley, Rhode Island, Halloween is both an arts-and-crafts affair and a scaring affair. In the daytime, they schedule crafting workshops that kids and their parents can participate in. Come nighttime, though, the sprawling, pine tree-filled acres that make up the campground becomes a place for ghoulish delight. Individual sites are decorated with a Halloween theme. There is also a pumpkin painting contest as well as trick-or-treating and a costume party. And then the campground also has its very own haunted house filled with creepy props. This year, the Whispering Pines haunted house is open on October 8, and entry fees are $1 for kids and $2 for adults.

Skeleton prop at a door in a haunted house
Visiting campgrounds with haunted houses can be great Halloween camping fun.

4.  Charlotte/Fort Mill KOA, South Carolina

The Charlotte/Fort Mill KOA in Fort Mill, South Carolina doesn't really have any special events lined up every Halloween, but it does offer the next best thing: Discounted admission fees and queue priority at Campground Massacre every October. Campground Massacre is a haunted house attraction that aims to bring to its guests the experience of being in a living horror movie reminiscent of the old Friday the 13th movies, complete with fake blood, mechanical props, and other sophisticated special effects. A special attraction within Campground Massacre is Mina's Mansion, a sprawl of dark rooms filled with antique furniture and made creepy by various special effects and props. Guests staying at Charlotte/Fort Mill KOA get a $4 discount on admission fees, with the regular price pegged at $20. They also get to stay at the head of the queue before the haunted house opens.

5.  Jellystone Park of Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin

From mid-September to mid-October, Jellystone Park of Fort Atkinson in Jefferson County, Wisconsin holds its Howl-o-ween weekends. On these weekends, guests are enjoined to decorate their sites with a scary theme. Kids are encouraged to wander the maze and go trick-or-treating around the campground. They can also get a pumpkin from the Count Yogi Pumpkin Patch and decorate it however way they want it. The highlight of these Howl-o-ween weekends, however, is none other than Dr. S.Cary's haunted house. Dr. S.Cary's haunted house is a 3,600-square feet sprawl filled with special effects guaranteed to get you to scream your socks off. The haunted house itself is rated not-for-kids, but the kids can enjoy the corn maze right outside the house.

Halloween camping can be a real treat where you can have great, scary fun with your family. Visiting campgrounds with special haunted houses, scary hayrides and other Halloween-themed events can make your Halloween weekend truly fun and worthwhile.

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