Each year, the Halloween season brings about a fun-for-all showcase of horrifying displays, mega parades and family fun festivities. This year, the travel experts at Hotels.com have put together top picks for all kinds of Halloween attraction-seekers, no matter if their preference is trick or treat (or a little of both).
“Everyone does Halloween a little bit differently in their town, and now is an amazing time to take a long weekend to see the creative traditions in a different city,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, travel expert for Hotels.com. “Many of today’s Halloween-themed attractions are so incredibly well done, they are certainly worth the trip for a fall break.”
Nightmares Fear Factory – Niagara Falls, Canada
Allegedly built on the abandoned grounds of a coffin factory, the Nightmares Fear Factory is said to prey on the actual phobias of each visitor that dares to walk the attraction. “Fear Pics” of thrill-seekers turned “chickens” (more than 120,000 have cried mercy) have made the factory famous on social media.
Hangman’s House of Horrors – Fort Worth, Texas
Celebrating its 25th and last haunting season with a creepy “Unhappily Ever After” scary tales theme, this award-winning Texas institution will give visitors a frightening new look at childhood classics like Pinocchio, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Wizard of Oz and Hansel and Gretel.
Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood
Universal Studios Hollywood utilizes the sets from some of its most terrifying movies and shows as the backdrop for numerous immersive mazes based on spine-chilling productions such as The Walking Dead, The Purge, Insidious, Evil Dead and more.
FreakNight Festival – Seattle
Featuring two full days of carnival rides, sideshow spectacles, and goosebump-evoking performances from dance music’s finest, the 17th annual FreakNight Festival is one of the premier parties of the Northwest. In addition to the new two-day format, this year also marks the inaugural run of “FreakWeek,” during which concerts and club events will be taking place the entire week leading up to the festival.
Monster Bash – San Diego
For 12 years, the Monster Bash has shut down the Gaslamp Quarter of the city for a shocking display of demons, vampires, witches and dozens of other ghastly characters one can’t even imagine. The extravaganza planned for 2013 will overtake eight blocks and feature 17 DJs spinning electrifying mixes across three stages, all surrounded by plenty of restaurants and bars to keep the party going to the end.
Village Halloween Parade – New York City
As the nation’s largest public Halloween celebration and public participatory event, the annual parade of over 50,000 costumed partiers is an absolute must-see. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the parade, so it’s bound to deliver an astounding experience of dance, music, art and more.
Keep Your Socks On, but Have a Blast
Chicagoween – Chicago
A month long festival of spooktacular sights and eerie decor throughout the streets of Chicago culminates with a weekend of over-the-top celebrations and performances that both children and adults will love. Highlights include a haunted village display, pumpkin carving and decorating contests, a pyrotechnic exhibition and performances by high flying aerial entertainers.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party – Orlando
Centered on the mysterious magic and fun of Halloween, Disney’s celebration is much less about the tricks, but still has an abundance of entertaining treats for thrill-seekers of all ages. Jam-packed with shows, activities, parades, character meet-and-greets and more, it would be a tall Halloween tale indeed if someone were able to do it all in one night.
Boo in the Zoo – New York (The Bronx)
Bringing together numerous elements of family fun, including magic shows, costume parades, hayrides, musical theater, crafts, live music and more, Boo in the Zoo is a smorgasbord of eerie entertainment happening at the iconic Bronx Zoo. This year, the program adds an extra layer of creepy-crawly to its roster with a Dragons & Dinosaurs Safari.
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