As summer draws to an end, many of our members gear up for one of our biggest holidays of the year; OAI Halloween.
At Outdoor Adventures, we celebrate Halloween a little early, and for a lot longer than one day. Over the course of two weeks at the end of September and the start of October, our Resorts become a Halloween lover’s dream! Entire Resorts are decked out in spooky decor, our activity teams put on spook-tacular Halloween-themed crafts and activities, members can enjoy haunted houses and trails, pumpkin carving, site decorating contests, dance parties, costume contests, campsite-to-campsite trick-or-treating, and SO MUCH MORE!
All this fun is a tradition for many of our members, but if you’ve never experienced our Halloween weeks before, you may be wondering how to prepare! Read below for our guide on how much candy to buy, site decorating inspiration, costume inspiration, where to find activity plans for each Resort, reservation tips, trick-or-treating recommendations and treat ideas.
A question as old as time, how much candy to buy?!
One of our most frequently asked questions is how much candy to buy for trick-or-treaters at the Resort. This is can significantly vary by Resort. What you’ll need at a Resort the size of Lake Shore can be significantly more than what you’d need at Rifle River! In a recent poll we conducted in our Official Outdoor Adventures Facebook Group, members said they typically buy 4-8+ bags of candy. Again, keep in mind this can vary by Resort, and also your own personal preference of candy giving. Some go heavy-handed with the treats, where others may limit so everyone can get a piece or two. Regardless, the kiddos are sure to appreciate it, and you’ll enjoy their smiling faces!
Site decorating & costumes inspiration
Throughout the years, we’ve seen just how creative our members can get with their site decorating and costumes! With campsites that look like their own haunted trails and costumes that either make you cackle or make you spooked, there is plenty of inspiration to pull from. Check out some ideas below!
Where to find Resort specific activity plans
Every Resort is different, and so are their activity plans. You can always find Resort specific activity information on our activities page! When booking your Halloween stay, or planning for your upcoming Halloween stay, be sure to visit here for all activity details, like craft plans, trick-or-treating times, road closures, and more.
Booking your Halloween trip
It’s important to remember that our OAI Halloween weeks are company-recognized holidays, meaning our holiday policies apply to these weeks. Booking stays during these Halloween weeks are reserved for card-holding members only until the week of the holiday. Beginning on the Friday of the holiday weekend, as availability allows, reservations for Family Plan Individuals and guests can be made. For more information on this policy please visit page 35 of your Member Handbook!
Setting up for trick-or-treaters and yummy treat ideas
Along with site decorating, many members set up designated trick-or-treating areas for kids to stop and grab their treats. Typically this spot is closest to the road to make it easy for the treaters to quickly grab their goodies and move on!
When it comes to treats, you can never go wrong with assorted candy. But, if you want to mix it up and add an extra surprise for the trick-or-treaters, here are some unique ideas!
- Popcorn bags
- Giant-sized candy bars
- Juice boxes
- Fruit snacks
- Individually bagged Teddy Grahams or other types of cracker snacks
- Marshmallows (what’s Halloween camping without some marshmallows?!)
- Individually bagged chips or pretzels (to suffice those with a salty tooth vs. a sweet tooth)
- Non-edible items for kiddos with allergies (think hair ties, glow sticks, crayons, bubbles, etc.)
We hope these tips, tricks, information, and recommendations help you prep for our upcoming OAI Halloween weeks! Stay spooky campers. 👻