A sprinkle of creepy, a dash of suspense and a handful of fun is the perfect recipe for a spooktacular family adventure. Halloween is not just a one-night event, for this Hot Mama and my family it is a month long celebration. Whether you want to travel far or stay close to home, October is chalk-full of amazing Halloween events for families.
Keep the cost in check :
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Hopefully most parents know their children’s fear-level and how much spook they can handle. If you’re kids are fearful and easily upset it is best to stick with mild Halloween activities that focus on the lighter side. If your kids are like mine, they’ll be able to handle a little intensity. My babies don’t really have a choice but to like the scare factor, because starting October 1st Hot Mama busts out the Halloween décor and for a solid month witches, ghosts, skeletons and the occasional shrunken head become members of the family and take over the house.
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1. $ Parks/Farms/Pumpkin Patches:
In almost every town regional parks, local farms and pop-up pumpkin patches will host Halloween events for families. Activities may vary depending on actual location, but some of the most common Halloween activities are as follows:
• Hay Mazes
• Pumpkin cravings
• Hay rides
• Costume parades
• Halloween cookie decorating
These Halloween activities for kids are inexpensive and great for spookable children.
2. $-$$$ Disneyland:
If you are not a pass holder, than making a trip to Disneyland is very expensive, even with discounted tickets. If you are a pass holder, than this is a wonderful day trip to make with the family. Disney is all about the kids, so parents don’t have to worry about anything being too scary for the little ones. Everything is themed-out; even some rides are transformed to compliment the season. I personally love it and so do my babies.
Halloween Activities include:
• Villains Meet & Greet: Located at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, kids can meet and take pictures with some of Disney’s most famous villains such as Cruella De Vil and Captain Hook, among many others.
• Halloween Carnival: Also located at Big Thunder Ranch Jamboree, this fun-filled carnival has games, pumpkin carvers, live music and Halloween mask decorating.
• Dia de los Muertos: Kids can get their face painted and enjoy some sugar skulls to celebrate this cultural holiday. Yum!
• Mickey’s Halloween Party: For a special ticket admission, families can gather to party the night away after-hours. Come in costume and trick-or-treat, participate in a costume parade, dance, watch a special firework show and get access to Halloween-themed attractions and photo-ops.
• Rides: The Haunted Mansion is transformed into the Nightmare before Christmas story and Space Mountain soars through the Ghostly Galaxy.
Another family-friendly park that puts on fun-filled Halloween events for families. Not as expensive as Disneyland, but just as much spooky fun.
• Trick-or-treat at 13 different locations
• Sesame Street Halloween Musical
• Pirate 4-D
• Octopus’ Candy Garden
• Sea Lions, Clyde and Seamore’s Spooky Adventure
• The search for Captain Lucky’s Treasure: a kid-friendly version of a haunted house walk-through.
• Mermaid’s Grotto
• Penelope’s Pumpkinfish Patch
4. $-$$ Halloween Parties:
Many hotels, restaurants and RV resorts will host Halloween parties for a small entrée fee. Although many of these types of Halloween activities are adults only, there a few Halloween parties for families. When planning to attend a Halloween party, make sure to find out the details ahead of time.
• Vampire Vail: Located in Temecula, California, Vail Lake RV Resort holds fantastic Halloween events for families every weekend in October. We stay the whole weekend, but for $10 a car visitors can party the night away at this family-friendly Halloween party. Some Halloween activities, like the Haunted Hay Ride and the Haunted House are intended for those 12 and over, but little ones will have a blast dancing at the monster mash, participating in crafts and taking pictures in their cute costumes at the various photo-ops scattered around the grounds.
Spooky and Scary
1. $-$$ Haunted Houses and Ghost Tours:
Usually for a small fee, various cities will open up haunted houses and ghost tours just in the spirit of Halloween. Typically, there will be an age requirement for many of these Halloween activities, because they tend to be too scary for little ones. If your kids are 12 and over, than there shouldn’t be a problem. Unless, your kids are like my 19-year-old nephew and is still easily spooked. If everyone can handle it, than ghost tours and haunted house add a little authentic creeps to this thrilling holiday. For more information, check out your city’s local website for tours in your area.
2. $$-$$$ Amusement Parks:
I’ve done them all and loved every minute of it. Although it can be a little pricey, amusement parks take Halloween to the next level. To keep the cost low, I usually pick a different park each year so I space out the expense. Some of my favorites are:
• Knott’s Scary Farm: Reasonably priced and wonderfully creepy. Loaded with fun haunted houses and an eerie old western ghost town atmosphere will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. There isn’t an age requirement, so there does tend to be a lot of tweens running around screaming.
• Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor: What makes this special is the rich history of the Queen Mary and the rumors that it is allegedly haunted for real. This definitely adds a level of spookiness that can’t be beat. Plus guests get to stay in the haunted cabins aboard the ship so the scary fun never ends!!!
• Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights: Horror-movie magic comes to life at Universal Studios. The make-up, costumes and staged-sets are scarily realistic. The plane crash walk-through is truly terrifying.
Hot Mama Shout Outs:
I just love when towns really get into the spirit of Halloween! You rock!
• Salem, Massachusetts: Haunted Happenings
• San Diego, California: Ghosts and Gravestones
• Halloween in New Orleans, Louisiana
I’ve given you a lot to digest, but the main thing to take away for all this is that you don’t have to travel far or spend a ton of money for you and your family to have a great Halloween. There are many Halloween events for families that allow you to celebrate all month long! Let’s not forget the grand finale… Halloween night! It’s an exciting night to dress-up, gather with your neighbors and trick-or-treat.
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Author: Hot Mama
I’m a busy working mama, who understands the importance of taking a time out to enjoy life. Always ready for an adventure, this mama will not hesitate to pack the family up and go. Family vacations are a great way to bond with your kids and create wonderful memories that they will carry with them throughout their life. A fabulous getaway doesn’t have to break the bank! I’ll give you the tips and tricks you need to make every trip memorable, reasonable and HOT!