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Want to plan a Halloween trip to experience all the spooky and candy-filled fun? Find out some of the best  Halloween vacations and destinations for your entire family. Scroll down to read more!

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Are you someone who looks forward to Halloween all year long?

Have you already done all the Halloween events in your hometown?

Why not plan a trip to one of these best Halloween vacations and destinations in the United States that are sure to delight your entire family!

Best Halloween Vacations and Destinations for Fall Travel

SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

During the month of October, Salem gives visitors a full-fledged Halloween experience. Events include re-enactments, guided tours of the infamous witch trial locations, fireworks, magic shows, and more. 

Salem, Massachusetts is one of the spookiest places to visit for Halloween.
Historic Salem, Massachusetts grave yard.

The Hawthorne Hotel will also host The Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball which will feature a night full of magic, music, and powerful rituals with special guests.

If you’re a fan of Halloween or even the history behind the Salem Witch Trials, this will be a must-see for those who live close or would like to take a weekend getaway.

The first 100 guests to arrive will also get a special gift bag filled with magical swag. See more information, times and more here.

While you’re visiting Salem, another great place to visit is the Witch House, a museum which is dedicated to the Salem Witch Trials.

And you’ll want to do the 1692 Witch Trials Walking Tour.

Where to Stay in Salem:

HAWTHORNE HOTEL: Built in 1925, the Hawthorne is a proud member of Historic Hotels of America and New England Inns & Resorts.

SALEM WATERFRONT HOTEL & SUITES: This is Salem’s newest boutique hotel with lots of modern amenities families will love.

GREAT WOLF LODGE

As the weather gets chillier, it’s always fun to head to an indoor waterpark where it’s always 84 degrees warm and full of excitement!

Photo of the Cub Paw Pool at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA, a family-friendly resort in the PNW #pnw #greatwolflodge #grandmound #washingtonstate #pnwresort
Cub Paw Pool is an awesome place for family fun at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, WA. Photo credit: Great Wolf Lodge

Each year Great Wolf Lodge puts together a special Halloween event at some of their locations.

This year, the Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween event will offer parades, scary-silly Story Time, and Monster Bash Dance Parties.

Kids can even bring their Halloween pails to get goodies as they walk along the Trick-or-Treat Trails.

Great Wolf Lodge locations participating in the Halloween activities:

Anaheim, CA;
Atlanta/LaGrange, GA;
Bloomington/Minneapolis, MN;
Boston/Fitchburg, MA;
Charlotte/Concord, NC;
Chicago/Gurnee, IL;
Cincinnati/Mason, OH;
Colorado Springs, CO;
Grand Mound, WA;
Grapeville, TX;
Kansas City, KS;
Niagara Falls, Ontario;
Pocono Mountains, PA;
Sandusky, OH;
Traverse City, MI;
Williamsburg, VA;
and Wisconsin Dells, WI.

SIX FLAGS FRIGHT FEST

Select days this fall you can visit Six Flags for their spooky Fright Fest where zombies and ghouls take over the entire park. 

Families can enjoy fun thrills and activities throughout the day and when the sun goes down even more spooky fun can be had.

Fright Fest also brings several haunted houses and various scare zones throughout the park.

Kids, ages 12 and up, can compete in a scream contest. The winner of the best blood-curdling screams will win amazing prizes.

A costume contest is available for kids 12 and under with prizes offered for the best costumes. 

Six Flag parks that take part in the Fright Fest:

SIX FLAGS OVER TEXAS

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA

SIX FLAGS ST. LOUIS

SIX FLAGS GREAT ADVENTURE

SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN

SIX FLAGS GREAT AMERICA

SIX FLAGS FIESTA TEXAS

SIX FLAGS AMERICA

SIX FLAGS DISCOVERY KINGDOM

SIX FLAGS NEW ENGLAND

GREAT ESCAPE

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NEW YORK

Sleepy Hollow, NY is another great spooky place to visit during Halloween.

While this destination isn’t recommended for younger children or for the faint of heart, older kids and adults can enjoy events like the cemetery tours, hayrides and more.

Sleepy Hollow is one of the top Halloween vacation destinations.
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in New York.

Be warned! This could get very scary!

Horseman’s Hollow which is held at the Phillipsburg Manor is transformed into a fearsome landscape that’s ruled by vampires, witches, ghouls, undead soldiers and ghosts who serve the Headless Horseman.

Visitors can walk through a haunted trail and come across scenes of the town that was driven mad by the Headless Horseman while creatures lurk in the shadows ready to scare.

Where to Stay in Sleepy Hollow:

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL TARRYTOWN: Set on 11 acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of the Hudson Valley, the Doubletree by Hilton Tarrytown has 246 guest rooms, including family rooms.

CASTLE HOTEL & SPA: Castle Hotel & Spa is a medieval-style structure meticulously transformed into a luxury hotel in 1997, 16 years after being designated a historic landmark.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA

The Audubon Zoo has a yearly event called “Boo at the Zoo” which runs from for three days in October.

Photo of a family dressed up as scarecrows at the Boo at the Zoo event in New Orleans, Louisiana
Boo at the Zoo event in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo credit: Audobon Nature Institute

For 2019 the dates are Friday, October 25th through Sunday, October 27th. The zoo will feature a monster maze, inflatables, live entertainment, animal encounters and a zombie themed ghost train ride.

You can get tickets and more information here.

Ghosts in the Oaks is another yearly family event that you can attend in October.

Kids and adults can enjoy the amusement rides, arts and crafts, and even a little trick-or-treating. Also available are balloon animals, air-brush paintings and musical entertainment.

Tickets do need to be purchased, which you can do so here.

Where to Stay in New Orleans:

BOURBON ORLEANS HOTEL: Nestled in the heart of the French Quarter, the Bourbon Orleans New Orleans Hotel features a rich history and opulent French styling reminiscent of the early 1800s.

HOTEL LE MARAIS: Be inspired by an effortless amalgamation of classic and modern. Hotel le Marais is New Orleans’ newest upscale boutique hotel.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Arts in the Dark is a yearly event that takes place only one night of the year. It’s a magical evening parade that celebrates Halloween as the “artist’s holiday.”

Arts in the Dark is a popular Halloween event in Chicago for families.
Arts in the Dark event in Chicago. Photo credit: LUMA8/Michael Monar

The event brings together world-renowned institutions to delight the audience with unique floats, puppets and creative performances by the artists.

After the parade visitors can enjoy live music, a kid’s station, magicians, spooky games, Mini Golf, and more. Visit Arts in the Dark for more info on event dates and activities.

Lincoln Park Zoo holds their Halloween event in conjunction with the zoo’s five-weekend Fall Fest celebration and offers engaging and fun activities for families.

A list of all the events and attractions at the zoo can be found here.

Where to Stay in Chicago during the Halloween season:

THE TALBOTT HOTEL: Located in Chicago’s historic Gold Coast district, the newly renovated Talbott Hotel, ranked “best of” by many travel sites, is pet-friendly and has evening entertainment.

KIMPTON HOTEL PALOMAR CHICAGO: The Hotel Palomar is a luxury, boutique hotel in Chicago’s River North surrounded by the city’s top attractions, restaurants & destinations and families will love the Kimpton Kids Program.

MICKEY’S NOT-SO-SCARY HALLOWEEN PARTY AT WALT DISNEY WORLD

No Halloween event list would be complete without Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World Resort.

Halloween at Walt Disney World can be a really festive time!
The new “Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular” at Magic Kingdom Park. Photo credit: David Roark

In perfect Disney style, the party will go all out for this year’s family Halloween event. The event runs various evenings in August to early November. 

The party is in the Magic Kingdom and includes a parade of Halloween characters and other regularly seen characters in their Halloween costumes, trick-or-treating throughout the park, special dining experiences, new ride experiences, a large show of fireworks and much more.

Halloween takes over the park in the evening on select dates. Tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party must be purchased separately from the normal everyday theme park tickets.

More info and dates can be found here.

Where to Stay in Walt Disney World during Halloween:

DISNEY’S FT. WILDERNESS RESORT & CAMPGROUND: The most festive place to stay at Walt Disney World is Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort.

Guests are invited to Tri-Circle-D Ranch for ‘Return to Sleepy Hollow’, a spooky Halloween event. Highlights take place October 30 and 31, with a decorated Halloween Golf Cart Parade and a Camp Site & Cabin Decorating Contest.

But, you can add special Disney Halloween decorations to any Walt Disney World Resort hotel room to get into the spirit!

OOGIE BOOGIE BASH AT DISNEYLAND RESORT

On the other side of the country, Disneyland Resort has it’s own Halloween festivities.

New for 2019, the Disneyland Halloween party is debuting at Disney California Adventure as the Oogie Boogie Bash!

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All-new Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. Photo credit: Disneyland Resort

This after-hours party is where you can meet Disney characters in their Halloween costumes, trick or treat throughout Disney California Adventure Park, see the new “World of Color” nighttime spectacular, walk through the new “Villainous!” villain-themed experience at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, participate in the DescenDance interactive dance party, and dress up as a family!

For 2019, Halloween time at the Disneyland Resort is celebrated from September 6 through October 31. That means there are more days than previous years for spooky family fun!

Plus, you’ll want to spend time checking out the “Happy Haul-o-Ween” decorations over in Cars Land. Even Mater and Lightening McQueen are in costume!

Finally, you’ll want to experience all the Dia de los Muertos events and decorations. Many of these have a Coco-theme.

Find out more about Halloweentime at Disneyland Resort.

Where to Stay in Disneyland at Halloween:

DISNEY’S GRAND CALIFORNIAN HOTEL & SPA: Since this hotel has a special entrance to Disney California Adventure, it’s the easiest place to stay, especially if you have little ones to carry back after the event.

ANAHEIM FAIRFIELD INN: This hotel is right across from the entrance to both Disneyland Parks.

SEAWORLD’S HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

A fun filled daytime event for those visiting SeaWorld Orlando or San Diego this year in September and October.

Younger kids will love celebrating Halloween with Sesame Street characters during the SeaWorld Halloween Parade.
SeaWorld Halloween Parade. Photo credit: SeaWorld

Families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” that includes trick-or-treating, special Halloween shows, and more.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs weekends in September and October and is included in park admission. Guests are also encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes.

Where to Stay near Seaworld:

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS SEA WORLD SAN DIEGO: The Holiday Inn Express San Diego – SeaWorld Hotel is conveniently located only minutes away from the San Diego Zoo, San Diego SeaWorld, downtown San Diego, San Diego Old Town and the San Diego Waterfront.

HILTON GRAND VACATIONS AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO: A 33-acre Bermuda-styled resort, Hilton Grand Vacations at SeaWorld puts guests in close proximity to Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, Wet ‘n Wild Orlando and – just across the street – SeaWorld Orlando.

BRICK-OR-TREAT AT LEGOLAND

Weekends in October brings the Brick-or-Treat event at LEGOLAND in Florida and California.

Families can journey through the themed trail with their very own Brick-or-Treat bag to gather candy as they walk the trail.

Special Halloween characters like Lord Vampyre, Rockin’ Frankenstein, and more will be walking around for visitors to meet. 

Another event includes a scavenger hunt where visitors can race to find the LEGO Candy Corn.

In the Tale of Pirates’ Cove in Orlando, a fun fireworks Spectacular will go down each night through the dates of the event.

See all of the events in Orlando and San Diego.

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Where to Stay near Legoland:

LEGOLAND CALIFORNIA HOTEL: Located right at the main entrance to LEGOLAND California, you’ll be delighted by interactive LEGO features, themed play areas, family pool and kid’s entertainment!

See our room tour here.

LEGOLAND FLORIDA HOTEL: This unique hotel features a free full breakfast buffet daily, interactive play areas, nightly entertainment, a disco elevator, character meet & greets, in-room treasure hunt (with LEGO prizes), a heated resort pool & much more!

KNOTT’S SCARY FARM

Every Halloween, the Southern California town of Buena Park transforms into “Boo-uena Park.”

One of the longest running theme park Halloween parties in the country is Knott’s Scary Farm, which debuted more than 45 years ago.

Knott's Berry Farm goes all out for Halloween and transforms into Knott's Scary Farm, geared for older kids, teens and adults
Fiesta de los Muertos Candy Skull Character at Knott’s Scary Farm. Photo credit: Knott’s Berry Farm

It’s also one of the largest Halloween events in a theme park and it includes mazes, an interactive zombie experience and so much more.

But, don’t worry if you have younger kiddos! There’s a less intense Knott’s Spooky Farm with Snoopy and trick-or-treating.

Find out the best kids activities at Knott’s Berry Farm.

Where to Stay near Knott’s Scary Farm:

KNOTT’S BERRY FARM HOTEL: Located just steps from world-famous Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park, this hotel has Snoopy meet and greets and even special Snoopy-themed rooms.

CEDAR POINT AMUSEMENT PARK IN SANDUSKY, OHIO

There are two great Halloween attractions and events to visit at the Cedar Point Amusement Park.

The Great Pumpkin Fest takes place on Saturdays and Sundays in September and October. Visits can enjoy fun fall activities, ride and attractions, live entertainment and more.

Select nights, visitors can also enjoy the Haunt at HalloWeekends where visitors can experience scare zones, mazes, spooky shows and more.

Find out more info on all the festivities here.

Where to Stay in Sandusky OH:

CEDAR POINT’S HOTEL BREAKERS: This hotel is located just steps from Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores and has 2 outdoor swimming pools, a water park, and an indoor swimming pool, plus a Starbucks in the lobby.

CEDAR POINT’S EXPRESS HOTEL: Located just a short drive from Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores, this hotelfeatures 419 guest rooms, many of them connecting, with two queen beds featuring premium bedding along with a mini-fridge and microwave.

HALLOWEEN IN LAHAINA

So, because I love Hawaii, I also felt compelled to add in this event in Lahaina, Maui.

Called the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific,” this Halloween party takes place on the popular Front Street in downtown Lahaina.

The biggest Halloween celebration in Hawaii is on Front Street in Lahaina, Maui.
Halloween in Lahaina, Maui. Photo credit: Scott Drexler

They street is closed to traffic and it kicks off with a children’s costume parade. Because it’s so warm, there’s no need to stuff a jacket under the costumes!

Later, the real party gets going with 20,000+ attendees from locals and visitors who hit the streets on All Hallows Eve!

Where to Stay near Lahaina during Halloween:

KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL: Located on golden sand next to the clear blue waters of Ka’anapali, all rooms have balconies overlooking lush tropical gardens, inviting you to relax to the sound of gentle surf and cool tradewinds.

ASTON MAUI KAANAPALI VILLAS: Resting amid 11 acres of exotic tropical gardens in the heart of the Kaanapali Resort area, the resort has an on-site water activity center, two newly-renovated pool areas and a free shuttle to Kaanapali Resort area shopping and activities.

Halloween can be a great time to take a fun vacation or weekend getaway. No matter where you travel to, there will be plenty of activities, festivals and events the entire family can take part in.

Where would you like to be this Halloween?

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Marcie writes the family travel blog Marcie in Mommyland. When she's not traveling the world, she's home in Seattle with her husband and two little boys.

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