Trick or Treating on the Road

Truck hauling fifth wheel during fall and three girls trick-or-treating

If you find yourself trick or treating on the road this Halloween season, here are some great ideas for helping you celebrate in the great outdoors. Just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you can’t deck out your surroundings in fun (or frightful!) decorations or enjoy some devilishly good treats! Follow these tips for enjoying a most spooktacular Halloween camping trip!

Decorate Your RV and Campsite

RV campsite at sunsest with witch hats hanging from the trees

Make it known that you are open for trick-or-treating business by decking out your campsite in fun and frightful decorations. Dress up your woodsy surrounding with some of these easy Halloween ideas that are both wicked and welcoming.

  • If you have a fifth wheel, decorate the front end cap Frankenstein style. Using a lime green tarp, drape it over the front of your fifth wheel and secure it on all sides. Cut out Frankenstein hair, eyes, teeth, and stitches from white and black trash bags. Tape them on and watch everyone delight when they walk by and see a giant Frankenstein fifth wheel.
  • Take down your flamingo or red Solo cup string lights and replace them with ghost-shaped string lights. When they’re lit up at night they’ll look like they’re floating.
  • Buy a plastic door cover and use it on your RV’s door. Or create a DIY one using construction paper. Decorate it with a scary face, bats, pumpkins, candy corn, whatever you wish.
  • Save those empty milk jugs and create a stunning display of pathway lights by filling the empty jugs with a string of lights. First draw a pumpkin face on the front of each one with a black Sharpie marker. Then cut a small hole in the back of each jug. Stuff a strand of lights inside each jug. Line up the jugs and plug them in to light the way for your trick or treaters.
  • Hang witch hats around your campsite for a wicked fun decoration. Using fishing line and a needle, thread a piece of line through the point of each hat. Attach a safety pin to the fishing line on the inside of the hat. Use this to attach a lightweight glow stick or battery-powered tea light inside the hat. Hang them from trees or your awning.

Make Halloween Recipes

While you’re busy carving pumpkins (see below!), decorating your campsite, and brewing up some frightful campfire stories, you’re going to work up an appetite. So make some dreadfully delicious Halloween snacks that everyone will be dying for! Give these easy recipes a try!

Jalapeno Mummies

Halloween foods: Jalapeno mummies


About 10 jalapeño peppers

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

8 oz. pepper jack cheese, shredded

½ tsp. garlic, minced

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

1 scallion, chopped

Candy eyeballs

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls


  1. Slice your pre-washed jalapeños in half lengthwise and scoop out the inside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, pepper jack cheese, scallion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  3. Fill each jalapeno half with some of the cheese mixture.
  4. Unroll your Crescent Rolls. Do not break them into triangles. Instead, keep triangles together and pinch the seam between them together.
  5. Use a pizza cutter to cut each rectangle into four even pieces lengthwise.
  6. Wrap one or two dough pieces around each pepper. Leave room for the eye balls.
  7. Bake in a pre-heated 400° oven for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Add the candy eyeballs immediately after removing them from the oven.

Pumpkin–Shaped Cheese Ball

Halloween food: Pumpkin-shaped cheese ball with crackers


8 oz. of cream cheese (softened)

8 oz. vegetable cream cheese (softened)

2 Tbsp. Ranch-flavored mix

3 green onions (diced)

1 red pepper, finely chopped (save the stem!)

2 C. shredded sharp cheddar cheese (divided)


  1. Combine both cream cheeses in a mixing bowl.
  2. Stir in the Ranch-flavored mix.
  3. Add the chopped and diced red pepper and green onion.
  4. Stir in one cup of the shredded cheese.
  5. On a sheet of plastic wrap, sprinkle about ¼ C. of the remaining shredded cheese.
  6. Place the cheese ball mixture on top of the shredded cheese. Then take the rest of the shredded cheese and sprinkle it on the top and sides of the cheese ball.
  7. Wrap it up tight with the plastic wrap.
  8. Using 4 rubber bands or kitchen twine, wrap them around the cheese ball so that it makes 8 sections (the bands or twine intersect in the middle). This will give it the pumpkin look.
  9. Refrigerator at least two hours, but overnight is best.
  10. When you’re ready to serve it, remove the bands/twine, unwrap it, and place the red pepper stem in the middle of it.
  11. Serve with yummy crackers!

Caramel Apple Nachos

Halloween food: Carmel apple nachos


4 large Granny Smith apples (washed & dried)

½ package of caramels (unwrapped)

1 Tbsp. water

½ package white chocolate chips

½ C. miniature chocolate chips

1 Heath candy bar (crushed)


  1. Slice each apple into 8 equal pieces. Arrange them onto a serving plate.
  2. Melt caramels in a microwave-safe dish with 1 tablespoon of water. Microwave in 25-second intervals until they’re just melted. Drizzle over the apples.
  3. Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 25-second intervals until just melted. Drizzle over apples.
  4. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips and the Heath bar over the apples. Serve and enjoy!

S’mores Fluff Dip

Halloween food: S'mores fluff dip


8 oz. cream cheese, softened and divided

1 C. powdered sugar, divided

3.5 oz. marshmallow fluff

½ C. heavy whipping cream

1 tsp. vanilla extract

¼ C. cocoa powder

¼ C. mini marshmallows

Graham crackers


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 4 ounces of cream cheese, ½ cup powdered sugar, and marshmallow fluff on high until smooth, about 2 minutes. Set it aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, whip together ½ cup of powdered sugar, heavy whipping cream, and vanilla on high until stiff peaks form, about 4-5 minutes. Set it aside.
  3. In another bowl, blend together 4 ounces of cream cheese and cocoa powder on high until smooth, about 3 minutes. Add whipped cream to the bowl and mix on low until cream and chocolate are completely incorporated, about 3 minutes.
  4. To assemble: Add the marshmallow and chocolate dips to a large serving bowl, alternating between the two. Use a knife or spoon to swirl the two colors together. Top it with the mini marshmallows, if desired.
  5. Serve with graham crackers.

Carve RV-Themed Pumpkins

RV themed carved pumpkin

What’s a Halloween campsite without some great-looking hand-carved pumpkins? And since you’re spending this Halloween in the great outdoors, why not go for RV-themed designs on your pumpkins!?! Forgo the cute jack-o-lantern faces and instead create awesome pumpkins that reflect your surroundings. Create a pumpkin that shines like the night sky by carving stars all around the outside of it. Or create a pumpkin bonfire with multiple pumpkins (12-15) that have flames carved into them. Stack them in a bonfire shape with wood pieces as a border and light them from within so they resemble a burning campfire. If you’re feeling really crafty and want a challenge, carve an RV and a tow vehicle out of two separate pumpkins (one round for the tow vehicle and one oval on its side for the RV). Carve windows and doors out of them and then use toothpicks to secure small gourds for the wheels on both of them. A gouging tool can be used to outline the doors.

Tell Scary Ghost Stories Around the Campfire

People around a campfire telling ghost stories.

A great way to get in the Halloween mood is by gathering around a roaring campfire and telling bone-chilling stories that will make any camper jump. If it’s an adults-only crowd, grab a flashlight, pour some adult beverages, and let the frightful tale-telling begin. Here are a few scary campfire stories to help you get going. If you prefer to make up your own as you go, make sure you include these horror story must-haves to thoroughly scare the pants off of your listeners and make turning off the lights and going to bed that night in the woods almost traumatizing:

  • fear (someone is after them)
  • suspense (drag out the terror as much as possible)
  • imagination (help your listeners’ imagination run wild with fear)
  • mystery (Who is it? What is going to happen?)

I believe the most hair-raising stories are those that are believable. If it could actually happen, it’s all over for me! If you have little campers gathered around, tone the fright-factor down a few notches and tell stories of scary (but friendly!) ghosts who play tricks on people. Or make up a story of pirates who guard their buried treasure by haunting the area where it’s buried. For little ones, it’s best to leave the bloody, murderous stories behind and focus more on surprise and suspense. Go for thrillers, not killers!

Watch a Scary Movie

popcorn and a ghostly scary movie

Michigan weather in late October is dicey. I can recall in my past 30+ years of trick or treating maybe a handful of years when the weather was nice. And by nice I don’t mean a balmy 70 degrees. I just mean not rainy, cold, or snowy. Yes, I said snowy. There’ve been many years when we’ve all had to throw coats, hats, and gloves on over our beloved costumes just so we didn’t freeze. While it looked like we were running from house to house to fill our buckets with as much candy as possible, we also ran just to stay warm! If your Halloween turns out to be rainy, windy, or snowy this year and trick or treating is out of the question, take the fun inside. Make some warm, buttery popcorn, heat up some apple cider, get out some candy, and settle in for a frightfully good time in front of your RV’s TV. Just be sure to lock your RV’s doors!

For some little goblin-appropriate movies, pop in one of these:

  • Hocus Pocus
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
  • Casper
  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • The Addams Family

If you’re kid-less and looking for a good Halloween-night scare, watch any of these:

  • the Halloween movie series
  • Scream
  • The Exorcist
  • Hush
  • The Sixth Sense
  • The Conjuring
  • The Shining

Do you celebrate Halloween in your RV? Do you stay at a campground that has spooky Halloween festivities? If so, tell us how you make it special! Share some photos of your ghoulish campsite on Facebook or Instagram for inspiration!

Campfire Hot Ham ‘n Cheese Sandwiches

Hot ham and cheese sandwich with a campfire in the background.

After a day of outdoor adventure and fun, the last thing you want to do when you get back to your campsite is spend a lot of time making dinner. Everyone is tired and hungry, including you, and you need something quick and easy to fill everyone’s bellies. But that doesn’t mean you have to resort to hot dogs and chips (again!). Instead, give these delicious, ooey-gooey campfire hot ham n’ cheese sandwiches a try! All you need is some heavy-duty foil, a few ingredients, and hot campfire coals to make these super quick and oh-so-scrumptious dinner sandwiches that everyone will love! From plain to fruity to fancy, there’s a sandwich here for everyone!

King’s Hawaiian Hot Ham & Cheese Rolls

Hot ham and cheese roll

Serves 6
16 oz. deli ham
12 slices of provolone or Swiss cheese
½ C. butter, melted
1 ½ Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp. dried onion
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
12 King’s Hawaiian rolls

1. Tear 6 pieces of heavy-duty foil (2 sandwiches per foil piece).
2. Open up each King’s Hawaiian roll.
3. Divide the ham between the sandwiches.
4. Top each sandwich with a piece of provolone or Swiss cheese.
5. Close up each roll by putting the tops on.
6. Mix the butter, Dijon mustard, dried onion, and brown sugar together in a small bowl.
7. Place two (2) sandwiches on each piece of foil. Curl the sides of the foil up so that the butter mixture doesn’t run all over. Pour the butter mixture lightly over the top of each sandwich.
8. Seal each foil packet by bring the sides together and pinching them closed. Place each packet on hot coals (but not in flames!). Turn them frequently until the cheese is melted and the rolls are warm and toasty (about 10-15 minutes).
9. Serve them with a tossed salad, fruit, or chips!

Toasty Ham & Cheese Croissants

Hot ham and cheese croissant

Serves 8
2 lbs. deli ham
4 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
8 slices of Swiss cheese
8 croissants

1. Tear 8 pieces of heavy-duty foil (one for each sandwich).
2. Set the bottom of each croissant on each piece of foil.
3. Mix together the Dijon, honey, and brown sugar. Spread a layer on this on each croissant bottom.
4. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on top of the honey mustard and then add some ham.
5. Place the croissant top on each croissant.
6. Close up each foil packet and cinch the sides closed.
7. Set the sandwiches on hot coals and let them cook for about 15 minutes (or until it’s hot and the cheese is melted).
8. Serve with potato chips or a salad.

Cheesy Ham & Pineapple Rolls

Hot ham, cheese and pineapple sandwich

Serves 4
10 oz. deli ham
4 pineapple rings
2 slices of cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
4 potato rolls

1. Tear 4 pieces of heavy-duty foil. Place a bottom bun on each piece of foil.
2. On each bottom bun, layer ¼ of the ham, a ring of pineapple, and a slice of cheese.
3. Spread a little Dijon mustard on top of each piece of cheese.
4. Place the top bun on each sandwich.
5. Close each foil packet by bringing the sides up and pinching them closed.
6. Place each sandwich on hot coals or over hot coals on a grill rack. Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
7. Unwrap carefully and check to see if the cheese has melted and the ham is warm.
8. Serve with chips, pretzels, potato salad, or fruit.

Ham, Apple, and Gouda Sandwiches

Hot ham, cheese and apple sandwich

Serves 4
8 slices of Italian bread
12 slices of deli ham (smoked works well)
1 apple, thinly sliced
12 small slices of Gouda cheese

1. Tear 4 pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil (one per sandwich). Set one slice of bread on each piece of foil.
2. Top each piece of bread with 3 slices of ham, a few apple slices, and some Gouda.
3. Place the top piece of bread on each sandwich.
4. Close each foil sandwich by bringing the sides of the foil up and cinching them closed.
5. Set the sandwiches on hot coals and let them cook for about 15 minutes.
6. Open them carefully and check to see if the cheese is hot on the inside.
7. Serve with a tossed salad or chips.

Do you have a favorite campfire sandwich? Share your recipes with us below!

Fall Leaf Rubbings! Leave Your RV Decorated With Fall Colors!

Time to get crafty! Fall leaves for a kids activity.

Bring some of those festive fall colors into your RV this season by gathering the kids for this fun fall leaf rubbings craft project! Not only will you get your little ones tromping around in the great outdoors, but this project will also leave your RV decorated with fall colors that bring the beauty of autumn inside where it can be enjoyed year-round! If you’re ready to get crafty, here’s what you’ll need:


Gather what you need for a fall leaf art project.

  • Leaves
  • Paper
  • Coloring utensils


Collect! Little boy playing in the fall leaves.

  1. Head outside and start gathering your leaves. Try to pick ones of varying shapes and sizes so you have an eclectic selection to choose from. Then take your leaves inside.Set up! Veins up! Fall leaf art project.
  2. On a hard surface, place a single leaf down with the bottom of the leaf facing up at you (vein side up). Tape your leaf to the surface of your workspace so it doesn’t shift around.Cover up! Set up part two for fall leaf art project.
  3. Put a white sheet of paper on top of your leaf.Color it up! Fall leaf printing.
  4. With a crayon, colored pencil, oil pastel, or a marker gently rub the white sheet of paper over the leaf with a light amount of pressure.
  5. Continue rubbing until you’ve captured the entire imprint and texture of the leaf.
  6. Repeat these steps with other leaves and alternative colors until your sheet of paper is decorated to your liking. Then step back and admire your work!


  • The crispier the leaf, the harder it will be to rub, so steer your kids away from brittle, dry, and dead leaves.
  • You can substitute your white piece of paper for parchment paper to achieve a more transparent look.
  • Use burnt reds, bright oranges, light greens, and yellows to mimic the colors of fall trees.
  • Once your artwork is complete, use them as placemats for your dinette table, hang them up on the refrigerator, or mail them off to grandparents!

Your little ones will have a blast with this simple craft project that has stunning results, and you’ll love watching them create their masterpieces! Snap a picture of your fall leaf rubbings and share them with us on Facebook or Instagram so we can see how they turned out!

Flamin’ BBQ Sauce! Add a Fireball Twist to Your Next BBQ!


The sauce can make all the difference! Store-bought brands are ok, especially when you want something quick and easy, but nothing beats the quality of homemade sauce! Especially THIS sauce! A combination of apple butter, BBQ sauce, and booze (this burns off during cooking), this sweet sauce is on fire! Make this flamin’ BBQ sauce and add a fireball twist to your next BBQ!



2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, finely minced
1 small head of garlic (around 8 cloves), minced and crushed
1 C. cinnamon whiskey
3 C. apple butter (recipe below; make the day ahead)
1 C. ketchup
⅔ C. apple cider vinegar
¼ C. Worcestershire sauce
1 C. dark brown sugar
2 tsp. ground mustard
2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper


Step 1: Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook until the onions become translucent, stirring often so they don’t brown.

Step 2: Stir in the whiskey and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, whisk together remaining ingredients.

Step 3: Add the apple butter mixture to the whiskey and stir to blend well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes.

This sauce is perfect for chicken, ribs, and pork chops! Slater it on and let it caramelize. It will quickly become a crowd favorite at any event.

Homemade Apple Butter


This apple butter is not only a great addition to your BBQ sauce, it’s also delicious spread on toast, muffins, and waffles! This recipe will create a good-sized batch so you’ll have enough for the BBQ sauce and some left over to enjoy on other things as well!


12 medium Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 ½ C. light brown sugar
½ C. apple juice
1 Tbsp. cinnamon
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. allspice
1 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. ground cloves


Step 1: Place the apples in a slow cooker and top with remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 8‑10 hours, or until the apples are very tender.

Step 2: Mash the apples with a fork until they are as smashed up as you can get them. Cook for another 2 hours in the slow cooker, stirring occasionally.

Step 3: Remove from the slow cooker and place in a bowl. Using a hand mixer, whip until it’s smooth and any chunks of apples are gone. Let it cool at room temperature for about 2 hours, then refrigerate.

What would you put this flamin’ BBQ sauce on? Tell us how you like to spice up your BBQ in the comments below!

DIY Cookie Cutter Bird Feeders



Just a few months ago my husband and I bought a new house with a big front porch that I love! It’s the perfect place to sit with a cold drink in the summer and watch our boys ride their scooters and skateboards down our long driveway. I’ve realized it’s also the perfect place to hang bird feeders and watch from inside while birds nibble away. The ceiling of the porch gives the birds shelter from rain, wind, and snow. I love watching the variety of birds that are attracted to the birdseed mix that I put out. On any given day we’ll have cardinals, nuthatches, finches, chickadees, and more feeding right outside our window. My boys love watching them as much as I do, and for a craft activity, I thought it would be fun to make our own birdseed mix in fun shapes to hang on our porch and branches nearby. This DIY cookie cutter bird feeder idea is easy, inexpensive, and quick, making it perfect for kids of any age (including adults!). They have a shelf life of about a week. Many people have commented that they will mold if kept for too long, so don’t make them ahead and try to store them. Since this recipe makes about 20 bird feeders, consider giving some away to neighbors or as gifts at Christmas. You’ll have fun making them, and birds will flock to them once they’re hung!



¾ C. flour
½ C. water
1 packet of unflavored gelatin (like Knox)
3 Tbsp. corn syrup
4 C. birdseed mix

Supplies Needed:


Large mixing bowl
Cookie cutters in various shapes
Non-stick spray or Crisco
A straw or chopstick (for making a hole for the string)
Wax or parchment paper
A cookie sheet
Twine, string, raffia, or something else to hang it by (cut into 10-12” pieces)



Step 1 Combine the ingredients for the cookie cutter bird feeders.

1. In the large mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients (flour, water, gelatin, and corn syrup). Add the birdseed and stir well until completely combined.

Step 2 Create shapes out of bird feed.
2. Place your cookie cutters on a cookie sheet that is lined with wax or parchment paper. Begin by spooning some of the birdseed mixture into a cookie cutter. Press it firmly with the back of a spoon (or your fingers) that has been brushed with Crisco. The more you pack it down, the better it will stay together.

Step 3 Poke holes at the top of the cookie cutter shaped bird feeders.
3. Using your straw or chopstick, carefully poke a hole near the top. Make sure it goes all the way through and then pull it out. This is where you’ll thread your twine or string through so you can hang it outside.
4. Very carefully pull the cookie cutter up off the cookie sheet, leaving the birdseed feeder intact.

Step 5 Repeat steps one through four.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 using the same cookie cutter or different ones until all of your birdseed is gone.
6. Let your cookie cutter bird feeders dry for at least 8 hours, preferably overnight.

Step 7 Put string through the holes to hang the cookie cutter bird feeders.
7. Once they have hardened, thread a piece of 10-12” twine/string/raffia through the hole and tie it tightly.
8. Head outside and hang them from branches, porch hooks, and anywhere else you think birds would find them (and squirrels can’t get to them!).

TIP: Spray or grease up your cookie cutters after you’ve used them a few times so the mixture doesn’t start sticking to the inside of them.

Let us know if you made these and how they turned out for you! We’d love to hear where you hung them and what kinds of birds were attracted to them! Leave us a comment below!

Campfire Alternatives During a Fire Ban


Rain isn’t the only thing that can ruin your campfire! Lack of it can cause areas to become dry, putting it at risk for a wildfire. During these times there can be county and statewide fire bans to protect the land and lessen the chance of a fire getting out of control. So how do you enjoy your campfire activities without a campfire? Here are some campfire alternatives you can utilize during a fire ban.

Portable Fire Pits


You can still have a “campfire” if you have a portable propane fire pit! Since all it’s burning is the gas, they’re typically allowed during the ban as there’s no embers that can fly out! You can still cook, be kept warm, and roast marshmallows! You can find great pits like this Redwood Fire Pit from Camp Chef! This particular pit also includes a safety shut off valve so if it were to get knocked over it would shut off the gas and stop it from burning. This is a great feature to look for when you’re shopping for your portable fire pit to ensure safety!



Another alternative to a campfire is to use a grill. Gas grills are the safest but even if you’re using a charcoal grill, since it is contained, it’s usually permitted during a burn ban. This is another way you can still cook, roast your marshmallows, and keep warm. If it’s a small grill you can even pop it in the center of a ring of chairs and gather around it just as you would a campfire.



This will greatly depend on the level of the burn ban so make sure you check before you haul this out! A Chimenea is usually a font loaded freestanding outdoor fireplace that’s completely enclosed with a grate door. It helps keep anything burning in it from flying around. The main downfall to these other than that they sometimes are part of the burn ban is that they’re heavy and not fun to haul around. They are also pretty expensive such as this one found on for $429.95. If you have a spot where you’re parked permanently, this may be a great investment, however if you’re traveling it may not be the best option.

RV Fireplace & Kitchen


The last option is to forgo the outside fire and make do with what you have inside the RV! If you have a fireplace you can get the ambiance and warmth by gathering around that. Then just use your RV kitchen for your cooking. If you get creative enough you can even make s’mores in the kitchen! Check out this recipe for Indoor S’mores Fondue that’s great for those burn bans or a rainy day!

No matter what method you’re using, make sure to check over all the rules and regulations of the current ban enforced! Depending on the conditions they may enforce more strict rules at a local level, and even at the campground itself. You don’t want to get caught using something banned as you will be looking at a hefty fine!

Fall Fun: You-Pick Apple Orchards in Michigan


As summer makes its slow departure, the agricultural mecca of Michigan comes to life! The humid air is overtaken by a refreshing breeze. The lush, green landscape morphs into a vibrant panorama of oranges and reds. Campfire s’mores are replaced with crisp caramel-covered apples, and the smell of freshly cut grass is soon overpowered by the sweet scent of cinnamon sugar donuts and spiced ciders! To join in on the fall fun, visit any one of these amazing You-Pick apple orchards in Michigan and experience the beauty of the harvest in the Great Lakes State!

Central-West Michigan Orchards

Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery | Grand Rapids, MI
Picking apples is just one of the many enjoyable activities offered at the Robinette’s Apple Haus and Winery. Take a horse-drawn hayride or hit the corn maze as a family before letting the kids loose on the jumping pillow! As your little ones bounce around, you can head into the barn to sample some wine and hard cider! End your day by browsing a wide selection of breads, pies, and pastries made fresh in the on-site bakery!


Ed Dunneback & Girls Farm | Grand Rapids, MI
Operated by a group of farm-lovin’ females, Ed Dunneback and Girls Farm is a family-owned business focused on all things fruity! In addition to apple picking, here you can also sip on their signature caramel apple shakes, grab a take-and-bake pie to enjoy later, or challenge your loved ones to a competitive race through the corn maze! The on-site kitchen offers soups, sandwiches, and more so you can refuel for the fun after spending a full afternoon in the orchard!


Schwallier’s Country Basket | Sparta, MI
Having opened its barn doors in 1989, Schwallier’s Country Basket boasts a long history of providing the local area with an array of fruits and fresh-baked goods. With over 15 varieties of apples, you’ll have quite a selection to choose from when you head out into the orchard! A corn maze is also available, as well as an animal barn filled with adorable farm animals like goats, chickens, and bunnies!


Steffens Orchard and Market | Sparta, MI
With over 300 acres of apples, Steffens Orchard and Market is a metropolis of crisp and succulent honeycrisps, fujis, and golden delicious apples, among many others! They provide small wagons which you can take into the orchard to more easily gather and transport your apples. If you go on a weekend, you might be lucky enough to catch the Moon Bounce, which the kids can jump around in at no extra charge!


Fruit Ridge Hayrides | Kent City, MI
Also located in the heart of Michigan’s fruit growing region, Fruit Ridge Hayrides offers around a dozen different apple varieties to pick from! Tour the fall colors on a horse-drawn hayride or get lost in the 10-acre corn maze! Treat your little ones to a pony ride or walk around the petting zoo and meet the llamas, mini horses, pigs, goats, and more! After the fun leaves you exhausted, stop by the little barn bakery and enjoy a hot dog, nachos, or a hot spiced cider!


Lower-East Michigan Orchards

Long Family Orchard | Commerce Charter Twp., MI
Everyone, no matter what their age, will have a great time at Long Family Orchard! If you visit on a weekend to pick your own apples, you’ll also enjoy free hayrides! In addition to apple picking, there is also a nighttime corn maze, a goat farm, two giant jumping pillows, large play structures, pedal karts, and more! Stop into the Cider Mill before taking off to grab some locally-made honey, jams, and mouthwatering apple cinnamon donuts for the road!

Blake Farms | Armada, MI
As one of the very first ‘pick your own’ orchards in the state, Blake Farms has spent the past 69 years growing apples in Michigan. Although you’ll have a blast plucking apples off the branches in the orchard, the real fun and excitement starts after the sun goes down! Put yourself on edge with the spooky land 3D maze, challenge ghosts and goblins in the 3-story haunted barn, or slay the walking dead on the zombie paintball safari ride!

Northern-West Michigan Orchards

King Orchard | Central Lake, MI
Although they specialize in growing Montmorency tart cherries, King Orchards also offers a wide selection of Heritage, Gourmet, and American apples as well. Spend a picturesque afternoon strolling through the orchard, taking in the sights, and collecting bushel after bushel of crisp, juicy apples. Stop by their bakery before heading home for some homestyle goodness. Located in Grand Traverse Bay, this is a great destination to stop at while checking out the Cherry Capital of the World!

Hoxsie’s Farm Market | Williamsburg, MI
Eager to introduce their guests to life on the farm, Hoxsie’s Farm Market is a charming and educational destination for fall family fun! Choose from 7 varieties of apples and get picking! The fun won’t end once you leave the apple orchard though, as this farm also features a 4-acre corn maze, wagon rides, and an in-barn playland. To top it off you can even enjoy some target practice with produce as your ammo with the apple cannons!

Jacob’s Farm | Traverse City, MI
Although they are notorious for their annual corn maze, Jacob’s Farm also boasts an extensive selection of apples available for self-picking! If you plan your visit on the weekend, be sure to stick around until the sun goes down and try to traverse their corn maze with nothing but the guiding glow of a flashlight! As you’re waiting to enter the moonlit maze, browse their collection of locally grown and homemade products, including their potting and planting mixes made from their own vermicomposting system to bring you top-of-the-line soil for your home garden!

Lower-South Michigan Orchards

Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm | Somerset Center, MI
With over 375 acres of countryside strewn with 20 plus varieties of apple trees, you’ll have a blast apple picking at Meckley’s Farm. If your time spent in the orchard leaves you thirsty, the on-site cider mill and cellar has you covered! With over 50 years of experience crafting artesian ciders, they still remain true to the ‘old school’ pressing style which is evident in the unique taste of their products. Relax with a glass of canine-inspired wine or a can of hard cider and enjoy live Bluegrass music while the kids take advantage of the pony rides and bounce house!


Earth First Farms | Berrien Center, MI
Situated on nearly 50 acres of vibrant, rolling landscapes, Earth First Farms is home to approximately 3,500 apple trees available for picking! As a certified organic apple orchard, this small family farm is committed to offering produce that is free from harmful side effects for both the environment and the consumer alike. Because apples are among the top 12 produce items contaminated by chemical residue, the apples from this farm are far superior to the pesticide-coated produce of other orchards in the area.


You haven’t gotten the full fall experience until you’ve picked apples yourself in one of Michigan’s many great orchards! So plan your visit today at a farm near you because the peak of the season is only here for a limited amount of time!

Do you have another great Michigan destination for old-fashioned fall fun? Is there an orchard that you swear has the best tasting apples around? Let us know in the comments!

Recycling On The Road: How, Where, And Upcycling


While most places are making great changes to become more eco-friendly, doing your part can make an important difference to the environment! However, if you’re full-time RVing, chances are it might not be very easy to properly take care of your recycling. Luckily, there are a lot of great options to make recycling easier! This guide to recycling on the road will help you to figure out how and where to recycle, as well as provide great ideas for upcycling!

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


In hopes to reduce the need for recycling altogether, environmentalists urge everyone to employ the reduce, reuse, recycle motto. By simply reducing the amount of unnecessary waste created, there is less that you will have to figure out what to do with later! Anything that you do have left over, you can find a way to reuse or repurpose to avoid sending it to the trash, or using valuable resources to have it recycled. As a last resort, recycling is a great way to ensure that otherwise harmful materials are kept from doing damage to the environment by going on to serve a better purpose!



Recycling is a great way to ensure that your waste doesn’t unnecessarily end up in a landfill or dump, where it could take years to decompose, or not decompose at all and take up space. By bringing in your recyclable materials into a recycling facility or depositing them into an appropriate recycling receptacle, you’re allowing these materials to be safely broken down, and then used to create other items.

Finding Recycling On The Road

If you’re lucky, you may be staying at a campground that offers recycling services, or at the very least, has a recycling bin where you can deposit your recyclable materials. Unfortunately, most campgrounds do not offer recycling, as it costs valuable resources and money to maintain. If you’re dedicated to recycling, you can still find local recycling centers where you can bring your recycling while on the road!

Finding a recycling center could be as easy as asking! Ask your campground host where local recycling centers are, or get in touch with local trash pickup services. There is also a great app called iReycle that is perfect for locating recycling locations for any type of item you’d like to recycle! Some retail stores, such as Target, have small-scale, in-store recycling stations so you can bring many materials in for recycling! If anything, a quick inquiry with a search engine could give you accurate results on where to find recycling centers as well!

What About Upcycling?


Going back to the ‘reuse’ part of the motto mentioned earlier, reusing items is a great way to keep them from going to the trash or recycling unnecessarily! Upcycling is the process in which everyday used items are transformed into useful, even decorative, creations!

When considering upcycling, keep the whole picture of environmental impact in mind. A lot of upcycling ideas may seem handy, but many projects end up ruining once-recyclable materials. Glues or adhesives sometimes create dangerous fusion, or cutting up bottles or other materials prevents them from being eligible for recycling. Although some upcycling can seem like a good fix for keeping materials out of landfills, it’s just a short-term fix, and instead of eventually recycling, these unusable materials will end up in the trash anyway.

With that being said, there are plenty of great and safe ideas you can use for upcycling while on the road!

  • Use tin cans to make a great silverware caddy
  • Save toilet paper rolls and use to keep cords and cables organized
  • Use old lightbulbs as oil lamps
  • Use old packaging bubble wrap to insulate your RV windows
  • Use condiment or juice bottles for transporting ingredients and mixes for your trip
  • Use large condiment jugs to create a waterproof first aid kit
  • Use coffee cans for waterproof storage of matches and toilet paper, or as a flower pot, or as a bread maker!
  • Transform a six pack cardboard holder into a condiment caddy
  • Use cardboard egg cartons as a fire starter by putting charcoal in the cups

Tips To Remember


Recycling while on the road won’t always be easy. It is a great thing to do for the environment, but you’ll have to be dedicated to taking care of recyclable materials and possibly holding onto them until you reach your next destination. Here are some good tips for dealing with recycling while RVing:

  • Leave packaging at the store whenever possible, especially with big purchases, but anything helps
  • Don’t burn your garbage! It creates dangerous fumes and leaves a mess for other people to clean up
  • Use large plastic bins to store recycling so that you can easily store it or transport it until you can find a recycling center.
  • Reuse items as much as possible, from anything such as shopping bags, food storage bags, tissue boxes, and more!

Recycling and upcycling are great for the environment, and with a little dedication and hard work, you can help to make the world a better place! Even if you don’t always recycle, RVing is already better for the environment than traditional living. You are living more sustainably in a smaller space, driving less than you normally would, you probably own substantially less personal possessions, are sharing bathrooms and using less water, and potentially using solar power. Just remember, even a small change can make a huge difference!

Fright Night: Scary Campfire Stories

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When you’re gathered around the campfire, all it takes is the right scary tale to turn a peaceful evening of s’more making into a terrifying fright night of pure fear. Come prepared to put your fellow campers into a panic with these scary campfire stories. But be warned, these are not suitable for young children … or adults that frighten easily!

The Licking Dog

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While her parents are out of town on an anniversary trip, a young girl named Sally is looking after the house and taking care of the family dog until their return. She stays up late and watches TV, skipping past the news channels that flash headlines on traffic backups, prison breaks, and weather warnings. At her feet, the dog rests, curled up and snoring lightly.

As Sally gets ready to go to sleep, the dog gets up and follows her, finding a comfortable spot beneath her bed to rest for the night. Sally slips beneath her bedsheets and gets comfortable too. She quickly drifts off to sleep after sticking her hand down to pet the dog goodnight.

Sally wakes suddenly to the thick sound of dripping in the distance. She throws back her bedsheets, annoyed at herself for having apparently left the tap on in the kitchen. She gets up and goes to the sink where she tightens the faucet. Then she climbs back in bed. Before drifting back off, she sticks her hand beneath the bed to feel the comforting lick of her groggy dog.

A few moments later, Sally’s eyes slide open as she realizes that the dripping sound hasn’t stopped. She lies in bed a few moments listening to the persisting plop, plop, plop, wondering where it could be coming from. Feeling increasingly uneasy, she sticks her arm down below the bed and feels the reassuring presence of her dog as he licks her hand once again.

Sally attempts to ignore the dripping and instead focuses on the light snoring of the dog below her. She leaves her arm hanging off the bed so she can feel his warm breath as she closes her eyes and tries to fall back to sleep. But the dripping sound doesn’t cease and Sally grows increasingly annoyed. She sits up, peels back her bed sheets, and goes to investigate further.

Listening for the muffled dripping noise, Sally follows her ears to the bathroom where she assumes the sink faucet must not have been turned off all the way. But when Sally looks at the sink, there isn’t even a slight trickle of water coming from the faucet. Listening closer, she realizes that the dripping sound is coming from behind her, in the shower! She turns around and slides the shower door open. Inside, she sees the lifeless body of her dog hanging upside down with blood dripping from its opened neck.

Scared the killer might still be in the house, Sally screams and bolts out of the bathroom. Before she can reach the front door she must first pass her bedroom doorway. As she runs past, Sally quickly glances inside to see a set of human hands crawling out from under her bed. Without stopping, Sally continues running for the front door, no longer hearing the trickle of blood, but only the pounding footsteps of someone closing in behind her.

The Clown in the Corner

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A teenage girl arrives at a massive house to babysit for a young, wealthy family with three kids. The house is filled with interesting decorations, and the rooms seem to go on forever. Before leaving, the parents instruct the girl of the childrens’ bedtime, and the father requests that after the kids go down, she go to the basement to watch TV. Understanding that she is not to wander around the house, the girl agrees and the parents leave.

After putting the kids to bed, the girl does as she was instructed and goes into the basement to watch TV until the parents return home. Like the rest of the house, the basement is scattered with unique artifacts and unusual adornments. The weirdest of them by far being a life-sized clown statue grinning in the corner. Doing her best to ignore her strange surroundings, she flips on the TV and finds something to watch.

After a few minutes of being unable to concentrate on the TV, the girl decides to cover the clown statue up with a blanket. She walks over to the corner and before draping the blanket over the statue, she looks into its colorfully-painted face. She could feel its eyes staring right back at hers. Uneasy, she covers it and quickly returns to the couch where its creepy, outlined silhouette still stands tall in the corner.

With the eeriness of the statue getting the best of her, she finally decides to call the father and ask permission to spend her time in another room of the house. When she gets ahold of him and explains that she is freaked out by the giant clown statue in the corner of the basement, she feels slightly foolish and embarrassed of her silly fear. Expecting the father to respond lightheartedly, she is taken aback when he abruptly says, “Listen very carefully, get the children out of the house and take them to the neighbors immediately!”

Not understanding the father’s stern and serious tone, she asks, “Why?” The father responds, this time in a panicked voice, “Recently the children have been telling us about a clown that watches them in their sleep. We assumed it was just nightmares. We don’t own any clown statues! I’m calling the police, but you need to get the kids out of the house RIGHT NOW!”

The girl drops the phone and looks up into the corner of the basement. On the floor where the clown statue once stood remains only a bunched-up blanket. Terrified, the girl turns around to run up the stairs but as she gets to the first step she sees the clown, no longer a statue, waving at her from the top of the staircase. With each descending step towards her, the grin on the clowns face grows bigger and bigger.

Unforgettable Memories

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A recently-married couple is taking their first camping trip together. They pack up their outdoor gear, get into the car, and head out into the wilderness for a weekend of fun in the sun! To document their rugged adventure, they bring a disposable camera and snap pictures of one another throughout their stay.

Together they roast marshmallows, go on hikes, and stargaze before falling asleep in the tent side by side. The weekend is relaxing and they don’t see a single soul the whole time they are out. When the weekend comes to an end, they pack up their gear and get ready to head home.

On the drive back, they stop to get their roll of film developed from their disposable camera. Excited to look back and reminisce on the fun they had together, they are both eager to see how the photos turned out. As they flip through their collection of pictures, they notice that amongst the photos of them hiking and hanging out are stacks of photos that show both of them fast asleep together in the tent.

With an instant feeling of uneasiness coming over them, they both decide never to go camping again.

Gather around the fire ring, make yourself some campfire popcorn, and get ready to figure out who the real scaredy cats of your campsite are! Do you have a scary campfire story that is guaranteed to give us chills? Share it in the comments below!

DIY Ways To Take RV Decorating To The Next Level


It’s no secret that some RVs come stocked with a little more elegance than others. If you have a fairly standard RV, or an especially outdated or retro RV, it may be in some serious need of some DIY TLC! Ditch the boring designs and check out these awesome DIY ways to take RV decorating to the next level!



The most noticeable DIY renovation you can do to your RV is paint it! Painting the walls and cabinets of your RV will yield a dramatic difference in the appearance of your interior! No more wishy-washy standard interiors! You can easily achieve a modern, sophisticated look with a little paint! Or give this chalkboard paint idea a try to dress up your refrigerator!

No-Sew Curtains


If you’re savvy with a sewing machine, you can opt to sew new curtains. If not, you can still enjoy lovely new curtains easily, which will make a tremendous difference to the overall appearance of the interior of your RV! Just use your fabric of choice, seaming tape, and your existing RV curtain hooks for a bold new look!

Couch Slip Covers


Whether you choose to make a couch cover yourself or buy one, this is a quick and easy way to give your boring old RV couch new life! With a variety of colors and patterns, you can get the exact look you want for next to no effort! Complete the look with coordinating decorative pillows and a throw and it’ll be like a whole new space!

Covering Cushions


If your dinette or couch cushions are lacking in style, you can easily use your favorite patterned heavy fabrics to make new covers right over your existing cushions! If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can make nice slip covers for your cushions, or you can use fabric glue to secure fabric! Either way, it’ll be a stylish upgrade!

Stick-On Tile Backsplash


A quick and easy way to add a nice touch of elegance to your RV is to add a neat stick-on tile backsplash! Just peel and stick to areas behind your sink, stove, and bathroom vanity for effortless class that is sure to impress!

Theme Decorating


One of the most fun and versatile DIY things you can do to your RV is decorate with a theme! Many people choose a type of travel theme, nautical theme, or something along those lines. This is a great opportunity to flex those DIY muscles to create your favorite coordinating decorations! There’s no shame in curating thematic pieces from thrift shops, retail shops, or pieces from other crafty online retailers as well! Some fun ideas include DIY decorative pillows, pallet art, picture frames, faux animal head trophies, and more! You could even decorate for holidays if you’re spending them in your RV!

Awning Decorations


If you’ve even been to a campground, you’ll know how people love to decorate their awnings! It’s a fun way to personalize your outdoor space and let your neighbors see what great taste you have! Themed awning lights have always been fun, but you can put your own DIY spin on it for your own personal flair!

Your awning decorations should reflect YOU! Use your favorite patterned fabric to make bunting and banners for a quaint and crafty feel! If you’re enjoying the summer weather, use sand pails over your lights for a unique decoration! Even colored Solo cups give a neat vibe! Don’t be afraid to get creative!

Stenciled Screen Door


An awesome and super fun idea to add another personal touch to your RV is to stencil a message or design on your RV’s screen door! This is easy and so inexpensive, but yields awesome results! Just pick out a stencil design, tape it to your screen door, and use white acrylic paint to fill in the design! Too simple! Just be sure to have the stencil facing the correct way when painting so that your message isn’t backwards to visitors!

All it takes is a little hard work and the spark of some really great ideas to transform your RV into the modern, stylish home on wheels you’ve always dreamed of! Hopefully these neat DIY ways to take your RV decorating to the next level has inspired you to add some needed personal touches to your RV! Have any other fun ideas for RV decorating? Comment to share!