Pumpkins. Leaves. Spooky witches and zombies! Fall is one of our favorite times to travel. Prices can be lower, the weather has a crisp nip in the air, and the colors and flavors of autumn are so memorable and cozy. Are you traveling during Halloween this year? While your little goblins and ghouls might be a bit sad not to collect treats in their own neighborhood, there are plenty of cool places to celebrate Halloween. Save a little extra room in your carry-on for the best trick-or-treating destinations!
Of course, the parks in Orlando will showcase extra spooky themes, decor, and trick-or-treating events. SeaWorld Orlando, Legoland Florida, and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom all host family-friendly Halloween parties where the youngest of visitors can collect a plethora of treats. Universal Orlando Resort offers more thrilling diversions for older visitors. Outside of the amusement parks, there is so much available to your tiny trick or treaters. Winter Park hosts a trick-or-treating event called Halloween Howl. Some of the “spooky” activities include: trick-or-treating on Holt Avenue, haunted houses, arts & crafts, carnival games, a costume contest, and food and beverages. This event is free and open to all!
Mid-October, join Mad Science for a FANG-tastic Halloween event! Enjoy dry ice demonstrations, Gak-Making, Sensory Experiments, and more. Also, on Halloween night, from 5pm -7pm, bring your little Monster for a night of safe trick-or-treat fun! Kids can go trick-or-treating in the mall, as well as face painting, a not-so-scary Halloween show, kid-friendly haunted house, and photo ops.
Where to Stay: Our Fab Four Orlando resorts!
Why not travel to where Halloween originated and still remains one of the best places to celebrate? The Banks of Foyle Halloween Carnival runs nine days and celebrates everything spooky. Count on parades, fireworks, ghost tours, haunted houses, workshops, scary movies, and even a Dragon Safari. This Halloween adventure will be one unforgettable experience!
Where to Stay: Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club
New York City
Manhattan might not be the first neighborhood that comes to mind for a trick-or-treating extravaganza, but this borough is filled with Halloween events to wow your youngest travelers. First, dressed in costume, head to Washington Square Children’s Halloween Parade on Halloween Day for the parade, free trick-or-treat bags, games, and rides.
Where to Stay: Choose from our three HGV New York City properties.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
From late September through November, New York’s historic Hudson Valley embraces its most famous tale with the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze. Imagine an over-the-top, bright holiday light display of pumpkins and autumn-glow. Special events include Horseman’s Hollow and Irving’s “Legend”, both scary haunts for older kids and adults. Or, stick with family-friendly activities, including “The Legend Behind the Legend” at the Sunnyside home of Washington Irving, Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities, and more!
Where to Stay: Take the train from Manhattan for the day or stay at the Hampton Inn & Suites Poughkeepsie.
Savannah’s combination of battlefields, cobblestone streets, and mystery contribute to its supernatural reputation. Younger visitors will enjoy a Halloween hike at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center with family-friendly costumed animal characters passing out candy to little ones. Or try a Savannah Ghostwalker Tour highlighting stories, legends, cemeteries, and battlefields around the city.
Plan a costume for warmer weather for Halloween in Hawaii! Families are invited to celebrate Halloween at Ala Moana Center on October 31st from 5-7pm. Merchants throughout the Center, will hand out candy and other sweet surprises to all trick-or-treaters.
Where to Stay: Our Fab Five Oahu resorts.
The Emerald City has its own unique spin on trick-or-treating known as Hilloween, due to its Capitol Hill location in the city. Hilloween features a carnival with rides, games, bounce houses, and more! Other Halloween events include Scream Park Seattle with two separate haunted houses, Festal – Dia de Muertos at Carnation Farms.
Where to Stay: Hilton Seattle
Just because you are away from your neighborhood during Halloween, doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the Halloween fun. These are some of the best trick-or-treating destinations around the world, and your little monsters, witches, and zombies will have a spooktacular time.