My friend, Dave of Adventures by Daddy, has been all over the map the last few weeks reporting on all the very best Halloween-theme experiences to be found at amusement parks, hotels, even cruise lines. Take a look at a few of the highlights:
For Little Kids
1. Disney Cruise Line’s Halloween on the High Seas. Hop aboard one of four Disney ships that depart from Port Canaveral for Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a telling of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and plenty of time to enjoy the sand and surf at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas. You’ll also find mask making, pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating at Halloween on the High Seas. This special cruise experience is available through late-October. Here’s a full review.
2. SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular (San Diego). The Halloween Spooktacular runs through October 26 and includes free admission for each child (ages 3-9) with a paid adult. Dress up in your favorite costume to load up at trick-or-treat stations and engage in holiday fun, like pumpkin decorating. You’ll also find Halloween-themed snacks, like Spooky Snow Cones. Check out the full review.
3. Great Wolf Lodge Howl-O-Ween. Little ones will love the Howl-O-Ween celebration going on at all 11 Great Wolf Lodge locations across the country through October 31. Look for nightly costume parades, a spooktacular story time, weekend dance parties and a Trick-or-Treat Trail where children can collect trinkets and candies in their treat bags. Here’s the full review.
For Big Kids
4. Knott’s Scary Farm (Los Angeles). Head to Knott’s Berry Farm through November 1 for Knott’s Scary Farm, a creepy and scary experience complete with mazes, vampires and zombies. I was honestly kind of scared just looking at the photos in the full review at Adventures by Daddy, so I’d definitely recommend this only for older children looking for a more frightening Halloween experience (definitely not me).
5. Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream (Tampa). Every Thursday through Sunday evening (through November 1), Busch Gardens in Tampa hosts Howl-O-Scream. There are certainly some scary elements, like “Slash Mobs” of grave diggers and monsters, as well as haunted houses. Again, older children may be the more appropriate audience for this type of spooky and scary theme park experience. Here’s the full review.
6. Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights. At Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando, expect haunted houses (there are eight of them), live shows and various street experiences as you make your way through this theme park. Again, this is more scary than fun and sweet as candy corn, but if you have big kids who like to be scared, this may be for you (through November 1). Here’s the full review.
Photo Credit: Dave Parfitt, Adventures by Daddy