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Spooky Games To Pack For Your Camping Trip

Did you know that in the UK, camping ranks as one of the top choices for a weekend getaway, with over 60% of campers seeking unique experiences? But here's a twist for thrill-seekers: combining the rustic charm of camping with the intrigue of spooky games is becoming a new trend.

Imagine the British countryside, with its rich history and folklore, as the perfect backdrop for a night of ghostly tales and paranormal adventures. 

Ghost with a lantern in a field (photo: Monstera Production,
Ghost in a field (photo: Monstera Production)

Taking a camping trip can be exciting. If you are into spooky and supernatural things, packing in some spooking games can add to the excitement of passing the time. 

Going to a campsite known for being haunting sites or having eerie vibes can heighten the tension of being spooked by a ghost.

You can visit SpiritShack to find more spooky tips to make your camping trip more fun. Let's discuss how you can add spookiness to your camping trip. 

Spooky Games

Playing board games, which form part of the usual camping trip activities, can be relaxing, but why not make things more interesting? Here are some spooky games you can add to your camping trip. 

Flashlight Tag

This game only requires a flashlight and all members to participate. One person has to be the designated ghost who will try to catch the rest of their flashlight beam. 

Campfire Stories 

Everyone gathers around the campfire and shares spooky tales. Give each person in the circle the chance to tell a story to spook the rest.

You can also listen to creepy stories from podcasts or urban legends, especially if you find narratives about the area you find yourself in. This is a surefire way to increase the scariness factor.  

Another game that can be played around the campfire is charades. Players can act out famous horror movies and characters, and other players must guess who they are. 

Ghost in the Graveyard 

Ghosts in the Graveyard is a classic spooky game that can be played while camping. One person is labeled the ghost and hides while the other participants try to find them. The goal is to find the ghost before it tags you. 

Paranormal Investigation 

Go on a paranormal investigation while camping; bring a ghost-hunting kit or other equipment like voice recorders and EMF meters to explore the campsite for any occurrences that can become eerie. 

Nighttime Scavenger Hunt

Create a scavenger hunt for spooky-themed items that can be found in the dark. You can use a flashlight or a glowstick to navigate and search for hidden objects. 

Decorate the Campsite

Decorate your campsite with creepy lights or create lighting, such as cutting shapes out of brown paper bags and putting lights in them to up the spooky element. Use battery-powered lights, not candles, as these can start a small fire if the bag moves. 

You can also decorate the campsite with creepy carved pumpkins, skeletons, and skulls.  

Ensure that you refrain from using decorations that won't blow away in the middle of the night and ones that are easy to spot so that when you clean up, you don't risk leaving them behind. 

Pack Pumpkins

Carving jack-o-lanterns and playing spooky games can make for a fun camping trip. (photo: Miguel Teirlinck)
Jack-o-lantern (photo: Miguel Teirlinck)

Host a pumpkin carving competition while camping; each person can carve a face into a pumpkin to see who can make the best jack-o-lantern. 

Create a Horror Playlist

Setting the mood with a horror playlist will make the campsite spookier. Host a dance competition, with the winner receiving a mysterious prize. 

Benefits of Playing Spooky Games 

It's important to remember that everyone's tolerance for scary games is different. Keep this in mind when setting up games. Here are the benefits of playing spooky games.

  • Adrenaline Rush: These games heighten one's sense of fear and suspense. This can give individuals an exciting thrill while playing these games. 
  • Cognitive Stimulation: Most games involve critical thinking, strategic decision-making, and problem-solving skills that will help enhance mental agility and cognitive skills. 
  • Emotional Catharsis: These games will provide a sense of emotional release or catharsis, allowing people to feel fear in a controlled environment. 
  • Social Interaction: These games can be played with friends, allowing for social interaction and creating opportunities for bonding, friendly competition, and teamwork. 
  • Entertainment and Enjoyment: Spooky games give players a thrilling and immersive experience to engage in suspenseful storylines. You will enjoy solving supernatural challenges and solving mysteries. 


As the campfire dims and the stars twinkle above, your camping trip has been transformed into an epic tale of thrill and excitement, thanks to these spine-chilling games.

Remember, it's not just about the shivers and screams; it's about creating unforgettable memories with friends and family, bonding over shared stories and laughter in the face of fear.

Whether you're a seasoned ghost storyteller or a first-time paranormal game player, these spooky activities will leave a lasting impression.

So, as you pack up your tents and head back to reality, take a moment to relish the unique experiences you've shared. And who knows? These spooky games might become a cherished tradition for future camping adventures.

Until then, keep the spirit of adventure alive and remember: sometimes, the best way to truly connect with nature and each other is to embrace the mysterious and the unknown.

Spooky games can be fun and exciting, but remember to be mindful of how other people feel and set the game's scare level at reasonable scare factors to avoid overwhelming players.

The games mentioned above are all games that only require a little packing space. Try the ones that stand out to you, and have fun.


This story is brought to you in partnership with SpookyShack.

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