By Maloree Anderson
Oct 28, 2017

A Hauntingly Good Time at Camp

Halloween is the best time of the year, there is no doubt about it. It’s the only time of year where it is acceptable to dress up and eat as much candy as you possibly can. Parties, haunted houses, pumpkin carving; um, yes! That’s why when I was assigned to report on the two Halloween camp activities this year, I was more than thrilled.

Usually I attend my assigned events by myself but, this year I thought I would bring along my family, (son, husband, sister, niece, and nephew). So, it made this assignment a little different. I got to observe my own family participate in the games and crafts and how they reacted to them.

We attended Camp Jeremiah Johnson’s Eerie Encounters on Friday. It was the whole gang, all dressed up in our Halloween costumes. My sister was experiencing camp for her first time and this is what she had to say:

My experience at Camp JJ’s Halloween activity was amazing. When we arrived we were immediately greeted by smiling faces who gave us a guide to the different activities available. We first went to the archery range. The instructors there explained the process and rules for the range.

We also saw the boats on the dark pond and then went to the main pavilion for some games. Lillian, a camp staff who was dressed up as a banana, taught us how to make balancing bats. She would make funny faces and do silly dances completely enchanting my two-year-old daughter. She would call her “the silly banana.”

Overall, the camp was very well decorated and set up. The people were super nice and the experience was fantastic!

Saturday, it was just my husband, son, and I at the Halloween Ghost Trails at Maple Dell Scout Camp. We showed up to camp and my husband immediately wanted to relive his Scouting days and do the tomahawk throwing. I could tell he was holding back his excitement when he strategically tossed the tomahawk at the pumpkins. My son, Racer, wanted to try. He laughed and laughed as my husband helped him chop at one of the pumpkins.

Because we had the little one with us we couldn’t go on the older Halloween ghost trail. Even though my kid has been loving everything Halloween this year we decided it would be too scary. However, throughout the night we would hear horns, gunshots followed by the screams of the victims. Can you imagine walking through a dark forest up a canyon and randomly hear a gun shot? Scary! We walked the ghost trail made for little kids. Cute inflatable blow-ups and halloween decor littered the trail. Racer kept saying, “Scary…” or “Spider!” or “Touch it?”

After some face painting, my family and I decided to get some treats at the trading post and then spend a little bit of time listening to Halloween stories. It was nice to sit down in the low glow of the table light and hear some old Halloween book being read. Then, to finish off the night, my husband went back to tomahawk throwing to prefect his aim. It was getting late and I had to practically drag him away, promising that we could come back to play for the Thanksgiving event on November 11th.

I’ve already decided I’ll be coming back next Halloween. I was impressed with how family-friendly these events were. I felt safe. I felt that I didn’t have to worry about my two-year-old. We went to enjoy the spirit of Halloween at camp and it was more than expected.

Will you be joining us next year?


Author: Maloree Anderson | is a photographer, graphic designer, mom of one, friend of Scouting and Marketing Specialist with the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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