OKEMOS, Mich. — With mild weather and an extended fall color season, campground members across the state experienced a “boo-utiful” Halloween weekend to round out one of the most successful camping seasons in recent time, according to the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC).
“We had a great Halloween season,” reports Lee Morris, manager of Camp Dearborn in Milford. Camp Dearborn began putting on Halloween-themed weekends six years ago, Morris said, and every year it gets bigger and better. For the 2016 season, Camp Dearborn had Halloween activities every weekend for the month of October and one weekend they had 1,300 children at the campground. Campers participated in a haunted house, pumpkin carving contests, a costume parade and trick-or-treating at campsites. Prizes were awarded for best costumes and campsite decorations.
“Fall is great for camping and getting extended use out of RVs,” Morris explained. “We fill a lot of campsites we normally wouldn’t because of the Halloween events. This year, we sold out three of the four weekends.”
The campground experienced a strong camping season and was definitely up in reservations, which Morris attributes to the warm weather and people feeling more comfortable taking vacations.
Greenwood Acres Family Campground in Jackson also experienced a busy season and had a great closing month as a result of their Halloween activities.
“We had more people over one weekend in October than we did on a weekend in June,” said Sharon Kinchuslar, CEO of Greenwood Acres Family Campground. This year marks the fourth year Greenwood Acres has put on Halloween weekends during October and it was the best one yet, Kinchuslar said. “We’ve always been open until October 31, but we really didn’t get many campers in. We began adding fall activies like the Halloween events and people are definitely appreciating it.”
Kinchsular said the 2016 camping season was by far one of the best seasons ever and agrees with Morris that fantastic weather and people taking vacation time were two major reasons for the upswing in reservations.
The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism. For more information, visit MARVAC’s website, www.michiganrvandcampgrounds.org.
SOURCE: MARVAC press release