Best Halloween Destinations

Best Halloween Destinations
Best Places to go for Halloween in the U.S.
Looking for the best Halloween destinations for families this autumn?

If you are looking for great Halloween spots such as Salem in Massachusetts where the whole family can enjoy a fun Halloween outing, below you have a list of top places to visit during Halloween:


During the month of October the district of Ybor City in Tampa in Florida gears up for the annual Halloween celebration, also known as Guavaween.

If you’re traveling with kids, get here between 10am and 4pm to enjoy family friendly events such as live entertainment, hands-on activities and the popular children's costume parade.

After 4pm, Guavaween takes a more adult theme featuring mature theme costume constests and parades featuring hundreds of people dressed in freak costumes.

Dutch Wonderland

Pennsylvania is one of the best Halloween destinations for families in the east coast. The state is home to the popular Dutch Wonderland and Hersheypark amusement parks.

During the Halloween celebrations, Dutch Wonderland (in Lancaster PA) runs the "Happy Hauntings", which  features family-friendly themed rides, magic shows, ghoulish games and storytelling.

Happy Hauntings normally runs on the last three weekends of October between 3pm and 9pm, but do check with the park for time updates.

Hersheypark (in Hershey PA) runs "Hersheypark in the Dark" the last two weekends of October, and features themed roller coaster rides, Halloween-themed shows, storytelling and children's activities.

Storybook Land

Storybook Land is located 8 miles east of Atlantic City in New Jersey, and it is one of the best Halloween destinations in the mid Atlantic for families with kids.

Storybook Land rides are geared toward young kids between the ages of 2 and 10, although many rides are family-friendly so you can ride on them as well.

During the month of October Storybook Land features plenty of happy Halloween fun activities such as kids’ pumpkin decorating, trick or treat days for kids and Elmer’s Haymazin’ Maze & Happy Hayrides.


SeaWorld is indeed a popular family destination in the summer but also in the fall, when SeaWorld runs Halloween Spooktacular.

If you’re looking for a fantastic day out with a variety of shows, one of the best Halloween destinations for families is Halloween Spooktacular which is held at both SeaWorld San Diego and SeaWorld Orlando.

Popular Halloween Spooktacular activities include trick or treating, comedy shows, insect shows, and whale shows featuring the famed killer whale Shamu.


In the Midwest, some of the best Halloween destinations for families include Chicago.

During Halloween celebration, Chicago becomes Chicagoween as Daley Plaza turns into Franken Plaza.

Chicagoween features live performances and plenty of family-friendly activities such as pumpkin carving, storytelling and a kid’s costume parade.

Six Flags Fright Fest

If you want the ultimate Halloween experience, the Six Flags theme parks are great places to be during Halloween, as they park feature the popular FrightFest.

During the day at FrightFest, the whole family can enjoy fun activities like trick or treat and a haunted hayride through a pumpkin patch, and the haunted house experience.

Six Flags Fright Fest is definitely one of the best Halloween destinations for families but at night, it becomes a tad spookier so if you’re traveling with small kids, you may want to leave before the sun goes down.

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