The leaves are turning, pumpkins are everywhere, and spooky pop-up costume stores are starting to appear in empty storefronts. That can only mean one thing – it’s almost Halloween! While most families have access to harvest festivals, haunted houses, and trick or treating, for a special treat, you can travel to one of these family destinations for a more festive and fun Halloween. Book early though, because these are popular spots.
Top Halloween Events for Family Travel
Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort
On select nights through Halloween, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort are transformed into a Halloween-themed party that’s a must-do if you are in the area. Featuring trick or treating, special Halloween decorations, and special fireworks and parade, Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween party is festive and fun for families. It’s a special ticketed party that happens after the park closes to regular guests, and from 7pm to midnight you’ll have the chance to see special costumed characters (costumes on costumes!), and can trick or treat around the park. Definitely stay for the parade, which is my favorite Disney parade of all. The party does sometimes sell out, so buy tickets in advance. You can learn more on my Mickey’s-Not-So-Scary Halloween Party post.
Home to both Sleepy Hollow and the Headless Horseman, Westchester County, NY is the perfect spot to celebrate Halloween. Highlights include the following;
- A tour of Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, where you’ll experience one of Washington Irving’s stories while taking a walk through the woods
- A walking tour of the Original Sleepy Hollow cemetery
- The Haunted Hayride through Sleepy Hollow
There are lots of other Halloween activities throughout the month – check out the Westchester County website for more details.
The city of Salem, MA, home of the Salem Witch Trials, celebrates Halloween all October long with street festivals, haunted trolley rides, a haunted village, and so much more. There are hotel packages where you can stay right in Salem, or it’s an easy trip from Boston for the day.
If you are near one of the Great Wolf Lodge locations in the United States and Canada (including the New England location), visit during the end of October to enjoy the trick or treating, a costume parade and party, age-appropriate spooky story time, and a Monster Bash Dance Party.
SeaWorld: Halloween Spooktacular
SeaWorld Parks (including SeaWorld San Antonio) offers their Halloween Spooktacular from the end of September through Halloween. It includes shows, activities, trick or treating, and more.
Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream
For those with adult kids, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream can be lots of fun. This separate ticketed event will take place over 19 nights at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. It’s recommended for those aged 17 and above.