Halloween may be a time for trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and costume admiring, but it’s also a time for gathering together with the people you love and trying to scare the pants off them! Hosting a Halloween party is the perfect platform for bringing everyone together to celebrate the festive season with gruesome games, grub, and grizzly gore! But this year, put a fun spin on traditional Halloween parties by moving yours out from the usual stuffy basements or cramped garages and into your local campground! Here are some fun ideas to help you have a campsite costume party this Halloween!
Setting the Scene
Decorations are vital to a successful Halloween shindig. Without setting the scene properly you’ll let down your guests and your party will lose its context. Here are a few ways you can transform your campsite into a chilling display of Halloween horror!
- Put green glow sticks in the cooler so when your guests go to grab a cold drink they are met with an eerie green ambiance. This also allows them to better see what beverages are available!
- Provide plenty of seating by placing bales of hay around the campfire and your RV. Make them a bit comfier for your party-goers by draping festive fabric or setting blankets over top.
- Using the cardboard cylinders from emptied toilet paper rolls, cut out the shape of eyes and put a glow stick inside, securing it in with duct tape on both ends. Then put them in the bushes and trees to create the illusion that there are lurking eyes watching your guests!
- Using craft glue, red food coloring, and wax paper, create your own bloody handprint window clings and stick them to your RV’s window panes.
- Wrap a foam egg in white batting and shove it in the end of a white stocking. Put small plastic spiders between the batting and the stocking, and hot-glue on larger plastic spiders to the outside. Hang these appalling spider egg sacs from the trees or your RV's awning.
- Fill up a sizable glass jar with water and a drop of green food coloring. Onto a piece of cardstock, print out an image of a “face texture” (which you can find on Google). Roll up the picture and place it into the jar so that the image is flat against the inside surface of the glass. You now have a creepy pickled head that you can display on your picnic table!
Games and Activities
You’ll need to have some amusing activities prepared to keep your guests entertained. Let loose and have a blast with party-goers of all age groups with these great Halloween-inspired games!
- Host a murder-mystery in which your guests channel characters and try to figure out who the killer is! This is a great idea to get your guests familiar with one another if they are not already acquainted before arriving.
- Have a scary treasure hunt by pairing off into teams and giving your guests clues to find the surprise treasure hidden somewhere around your campsite. Make your puzzles and riddles Halloween themed to better fit the occasion.
- Play “Halloween Who Am I?” by attaching the name of a Halloween icon or movie villain (Beetlejuice, Freddy Krueger, Wicked Witch of the West, etc.) onto the backs of your guests once they arrive. They can then ask other guests yes-or-no questions to figure out which character they are.
- Hold a costume contest! If your guests are already coming clad in awesome costumes, up the ante by putting a prize on the line. Have your partygoers all vote for their favorite!
On the Menu
A delicious spread is a necessity for any party, but when it’s a Halloween party, your food selection needs to be appalling yet irresistible! Here are some ideas to make your guests lose their appetites while still tempting their tastebuds.
Tasty Brains: Follow your favorite rice crispy treat recipe but add in around 5 drops of red food coloring. Then form your treats into oval shaped brains. Create a groove down the middle to form a left and right hemisphere. Using red food gel or icing, pipe on blood vessels to your newly-formed brains!
Severed Fingers: Using soft breadstick dough, form tubular shapes that resemble the size and contour of a human finger. Press a sliced almond onto the skinny end of the dough to create the illusion of a fingernail. Brush on some melted butter and sprinkle on a little parmesan cheese before baking according to the packaging instructions. Serve with marina sauce for an extra-bloody enhancement!
Mummy Dogs: These are perfect for a campground setting and you can even have your guests cook their own! To prepare them for your partygoers, simply wrap a hotdog in a strip of crescent dough to resemble a mummy. Then have your guests skewer the dogs on a stick and roast them until they’re golden brown. Once cooked, embellish with mustard or ketchup eyeballs to complete!
Witches Brew (Homemade Apple Cider): Add 10 sliced apples, 1 orange, 3 cinnamon sticks, 1 whole nutmeg, 2 teaspoons of ground cloves, and 1 teaspoon of allspice into a slow cooker. Fill it with water almost to the top and let it cook on medium heat for 4-6 hours. An hour before it’s done cooking, mash up your fruits and let it brew for the additional hour. Then strain with a mesh sieve and sweeten with brown sugar. Serve warm and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
If you set the scene, plan some games, and serve up a hauntingly good spread, you’ll have hosted a Halloween party that your guests won’t be able to forget! Do you have any other fun ideas for hosting a Halloween costume party at a campsite? Share your thoughts in the comments!