A few old-fashioned activities will turn your backyard excursion into a night to remember.
Project a movie onto a sheet hung from a clothesline or a wall. The MovieMate 30s (shown; $800, Epson) is made specifically for outdoor projections. Click here for a chance to win one.
Ward off any fears of the dark by playing some games before bedtime.
Flashlight hide-and-seek: Have the seeker "tag" any players he finds with the glow of his flashlight.
A moonlit tour: Lead a blindfolded person around the yard and have her guess where she's ended up.
Midnight portraiture: Draw a picture of your bunkmates in the dark, then turn on the lantern and guess who's who.
Shadow puppetry: Perfect your hand-shadow bunny, elephant, or puppy against the tent walls.
Can't quite remember the tales told during your slumber-party days? Cuddle up with:
A Very Hairy Scary Story, by Rick Walton, for ages 4 and up
Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories, for ages 8 and up
Tell Me a Scary Story ... but Not Too Scary! by Carl Reiner (a book on CD), for ages 4 and up
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