Sleep Under The Stars

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Proudly presents:

Sleep Under the Stars at Carousel Park October 19

Delle Donne & Associates is pleased to present the 2019 Fall Sleep Under the Stars at Carousel Park!

Sleep Under the Stars is New Castle County’s premier fall family event, providing a beautiful and scenic fall overnight camping experience for families. Campers and visitors enjoy hayrides, fall crafts, bonfires, a family movie, costume parade, tent-to-tent trick-or-treating, great family time and other activities. Perfect for scout troops and other groups. All ages

Tent camping only. RVs and other mobile camping structures are not allowed.

Registration is free, but this year there is a suggested donation of $5 per car for parking. Proceeds will benefit Carousel Park & Equestrian Center's Therapeutic Riding and Ongoing Training (TROT) program.

Volunteers Needed!

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Do, Don'ts, and Rules

Our goal is to make Sleep Under the Stars a safe and fun event for everyone. To make this possible we ask that you follow these simple rules.

No personal campfires, charcoal grills, generators, or heaters.

We will tend the campfires and keep them going. you are welcome to bring a small propane grill, your cooler, and you may roast marshmallows and hot dogs at the campfire.

For your safety, generators, heaters, and tent heaters of any kind are not permitted.

Tents only

Tents only are permitted at this events. No campers or any kind are permitted.

No pets

We know you love your pets and that they are part of the family, but this is just not the appropriate event for them. To keep them safe, and for the safety of your fellow campers, please leave them at home.

No alcohol or drugs

This is a family event, and the use of alcohol and drugs is prohibited in all New Castle County parks. Persons violating this rule will be handled by our Department of Public Safety.

No Weapons

The possession of weapons and firearms are prohibited in New Castle County parks.

Leave no trace

Please do your best to leave the grounds of Carousel Park in the same condition you found them. Bring extra trash bags for clean up & make sure you don’t leave anything behind when exiting. 

Be Kind

The Golden Rule. Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.

Pre-registration is closed.


We hope to see you there! 

October 19

Carousel Park & Equestrian Center

3700 Limestone Road, Pike Creek

10 a.m.
Grounds open

7 p.m.
Check-In Closes

7-8 p.m.
Wristband only entry 

8 p.m.

$5 Per Car

Suggested Donation 

Donations benefit Carousel's Therapeutic Riding and Ongoing Training (TROT) Program

Event Hotline

(302) 395-5659

For weather updates and more

Carousel Park & Equestrian Center

3700 Limestone Rd.
 Wilmington, DE 19808

Main Stage Donor

Christiana Care Logo

Carousel Park is now a Non-Smoking Park

A No Smoking Sign.

Smoking is prohibited throughout the park.

 Tentative Schedule:

10am- 7pm      Camper Check In

12pm-4pm      Pony Rides, $5. Proceeds benefit TROT

12pm-6pm       Outdoor Games 

                                Moon Bounces

                                Giant Games 


1pm-8pm         Food Trucks

                                DJ/Music Entertainment                                                                                 

2pm-6pm         Board Games 

                               Pumpkin Decorating

                               Scarecrow making

                               Fall Craft and Imagination Playground presented by 

                               Delaware Children's Museum 

2pm-9pm         Hayrides                                                             

3-6:00pm         Monster Mash Dance Party

                               Grandpop Bubbles - Bubble Festival 

5pm-12am      Bonfires

6 pm                   Costume Parade

6:30 pm            Tent to Tent Trick or Treating

8-10pm             Movie Under the Stars              

11pm                Quiet Time  

12am                  Fires Out                  

When the sun goes down it gets dark!

Make sure you set up your tent before it starts getting dark. There are security lights, but you will need a flashlight or headlamp too.

At night It will get cold. Like cold-cold.

Once the sun goes down it will get cold. The forecast has the temperature getting to 50 degrees or lower. Make sure you have proper clothing including extra socks, blankets, and the like. Please note that tent heaters are not permitted for safety reasons. 

Make use of the safety bracelets.

At check-in you will receive a tyvek bracelets for your kids and you will be asked to write a contact number on them where you can be reached during the event. Please use them, and make sure to put them on snug enough to stay on. 

Orient yourself.

Know the lay of the land and set up some rules for your family ahead of time. Make a meet up plan in case of emergency. Show your kids the location of the Command Unit and let them know this is where they can go should they get lost. Take notice of the closest letter and number to your campsite to help find your camp. 

Check the schedule.

Activities start anywhere between 12 and 8 p.m. Don't miss a thing! 

There is no lights out.

Camping near the security light seems like a good idea...until you're trying to sleep. Security lights stay on all night. 

Make a potty plan.

Camp near the port-a-potties or bring your own! Bring wipes and extra toilet paper just in case. Port-a-potties are located near security lights. 

Find a quiet spot.

Keep in mind that the areas around the bonfires tend to attract activity approaching, and sometimes after, quiet time. The farther away from the bonfires you camp, the quieter it should be.


In the unlikely event of a severe weather event or emergency, please listen to all announcements and instructions that will be provided to you by the Command Post, police and EMS and comply in a calm manner. Police and EMS will be stationed on-site throughout the event and weather conditions are monitored on-site.

Have fun!

Once you're all set up just sit-back, relax, have fun and be safe!