Get your tent ready for some creepy camping fun! You can camp Halloween-style with kids with creative decor, games, party food, and costumes without wasting too much time preparing.
Why not invite your friends to join in the fun? The more, the merrier!
Check out some scary, fun ways to celebrate this spooky holiday in your tent.
How To Setup A Halloween Tent
If you’re thinking about setting up a Halloween tent for some creepy fun, you’re in for a treat! Let’s explore some good ideas to make your Halloween party adventure the best one yet.
Decorate Your Tent
You’ve decided you’re going for it. Great!
But how exactly do you make your tent super scary on the outside? You should bring these items:
Scene setters like gravestones and skeletons
String lights or lanterns (with colors like purple, green, or orange)
Be it new or used, your creativity allows you to transform your tent into a haunted hideaway fairly easily.
Don’t be afraid of going traditional! Adding pumpkins is necessary to complete the vibe, so pack carving tools and make pumpkin heads at your campsite. You’ll see that these are super worth it.
When you’re done, remember not to throw out the seeds: you’ll be able to make yummy snacks from them. Roasted seeds are something you shouldn’t miss out on.
Prepare A Costume
Once you’re done with the tent preparation, it’s time to focus on yourself and get into the Halloween spirit by wearing your scariest costume!
Rock your favorite scary vampire, witch, ghost, or zombie costume while camping.
Halloween Tent Activity Ideas
Remember, your Halloween party event is all about having fun and making lasting memories. So trick or treaters, look at the the activity ideas below to make your night even more exciting.
Go For A Spooky Forest Hike
After dark, hit the trails for a creepy night hike! Bring yourself into groups and look and listen for things that go bump in the night, like bats, owls, or rustling critters. Bonus points if you dare to record them.
Also. don’t forget to bring flashlights with you and to always stick with each other.
Play Halloween Games
Keep the fun going by playing ghostly games with your friends and family.
Here’s a list of Halloween games to play while tent camping:
Bob for apples in a bucket of water
Swing a stick to break open a pinata full of candy
Play flashlight tag outside at night
Find silly Halloween objects hidden around the campsite
Mummy wrap race
A great idea to complement these is to give prizes to the team that gets the most number of wins. For sure, everyone will participate!
Enjoy Creepy Meals
Bring spooky-shaped treats like mummy dogs or spiders on web marshmallows. You can bake chocolate eyeball cupcakes or ooey-gooey pumpkin cakes ahead so you can frighteningly taste them during the campfire.
Everyone loves s’mores, so don’t forget to bring one.
Have A Costume Fashion Show
Show off your costumes with a campsite fashion show. All you need to do is set up a “runway” and play fun music as everyone walks wearing their favorite costumes.
Bring trusted judges and prepare to hand out awards for the most creative, spooky, and cute costumes.
Play A Halloween Movie
For a wider screening, use a portable projector instead. Bring a blanket so you can cuddle up when films get a bit scary. But if you have someone to hug and comfort you, then forget about the blanket thing.
Tell Scary Stories
Turn off the string lights around your tent and huddle around only with flashlights, telling spooky stories about ghosts, monsters, and other terrifying tales about your frightening experience. Or you can read aloud stories from a Halloween storybook.
Just don’t tell them right before bed — nobody wants nightmares!
Play Spine-Chilling Sounds
Create a playlist of eerie music and spooky sound effects to add an extra layer of fright to your Halloween tent adventure.
Camping Safety Tips
Follow these tips to make sure your Halloween campout doesn’t get too scary in a bad way:
Always watch fires and never leave them alone, even for a minute. Make sure to put out the fire completely before going to bed
Keep a close eye on kids near stuff like fires, lakes, and trails where they could get hurt
Check the rules for noise at night since campgrounds have quiet hours
Use battery or solar lights in tents instead of real candles or lamps with actual flames
Don’t string wires where people are walking, as they can trip over them
Do not try to bring real swords or weapons as part of your costume – it’s too dangerous and not worth the risk
Remind kids to ask before going to someone else’s site; people may not want surprise guests
Store all food locked up so it doesn’t attract raccoons and bears
Halloween camping provides a festive way to enjoy the outdoors and get into the spooky spirit of the season. Just use your imagination — the campground creatures will appreciate your disguises and decor!
Frequently Asked Questions
How to decorate a Halloween canopy tent?
Put cobwebs everywhere! Tape up skeletons and ghost cutouts. Set jack-o-lanterns inside and out and hang glowing purple and orange lights. Put down a bloody doormat and set up tombstones and creepy silhouettes outside.
How to make a Halloween tent on a budget?
Celebrating the Halloween season need not be expensive. You can use recyclable materials such as paper, yarn, and cans to create skulls, bats, and spiderwebs. You can also print creepy images online for free and create easy costumes with makeup and clothes that you already own.