October Activities and Events

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Trick-or-treat campers! Halloween lasts almost all month. Check out all the spooky weekend activities right here…

Trick or Treat comes a little early at Pacific City (OR) and they will celebrate with a spooky scavenger hunt, pumpkin painting, and cookie decorating on Oct. 24. Don’t miss Halloween at Lake Texoma (TX) on Oct. 31 featuring a carnival for all ages. Join the folks at the Family Center at Lake Whitney (TX) on Oct. 31 for the Annual Trick-or-Treat. So that everyone can enjoy it, the folks at Chesapeake Bay (VA) will celebrate Halloween twice – Oct. 23-25 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Decorate your campsite or golf cart for the campsite decorating contests and don’t forget to bring LOTS of candy to give out at trick-or-treating.

Campsite Decorating Contests

Who doesn’t love a little healthy competition? Check out these fun contests happening this month!

Join the folks at Rondout Valley (NY) for a pumpkin pie eating contest and bring your favorite pumpkin recipe to share with others during the Pumpkin Festival Weekend on Oct. 23-25! At Grandy Creek (WA) the Boo Fest 2015 weekend will take place from Oct. 30-Nov. 1 and features a Jack-O-Lantern Carving contest plus costume contest. All ages welcome to enter. Check out the Monster Mash at Lake Gaston (NC) from Oct. 16-18 and enter the Pumpkin Carving Contest or dress to impress at the adult costume contest followed by a party into the night at the Monster Mash. Bring your pumpkins to Lake Whitney (TX) on Oct. 24 for the Jack-O-Lantern Carving contest.


Celebrate an old German tradition at these Oktoberfest events this month at Thousand Trails!

Join the folks at Oakzanita Springs (CA) on Oct. 10-11 for beer tasting, sausage, and kraut! It’s apple time in Julian! Don’t miss FREE German Beer & Root Beer for the kids Bratwurst Dinner & Pretzels on Oct. 10 at Wilderness Lakes (CA). At Rondout Valley (NY) we supply the bratwurst, knockwurst, and hot dogs. You bring your best German dish to complete the meal to share with family and friends. Don’t miss out Oct. 2-4. At Peace River (FL) it’s a weekend of Autumn crafts and seasonal games starting on Friday. On Saturday, we are cooking up the brats-n-kraut for our annual Oktoberfest and you can bring your favorite brew or side dish to share, from Oct. 2-4.

Columbus Day Weekend

You know the rhyme – in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue! Learn more about Christopher Columbus the weekend of Oct. 9-12 at these TT campgrounds!

It will be an education day learning about the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria at Bay Landing (TX). The folks at Medina Lake (TX) challenge you to Christopher Columbus themed trivia. It’s the last long holiday weekend at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) so let’s enjoy entertainment on Saturday evening with all your friends! At Gettysburg Farm (PA) there will be more apple crafts and foods to go along with the last pig roast potluck dinner of the year. A live country band will close out the evening. Join the folks at PA Dutch Country (PA) to celebrate Columbus Day as well as the Momma Mia weekend – enjoy a spaghetti dinner, bocce tournament and bonfire.

Pumpkin Carving

Fall means lots of pumpkin carving! See how these TT campgrounds making the most of the pumpkin season.

Oct. 24 is Pumpkin Carving weekend at Colorado River (TX) so bring your pumpkin to the activity center and get ready to be creative. Join the folks at Lake Conroe (TX) on Oct. 17 for a good pumpkin time! They will be doing pumpkin carving and painting, along with a pumpkin seed spitting contest. Bring your pumpkin inspired treats too! Do you make the best pumpkin pie or bread? Join the folks at Lake Texoma (TX) on Oct. 24 for a weekend filled with pumpkins and see if your recipe is the best. Plus, it’s Pumpkin Festival Weekend on Oct. 9-11 at Timothy Lake North & South (PA). We’ll have a hayride around the park and when you get off, grab a pumpkin from our very own pumpkin patch! There will be painting, games and more!

Opening and Closing Weekend

All good things must come to an end…until they start up again! Here are the highlights of closing weekend activities this month at Thousand Trails!

Stop in to make sure you say goodbye to all the staff at Moody Beach (ME) until next year the weekend of Oct. 16-18. Don’t miss the last weekend of fun at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA) from Oct. 16-18 featuring pumpkin decorating, haunted wagon rides, trick-or-treating, and some spooky entertainment! The weekend of Oct. 23-25 is a must for Gettysburg Farm (PA) campers. The campground will be packed with ghouls and goblins young and old. Pumpkin carving, costume contest, trick-or-treating, hayrides and a DJ dance on Saturday evening. Last weekend of the season at Pine Country (IL) is Oct. 16-18. And at Horseshoe Lakes (IN) encounter the ghouls and goblins trick or treat hayride, adult and kid’s costume contest, spooky games and crafts, goodbye breakfast and Hug Fest for the last weekend of the season.


At Thousand Trails, we love to share, so here are the potlucks happening this month!

On Oct. 3 at Russian River (CA) is the Fall Homemade Soup Potluck. We invite everyone in the park to bring a homemade soup to this potluck event. We will provide bread and beverages, and you bring you best homemade soup! It’s Desserts Galore at Carolina Landing (SC) on Oct. 17 so cook up your favorite dessert and share with your neighbors today to celebrate fall! Hungry travelers can join us for a Potluck Dinner each Thursday evening in the Clubhouse at The Oaks (SC). Please sign up by 5pm and plan to share a dish for six. Plus, don’t be chilled to the bone. Bring your favorite pot of chili to Lake Minden (CA) on Oct. 30-Nov. 1 for a Chili Potluck Social and Halloween Weekend. Saturday we’ll have a “scarier by the hour” movie marathon, Halloween Candy Bingo, an Ice Cream Social, and a Trick or Treat Hay Ride. We’ll also give a prize for the best “Halloween” decorated site.


As the weather cools down, enjoy these events to appreciate fall foliage and all the food that comes with the fall harvest.

The folks at Cherokee Landing (TN) will hold an old fashioned picnic around the fire on Oct. 10. It’s Apple Weekend at Gettysburg Farm (PA). Nearby South Mountain Fairgrounds hosts the National Apple Harvest Festival from Oct. 2-4 this weekend and next. At the farm there will be an apple pie contest and an Oktoberfest dinner with brats and sauerkraut. Enjoy the beautiful sights of the fall season at Lake Whitney (TX) on Oct. 17. There will be kids crafts, nature walks and much more. It is Fall Foliage Weekend Rondout Valley (NY) from Oct. 16-18 and the colors are at their peak this week. Take walks on our groomed trails and get back to nature. Apple picking is still in full swing, so run to our local orchards and pick the best apples anywhere!

Local Activities and Events

Colorado River (TX)

Oct. 2-4

Oompah bands, German Food, art show, booths, and much more. It is well worth the 140 mile trip.

Scotrun (PA)

Oct. 10-11
5th Annual Last Fling Pumpkin Sling

Fling – Sling Competition, hot Air tethered balloon rides, hay rides, vertical ventures jump unit, crafts, food, kids activity tent and more! Adults $10; kids $6; under 5 FREE.

Verde Valley (AZ)

Oct. 10-11
Sedona Arts Festival

A favorite in the Southwest, the festival showcases 126 juried artists, the Gourmet Gallery, an international guest artist, and KidZone, as well as great music, food, and raffle prizes. Admission supports arts education in our community.

Oct. 17
Sedona Community Pool

Bring your bathing suit and join your friends at the best pumpkin patch in Sedona. This unique event is fun for all ages. Pumpkin Splash is limited to the first 300 people. Everyone entering the pool facility, adults and children alike, must pay a $4 entry fee.

Oct. 17 Sedona Main Street Paint Out
See thirty nationally recognized Plein Air Artists along sidewalks and plazas in Uptown, each completing a painting in 2.5 hours.

Oct. 24
Taste of the Verde Valley Wine Harvest Festival

This show is an old-fashioned, small town arts & crafts show with lunch and a bake sale. All items are handmade. Find a large variety of offerings including fine art, ceramics, garden decor, baskets, gourd art, wearable art, greeting cards, and more!

Oct. 24
Día De Los Muertos Celebration at Tlaquepaque

Music, food and beautiful altars will be on view starting at 2:00 p.m. Watch fire dancers and visit our thematic face painting booth. Costumes are encouraged. Ofrenda or Offering, in the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos, is created to remember the dead and to honor ancestors.

Oct. 31
29th Annual Safe & Fun Trick or Treat

Merchants welcome ghouls and ghosts at storefronts for treats! Free event coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program plus Costume Contest in partnership with City of Sedona. Tickets are $6.

Orlando (FL)

Oct. 3
Pasco Pet Fest

From 11 to 3, enjoy wine tasting, music, food, vendors, adoptable pets, and beautiful Pasco County with your dog(s).

Oct. 31
Monster Challenge Mud Run

Participants claw their way through 4 miles of 28 grueling obstacles designed to make you wish you had stayed home in bed.

La Conner (TX)

Oct. 3-4
Skagit Valley Festival of Family Farms

Participate in educational exhibits, farm tours, harvest markets, gardening demos, free samples, kids activities, corn and hay mazes, animal exhibits, pumpkin patches, scenic tours and more!

Lake Gaston (NC)

Oct. 5
Lake Gaston Seafood Festival

The menu for the Lake Gaston Seafood Festival includes shrimp, steamed or raw oysters and fish, along with hush puppies, baked beans, slaw and beverages. Musical entertainment will be part of the festival! Proceeds go back into the community supporting other Lion’s charities.

Oct. 16-17, 23-25
Squabbles (Comedy)

A father in law is pitted against a mother in law in this laugh-out-loud pay, Squabbles.

Lake of the Springs (CA)

Oct. 2-4
Celtic Festival & Marketplace

KVMR’s Celtic Festival & Marketplace is a trip to the past days of the Celtic Lands with 2 stages of music and tons of Celtic actors in authentic costume. Come for the Music, Stay for the Magic!

Oct. 9-11
International Harvester Sierra Fall Rally

Tour the local gold mining historical sports or brave an off-road trip up the Fordyce Trail. Peruse vendors and sponsors, kids for games, food and an awards ceremony.

Timothy Lake (PA)

Oct. 10-11
Autumn Timber Festival

Catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor at beautiful Shawnee Mountain Ski Area during prime fall foliage time in the Poconos! Join us for this action packed autumn event including lumberjack competitions, Blacksmithing demos by Jim Doherty, chainsaw sculptures, live music, kids’ activities, and food & craft vendors galore.

Oct. 17-18
Pocono Food Truck Festival

Join us for a weekend of delicious street eats that will satisfy the savory, sweet and hard to please taste buds. The Pocono Food Truck Festival will also feature two live bands, Monster Truck Shows, scenic chairlift rides and Mark Clark’s Juggling Show.

Pio Pico (CA)

Oct. 2-3
La Mesa Oktoberfest

A tradition for our community is the annual Oktoberfest. Add great food, entertainment and of course, good old German brats and cold beer, and you have an event that has something for everyone! Approximately 15 miles from the preserve.

Ponderosa Resort (CA)

Oct. 8-11
Coloma Gold Rush Live

Experience life as it was during the 1850 California Gold Rush era in the place where it all began. Enjoy live music, live history tent encampments, historic trade demonstrations and historic reenactments. Only 1 mile from the preserve!

Harbor View (VA)

Oct. 8-11
2nd Annual Bike Fest

Don’t miss this Harley Davidson demo fleet, vendors, food, custom bike show, poker, bike raffle, wing challenge, music all day! Music is free!

Chehalis (WA)

Oct. 10-11
Model Train Show & Swap Meet

Sponsored by the Lewis County Historical Museum and the Lewis County Model Railroad Club, the Semi-Annual Model Train Show & Swap Meet will bring the family a wonderful day of fun with trains of all sizes!

Oct. 31
Family Friendly Haunted Night at the Historical Museum

FREE admission for a family-friendly haunted house plus games for kids like pumpkin bowling, witches hat toss, and more! Come in costume or win a bowl of dirt and worms.

Rancho Oso (CA)

Oct. 1 The Time Jumpers featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears & Ranger Doug Green Multi-nominated Grammy Award group playing bluegrass and Western swing. Fundraising concert for the maintenance and operating expenses of Solvang Festival Theater. solvangfestivaltheater.org

Oct. 9 Santa Ynez Valley Scarecrow Fest This year’s Scarecrow Fest, sponsored in part by Visit the Santa Ynez Valley, will include the “SYV” communities of Ballard, Buellton, Los Alamos, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez and the town that started the original Scarecrow Fest. syvscarecrows.com

Oct. 17 35th Annual Day in the Country Starting with the popular early morning Fun Runs, the action packed day will also include a country-themed parade, a climbing wall and a zip line sponsored by Nature Track, more than 100 booths featuring crafts and gourmet foods, live music and a variety of activities suited to the entire family. visitsyv.com

Medina Lake (TX)

Every Sat, Sun & Mon in October The Great Hill Country Pumpkin Patch Enjoy unlimited hayrides, hay bale maze, giant hay stacks, petting zoo, storytelling and sing along time, paint a mural, play an instrument in The Great Hill Country Symphony. lovecreekorchards.com