It’s the most boo-tiful time of the year! Halloween is just around the corner, and if you’re looking for spooky (or kid-friendly) activities near you, you’re in luck. We got a roundup of the best haunted houses, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches from coast to coast.
So get your Halloween costume ready and start planning your All Hallows’ Eve because events are filling up fast. Keep on reading for where you need to go for a spooktacular Halloween.
For a guaranteed scary time in the tri-state area be sure to visit the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, with over 7,000 glowing pumpkins and an appearance by the Sleepy Hollow’s Headless Horseman. Other can’t miss events include Halloween in Prospect Park and the Village Halloween Parade. If you are really looking for a fright, popular haunted house Blood Manor is a must.
If you’re in Beantown for Halloween and want a scary good time, be sure to check out the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour, which will take you to the scariest sites in the city. Or you can take a day trip to Salem, you know, the “Witch Capital.”
The nation’s capital is home to some pretty epic events! The National Zoo has their annual Boo at the Zoo night along with a Night of the Living Zoo party for the 21-and-up crowd. If you’re near the D.C. area, you can also check out Fright Fest at Six Flags complete with haunted attractions. Another tradition you need to see is the 17th Street High Heel Race at Dupont Circle.
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More than 35,000 people are expected at the Little 5 Points Halloween Parade. Atlanta residents can also check out Netherworld for their haunted house fix, and as far as haunted corn mazes go, Fear the Woods is your best bet. The Georgia Aquarium is also offering free entrance for kids under 12 in a Halloween costume for their Georgia A-Scary-Um event.
If you happen to be in or around Orlando, there’s only one place to go to celebrate Halloween: Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights. Running from now until November 4, this year’s attractions include haunted houses inspired by The Shining, American Horror Story, and Saw.
Chicago Navy’s Pier will be filled with fireworks, trick-or-treating, and its famous Amazing Chicago Maze for two weekends this year (Oct. 21-23 and Oct. 28-31). Plus, leading up to Halloween, there will be Fright Flicks on the Lake Stage in Polk Bros Park. The annual Northalsted Halloween Parade also kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Yesterland Farm, located right outside of Dallas, is your place for corn mazes, haunted hayrides, zombie paintball, and amusement rides. There is also the Pumpkin Village at the Arboretum, which features over 50,000 pumpkins.
There are several ghost tours to choose from in Beyoncé‘s hometown to get you into a Halloween mood. The Houston Museum of Science is also throwing a Spirits & Skeletons party, complete with a master magician and a Bug Chef. For the kiddies, there is also Boo on the Boardwalk in Kemah.
If you’re located in The Valley, be sure to check out Howl-O-Ween at the Phoenix Zoo. Or if you need a bit more culture, be sure to stop by PoeFest, which runs from Oct. 20 to Oct. 31, and features everything from seances to performances of The Raven every 20 minutes. And don’t forget about the Phoenix Zombie Walk!
There is no shortage of scary Halloween events in LA. You can check out the haunted hayride at the Old Zoo at Griffith Park or the Long Beach Zombie Fest. For adults, there is also the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval. Pro tip: leave your backpacks, camera bags or totes at home and carry your stuff in a clear plastic bag.
Want to celebrate Halloween for a good cause? Boo-ling for Rhinos is a benefit that along with fun bowling and animal costumes, raises money for three different wildlife organizations. There is also the Titanic Masquerade Ball, which is a five-hour cruise complete with DJs and dancing, but unfortunately no Jack Dawson.
If you’re looking for a unique (and delicious) way to spend your Halloween, check out the Seattle Chocolates Haunted Factory Tour.
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For adults looking for a more daring adventure, Nightmare on 13 provides a more scream-worthy experience. It’s the largest and most technical haunted house in Utah and it has been featured on The Travel Channel’s list of spookiest haunted houses in America.
For a fun, creative family outing, head out to Boomont Park Fall Festival and Haunt, where you can purchase your pumpkin and then paint it for free! Other activities include Zombie Laser Tag and free trick or treating.
Adults looking for a frightfully good time will find it at the Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, which is the largest haunted attraction in San Diego County.