Thrill-seekers, costume-aficionados, and candy-lovers: the time is nigh. Dust off your campfire ghost stories, practice your witchy cackle, and layer up for some extra goosebumps. From remote cabins in the woods to haunted, historic campsites, there’s a Hipcamp to make all your Halloween nightmares come true (no matter your spook threshold). Some ideas:
The naval cemetery near Mare Island Preserve
Based in the Navy’s oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific, this historic site — where you can camp in abandoned bunkers or glamp in cozy yurts or a tiny home — is filled with Halloween festivities throughout October, including a haunted house, tours of the nearby naval cemetery, ghost tours, and horror movie nights, among others. Come for the seasonal delights, stay for the gorgeous sunsets, stunning views, and scenic hikes.
Set within Vya, a ghost town harkening back to the Wild West when travelers made their way along the historic Applegate-Lassen Emigrant Trail. Check out the town’s last remaining buildings — the Library and the Post Office — before enjoying its scenic views, horseback riding, wildlife watching, and many hiking & bicycling trails.
A moody fireplace at the farmhouse
A quaint, cozy cabin set on a 1790s-era farm on more than 100 acres of Maine woods. Read a scary book by the fire, learn more about the farm’s maple sugaring business, take a hearth cooking class, pick blueberries, or simply summon any ghosts that might be lurking around the property. Enjoy complimentary continental breakfasts, campfires, and beautiful sunsets.
Tents & RVs welcome at this aptly-named campsite set on more than 200 acres of undeveloped woodlands overlooking the Appalachian Mountains. According to the host, “Some say spirits roam these woods, but not in a malevolent way. Just strange noises, sudden winds and leaves moving or the feeling of being watched.” Take a big group and some furry friends, tell spooky tales by the fire, and check out its numerous hiking, off-roading and climbing options.
The cutest scarecrows we ever did see.
Set within 100 acres of a bucolic, working organic farm, this campsite has had a few chilling events. The home on the farm used to be a hotel in the 1920s where it’s rumored a patron passed away on the 2nd floor. The hosts say they sometimes hear music coming from that floor, as if from an old record player. Bonus: there’s a cemetery just a few miles away. Take comfort by the fire with a pet, friend, or loved one, and enjoy the farm’s seasonal produce (including artisanal, homemade bread & sweets), stunning views, and spectacular stargazing.
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