Jellystone Park locations are famous for their Halloween theme weekends and the good news for kids of all ages is that the Halloween fun and games will continue this year with adjustments made to align with social distancing and sanitation best practices.
“Our franchisees have adjusted their activity plans so they can still offer as many of their traditional Halloween activities as possible,” said Trent Hershenson, vice president of marketing for Leisure Systems, Inc., which franchises more than 75 Jellystone Park locations across North America.
While activities vary at each individual Jellystone Park location, most parks offer a variety of Halloween activities ranging from costume and campsite decorating contests to Halloween-theme crafts. Some locations even offer haunted trails or haunted pavilions. Here is a sampling of the upcoming Halloween activities at Jellystone Park locations across the country:
— Asheboro, North Carolina: This park will have four consecutive Halloween theme weekends beginning Oct. 9-11. Activities will include pumpkin hunts, carnival games, costume parades, campsite decorating contests and Saturday night dance parties. https://asheborojellystone.com
— Bostic, North Carolina: This park will host six consecutive Halloween theme weekends beginning Sept. 25-27. Activities will include magic pumpkins, campsite decorating, and costume contests. A candy scavenger hunt will be offered instead of the traditional site-to-site trick-or-treating. https://campgoldenvalley.com
— Cave City, Kentucky: This park will offer six Halloween-theme weekends starting Sept. 25-27, the first two of which are “non-scary” weekends designed for families with younger children. Activities will include costume parades, golf cart parades, trick-or-treating and costume contests. Candy will be distributed to trick-or-treaters at nine different stations by staff members wearing face masks and gloves. Cabin and campsite decorating contests will also take place each weekend. https://www.jellystonemammothcave.com
— Estes Park, Colorado: This park will have four consecutive Halloween theme weekends starting Sept. 11-13. Activities will include campsite decorating contests, trick-or-treating, and a haunted hike.
— Fredericksburg, Texas: This park will host five consecutive weekends of Halloween fun starting the first weekend of October. Activities will include planting magic pumpkin seeds, pumpkin painting, costume and campsite decorating contests, and trick-or-treating.
— Gardiner, New York: This park will have six consecutive Halloween theme weekends starting Sept. 25-27. Activities will include spooky and non-spooky activities for little kids. There will be spooky fun crafts, pumpkin decorating competitions, and a DJ dance party. There will also be campsite decorating contests.
— Harrisville, Pennsylvania: This park will offer zombie-theme weekends on Sept. 11-13 and Sept. 18-20 with activities that include humans versus zombie laser tag and digital scavenger hunts for body parts. A “Pumpkin Fun Weekend” takes place Sept. 25-27 with competitive games such as tossing rings at pumpkins, passing pumpkins, bowling with pumpkins, and chucking pumpkins at targets. Pumpkin activities the weekend of Oct. 2-4 will be complemented with a costume contest, trick-or-treating, and a costume dance party. The last three weekends of October will include similar Halloween-themed activities plus a haunted pavilion. https://pittsburghjellystone.com
— Larkspur, Colorado: This park will have three consecutive Halloween theme weekends beginning Oct. 2-4. Activities will include apple launching, Halloween crafts, costume and campsite decorating contests, and trick-or-treating. https//jellystonelarkspur.com
— Lodi, California: This park will host six consecutive Halloween theme weekends starting Oct. 2-4. Activities will include magic pumpkins, campsite decorating, and costume contests. A candy scavenger hunt will be offered instead of site-to-site trick-or-treating. https://towerparkresort.com
— Natural Bridge Station, Virginia: This park will start with a “Pumpkin Patch Weekend” on Sept. 18-20 with a variety of activities including pumpkin decorating, costume and campsite decorating contests, and a Saturday night dance. The next six weekends will feature the same activities plus a spooky golf cart parade, a non-spooky wagon ride for the little ones, and a haunted Halloween trail for those who are ready to be spooked!
— Sioux Falls, South Dakota: This park will complement its Halloween activities with a seven-acre corn maze which will be open for the park’s five Halloween weekends, which will take place Sept. 11, 18, and 25 and Oct. 4 and 24. Activities will include Halloween crafts, games, a magic pumpkin patch, trick-or-treating, and a campsite decorating contest. On the weekend of Oct. 4, the park will host its “Muttz in the Maze” event during which dogs are allowed into the corn maze. On Oct. 24, the park will host its 11th annual monster festival with music, games, and activities. https://www.jellystonesiouxfalls.com
— Tyler, Texas: At this location, Halloween activities are planned for every weekend in October, including a Friday night outdoor movie, a magic pumpkin patch, haunted maze rides, and haunted walks through the woods. https://jellystonetyler.com
— Uniontown, Ohio: This park will have a fall theme weekend Sept. 25-27 with crafts and a party with s’mores, apple cider, and a campfire. The park will also have two Halloween theme weekends with costume and campsite decorating contests on Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11. Guests will receive tickets to visit Kingsway Pumpkin Farm. There will also be a magic pumpkin patch at the campground and guests will have opportunities to cut, carve, paint, and decorate their pumpkins.
For more information about Halloween theme activities at Jellystone Park locations across the country, please visit www.jellystonepark.com. Please note that all activity schedules are subject to change.