LEGOLAND Brick or Treat; Courtesy of LEGOLAND Florida
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8 Not-So-Scary Halloween Events and Haunted Houses for Kids

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While scary Halloween events are fun for older kids to visit, some children are just too young to enjoy them. We’ve compiled a list of not-so-spooky Halloween events that the little crowd can enjoy, including some big, well-known haunted houses for kids that offer “lights-on” fun and family-specific events. These are the best Halloween events and haunted houses for kids.

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort

1. Brick-or-Treat – Winter Haven, FL

LEGOLAND Florida celebrates Brick-or-Treat on Saturdays and Sundays in October, a fun Halloween event for kids. Youngsters can enjoy neighborhood-style (socially-distanced) trick-or-treating, seasonal treats, and themed character appearances.

Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND Florida Hotel

Guild’s Haunted House Hotel of Spells; Courtesy of Guild’s Haunted House Hotel of Spells

2. Guild’s Haunted House Hotel of Spells – Indianapolis, IN

Join the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis for this year’s new celebration, the Monster MASKarade. Kids can show off their costumes and participate in fun events like broom ball, monsters in mash musical chairs, and more.

Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal

Boo at the Zoo; Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

3. Boo at the Zoo – Nationwide

Many zoos across the country offer “Boo at the Zoo” programs for younger kids around Halloween. For example, at the Bronx Zoo, you can get 50 percent off the cost of your kids’ tickets if they wear a costume.

Recommended Hotel: Residence Inn By Marriott New York The Bronx.

Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge

4. Howl-O-Ween at Great Wolf Lodge – Nationwide

Kids can enjoy nightly costume parades, trick or treating, “Spooktacular Story Time,” seasonal crafts and a Monster Bash Dance Party at Great Wolf Lodge. Popular locations include Wisconsin Dells and the Pocono Mountains, and events take place throughout the month of October.

Recommended Hotel: Great Wolf Lodge Concord

5. The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular – Philadelphia, PA

The Count's Halloween Spooktacular at Sesame Place in Langhorne, PA

Each year, Sesame Place is transformed into a less-than-frightening attraction, The Count’s Halloween Spooktacular. Kids can enter costume contests, trick-or-treat around the park, decorate pumpkins, and more.

Recommended Hotel: SpringHill Suites Philadelphia Langhorne

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND California Resort

6. Brick-or-Treat – Carlsbad, CA

This year, LEGOLAND, California is hosting Halloween in Miniland, an outdoor experience offering festive decorations, distanced character meet-and-greets, a scavenger hunt, and more.

Recommended Hotel: LEGOLAND California Hotel

Hersheypark in the Dark; Courtesy of Hershey

7. Hersheypark in the Dark – Hershey, PA

Head to Hershey for Hersheypark in the Dark where your family will enjoy “roller ghosters” and themed entertainment. Children ages 12 and under can also embark on Hershey’s Trick-or-Treat Adventure, which offers 13 stops with treats.

Recommended Hotel: Hershey Lodge

fright fest at six flags; Courtesy of Kathy Nolan/Shutterstock

8. Fright Fest at Six Flags – Nationwide

While Six Flags’ Fright Fest might be too much for little ones, the parks provide “Thrills by Day.” For example, Six Flags Over Georgia in Atlanta features a trick-or-treat trail, costume contest, Halloween-themed shows, and pumpkin patch.

Recommended Hotel: Hampton Inn Atlanta Cumberland Mall/NW

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