Originally Posted by wmtire
Lake Darbonne State Park, over here in my neck of the woods, has an annual Halloween hayride the last Saturday of October each year. It is an event held for any/all kids...even those not staying in the park.
They outfit several 16 (or bigger) foot utility trailers with hay bales and place the kids (and the parents who wish to accompany) in them. They then pull it to the campground area and make the loops thru the camps. They stop in front of the camping spots and the campers will walk up to the trailers and place candy in the kids bags.(without the kids getting off the trailer).
After all of this, they pull the trailers back to the pavilion/parking area where it all started from, and they have another volunteer dressed up in costume awaiting. The kids then gather around (if they want) and listen to children-oriented Halloween stories. The park also provides the children with a goody bag too.
It goes over real big, and we had over a hundred children last year. Our group has already reserved our camping spots for this years event (spots 15,16,17,18, and 20 if anyone wants to join us). I still need to stock up on candy to give out, though.
I believe it is an event held by volunteers of the parks staff, and not an official state park sanctioned one.
Laura Walker SP in our area does the same thing around October 20th, they name it "Fall Fest", great event and we also pull our camper there for four days and enjoy with our kids!