LEGOLAND Brick or Treat; Courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida
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11 Not-So-Scary Halloween Events and Haunted Houses for Kids

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While scary Halloween events for kids are fun to visit during September and October, some children are just too young to enjoy them. We’ve compiled a list of not-so-spooky Halloween events that the little crowd can enjoy, including some big, well-known haunted houses for kids that offer “lights-on” fun and family-specific events. These are the best Halloween events and haunted houses for kids.

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

1. Brick-or-Treat – Winter Haven, FL

LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Brick-or-Treat on Saturdays and Sundays in October, a fun Halloween event for kids. Youngsters can check out a 13-foot-long LEGO Hearse, LEGO Vampire Build, a groovy gravediggers show, LEGO jack-o’-lanterns that come to life, costume contests, the World’s Largest LEGO Pumpkin photo op, nightly fireworks and meet-and-greets with LEGO Halloween characters.

Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Guild’s Haunted House Hotel of Spells; Courtesy of Guild’s Haunted House Hotel of Spells

2. Guild’s Haunted House Hotel of Spells – Indianapolis, IN

At the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Guild’s Haunted House Hotel of Spells entertains youngsters during Lights-On Hours. This medieval-themed Halloween event for kids takes place October 11 to 31, 2019. 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; Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

3. Boo at the Zoo – Nationwide

Many zoos across the country offer “Boo at the Zoo” programs for younger kids around Halloween. For example, at the Philadelphia Zoo, kids can trick or treat and enjoy animal encounters on select dates in October.

Recommended Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge


4. Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge – Nationwide

Kids can enjoy nightly costume parades, trick or treating, “Spooktacular Story Time,” seasonal crafts and a Monster Bash Dance Party at Great Wolf Lodge. Popular locations include Wisconsin Dells and the Pocono Mountains, and events take place throughout the month of October.

Recommended Hotel: Great Wolf Lodge Concord

cedar point halloween festival; Courtesy of Cedar Point

5. HalloWeekends at Cedar Point – Sandusky, OH

Cedar Point‘s signature Halloween event for kids, 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 on weekends in September and October.

Recommended Hotel: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions – Sandusky, Ohio

The Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

6. 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?!” This Halloween event for kids runs on select dates in September and October.

Recommended Hotel: SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

7. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – Orlando, FL

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 Halloween event for kids takes place September to early November; passes are required in addition to regular park admission.

Recommended Hotel: Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California Resort

8. Brick-or-Treat – Carlsbad, CA

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; Courtesy of Hershey

9. Hersheypark in the Dark – Hershey, PA

Head to Hershey for Hersheypark in the Dark, available on weekends, Oct. 18 to Nov. 3, 2019. 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; Courtesy of Kathy Nolan/Shutterstock

10. 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 Halloween events for families take place on September and October weekends.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Atlanta Cumberland Mall/NW

Halloween Time; Courtesy of Walt Disney World

11. Halloween Time – Disneyland, CA

Visit Disneyland for Halloween Time, which runs on select dates in September and October. Your kids’ eyes will light up at the sight of jack-o-lanterns on Main Street U.S.A. The kids can trick-or-treat at Mickey’s Halloween Park and enjoy arts and crafts at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Separate passes are required for this Halloween event for kids.

Recommended Hotel: Candy Cane Inn

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