Activities and Events

On-Site Events

Fall has arrived at our Thousand Trails campgrounds! Take advantage of all our end of season autumn events. For a complete listing of events at the preserves, please check out the 2016 Theme Weekends.

True Horror at Thousand Trails!

For those souls who get a rush when scared, these extra spooky events border on horrifying... beware to those easily scared.
Be very afraid! It's Fright Fest Weekend, October 7-9 at Moody Beach (ME). Pumpkin carving, costume contest, site decorating contests, trick-or-treating, hayrides, and a fall cookout are only a few of the frightening activities that we have in store for you! Are you afraid of the dark? You better keep an eye out the weekend of October 21-23 at Timothy Lake North and South (PA)! Trick-or-treat, kids' freeze dancing, hot goblin games, and kids' costume parade. The following weekend, October 28-30, also at Timothy Lake North and South (PA) is Fright Fest – the 2nd Trick-or-Treat Weekend! Masquerade Ball with prizes for best costume. Bring your scary dance moves and enjoy music by DJ Mike. The Zombie Apocalypse is coming to Circle M (PA) October 28-30! The zombies will be attempting to take over all weekend long! Come out and play in a Humans vs. Zombies campground-wide competition as we fight against the zombie infestation. Wear your costumes and get ready for trick-or-treating. The folks at Lake & Shore (NJ) dare you to ride their Haunted Hayride the weekends of October 14-16 and October 21-23.

Double Halloween Weekends

If you can't get enough Halloween fun in one weekend, why not stay for two? Check out who's having multiple Halloween weekends!
It's a spooktacular time on the haunted trail the weekends of October 14-16, 21-23, and 28-30 at Hershey (PA). Enjoy the homemade witches brew and burgers. Baked goods will be on sale at the lake pavilion! The campers of Bear Cave (MI) will have creepy cave tours, a haunted hayride, and trick-or-treating the weekends of October 21-23, 28 -30, for Halloween Weekend Part I and II. The Halloween Spooktacular continues on for two weekends in October (14-16 and 21-23). Enjoy trick-or-treating throughout the park, wagon rides, and a site decorating contest. Be wary of TT ghosts and goblins lurking in the park at Chesapeake Bay (VA) the weekends of October 21-23 and 28-30. Enter the site decorating contest, hop on the haunted hay wagon, participate in the Scary Golf Cart Parade, and dance the night away at the Monster Mash Dance.

Fall Harvest

We've been secretly craving anything pumpkin to come back all summer.
Join us at Lake Texoma (TX) on October 17 for pumpkin picking, hayrides, food, and drinks. Come out and tantalize your senses with the sights, sounds, and tastes of fall! Fall into autumn with crafts, games, movies and hayrides at Natchez Trace (TN) the weekend of October 14-16. Come out and enjoy the beautiful sights of the fall season at Lake Whitney (TX) on October 15. There will be kids' crafts, nature walks, and many more fun things to do. It's our Annual Line Dance Fall Festival at Lake of the Springs (CA) the weekend of 17-21! Come to our Line Dance Festival with Marion and learn some new moves. All week long we'll host dancing and serve food. Come show us the moves you learned at the Family Dance. It's peak foliage time at Scotrun (PA)! Bring the cameras and canvas for a color blast weekend October 14-16. Join us for Pumpkin Festival Weekend at Rondout Valley (NY) the weekend of October 21-23. There will be a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest; let's see who the real champ is. Events and crafts that highlight pumpkins will be the mood of the weekend. Bring your favorite pumpkin recipe to share.

Food Contests

Ain't no time like the present to bust out that secret recipe to win one of this fall's many contests at Thousand Trails campgrounds!
Bring your favorite batch of chili to Arrowhead (WI) the weekend of October 7-9. Judging will be done by everyone! Vote for the best. Prizes will be awarded. Lake Whitney (TX) will host their 31st Annual Chili Cook-Off on October 8 so come enjoy the chili and sign up to be a judge. Who has the BEST chili at St. Clair (MI) the weekend of October 7-10. Submit yours to our panel of judges for a chance to win a fabulous prize. On Sunday, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving with our Canadian friends. We will supply the ham and turkey, but you must bring a side dish to pass. Do you make the best pumpkin pie or bread at Lake Texoma (TX)? Join us for the weekend of October 24 filled with pumpkins and see if your recipe is the best.

Columbus Day

You know how the rhyme 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Celebrate Columbus Day at campgrounds this fall.
Enjoy a weekend of Italian culture and Columbus Day at PA Dutch Country (PA) this, starting with the children's festivities and crafts, bocce ball tournament, a spaghetti dinner followed by a bonfire and karaoke. Fall crafts, tie-dye, hayrides and more are on tap the weekend of October 7-10 at Gettysburg Farm (PA). Saturday evening will be our last Pig Roast Potluck Dinner of the season. Don't miss out! It's our last, long holiday weekend at Sturbridge (MA) so let's enjoy entertainment on Saturday evening with all your friends! It is also the last weekend at Gateway to Cape Cod (MA). Enjoy entertainment on Saturday evening with all your friends. Special Bingo on Sunday!


Prost! Imbibe in the tradition of beers, brats, and German heritage with these Oktoberfest celebrations at Thousand Trails campgrounds this fall.
The weekend of September 30- October 2 at PA Dutch Country (PA) features German music and kids' activities. We will bring the brats and pretzels, you bring the beer, show us your best German Schuhplattler, (shoe slapping) dance contest. Take a walk under our Oktoberfest arch into a wonderful world of German events at Circle M (PA) the weekend of October 7-9. Enjoy the festive German spirit at one of the many celebrations at Scotrun (PA) the weekend of September 30-October 2. Feast on brats, brews and dance to the Oompah bands. Come enjoy tasting free German beer and root beer for the kids at Wilderness Lakes (CA) on October 8. Bratwurst dinner and pretzels available for purchase. Dine under the stars at the Pio Pico (CA) 3rd Annual Bavarian-themed Oktoberfest complete with brats, beer, polkas and games the weekend of October 14-16.

Decorating Contests

Show off your best Halloween decorations at these site decorating, pumpkin carving, and pumpkin seed spitting contests at Thousand Trails campgrounds this October.
Come enjoy the perfect weather in Las Vegas! Decorate your RV at Las Vegas (NV) on October 31 for Halloween and win some terrific prizes! Decorate your RV or tent at Russian River (CA) on October 29. Prizes will be awarded for “Best Decorations.” Show off your spooky skills with the Pumpkin Carving and Site Decorating Contest at Lake of the Springs (CA) on October 29. Don't miss trick-or-treating and a Haunted House! Come join us for a good pumpkin time at Lake Conroe (TX) on October 17! We will be doing pumpkin carving and painting, along with a pumpkin seed spitting contest.

Costume Contests

Halloween isn't complete without a costume contest or two. Grab your best costume and see if yours is a winner!
Trick-or-treat! Join us at Lake Whitney (TX) in front of the Family Center for our annual trick-or- treat plus costume contest, games and Halloween Party on October 29. The Halloween Costume Party at Bay Landing (TX) the weekend of October 28-30. There will be a kid's party in the afternoon and adult's costume party at night. This is our last big hoopla for the season and we always do it up right with lots of treats and goodies for all! Dress to impress at Lake Gaston (NC) the weekend of October 21-23 for the adult costume contest then enjoy and party into the night at the Monster Mash. The spooktacular fun starts here! Come in costume to Morgan Hill (CA) the weekend of October 30-November 1 and make some wicked crafts and then have a ghoulish good time at the potluck party!

Get Crafty at Thousand Trails

Get ready for a DIY weekend at Thousand Trails! Whether you're making something for Halloween or getting gifts ready for the upcoming holiday season!
Join us at Yosemite Lakes (CA) on October 15 to celebrate the sweetest day of the year! We will be gathering in the Lodge for an Ice Cream Social and some kids crafts! We'll be making fall-themed crafts and Halloween decorations this week at Lake Minden (CA), so come ready to have some crafty fun the weekend of October 21-23. Make some wicked crafts at Morgan Hill (CA) the weekend of October 30-November 1 and then have a ghoulish good time at the potluck party! Come in costume to win prizes. Calling all monsters! Join us in the Lodge for a pre-Halloween craft day with popcorn and refreshments at Yosemite Lakes (CA) on October 29.

Enjoying the Fall Foliage

Watch the big beautiful Float and Fly radio-controlled planes take off and land on the lake at Lake Minden (CA) the weekend of October 7-9. Grab your camera and be prepared to get some great photos. We'll also have a nature walk/ talk for the little ones. Take a jewelry or card/scrapbooking class. Enjoy a fall walking scavenger hunt on the wonderful trail contest at PA Dutch Country (PA) the weekend of October 14-16. Make the best scarecrow for the following Ghoulish/Halloween weekend. Donations of items are really appreciated! Manager's meeting with cookies and coffee! Come and enjoy as the leaves change at our beautiful park at Timothy Lake North and South (PA) the weekend of October 7-9. Bear Cave (MI) will be holding its first one mile walk/run the weekend of October 7-9. A great time of year to be active and see all the natural beauty of the campground! The colors are at their peak this week at Rondout Valley (NY) the weekend of October 14-16. 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


Every Saturday Night in Oct
Ridgeway Opry House

Our finest local musicians play and sing at the Ridgeway Opry House every Saturday night!
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Oct 22
Roanoke River Ramble

Gather with other paddlers at the River Falls Park in Weldon where we will launch for nine miles of exploring the Roanoke River. We will see a variety of wildlife and end at the Halifax Fishing club where the Fishing Club will have hot, homemade Brunswick stew and cornbread to eat at the renovated “ole barn” on the banks of the mighty Roanoke. Proceeds from the event will help support paddling on the Roanoke River!
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Oct 8
8th Annual Art & Wine Walk

This very popular, annual fundraiser will host 18 of SoCal’s favorite wineries at art locations around town.
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Oct 16-17
Mid South Barbecue Festival

Event includes the KCBS- Sanctioned Competition, BBQ food vendors. Be sure to check the website for a full schedule of events.
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Oct 7-10
Fraser Valley Dog Fanciers Show

Dog show at Chilliwack Heritage Park!
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Oct 21-23
The Mane Event

Equine Education Trade Fair! Buy tickets in advance before October 17th on the Mane Event website or at the door during the event!
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Oct 21
Tracy Lawrence Live at Billy Bob’s

Tracy Lawrence performs.
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Oct 30
Taste of Skagit Valley

Come and experience the bounty of Washington’s Skagit Valley! Enjoy tastes of regional wines, spirits, and other delectable treats. Listen to live jazz while bidding on unique items at the silent auction! Enter the Drawing for a 5-night stay at a Kauai condo. Enjoy a sampling of songs sung by Cantabile Chamber Choir. For ages 21+.
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Oct 8-9
Irish Festival

The Historic Smithville Irish Festival features over 50 vendors displaying their Irish crafts and retail items in either of our two marketplaces located throughout the grounds.
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Oct 16
Corvette Show

Rain date following Sunday. Click for the Corvette Show Registration flyer…totally cool. Benefits local charities and Toys for Tots.
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Oct 31
Trick-or-Treat on Main Street

Historic Main Street merchants will provide goodies to trick-or-treaters (while supplies last) in a safe and convenient environment. Other activities will include a costume contest and carnival.
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Oct – Nov 6
The Heartland Maze

This Agritourism Festival is owned and operated by AG Outdoor World Inc. It will be located in Bowling Green and will have some awesome attractions including a 5 acre maze, a corn cannon, a cow train, pony rides, haunted house, pumpkins and more! Opening on weekends October 12th and running through November 17th, you can not miss getting lost with us!
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Oct 5 – Nov 6
Million Dollar Quartet at Ogunquit Playhouse

Elvis, Jerry Lee, Perkins, and Cash came together to make music. Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.
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Oct 1-31
Oktoberfest in Maine
Enjoy this fall festival in York Maine. Live music from Don Campbell Band & Friends, local food vendors, and a kidsfest featuring games, a roaming railroad, face painting and horse-drawn wagon rides.
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Oct 15
32nd Annual Harvestfest

York Beach Maine festival includes a variety of activities, live bands, food vendors and more.
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Oct 7-10
The Santa Barbara Vintners Celebration of Harvest

Four days of wine, food and fun throughout Santa Barbara Wine Country. Enjoy wine from participating members wineries; food sampling from more than twenty food purveyors; live music; wine and cooking demonstrations; local artisans; silent auction and free parking all included in the ticket price.
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Oct 14-15
Smoking in the Foothills

Come to beautiful foothills of North Carolina and find out what real barbecue is all about. This is a family friendly world class barbecue competition and festival. Sanctioned by The Kansas City Barbecue Society. So come to historic downtown Lenoir, NC and get your smoker going. If you are not a Pitmaster that’s OK too, we have plenty to do for the whole family.
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Weekends in October
Corn Cob Acres

The Corn Cob Acres farm is fast becoming a Fall tradition for families from across Pennsylvania as well as the surrounding states. With more than 40 exciting activities, adventures, and games, Corn Cob Acres offers an entire day full of family fun. Corn Cob Acres is a unique way to create special memories and celebrate the fall season. So come on down and get in on the farmtastic fun.
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Oct 6-10
3rd Annual Colonial Beach Bike Fest

Colonial Beach hosts the bike fest for motor enthusiasts. Don’t miss the free concert too.
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Oct 8-9
Autumn Timber Festival

Catch a glimpse of nature’s splendor at beautiful Shawnee Mountain Ski Area ensuring prime fall foliage time in the Poconos. Join us for the action packed autumn event including lumberjack competitions, blacksmith demos by Jim Doherty, saw mill demos, chainsaw sculptures, live music, children’s activities and food and craft vendors galore.
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Oct 15-16
Pocono Food Truck & Art Festival

The Pocono Food Truck Festival and Art on the Mountain have teamed up to bring you the best food trucks, art, crafts and live music in the region. Featuring 25+ food trucks from the Pocono Mountains, New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia.
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Oct 6-9
The Original Greek Festival

Attend one of the most anticipated Greek festivals in downtown Houston and celebrate Greek religion and culture. Enjoy a wide selection of traditional foods, drinks, and dessert. It also acts as a fundraiser benefiting many non-profit organizations like the Children’s Assessment Center, Covenant House, the Star of Hope Mission and many more.
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