While scary Halloween attractions are fun to visit during September and October, some children are just too young to enjoy them. We've compiled a list of halloween events for kids that the little crowd can enjoy, including some big, well-known haunted houses that offer "lights-on" fun and family-specific events.

Written by Lissa Poirot

Brick-or-Treat - Winter Haven, Fla.

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441 Family Reviews
Like LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Brick-or-Treat on Saturdays and Sundays in October, a fun Halloween event for kids. Youngsters can check out a new 13-foot-long LEGO Hearse, LEGO Vampire Build, Brick-or-Treat Trail with four collectors bricks, Monster Mash Dance Bash, Everything is Awesome costume contest, the World's Largest LEGO Pumpkin photo op, nightly fireworks and meet-and-greets with LEGO Halloween characters. The event takes place weekends in October.

Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Guild’s Haunted House Cursed Castle – Indianapolis

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108 Family Reviews
At the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Guild’s Haunted House Cursed Castle entertains youngsters during Lights-On Hours. This medieval-themed Halloween kids event takes place October 8 to 30, 2016. Lights-On Hours for really young kids and Frightening Hours for kids who can take the dark are both available. Don't forget to wear your costumes!

Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal

Boo at the Zoo – Nationwide

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489 Family Reviews
Many zoos across the country offer special events for younger kids around Halloween. For example, at the Philadelphia Zoo, kids can trick or treat and enjoy animal encounters during a four-day event, October 22, 23, 29, and 30, 2016.

Recommended Hotel: The River Inn

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge – Nationwide

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Kids can enjoy nightly costume parades, trick or treating, "Spooktacular Story Time," seasonal crafts, pumpkin painting, and a Monster Bash Dance Party at Great Wolf Lodge. Popular locations include Wisconsin Dells and the Pocono Mountains, and events take place October 1 to 31, 2016.

Recommended Hotel: Great Wolf Lodge Concord

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio

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2339 Family Reviews
Cedar Point's signature event for Halloween, HalloWeekends, can be quite scary at night for those under 13, but is great for youngsters during the day. Kids can explore the Magical House on Boo Hill, visit Planet Spooky (Planet Snoopy) and catch a themed parade, all included in the regular admission price, in addition to rides and attractions. Events take place Sept. 16 to Oct. 30, 2016 (weekends only).

Recommended Hotel: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions - Sandusky, Ohio

The Count's Halloween Spooktacular - Langhorne, Pa.

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266 Family Reviews
Each year, Sesame Place is transformed into a less-than-frightening attraction -- The Count's Halloween Spooktacular. Kids in costume can check out The Not-Too-Spooky Howl-O-Ween Radio Show, Neighborhood Street Party and Elmo The Musical Live! They'll also like an interactive show called "Who Said Boo?!" The event runs on weekends from Sept. 24 to Oct. 30, 2016.

Recommended Hotel: SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne

Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Orlando

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346 Family Reviews
Fall is a great time to visit Disney World, with fewer crowds and pleasant temperatures. At Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, guests are encouraged to wear costumes and trick or treat around the park. This kids Halloween event takes place Sept. 2 to Oct. 31, 2016; passes are required, in addition to regular park admission.

Recommended Hotel: The Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

Brick-or-Treat - Carlsbad, Calif.

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1002 Family Reviews
LEGOLAND, California features Brick-or-Treat on Saturdays in October, beginning at 5 p.m. Besides trick-or-treating in costume, kids can enter a costume contest and enjoy live entertainment, fireworks and dance parties. The park's Coast Cruise transforms into a Ghost Cruise and dances take place in both LEGOLAND and SEA LIFE Aquarium. Tickets are available for this Halloween kids event for full-day or evening-only admission, and include access to the park's regular attractions.

Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND California Hotel

Hersheypark in the Dark - Hershey, Pa.

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1402 Family Reviews
Head to Hershey for Hersheypark in the Dark, available on weekends starting Oct. 14 through 30, 2016. Your clan will enjoy "roller ghosters" and themed entertainment. Children ages 12 and under can also embark on Hershey's Trick-or-Treat Adventure, which offers 11 stops with treats. Also visit ZooAmerica for another Halloween event for families, Creatures of the Night, with nocturnal animal encounters.

Recommended Hotel: Hershey Lodge

Fright Fest at Six Flags – Nationwide

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145 Family Reviews
While Six Flags' Fright Fest might be too much for little ones, the parks provide "Thrills by Day." For example, Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta features Bugs Bunny's Spooky Town (no tricks, only treats), daily costume contests, and the Lickskillet Harvest Festival. Most Halloween events for families take place on September and October weekends.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Atlanta Cumberland Mall/NW

Halloween Time - Anaheim, Calif.

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1611 Family Reviews
Visit Disneyland for Halloween Time, which runs Sept. 9 to Oct. 31, 2016. Your kids' eyes will light up at the sight of jack-o-lanterns on Main Street U.S.A, trick-or-treat at Mickey's Halloween Park and enjoy arts and crafts at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Additional passes are required for this kids Halloween event.

Recommended Hotel: Candy Cane Inn

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MinnieMomofOne - Dec 13th, 2015

Ok, I don't know about a gazillion star rating, but this is a four star for kids at the very least. We are Disney fanatics & have been putting off a trip to Legoland because, well, frankly I was not sure how it would compare. We left five nights at... read more
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Snhanna - Sep 10th, 2014

We stayed for two nights with our four- and seven-year old children. We expected the craziness of a theme park but were delighted by a high quality experience at Great Wolf Lodge. The rooms are basic but comfortable and clean; the kids loved the the... read more
rgraham - Jun 6th, 2014

Very children friendly. We loved everything about our vacation. It was very affordable and located in next to excellent shopping areas. I think the best time of the year to visit is anytime because it is an indoor water park. I look forward to visiti... read more
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Jennifer - Apr 3rd, 2016

We took our first trip there this weekend and we loved it. The kids loved everything about the place. There is never a dull moment. The kids got to pet a baby tiger, feed animals at the zoo, play in the arcade, and enjoy hours of waterpark fun. The s... read more
CharityH - Jul 6th, 2015

The resort was mediocre in my opinion. I was there for 8 days for the nextstar dance nationals. Service in the restaurants were definitely on the slow side. The service at the convention center was ridiculous. I could go upstairs and get coffee an... read more
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Mind - Jul 21st, 2015

I did not feel good about this hotel after shelling out over $900 .. The food was not good and there really is not that many options on site..we ordered a cheese pizza at one point and it must have been cooked from frozen. Also early access to the pa... read more
crystalclear - Aug 17th, 2014

Having struggled through days at the usual Ca amusement parks such as Disneyland, Calif Adventure, and Sea World, my two sons and myself stopped at the Legoland Calif Hotel for our final stop. Even though the hotel is definitely geared towards the ... read more
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TravelFun - Aug 14th, 2012

My wife had a meeting at the Hershey Lodge so we turned it into a family vacation. We liked the resort very much. Staff was friendly and service was great. Free shuttle to the themepark each day was great. Because we were there more than 3 days, ... read more
faithbul - Oct 27th, 2009

We took advantage of the family special during the month of February...chocolate month. First of all, The Lodge was beautiful inside and out. We received candy bars and hot chocolate upon registration which was a nice touch. The hotel had planned ... read more
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markat0333 - Jul 12th, 2012

I don't normally pick lodging by reading reviews but this time i did for some reason. Because of the length of time i guess since the last time going to Disneyland. After reviewing hotels,inns and motels in the area i started reading customer review... read more
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