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Old 09-24-2012, 09:49 AM   #11
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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!

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Old 09-24-2012, 10:31 AM   #12
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Quite a few of the thousand trails places do. We go to the Menifee one here in So Cal for Halloween the kids love it and we make it a big trip every year. After going a few years you find that it is pretty much a locals thing same people every year and many full timers plan their routes to come back year after year.

Its on Halloween unless Halloween is in the week like this year then its the weekend before.

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Old 09-24-2012, 10:55 AM   #13
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Geesh and the only Tip I ever got was:

"Son don't hang around there here parts after dark."

And I don't do corn fields which have loud speakers in them playing creepy music once you stpe into them past the 50 foot mark either.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:55 AM   #14
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Our Halloween started last weekend and will be held every weekend till thanksgiving. On Friday night the owners take you for a scary wagon ride through the wood were the workers and some seasonal campers are hiding to scare the people on the wagon ride. On Sat. they have a costume contest at 7:00pm followed by the children going around the CG trick and treating. At 9:00pm they start the creepy trail to terror. The owner of the CG is a space engineer by trade and has created an animated trail that will scare the socks off you. They also have a decorating contest with prizes for the seasonal and transient campers.

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