A Ha Ha Haunted Halloween!

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Ha Ha Tonka State Park is one of the best ways to explore fall at the Lake of the Ozarks.

And aside from walking the usual trails, Missouri State Park has a fun and kid-friendly event on Halloween night called “Ha Ha Haunt”.

Here more info from Ha Ha Tonka State Park:

Put on your favorite costume and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun for all ages. Castle Trail will be decorated and lined with jack-o-lanterns. At the castle ruins, get a treat bag, make a s’more, play a game for a prize, do a craft and get a cup of hot chocolate. This year’s event will feature professional storyteller Steve Otto.  He will be telling ghost stories for the younger crowd at 5:30 p.m. and spookier stories for the brave at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Event time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

1491 State Road D, Camdenton, MO | (573) 346-2986

5 Delicious Treats to Make for Halloween

There’s no better time than Halloween to take your desserts to a spooky, new level.

We searched around the Internet and found 5 Halloween recipes that are guaranteed to turn some heads and put smiles on the faces of your friends and family!

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Frozen “Boo”-nana Pops by Skinny Taste

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Halloween Cupcakes In A Jar by HGTV

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Rice Cereal and Marshmallow Treat Pumpkins by Spoonful

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Dirt Pudding by Neighbor Food Blog

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Trick-or-Chex Treat by Cupcake Diaries Blog

5 Tips for Carving the Perfect Pumpkin this Halloween

Spooky. Creepy. Goblins and ghosts!

The Halloween season is oh-so-slowly creeping upon us. A time for trick or treating and dressing up in the zaniest of costumes.

Although costumes and candy usually take center stage, carving a pumpkin is the perfect activity to squeeze in some quality family time. Carving the perfect pumpkin is all about having the right tools and a few ideas to give you the creative edge.

Here are 5 tips to help you out.

  1. Pick the Perfect Pumpkin: When picking out your pumpkin, be on the lookout for a solid, even-colored pumpkin. Pumpkins can sometimes be spotty and discolored. Try to find one that is as orange as can be! Also, beware of any soft spots. If you’re ambitious this year and want to do an intricate design, be sure to find a pumpkin that has a flat surface.
  2. Find a Stencil: Get creative this year and try something new! The same old silly Jack-O-Lantern grin could use a facelift. Here are some stencils that you can print out on your computer. Thanks, Better Homes & Gardens!
  3. Get the Right Tools: If you’re using one knife to carve the whole pumpkin, you’re doing it wrong! Here’s what you need: a serrated knife (that is sharp), a large metal spoon or scoop, and a few small pairing knives to get that detail you want.
  4. Preserve Your Jack-O-Lantern: There’s nothing worse (and sometimes silly looking) than a Jack-O-Lantern’s smile turning into a shriveled grin. This year, take a little extra time to help preserve your masterpiece. Follow these steps to make your Jack-O-Lantern live even longer!
  5. Light It Up, Without the Fire: Jack-O-Lanterns have traditionally been lit with candles. This year, go for one of those small, battery-powered LED lights. You can even find ones that flicker like a real candle! Be sure to check out your local Halloween or crafts store for this type of candle.

What To Do At the Lake of the Ozarks in October

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Are you staying with us in October? Here are some events at and around the Lake of the Ozarks that are worth checking out!

Big Bass Bash Fishing Tournament, Oct. 5th & 6th: The Midwest Fish Tournaments will award over a third of a million dollars in cash at the 2012 Spring and Fall events. So come on out and be a part of the fun and excitement the Big Bass Bash has to offer. IT COULD BE YOUR CHANCE TO CATCH THE BASS OF A LIFETIME!

Fall Harbor Hop, Oct. 12th: Anyone can enter for a fun day on Lake of the Ozarks. Visit more than 40 of our participating locations on the water to play your poker hand. Enter the Harbor Hop by stopping at any of the check-points. To obtain a hand, sign up and pay an optional $15 donation. Any player can enter more than once.

Living History / Apple Butter Days, Oct. 11-13: Go back in history at the Camden County History & Museum! Within the museum will be craft booths, craft demonstrations, quilt raffle, chili lunch. On the grounds of the museum will be re-enactors from early and recent history. Players among others will be from Civil War times, early Missouri settlers and the mighty Osage Indians.

Missouri State Buddy Bass Championship, Oct. 19-20: Make plans today to be a part of the 29th Annual Missouri Buddy Bass State Championship brought to you by the Lake West Chamber of Commerce and our host – Captain Ron’s Bar and Grill at the 34.5 mile marker of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Adult Halloween Party at Captain Ron’s, Oct. 26: Feeling in the festive mood? Are you ready to dress up and make a night of it?! Captain Ron’s is hosting their 7th annual Adult Halloween Party. They will have fantastic prizes, including a chance to win a trip to Mexico!

Pumpkin Carving Secrets

Needs some help for our Jack-O-Lantern contest?

Here are some tips that will help you along the way!

Remember, this is your shot to win $100 toward your next stay with us!

Definitely Don’t Lose Your Marbles — Remember sitting on the floor with your childhood friends, spending more time comparing your specialty marble collections than actually playing a real game of marbles? It’s time to climb the attic stairs and fish out your vast marble collection. Or stop by the dollar store and pick up some new ones (the clearer and less decorative the marbles, the better). After carving out your jack-o-lantern’s face, use a pen or other circular pointed object to punch a few holes into your pumpkin. Stick a marble in each hole, light a candle, and place it into the pumpkin. Your jack-o-lantern will be adorned with brightly illuminated marbles, casting a unique glow you can’t achieve by simply cutting holes into a pumpkin. Use marbles to depict your jack-o-lantern’s teeth, dimples, eyeball pupils, or other creative features.
It’s Okay to Be Seedy — After you’ve scooped out your pumpkin innards, pick as many seeds from those stringy guts as you can. While you’re picking, preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rinse seeds, and combine every half-cup of seeds you’ve picked with two cups of water. Sprinkle one half of a tablespoon-worth of salt into every one cup of seedy water. Have a salty tooth? Add more. Dump the entire mixture into a pot and bring to a boil on your stove. Simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes, then drain water from the seeds using a collander. Grab a flat oven pan, and coat the bottom using a tablespoon-or-so of olive oil. Spread your seeds onto the pan in a single layer. Set the pan in your oven and bake anywhere from 10 to 25 minutes, depending on how brown and toasty you like your seeds. Remove from heat, let cool, and enjoy. Trust us—once you pop the first seed into your mouth, it’s just not an option to stop.

Find more tips here!

Carve Your Best Jack-O-Lantern!

It’s that creepy, spooky time of year. Time to scour the pumpkin patches for the perfect pumpkin to carve!

This is a great activity to do with your kids or grandkids!

We are running a Jack-O-Lantern contest, where you have a chance to win a $100 gift certificate toward your next stay with us. Simply carve a pumpkin, snap a photo, and submit it to us on our Facebook page.

We’ll pick the winner and post all of the submissions on our Facebook page. Happy carving!