Halloween is a wonderful time of year. I love the amazing costumes, treats, parties and fun times that can be had by people of all ages. There are five cities that I believe would be the top places to be at Halloween! These cities are chosen based upon great decoration, activities, festivals and fun!
- Walt Disney World/Disney Land. Lake Buena Vista, Florida and Anaheim, California. I realize that this may be for the young and the young at heart, but I would be so happy to spend Halloween at the Happiest (or maybe the Spookiest?) places on Earth! Disneyland puts on an amazing party too! Our favorite Disney rides undergo transformations to catch onto the spooky theme including Space Mountain, which becomes Ghost Galaxy. Also a new fireworks show hosted by Jack Skellington from “A Nightmare Before Christmas” lights up the sky. Relive the truly dramatic evening from the Twilight Zone at the Tower of Terror and see for yourself the tower’s story. The park will feature all new Halloween merchandise and treats. Don’t forget to go trick or treating! The Disneyland Resort website here can help answer any questions you may have!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom is more for the younger park visitors. It features a unique Halloween parade let by the Headless Horseman and featuring special appearances from the Haunted Mansion cast , a new firework show, new decorations and lightening that turn the Magic Kingdom into a haunted village, and catch all the Disney characters in Halloween costumes! Held on special dates in September, October, and November. The Walt Disney World Resort website gives all the information you will need about attending Mickey’s Halloween Party! Find it here.
- Washington D.C. Yet another great reason to visit our Nation’s capital! Not only is this a beautiful city in the fall, but there are some great Halloween activities available to celebrate! At the top of my list is the Night of the Living Zoo and Boo at the Zoo at the National Zoo and Fright Fest at Six Flags America. There are also some great Haunted Houses and pumpkin patches all around the area!
- Hershey Park, Pennsylvania. “Hershey in the Dark.” Often called the “Sweetest Place on Earth,” Hershey, PA is an amusement and informational park dedicated to Hershey chocolate. Not only is this an amazingly drawing theme already, but in October they throw some delicious sounding Halloween fun! Great treats, night time glimpses of the animals at Zoo America, rides that will thrill you, and Halloween entertainment is just the start of the fun to be had here! Find out more information here.
- Anoka, Minnesota, a.k.a the “Halloween Capital of the World.” This city has got Halloween down to an art. Anoka has actually been proclaimed to be the Capital of the Halloween world (http://www.anokahalloween.com/history.html). The festivities include several Halloween parades, amazing decorations surround the town, Haunted Houses, a show of “The Little Shop of Horrors,” cook offs, a Halloween Ball and more. Find out more information about the activities in this spooky town here.
- Salem, Massachusetts
I cannot think of a better, or spookier, place to spend All Hallows Eve than in Salem, Massachusetts. Not only is it the site of the famous Salem Witch Trials but is also a hotbed of Witchcraft, Wiccan and Ghostly activities. Some of the activities include the Festival of the Dead: Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo, a Halloween fest, Witchy tours, candlelit walks, Witch Burning reenactments and skits, Haunted Cruises, Theatrical appearances, Costume Contests, and more. The fun starts October 1st and continues through November 1st. Information can be found here.
Wherever you choose to spend Halloween this year I hope you have a wonderfully spooky time!