Have you ever considered traveling and taking a vacation for the sole purpose of enjoying Halloween festivities? Vacations aren’t just limited to Summer, so why not go ahead an enjoy one? And theme parks are building amazing attractions and activities that range from extremely creepy to spook-free for families to enjoy.
The benefit to a theme park Halloween vacation is having the opportunity to enjoy visiting your favorite theme parks as you normally would, but also you’ll also get to enjoy the beautiful Halloween decorations, specialty shows, and spectacular visual effects put together for this special occasion.
To me visiting a theme park for Halloween or any other festive event is like buying buying a second flavor of my favorite brand of candy. I already love the original, but now I just have to try them all. Who knows I might even like one flavor better than the original. It’s all a treat to me though!
Check out these four Theme Park Halloween vacation options for you and your family to consider.
Universal Studios – Orlando, Florida
Halloween Horror Nights
September 15 – November 4
Be prepared to:
- Feel the wrath of the disturbing “Raspers” and infamous serial killer Bloody Face from Asylum, fearsome Salem witches and their bloody rivalry within Coven, and the ghosts of the blood moon in Roanoke from FX’s groundbreaking anthology “American Horror Story”
- Succumb to the overwhelming “shine” and the murderous ghosts inhabiting the eerie Overlook Hotel from “Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining”
- Fight to survive “Jigsaw’s” scariest game yet, featuring infamous traps from the legendary film series and the upcoming eighth installment JIGSAW, inside “SAW: The Games of Jigsaw”
- Fend off demonic Deadites alongside Ash Williams and his trusty chainsaw from the STARZ Original Series “Ash vs Evil Dead”
- Attempt to escape the clutches of the menacing demon Bughuul from the Sinister franchise; a gang of bloodthirsty home invaders from the inaugural installment of The Purge; and Insidious’ paralyzing Lipstick-Face Demon along with the hauntings from Dr. Rainier’s nightmarish childhood in “The Horrors of Blumhouse”
- Step inside the twisted minds behind the nation’s premier Halloween event in four haunted houses based on spine-chilling original stories.
Universal Studios Florida has five unique “scare zones,” two of which are based on two celebrated horror films –Trick ‘r Treat and The Purge – as well as three haunting original concepts.
They will also feature two incredible live shows. This year, Academy of Villains returns for a second consecutive year with an all-new show, ACADEMY OF VILLAINS: AFTERLIFE – incorporating fearsome elements from this year’s Festival of the Deadliest “scare zone.”
Universal Studios Florida has a lot of scary scenes in store for guests, so I would be mindful of what age children you consider taking with you.
Walt Disney World – Orlando, Florida
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
August 25 – November 1
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*Separate ticket required*
This is a Halloween celebration for all ages and that’s why it’s “not so scary” It’s the perfect Halloween vacation destination for families with small children.
- Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
- Prince Charming Regal Carrousel
- “It’s a small world”
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
- Mad Tea Party
- Under the Sea ~ Journey of The Little Mermaid
- Astro Orbiter
- Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
- Space Mountain
- Tomorrowland Speedway
- Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover
- Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
Be sure to check out the Happy HalloWishes Fireworks Show, Boo to You Halloween Parade, and Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet.
This event is a lot of fun, but note there are costume guidelines that you need to follow. Enjoy!
Hersheypark – Hershey, Pennsylvania
Hersheypark in the Dark
Features more than 50 rides and attractions and Halloween-themed live entertainment. Guests visiting the Park will enjoy:
- All 13 roller coasters and, new for 2017, Hershey Triple Tower attraction will be open for guests. In addition, the Park will turn off the lights on its three wooden roller coasters during the last hour of each operating evening and Laff Trakk will be dark the whole day.
- New for 2017: 13 candy locations in Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Trail, including Treatville trick-or-treat trail in Hersheypark and ZooAmerica, and Hershey Hollow in Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Children ages 12 and younger are encouraged to come in costume for free treat bags and candy at each stop throughout this whimsical Halloween village.
- Festive fall-themed food and beverages, such as pumpkin funnel cakes and King-Sized pumpkin milkshakes. Live entertainment includes “Screaming Mummies,” a band of misfit mummies performing throwback Halloween tunes.
Busch Gardens – Williamsburg, Virginia
September 23 – October 29
FrostBite, Busch Gardens® Williamsburg’s newest Howl-O-Scream® haunted house
Axe Alley™ The new scare zone, located in New France, signals a raiding party gone horribly wrong, as evidenced by desolate ruins of smoldering timbers and axe-slashed oak.
No Escape: Case of the Haunted Hotel (escape room) No Escape: Case of the Haunted Hotel requires guests to follow clues and solve riddles to exit this creepy place of lodging. You must unlock the mysteries of this cursed hotel or you will never check out.
No Escape: Case of Mr. Karver with new tricks and riddles to solve.
This year, as the park will stay open until midnight on Saturdays in October and will add two Thursdays, Oct. 19 and 26, to its schedule.
For families looking for age appropriate Halloween thrills for the youngest theme park fans, celebrate celebrate silly, not-too-spooky, family fun this fall at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg for Count’s Spooktacular, open October 7 – 29.
Every weekend in October, children 9 and younger are encouraged to come dressed in their best Halloween costume to enjoy Halloween shows, dancing and playing with their favorite Sesame Street® friends at The Count’s Spooktacular.
Families will enjoy an all-new show, Count’s Countdown to Halloween, dance parties and parading with friendly, furry monsters through the park to end the day for families before the serious haunts and scares of Howl-O-Scream begin in the evening.
Kid-friendly rides, family activities and trick-or-treating will be offered around the park for the littlest guests to celebrate the fall season. Halloween decorations will be set up during the day, but the scare squad, dim lighting and fog will not start until 6 p.m.
This is perfect for kids that scare easily…and adults too.
Masks and props should be left at home. There will be plenty of options to accessorize children’s costume looks with face paint, glow items, and more at the park.
The daytime event runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 7 through Oct. 29, and is included in park admission.
These are just a few of the options that ave peaked my interest. There are many more theme parks and locations to choose from. I hope you find a theme park option that give you and your family just the right amount of tricks and treats.
Happy Haunted Travels!