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Halloween is here, and at most theme parks that means it’s time to crank up the terrifying theatrics to 11 and let the mayhem commence. But what about those of us looking to bring the whole family out for a good time on Halloween without the nightmares? If you’re looking to skip the dreaded “Can I sleep in your room tonight?” question, you’re in luck.
From face painting and trick or treating, to old school falls festivals, there’s plenty of Halloween fun to stuff in your candy bucket! We’ve composed a list of the must-see, can’t-miss family friendly events going on at theme parks around the country.
Happy Halloweekends: Holiday World, Santa Claus Indiana
Holiday World celebrates all the fun of every holiday every season. The park is notorious for Family Friendly fun, with coasters and rides for just about every single member of the family. Happy Halloweekends encapsulates that spirit and brings it out in Spooky Halloween Fun.
The fun is like an old fashioned Fall Festival in your hometown. There are 12 acres of hayrides, and corn mazes, as well as trick or treating, dance parties, and even a spooky walkthrough maze full of “startles” not scares. The biggest thing (and we mean literally) are the corn mazes. They are so big, you have to see them from an airplane!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party: The Magic Kingdom
Boo to you! Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP for short), is a fun-filled after-hours event that brings all the fun of the Magic Kingdom to life, and stirs in some spooky delights. You’ll get trick or treating with candy by the handfuls, a huge fireworks show with HalloWishes, the Boo To You Parade, special character meet and greets, and of course you’ll have the spellbinding songs of the Sanderson Sisters in the Hocus Pocus Villain Spooktackular!
It is an additional ticket, but it runs less than the cost of a regular day ticket. Plus, many of the rides and attractions are open, many with some very spooky effects…but nothing too scary.
HersheyPark in the Dark: HersheyPark
What better place for Halloween fun than in the place that celebrates candy all year long! HersheyPark rolls out HersheyPark in the dark, with tons of rides, character meet and greets and shows, plus great trick or treating. You know with a name like Hershey’s, you’re going to get tons of great candy! All the events are also free with paid admission.
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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular: SeaWorld Orlando
It’s fun under the sea, and it’s for families of all ages! Kids can dress up, and trick or treat along the Bayside Pathway, and interact with animals, and all kinds of crazy costumed creatures. You’ll find a HAMMERhead Shark, attend class with a SCHOOL of fish, and even watch as a DOG and CATfish chase each other. It’s all included with theme park admission, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun!
Brick or Treat: Legoland Florida
Legoland is the park built for kids. Brick by brick, everything is aimed for kids ages 2-12. That includes their Halloween event, Brick or Treat. Kids can dress up and meet tons of great spooky Lego characters like witches, mummies and even vampires. There are ghosts flying above, and spiders lurking around the corner. Plus, there’s great spooky fun when the Trick or Treat Trails open! Cap it all off with the special Brick or Treat fireworks, set to spooky music! Again, everything is free with paid admission!
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Great Pumpkin Fest: Cedar Point, Sandusky Ohio
Every Cedar Fair park is doing something with The Great Pumpkin this year, but Cedar Point’s is the biggest and best in country, as they are celebrating 20 years of Halloween in the park! There is a huge Great Pumpkin Parade, tons of trick or treating and loads of kids rides. It happens every weekend, during the day, so that the kids won’t get scared. It’s also included with theme park admission!
There’s tons of great fun happening this year at theme parks all around the country for families. Halloween is a growing business for many theme parks that usually close after Labor Day. Now, they are staying open with more fun, and even some fun filled spooky frights. We hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween!