RVing during the Halloween season is a great way to see fall spread across the US. The leaves changing colors, crisp, cool air, and morning frost add to the autumn ambiance. The natural beauty is wonderful, but it’s nice to add a little “pumpkin spice” to your RV and campsite as well. If you are one of those people that LOVES to decorate, but don’t want to clutter your RV or use too much storage space, here are some fun Halloween décor ideas that are easily packed and don’t take up much room.
Inflatable decorations are great because when blown up, they can be pretty big. When you want to pack up camp and hit the road, however, they deflate, are folded up, and easily stored. You can find inflatable pumpkins, ghosts, black cats, and more! Just make sure you have a reliable source of electricity and you’re ready to go.
A classic, yet simple decorating idea is cobwebs with spiders. Fake cobwebs are super cheap and very easy to pack. Just drape them on and around your RV or on surrounding plants and trees. Throw on a few plastic spiders and you’re all set. Just remember to clean them up when you leave and check your campground’s rules before adding anything to the surrounding plants and be aware of the effect your decorations could have on any local wildlife.
Spooky Paper Lanterns
Paper lanterns are a great way to light up your campsite for Halloween. You can use store-bought lanterns or make your own. It can be a fun, family activity cutting out silly faces and shapes out of paper bags and then placing them around the campsite at night. It’s important to remember to use electric candles, not real ones. Once you leave the campsite, you can either fold them up and store them or recycle them.
You’ve probably seen the silly witch crashing into a tree decoration in the past. Why not put one on your RV or a nearby tree? The great thing about this funny idea is that the witch is already flat, so you can easily store her during travel!
Outdoor lighting is always needed at campsites, so why not make it spooky? You can find strings of light-up hanging pumpkins, ghosts, fall leaves, you name it! As long as your campsite has electricity, these are a great idea to hang either on the outside of your RV or around the site.
Look out! Crime scene ahead! Oh, wait…it’s just your campsite. Caution tape is a cheap, easy decoration that takes up next to no space. It also adds a slasher film vibe to your spooky campsite. As with the other decorations, just make sure to clean it up and take it down before leaving the campsite.
A fall wreath is a less spooky, but cute, fall decoration for any RV. If you do want to stick with a scarier theme, you can most likely find one with skulls, spiders, and other Halloween spooks at any store that sells home goods or seasonal decorations. This is another fun craft for the kids too if you want to make one yourself.
You can add an eerie glow to your haunted campsite with outdoor colored lighting. Some need to be plugged in to an outlet, however you can find battery operated ones as well. Green, purple, or orange, choose your favorite fall color(s) and light up your RV!
What’s that sticking out of the ground? Oh, that’s just Mr. bones reaching up from his grave. Another easy and very spooky idea for decorating the campsite is to have skeleton parts sticking out of the earth. They are easily stored and all you have to do is stick them in the ground wherever you want. You can even make a bone graveyard in front of your RV! Add some tomb stones to go the extra mile but make sure to check your campground’s rules about leaving items around your campsite.
12 pound Turkey
Turkey Seasonings (thyme, sage, garlic, onion)
Cheesecloth, Aluminum Foil
Start the campfire with hardwood logs like oak, hickory or hard maple. Let it burn for at least one hour to develop a large supply of glowing coals. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Rub oil thoroughly on the exterior and interior of turkey. Sprinkle liberally with salt, pepper and other seasonings.
While the campfire is burning to coals, dig a hole six inches larger than the turkey all the way around. Wrap the oiled, seasoned turkey generously with cheesecloth, then with four layers of aluminum foil sealing as tightly as possible.
Rake or shovel two inches of coals into the bottom of the pit. Place the turkey on top of them. Fill the space around the turkey with coals to about two inches above the bird, then top off the pit with earth.
Time three hours then remove the soil and ash on top of the package. Insert the probe of the thermometer through the foil and cheesecloth to check the internal temperature of the breast. Make sure it’s at least 165F, then carefully remove from pit and set aside for 20 minutes.
RVs are a BIG investment so you want to make sure you keep yours in tip top condition by doing regular maintenance. Here are some tips from Go RVing Canada on how to take care of your RV Exterior!
Whether you’re a newbie to RV living or a seasoned RVer, you’ll want to stay on top of maintenance so you can enjoy your RV investment for many years to come. Exterior maintenance is a great place to start. We’ve got you covered with this handy checklist of maintenance tips to keep your RV exterior in top shape.
1. WASH your RV exterior after each trip
A sponge wash with mild soap and water rinse does the trick. But make sure you wash your RV exterior regularl, ideally, after you return from each trip. Be careful to prevent condensation and avoid spraying water directly into appliance vents.
2. WAX or apply a protectant to your RV exterior
Wax on, wax off ‘ channel your inner Karate Kid and apply a coat of good quality wax or protectant to your RV exterior. This can be a time-consuming task ‘ depending on the size of your RV ‘ but it’s well worth the effort. Make sure the exterior is dry before you start waxing and spot-test on a small area of graphics before widespread application. Check to ensure that the wax is appropriate for use on the type of exterior on your RV.
3. CLEAN your awning and keep it dry for storage
Before you roll up your RV awning for storage, clean it well with mild soap and water, and lubricate moving parts with silicon spray. When you roll it up, ensure that the awning is in the ‘lock’ position.
4. INSPECT any sealed areas thoroughly to prevent water damage
Your RV is out and about in the elements day-after-day on your adventures throughout the seasons. You’ll want to make sure that your RV exterior – including the roof, sides, edges, windows, doors, vents, end caps, moldings, compartments and underside – are sealed off and doing their job to protect the interior from potential water damage, mice or other rodents. Look for any gaps, openings or areas with aged sealant and re-caulk if necessary. Make sure to use the appropriate sealant and when in doubt, ask your RV dealer or manufacturer for advice.
5. LUBRICATE all hinges, locks and moving parts
No one likes a creaky door or window or compartment for that matter. Lubricating hinges and moving parts and all locks with a graphite spray lubricant is an easy maintenance step that takes only a couple of minutes. Lubricate your slide-out rails a couple of time a year to stop rust and corrosion.
6. COVER outside vents to keep the critters (and condensation) away
Keep the insects out and prevent nesting by installing plastic bags or covers on outside vents (furnace, refrigerator, water heater) for long-term storage. Buy a proper A/C cover (versus using a plastic bag) and cover your air conditioning unit to avoid condensation during storage.
7. STORE INDOORS, if possible
In the winter months, you’ll want to periodically check for snow accumulation and remove ice/snow from the RV exterior. Ideally, store your RV indoors when not in use as this will provide some extra protection from the elements.
Always park on solid, dry ground when storing. It’s also a good idea to leave a gap in your tarp. When covering the unit with a plastic tarp make sure to leave an air gap between the roof and tarp for air circulation. Without this, condensation might cause more damage than rain and snow.
8. COVER YOUR ROOF, if possible
RV roofs are especially susceptible to sun and environmental damage. Unfortunately, we often forget about our roofs because we don’t get up there regularly, which can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. The best thing you can do to prevent this is store your RV under a steel RV carport or traditional RV cover. If you’re a full-timer, you will want to climb up and clean the roof regularly.
There are a few reasons why camping in the Fall is the best. One reason is that the weather is usually perfect during this time of year. Not too hot and not too cold, Fall is the ideal time to enjoy being outdoors!
Another reason Fall camping is the best is because of the tremendous scenery. The leaves are changing color and the air is crisp and clean. It’s simply beautiful to be surrounded by nature during this time of year.
And lastly, Fall is typically a quieter time of year when it comes to camping, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet of nature without having to worry about too many other people being around.
So if you’re looking for the perfect time to go camping, Fall is definitely it!
To find the best scenery, check out this article from our friends at Go RVing Canada
The Camping Mac n’ Cheese Recipe is the easiest and cheesiest meal for camping!
1 1/2 Cups Elbow Macaroni
8 oz Prepared Alfredo Sauce
1/2 Cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese Grated
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese Grated
1/4 Cup Mozzerella Cheese
1/4-1/2 Cup Half & Half or Whole Milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
*Cook pasta according to directions, drain and rinse with cold water.
*Stir Alfredo Sauce into cooked pasta and 3 cheeses.
*Divide between 4 Aluminum Tins sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Store in large plastic food storage bag in cooler until ready to cook.
*Cook 8-10 minutes over the hot coals, remove from fire and serve immediately and enjoy!
Whether you are new to camping or a seasoned outdoor enthusiast, we all have a role to play when sharing outdoor spaces. We applaud the British Columbia Camping & RVing Coalition along with other Associations and Agencies who joined together to develop the Campers Code. Let’s all get out and enjoy the outdoors safely and respectfully. Take the pledge now at www.camperscode.com!
Toronto’s Spring RV Show is the only RV Show produced by the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) who have teamed up with the largest RV Dealers in Ontario to offer consumers the best deals on your new RV.
This exciting one of a kind show will showcase the largest display of RVs from respected Ontario retailers of every Model and Type of RV and for every budget!