As an RVer, you have to get a little creative when it comes to celebrating holidays on the road. People often travel during the winter holidays or for summer vacation. But what about the fun little holidays in between? You don’t want to miss an opportunity to have some fun, especially if you’re a full-timer or on the road with the kiddos. Trick-or-treating is a big part of Halloween, whether you’re the kid with a bucket full of sweets or the adult making it all happen. We’re going to help you have a fun and spooky Halloween in your RV!
A big part of what people love about Halloween is the atmosphere—and you can drag it out for the whole month! You can get in the spirit with spooky decorations, scary movies and kid-friendly fall classics, DIY kitchen fun, and more.
Devilish Decoration Ideas
We have some easy, RV-friendly Halloween decorations you can keep up throughout the month. These will be easy to take down and store by the time Thanksgiving rolls around.
Pumpkins are a classic fall decoration, but they may be difficult to deal with if you’re on the move. They’re big and heavy. Plus, because they’re big and round, they are not easy to stow. Instead, you may opt for the smaller variety. They often have flatter bases, they come in greater color varieties, and they’re cheaper!
If you really want to get in the Halloween spirit, especially if you have kids, Jack O’ Lanterns may be a bit impractical. If you don’t want to miss out on the pumpkin carving experience, you can always make your own Jack O’ Lanterns with some orange and yellow construction paper, scissors, markers, and a little imagination! You can use tape to prop them up on the windows for passersby to smile back at. You can do the same with other simple shapes, such as ghosts or bats!
Yet another Halloween staple, false cobwebs are a low-effort way to spookify your space. Because of how flexible and adhesive they are, they’ll easily cling to rough surfaces and corners. The takedown takes very little time too, and you don’t have to worry about tangling. The more tangled, the more realistic the effect! You can opt to put them on the outside of your rig when stopped, inside only, or both.
Jack O’ Lantern Quesadillas
This is a simple yet entertaining twist on the traditional quesadilla. For each quesadilla, you will need two flour tortillas and cheese, either marbled, medium cheddar, or Mexican blend. Take one tortilla and cut out the desired shapes. You have the option to toast it a bit first because once you place it over the cheese—you won’t want to flip it on its face!
This quick and easy snack is perfect for kids. All you need a mini chocolate peanut butter cups and small pretzel sticks! Carefully push the end of the pretzel stick through the bottom, or smaller end, of the peanut butter cup. Alternatively, you can use the end of a stick of string cheese for the broom bristles. Cut the cheese stick into thirds, then peel the ends back halfway.
Edible Fake Blood
This item is great to add to various snack and food items. Plus, you can use it to enhance your Halloween costume! This simple recipe requires only one cup of corn syrup, two tablespoons of water, one tablespoon of chocolate syrup, two tablespoons of cornstarch, and two tablespoons of red gel food coloring. If you don’t want to use chocolate, you can substitute it for just a few drops of black, brown, or purple food coloring!
Use a whisk to combine all the ingredients in a bowl. You can store the contents in a jar at room temperature for up to a month
While the sticks-and-bricks crowd is at home handing out candy, RVers get to enjoy the ambience of a campfire. It’s dark outside and there’s a chill in the air. Maybe you’re even in the forest, creating the optimal environment for sharing scary stories around the fire. Forget enjoying a horror movie from the comfort of a traditional home. You get to experience the excitement and suspense out in the open. To up the fear factor, set your story wherever you’re staying. Wherever you’re traveling, there’s likely a local legend you can adopt into your storytelling. Each state has its own cryptid, from the Moth Man of West Virgina to California’s Fresno Nightcrawler.
If you have kids with you and you’re staying in a campground, you can always organize trick-or-treating with your fellow campers. It might be a good idea to stock up on extra candy in case others haven’t thought ahead. (If nothing else, there will be more for you!). Trick-or-treating is a great opportunity for the kids to have fun and for the adults to connect with one another. Check with the campsite manager to get the go-ahead and be aware of possible allergies.
Costumes can be tricky if you have limited access to delivery services and clothing stores—you have to plan ahead and consider what materials you might already have on hand. Eyeliner is useful for face makeup. Headbands are great bases to make ears for any animal-themed costume. Cardboard, paper, paper plates, glue, and twine are helpful to keep around for various uses, costumes included! Here are some basic yet timeless costume suggestions for the avid RVer:
- Lumberjack: Flannel, overalls/pants and suspenders, axe, boots
- Jason Voorhees: White T-shirt, machete/knife, jeans and blue button down/coveralls, paper plate to make a mask
- Deer: Brown shirt, brown eyeliner, headband, paper, glue
- Werewolf: Ripped jeans, flannel, eyeliner, fingerless gloves
- Hunter: Camo everything!
Sometimes little things make a big difference. You certainly don’t have to be a hardcore horror fan to enjoy the month of October. Fall is also about enjoying the mild weather, eating delicious soups, and spending time with family. We hope that we helped inspire some festive ideas and activities for you and your full-time fam! Enjoy the fall season, and Happy Halloween!