Halloween Travel Is Totally a Thing
Every Halloween it’s the same… Race home from work and attempt to stuff some form of healthy dinner into reluctant children who JUST WANT TO PUT ON THEIR COSTUMES AND GET OUT THE DOOR. Then comes the division of labour… Who takes the kids trick or treating and who stays home to shell out? Now that my kids are older, I love the idea of Halloween vacations. Seems like a great way to celebrate the spooky season without the sugar rush.
Here are some ideas for Halloween vacations in case you’re in the same boat…
Halloween Vacations & Travel Ideas:
Halloween Haunt and Camp Spooky, Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto, Ontario
Wonderland’s still the one when it comes to non-hayride Halloween fun for toddlers to teens. Bypass the pumpkin patch for Camp Spooky, a family-friendly daytime event held every Saturday and Sunday in October that features Halloween-themed live shows and interactive entertainment, plus three mazes and trick-or-treating in the park. Camp Spooky is free with park admission. Your littles will be pleased that the KidZville and Planet Snoopy kids’ areas also will be open. For those with little terrors ages 13 and older, see if they can handle the Halloween Haunt. It’s when Canada’s Wonderland is crawling with 700 zombies and monsters, plus horrifying mazes and “scare zones.” Are you brave enough?
Here’s everything you need to know about visiting Canada’s Wonderland with a baby or toddler.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
October is typically a pretty great month to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando — awesome weather, fewer crowds — and why not blow your kids’ minds even further by adding a Halloween angle?! From early September until the big night itself, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party turns the Magic Kingdom into a Halloween mecca. There are spooky parades, Halloween-themed fireworks, and, best of all, trick-or-treating at locations throughout the park. And, of course, Mickey and Co. hand out the good candy. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a separately ticketed event. After 7 p.m., the park is reserved for just you and your fellow trick-or-treaters. So in addition to free candy, the ride lines are much shorter, too. And these special nights are the only times grown-ups may wear costumes to the park.
In 2020, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party was cancelled due to Covid-19. In 2021 the celebration evolved into Boo Bash. It’s not certain if the traditional Halloween fete will return for 2022. Put a pin in it for one of the best Halloween vacations around.
Halloween Horror Nights, Universal Studios Hollywood, California + Florida, Singapore & Japan
Not for the faint of heart, the Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, Florida, Singapore, and Japan are THE places to scare yourselves silly, so long as you’re 13 or older, natch. By day, the parks are their usual fun and excitement. By night, the parks feature terrifying mazes, with subjects including The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween, as well as Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House and a Terror Tram experience. “Scare Zones” permeate the park, themed with iconic scenes from The Purge films.
Halloween Horror Nights are separately ticketed events and run from mid-September until Halloween and, sometimes, early November. In 2021, proof of vaccination must be shown upon admission.
Día de los Muertos, Oaxaca, Mexico
Personally, I think this is the ultimate in Halloween vacations. Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is technically Days of the Dead, since it is celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2. The fiestas take place all over Mexico, but the capital city of the same name in the southwestern state of Oaxaca has particularly colourful and festive celebrations that begin weeks before the big day(s). The Macedonio Alcalá Tourist Corridor is a pedestrian district that gets very lively, with lots of decorations and locals in costume, dancing and feasting while they celebrate the deceased loved ones whose spirits come back to visit for these special days.
Farce ou Friandise in Paris, France
Paris is one of the world’s oldest cities, so even though Halloween is not a big deal in Europe, you can celebrate your own spooky holiday among the famous spirits in Père Lachaise cemetery, and with six million souls in the Catacombs of Paris. Loitering in Père Lachaise is frowned upon, but a stroll through the city’s largest cemetery will bring you to the final resting places of Chopin, Marcel Marceau, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde, to name a few. The Catacombs are a series of underground ossuaries that were started in the late 1700s, when the city’s cemeteries were running out of room. They have been a macabre tourist attraction since the early 1900s.
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