It’s finally October in Louisiana and it is finally cooler outside, and that can only mean one thing– HALLOWEEN CAMPING!
In our family, Halloween camping is signal of the start of the ideal camping season here in the Bayou State. Campgrounds across the state go all out for the spooky holiday and to usher in cooler temps, campfires, and fun with the family. Every year we look forward to the Halloween fun that campgrounds put together for their guests that include activities from trick or treating and pet parades to scavenger hunts and everything in between! Since Halloween camping weekends typically book up far in advance, we thought it would be a great idea to share info on the places we know of that offer something for the holiday– just in case you wanted to go ahead and make your reservation for next year (or even look for a possibly opening this year!!!) Also, it is worth noting that most private campgrounds have 2 night minimums and increased rates for Halloween weekends. Many state parks may be doing something unofficial, which may be organized by campground visitors, but information is not readily available.
This list is also a base list of what we know is available this year and what we have found for details on upcoming Halloween events at campgrounds within a 2 hour drive from the New Orleans metro area. This list is in no way complete, so if you know of any more places that are offering something fun for Halloween, please let us know with details!
It’s time to put our costumes on and buy some candy– and take a peek at our 2018 Halloween Camping Guide!
Land o’Pines Campground – (Oct. 12th-14th, Oct. 19th-21st, and Oct. 26th-28th)
Every weekend includes trick or treating, costume contests, site decorating, live bands, and a dance. However, other events vary weekend to weekend. Some notable events include a Sugar Skull Costume & Pumpkin Decorating Contest, a Great Pumpkin Slingshot Hurl, and a find the “Great Pumpkin” contest.
Reunion Lake RV Resort – (Oct. 12-14th, Oct. 19th-21st, and Oct. 26th-28th)
Events each weekend include trick or treating, Spookiest RV Contest, a haunted house, hay rides, costume contest, and Halloween movies on the big screen.
Jellystone Park – (Oct. 12th-14th, Oct. 19th-21st, and Oct. 26th-28th)
Events every weekend include Trick or Treating, Site decorating contests, a Haunted Attraction, a Monster Mash dance, and more. Other activities that vary by weekend include a Golf Cart Poker Run, Karaoke, Night Vision Volleyball, and more!
Hidden Oaks Campground– (Oct. 12th-14th, Oct. 19th-21st, and Oct. 26th-28th)
Events include trick or treating, costume contest, pumpkin carving & pumpkin decorating contests; rides aboard the Hidden Oaks Express, and live music every weekend along with a dance.
Indian Creek Campground – (October 12-14th, October 19th-21st, and October 26th-28th) Events include Pennies in a Haystack, karaoke, costume contest, trick or treating, and coloring, site decorating, and pumpkin decorating contests.
Cajun Palms RV Resort– (Oct. 12th-14th, Oct. 19th-21st, and Oct. 26th-28th)
Events include trick or treating, child, adult, and pet costume contests as well as site decorating, pumpkin decorating, and coloring contests. Other activities include Haunted Train Rides, a DJ and dance, family scavenger hunts and visits from characters.
Hidden Pines Campground – (Oct. 19th-21st and Oct. 26th-28th)
Events include trick or treating, a cornhole tournaments, live music, a haunted house, costume and site decorating contests, and kids’ games and activities.
Palmetto Island State Park– (Oct. 27th)
Campground guests can participate in a site decorating contest and trick or treating from 4-6 PM.
Frenchman’s Wilderness Campground– (Oct. 12th-14th, Oct. 19th-21st, Oct. 26th-28th)
Events include trick or treating, a Monster House, pumpkin and camper decorating contests, and a costume contest.
Indian Creek Recreation Area (Oct. 27th)
Events include a Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade, horse & pony trail ride demonstrations, costume and site decorating contests, face painting and free treats like popcorn and cotton candy.
Paradise Ranch and Resort (Oct. 12th-14th, Oct. 19th-21st, Oct. 26th-28th)
Events include trick or treating, a haunted house, haunted hayrides, pumpkin carving contest, and a costume contest.