Ah, autumn. Finally, the bugs are gone and so are the campground crowds. Even better, the oppressive heat of summer has given way to a crisp fall breeze. Time to gather ‘round the campfire and enjoy the best season for full time RVing.
Here are a few fun ideas sure to spice up your RV park Halloween party, fall gathering or just a simple evening sitting outside in your most comfortable lounge chair, gazing at the stars:
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- Create a fun music playlist. Add songs like “Monster Mash” and “I Want Candy” for Halloween. For a general fall theme, go with songs like Neil Young’s “Harvest Moon” or Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September’s Over.” You could even go old school with “September Song” by Frank Sinatra or “Autumn in New York” by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.
- Decorate on the cheap. Visit your local dollar store for a few cute decorations to hang around your RV. A couple of yellow or orange mums are also a fall must.
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- Make a special warm drink. Hot “Boo-rbon Apple Cider” is always a big hit. For a crowd, start with two gallons of apple cider and four packets of instant spiced cider apple flavor drink mix (usually found in the hot chocolate or tea/coffee aisle of your grocery store, or on special displays of fall food items). Heat the cider and spice packets to simmering in a crockpot or large stockpot. Simmer on very low for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add 150 ml of your favorite bourbon (omit the alcohol for kids or nondrinkers, or add more to suit your taste). Keep warm in the crockpot, or in a stockpot on stove or grill. Serve in mugs or disposable insulated cups.
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- Cook over the campfire. There are lots of recipe ideas for campfire cooking while full time RV’ing, but pigs-in-a-blanket is an especially quick and easy one. Microwave hot dogs first to ensure they get cooked and aren’t cold in the middle. Then wrap each hot dog in a piece of refrigerated crescent roll dough. Thread lengthwise onto a roasting stick. Cook over open fire until dough is lightly browned. (Note: Like marshmallows, these are best cooked over coals vs. flame to avoid burning). Serve with spicy mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce or other condiments.
- Change up old-school s’mores. No campfire evening is complete without the warm toasty goodness that is graham crackers, roasted marshmallows and chocolate. But try this for a twist: Substitute Halloween candy for the traditional chocolate bars. Mini peanut butter cups, bite size caramel candy bars or anything else that will melt to ooey-gooey goodness will do the trick. Yum!