Fun for Halloween: Eastern US

Halloween is a holiday that my kids look forward to every year. I mean, what kid doesn’t like dressing up and getting lots of candy? As we travel the United States, we have found some of the best places to celebrate Halloween. In fact, there are so many options, that I will create two posts about what’s available. I will start with some of our favorites from the Eastern United States.

Theme parks tend to offer some of the greatest Halloween action around. If you take a trip to Disney World, you will be able to participate in Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This celebration runs throughout October on select nights. Many of the rides are also transformed for Halloween, including Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. The Mad Tea Party will have new effects with lighting that will make your costume change colors as well. You can also visit Universal Studios for their Halloween Horror Nights through the first Saturday of November. There, you will find haunted souls, bloodthirsty creatures, and a slew of themed mazes to scare anyone. Those events are geared towards ages thirteen and up, though, so keep that in mind.

If you take a trip to Louisville, be sure to go by the Louisville Zoological Gardens in October for their “world’s largest Halloween party.” This fundraiser is safe for the entire family and helps to raise money to support conservation education, visitor experiences, the botanical garden, and their many animal care programs within the zoo.

If your travels have you up North, the Capitol Hauntings Tour is available at the New York State Capitol. On the tour, you can meet the ghost of Samuel Abbott. He was the night watchman at the capitol and died there in a fire in 1911. In the Metro area of New York, you will find over seven-thousand hand-carved pumpkins on display for their Jack-o-Lantern Blaze. You never know what themes you may find from one year to the next.

When traveling the East Coast during Halloween, there are many options for your family to enjoy the spooky holiday. Just make sure you know what ages each event is geared towards.