Decorating Your Campspot for Halloween

by Kendra Clapp OlguínOct 13, 2020

Campgrounds celebrate Halloween how your one friend celebrates their birthday month: a bit extra, but absolutely fun. If you read the Camp Guide’s post on 10 Reasons to Love Fall Camping, you know that Halloween is one of the reasons why campers might refrain from putting the trailer in storage for just a bit longer. Many campgrounds host Halloween-themed activities like pumpkin decorating, scavenger hunts, parades, and costume contests, but there are plenty of ways that you can partake in the holiday on your own. One of the easiest and most rewarding ways is to decorate your Campspot.

An Airstream trailer at a campsite covered with Halloween decorations while a smoke goes up from a campfire.

There is nothing wrong with the extravagance of blowup monsters, a light show, or giant skeletons but, if you’re like me, you would rather keep it simple. A bonus this year is that our Halloween setup only came out to cost $80! Here are my tips and tricks on how to partake in the fun.

Pumpkins sitting on a campground picnic table with fall leaves on the ground.
Colorful pumpkins and a candle sitting on a campground picnic table with leaves on the ground.

Buy your pumpkins from a local farm or orchard.

Skip the grocery store when it comes to purchasing your pumpkins and, instead, opt for buying your Halloween or fall-inspired pumpkins and gords from a nearby farm or orchard. Save packing space and purchase them after arriving at your campground. Usually, there’s an orchard of farm stand just around the corner from campgrounds, even if you’re in the sticks. The majority of my budget went to pumpkins and gords because I think natural decorations complement the beauty of a campsite.

A bowl full of red apples, a platter of chocolate chip cookies, scattered candy sitting on a campground picnic table with decorative pumpkins surrounding them.

A Halloween still life.

Displaying Halloween treats is a multifunctional way to decorate. Set one down, eat one. That’s the rule, right? Candy has flashy wrappers and I guess aren’t the greatest for your health so mix it up with baking your own goodies and including a bowl of apples. Apples have an interesting history with the holiday, so while you’re at the orchard picking up your pumpkins, make sure to snag a bag of apples.

A black tortoise kitten with a spider costume walks on top of a campground picnic table with Halloween decorations in the background.
A grey tortoise cat with a spider Halloween costume on stares into the camera.

Stick with a theme.

Make your decorations cohesive by focusing on one theme. This year, we went with the theme of a spider infestation. We picked up these spooky spiders and 10′ spider webs at Target. The spiders doubled as costumes as we strapped them onto the cats’ harnesses for a cute little photo opp.

A black tortoise kitten with a Halloween spider costume on walks on the ground next to campfire wood and decorative squash with fall leaves surrounding it.

Use firewood as decoration.

You’re going to need it to make that cozy campfire anyway, so you might as well use it to beef up your pumpkin displays.

String lights above an Airstream trailer decorated for Halloween with Spiders and cob webs. The campsite is full with pumpkins and squash and other decorations.
An Airstream trailer covered in Halloween decorations like giant cob webs and spiders sits underneath string lights and a campfire sparks

Most importantly, enjoy.

Don’t get caught up in the showiness of it all. If you find yourself looking over your shoulder at a neighbor’s decorations and comparing it to yours, stop and call your therapist. I’m kidding. In the end, it’s really about creating an environment that fosters memories. Your decorations don’t have to be up to Martha Stewart’s caliber. If putting out one small pumpkin on your picnic table gets you in the Halloween mood, then you do you.

Happy Halloween, Campspotters!