Park set to host event

ST. MARYS — Visitors to an area campground will have their fill of spooky activities this weekend.

The Grand Lake St. Marys State Park Campground is hosting its Halloween Campout, with activities officially kicking off Friday night.

“We were starting off Friday evening with a scavenger hunt,” Park Manager Brian Miller said. “Then we were going to have a movie.”

He added the activities continue through today.

“We will have a jail and bail going on all weekend,” he said. “People staying in the campground can pay a couple dollars to have somebody put in the jail at the campgrounds. They would have to pay $2 to get out.”

Also on the schedule for campers today is a ton of games.

“We have a whole bunch of games — pumpkin bowling, an eyeball relay,” Miller said. “There will be mini pumpkin painting and face painting. Things will be going on all day.”

He noted there are also several new games this year as part of the Halloween Campout.

“It’s a full day on Saturday — things will start at 9 a.m. Saturday and don’t get over until late Saturday evening.”

In addition to the games, Miller noted the park will also be offering hayrides to campers.

“The humane society is going to be there with their animals,” he said. “There will be a corn hole tournament, a costume judging, trick-or-treat.”

Returning this year is the annual campsite decorating contest.

“That will run through the whole weekend,” Miller said.

He also noted a new event for this year’s Halloween Campout.

“We’re having a Halloween food contest this year with all different types of Halloween-themed food,” he said.

Miller noted the Halloween Campout is only open to registered campers and their guests.

The campground has already had people booking for this weekend.

“All of our electric sites are full at this time,” Miller said. “We have 25 non-electric sites still available.”

The Halloween Campout, he noted, is the campgrounds’ last event of the season and is popular with visitors.

“It gives us good occupancy in our campground, and it is a wrap-up for the campground season,” he said. “It’s a good event that gets us a lot of occupancy.”

Visitors to the campout, he said, range from locals to out-of-towners.

“We get a lot of local people, and a lot of people from out of town,” he said.