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Executive - Press Release

Posted on: October 11, 2017

Grab your tent and Sleep Under the Stars October 21 at Carousel Park

Wilmington, DE – The biggest family camping event in New Castle County is back for 2017 with spooktacular Halloween fun for the whole family! On Saturday, October 21, New Castle County’s Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, 3700 Limestone Road, plays host to Sleep Under the Stars, featuring a full day of hayrides, food vendors, a DJ Monster Bash, video game truck, family movie and bonfires and a nighttime camping experience that drew 5,400 attendees in 2016. Enter the costume and tent decorating contests. Design your Halloween pumpkin, make a scarecrow, jump on the moon bounce and much more.

Camper check-in begins at 10 am and activities kick off at noon. Cost is free.

“Winter is just around the corner, but standing in its way is the annual Sleep Under the Stars at Carousel Park and you don’t want to miss it!”, County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Come with your tent, sleeping bag and teddy bear. As Shel Silverstein wrote, ‘Turn on the dark. I’m afraid of the light.’”

Attendees who plan to camp overnight are strongly encouraged to register in advance at Get full details at and look for event updates on its Facebook page at

Note: Attendees are asked to please leave their pets at home for this special event (click HERE to read New Castle County’s special events pet policy).

Sleeping Under the Stars Highlights

Overnight Tent Camping

Tent-to-Tent Trick-or-Treating

Play Games in the Mobile Cloud Video Game Truck

Monster Bash Halloween Dance Party

Costume and Dance Contests

Tent Decorating Contest

Family Movie Under the Stars

Pumpkin Decorating



Scarecrow Making (you provide the clothes, we provide the straw)

New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol and K9 Unit Demonstrations

Boo Barn at the Kids Corral

Grandpop Bubbles

Hula Hoop Lessons with Lois Long

Games and More!

About Carousel Park & Equestrian Center

Home of the New Castle County Police Mounted Patrol Unit, Carousel Park and Equestrian Center is a 215 acre oasis offering open space, rolling meadows, an off leash bark park, two fishing ponds, miles of walking trails and more. The Park features a creative play experience for children at its playground with teepees, play horses and climbing logs. Or, visitors of all ages can just bring a picnic lunch and explore its scenic vistas of beautiful rolling hills. Carousel Park is open daily from dawn to dusk.


Contact: Jason Miller, Director of Communications, 302-545-1462

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