The month of ghosts, goblins, chilly nights and warm campfires is now upon us. Whether you are a full-timer, seasonal camper or one who camps only for the holidays, you have tons of options when it comes to decorating your campsite for a spooktacular RV Halloween!

There are numerous ideas for turning your RV site into a Halloween party. The first that comes to mind is one I saw in Ohio. It used a hearse and coffins. As you walked by the coffins, you got the scare of your life.

Another was in Alabama, where the prize-winning site was one where the theme was wiener dogs. The site had a giant inflatable dachshund on display and the family’s traveling pups were dressed up as well. It was the cutest thing I ever saw.

They also had human snacks and dog treats in the shape of dog bones to hand out to the trick-or-treaters. I’ve made them myself. Here is therecipe that is safe for people and pets.

I loved taking my children trick-or-treating. Now, my grandchild trick-or-treats at campgrounds because they are decked out with witches, skeletons and cobwebs. Many people use inflatables, which are perfect for camp because they are small to tote or store.

Amazon has several to choose from, like a six-foot-long black cat or a witch’s brewing cauldron. These inflatables provide the “wow” factor you’re likely going for when creating that spooktacular RV site.

This year, I plan to make my campsite kid-friendly because I’ll be taking my 3-year-old grandson camping with me. This will be his first Halloween campout. We plan to make a “Toy Story”-themed campsite because my grandson’s name is Andy and his grandpa’s name is Woody.

Kid-Friendly Ideas

It all begins with the pumpkins when it comes to kids. You can carve out RV designs and turn those pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. I love the templates from Hamilton's RV.

But if carving every pumpkin isn’t your thing, you can use them as ice buckets for juice bottles. Instructions on how to do so can be found below.

When creating your kid-friendly RV site, make it all about the kids; involve them in the whole process from brainstorming to actual setup. This will bring out the creative side of your children or grandchildren. Think about what they are interested in. A sports theme is usually popular.

We cannot forget the food for the festivities. I have a sweet tooth for candy corn and fudge. There is a recipe that combines my two favorite sweets — candy corn fudge. And here is a creepy, crawly treat easy enough a kid can make it: Oreo spiders. Just be sure to make enough to share.

My toddler loves to play in dirt, so we plan to use a child-size pool, add sand/dirt, and toss in fake snakes, worms and dinosaurs. This makes for a great decoration and keeps them busy for hours.

What if you find yourself kid-free this Halloween? I say break out the wine, werewolves and witches’ brew.

Adult-Rated Ideas

Decorating is in the details, and here is an idea sure to please your 21-and-over guests. Cut the top off a pumpkin, hollow it out, and place ice and your favorite cold adult beverage in it. Feel free to invite your guests to bring their own pumpkin cooler to the party.

Looking to get your hands dirty? Then you’ll love the idea of making bloody handprints and displaying them on your RV windows. If you have a motor home with a large front window, trick-or-treaters will walk up to a gory scene.

Let’s not forget about using fog machines and playing Halloween music, such as “I Put A Spell on You,” “Monster Mash,” and “Thriller.” Click here for the best Halloween songs of all time.

Family Fun Ideas

The whole family can get in on a family-friendly haunted house featuring live characters. Pick a theme, work together to build it, and take your place in the haunted house.

One idea is designing a haunted house around a movie like “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” While it is not scary, it is a classic. “Harry Potter,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Monsters Inc” and “Hocus Pocus” are a few other themes appropriate for the season.


As the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. How one decorates their RV site for Halloween is just that — there is no right or wrong way. But if done right, you might just win a prize or at least leave a legacy that leaves your fellow campers screaming in terror.