One of our favorite past times when we go camping is gathering around the campfire at night.

The great thing about campfires is, no matter how large or small your group is, you can always build a campfire to accommodate everyone.

It’s an awesome way to sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company, tell ghost stories, and roast marshmallows.

In this article, we will go through all the favorite things people like to do around the campfire, and with any luck, this should give you some ideas.

Check out our article What Are Some Good Outdoor Activities?

Things to Do Around the Campfire

Cook food

One of the most popular pastimes around the campfire is actually cooking food around it.

Whether it is the main meal or just a side dish. Campfires are awesome for cooking and grilling food.

There are so many different dishes you can cook from:

Main Meals

Campfire stew

Hot Dogs/Chilli dogs

Most things foil wrapped


Corn on the cob

Spanish Dip

Campfire potatoes

Roasted Marshmallows


Cinnamon rolls

Caramelized Peaches in Foil

Dutch Oven Apple Pie

Dutch Oven Peach Cobbler

You can also drink around the campfire too. In fact, some may argue that drinking is even more popular than cooking and eating food.

Different things to do around the campfire

Play games

The second most popular pastime around the campfire is playing games. However, we recommend doing this before you have had a meal. It is extremely hard for people to be enthusiastic

There are a ton of different games you can play around the campfire such as:

Flashlight tag

Two truths and one lie

21 questions


Name that song

Telling ghost stories is another popular activity around the campfire.

The great thing about ghost stories is they are different every time you tell them.

You can never have too many ghost stories, so ask your friends and family if they have any good ones to share around the campfire before going camping.


The fact that you are out in the open means that you get a better view of the stars.

It probably goes without saying that the best tie to stargaze around the campfire is at night when it is dark. This is because the night sky is a lot clearer and it is much easier to pick out the stars and different constellations.

So what can you stargaze?

  1. The most visible object you can see in the sky is the moon. The best thing about the moon is, it is always on time. You are pretty much guaranteed to see the moon as it passes through the sky every 24 hours.
  2. Notice patterns among the stars – The way to learn about star constellations is by observing different patterns among the stars. This is because every start constellation has its own pattern which makes it so much easier to identify the different constellations.
  3. The sun (our nearest star) – Yes, I know we said that the best time to stargaze is at night, but you will be surprised at what you can see when the sun is going down. Note: Never look directly at the sun. The best way to observe the sun is by direct viewing with a filter through a telescope or by projecting the sun’s image on a piece of paper. This will protect your eye from invisible radiations.

Sing songs

If you really want to set the mood before you eat, you can always start singing songs around the campfire.

There are lots of songs you can sing such as:

Row row row your boat

Three little birds (Bob Marley cover)

Michael Row the Boat ashore (traditional)

Amazing Grace(John Newton cover)

Ten green bottles (Traditional English folk song)

Jingle Bells (James Lord Pierpont cover)

If one of you happens to play the guitar, you could always sing a few while one of you plays the guitar which will really get you in the campfire mood.

Wrapping Up

Gathering around the campfire is a great way to spend some time with your friends and family.

Not only do you get to cook food, but you can also play games, tell stories, and stargaze.

What’s not to love?

So make sure to pack some marshmallows for roasting!

What sort of things do you like to do with your family and friends around the campfire?

What is your favorite campfire song?

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