Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party - Orlando
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. The event takes place September 15 through November 1; passes are required, in addition to regular park admission.
Recommended Hotel: Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Brick-or-Treat - Carlsbad, Calif.
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 full-day or evening-only admission, and include access to the park's regular attractions.
Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND California Hotel
LEGOLAND California Hotel
Hersheypark in the Dark - Hershey, Pa.
Head to Hershey for Hersheypark in the Dark, available on weekends October 16 through November 1. 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 Creatures of the Night, with nocturnal animal encounters.
Recommended Hotel: Hershey Lodge
Brick-or-Treat - Winter Haven, Fla.
Like LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Brick-or-Treat on Saturdays and Sundays in October. Youngsters can check out a 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
LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Creepy Carnival Haunted House - Indianapolis
At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a Creepy Carnival Haunted House entertains youngsters during Lights-On Hours. The event, themed Pirate's Revenge in 2015, takes place October 10 through 31. Lights-On Hours for really young kids and Defenders Frightening Hours for kids who can take the dark are both available, as are Xtreme Scream late nights on select Friday and Saturdays. Don't forget to wear your costumes!
Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal
Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal
Boo at the Zoo - Nationwide
Many zoos across the country offer special events for younger kids around Halloween. For example, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., kids can trick or treat and enjoy animal encounters during a three-day event, October 23 to 25, 2015.
Recommended Hotel: The River Inn
The River Inn
Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge - Nationwide
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, 2015.
Recommended Hotel: Great Wolf Lodge, nationwide
HalloWeekends at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio
Ohio's Cedar Point weekends October through November 1, 2015. The park's signature event, 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.
Recommended Hotel: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions - Sandusky
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions - Sandusky
The Count's Halloween Spooktacular - Langhorne, Pa.
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 September 26 to November 1, 2015.
Recommended Hotel: SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne
SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne
Fright Fest at Six Flags - Nationwide
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 events take place on October weekends through November 1, 2015.
Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Atlanta Cumberland Mall/NW
Hampton Inn Atlanta Cumberland Mall/NW
Halloween Time - Anaheim, Calif.
Visit Disneyland for Halloween Time, which runs September 11 through November 1. 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 event.
Recommended Hotel: Candy Cane Inn
Candy Cane Inn
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