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 haunts that the little crowd can enjoy, including some big, well-known haunted houses that offer "lights-on" fun and family-specific events.

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. New in 2014, they can also enjoy meet-and-greet experiences with well-known villains, such as Cruella De Vil and Lady Tremaine. The event takes place through Oct. 31, 2014; passes are required, in addition to regular park admission.

Brick-or-Treat - Carlsbad, Calif.
LEGOLAND California features Brick-or-Treat on Saturdays (and select Sundays) in October. Besides trick-or-treating in costume, kids can enter a costume contest and enjoy live entertainment, fireworks and dance parties. Tickets are available for full-day or evening-only admission, and include access to the park's regular attractions.

Hersheypark in the Dark - Hershey, Pa.

Head to Hershey for Hersheypark in the Dark, available on weekends through Nov. 2, 2014. 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.

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 LEGO Ghost Build, where they'll help put an 8-foot structure together; LEGO Scary Scavenger Hunt in Miniland, where they can also enter to win prizes; and Brick or Treat Trail, where a limited amount of commemorative LEGO's will be distributed in 2014.

Creepy Carnival Haunted House - Indianapolis

At The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, a Creepy Carnival Haunted House entertains youngsters during Lights-On Hours. Kids encounter spooky, yet friendly characters and scenes along the way. The event is hosted Oct. 11 to Oct. 31, 2014. Don't forget to wear your costumes!

Boo at the Zoo - Nationwide
Many zoos across the country offer special events for younger kids around Halloween. For example, Zoo Atlanta hosts Boo at the Zoo on two weekends in October (Oct. 18 to 19 and Oct. 25 to 26, 2014), with costume contests, a hay maze, arts and crafts and character meet-and-greet experiences in Zoo Boo Town. At the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., kids can trick or treat and enjoy animal encounters during a three-day event, Oct. 24 to Oct. 26, 2014.

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 Oct. 9 to Oct. 31, 2014.

HalloWeekends at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio
Ohio's Cedar Point becomes haunted on weekends through Nov. 1, 2014. 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.

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 Sept. 20 to Oct. 26, 2014.

Fright Fest at Six Flags - Nationwide
While Six Flags' Fright Fest might be too much for little ones, the parks provide "Thrills by Day." Events include Bugs Bunny's Spooky Town at Six Flags Over Georgia and new in 2014, a Monster Mash Bash at Six Flags America. Most events take place on weekends through Nov. 2, 2014.

Halloween Time - Anaheim, Calif.

Visit Disneyland for Halloween Time, which runs through Oct. 31, 2014. Your kids' eyes will light up at the sight of jack-o-lanterns on Main Street U.S.A. They'll also enjoy arts and crafts at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Additional passes are required for this event.

More from Family Vacation Critic:
America's Most Haunted Hotel
10 Best Haunted Houses for Families

Written by Lissa Poirot


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