11 Not-So-Scary Halloween Events for Little Kids
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.
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 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. The event takes place weekends in October.
Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND Florida Hotel
Guild's Haunted House Wicked Woods - Indianapolis
At the Children's Museum of Indianapolis
, Guild's Haunted House Wicked Woods entertains youngsters during Lights-On Hours. This medieval-themed Halloween kids event takes place October 7 to 31, 2017. 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
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 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2017.
Recommended Hotel: 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 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, 2017.
Recommended Hotel: Great Wolf Lodge Concord
HalloWeekends at Cedar Point - Sandusky, Ohio
'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. 15 to Oct. 28, 2017 (weekends only).
Recommended Hotel: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions - Sandusky, Ohio
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 on select dates from Sept. 22 to Oct. 29, 2017.
Recommended Hotel: SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne
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. This kids Halloween event takes place Sept. 1 to Nov. 1, 2017; passes are required, in addition to regular park admission.
Recommended Hotel: Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge
Brick-or-Treat - Carlsbad, Calif.
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.
Head to Hershey
for Hersheypark in the Dark, available on weekends starting Oct. 13 through 29, 2017. 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
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.
for Halloween Time, which runs on select dates from Sept. 20 to Oct. 31, 2017. 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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11 Not-So-Scary Halloween Events for Little Kids