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10 Must-Do Halloween Events For Tweens


It can be tricky to find great Halloween activities for tweens and young teens. They’re over face painting and Halloween crafts but really haunted mansions and hayrides can be a bit too much. The challenge is to find local Halloween events that are just scary, spooky or mysterious enough, and fun for the parents who are along for the evening, too.

10 Tween-Friendly Halloween Events Across the U.S.

Here are ten events across the U.S. that offer enough creepy mystery, special effects and fun to give your  tweens and yourself a real Halloween treat. Hopefully one of these attractions is near you. If not, maybe they are the start of a fun fall family weekend away!

The Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns is a fun fall event for families with older kids. Here is a dragon made from blazing pumpkins

The Northeast

1. Event

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Where

Croton-on-Hudson, NY (near NYC)

What

The grounds of 18th century Van Cortlandt Manor are transformed into a Halloween garden with a bridges, tunnels, animals, mythic creatures, even mini movie scenes made from Jack O’Lanterns.

Details:

Plan your visit at dusk or later. The event runs from early October until well into November, but get tickets in advance.

follow this fellow around Newport's spooky backstreets2. Event

Ghost Tours of Newport

Where

Newport, RI

What

On this lantern-lit stroll down historic Newport’s more shadowy lanes folks might happen across and ghosts while ghouls while learning about Ghost Ships, Graveyard Crypts, and the more haunted corners of this harbor town.

Details

Tours depart nightly, rain or shine on select nights from early October through November.

strawberry Banke offers a spooky New England Halloween3. Event

Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke living history museum

Where

Portdmouth, NH

What

Dress in costumes and trick or treat among the museum’s historic homes while coming across fortune-tellers, witches and even the ghosts of long-dead pirates and sea captains. Follow a Jack O’Lantern path,wWarm up by the bonfire and listen to ghost stories.

the old Building Museum in Washington, DC has Halloween thrills for families and a mystery to solve

Details

Evenings, the weekend before Halloween. For kids 14 and younger. Babies under age 1 are free.

4. Event

Escape the Museum! at the National Building Museum

Where

Washington, DC

What

These evening tours, which play on the building’s history, architecture and artifacts ask participants to Solve puzzles and find clues to reveal the secret that will allow them to escape the room.

Details

This hour-long event is for ages 12 and up. Select evenings in late October and early November. See the calendar for details.

South/ South East

Lanterns light the way for ghosts and people in Old Salem, NC5. Event

Legends & Lanterns tours of old Salem

Where

Winston-Salem, NC

What

Cross the covered bridge to meet your guide, who will lead you by lantern light through Salem’s historic district after darl. Visit reportedly haunted stops, hear ghostly legends, and perhaps meet some of the city’s more ethereal denizens.

Details

Tours are on the weekend before Halloween. They start every 15 minutes between 7:00 and 9:00 pm and last about 45 minutes. Reservations are required.

Help the ghost escape the room at the Gaylord Palm Springs Resort6. Event

Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends at Gaylord Palms Resort

Where

Palm Springs, FL

What

Seasonal weekend activities include a Halloween scavenger hunt, the Swamp Witch Escape-the-room events, featuring a real local ghost story, a “Wicked Awesome Pool Party,” and seasonal selections for the dive-in movie.

Details

Activities are offered to hotel guest on weekends from mid-September to late October

how can Halloween be anything but fun for tweens in New Orleans?7. Event

Krewe of Boo

Where

New Orleans

What

The Big Easy’ official Halloween party has scary floats, wicked costumes and jazzy marchers tossing candy along with beads. How can you go wrong?

Details

October 20, 2018.

follow this fellow around Georgetown, TX and ghosts are likely to follow

Texas

8. Event

Williamson Museum’s Ghosts on the Square Tours

Where

Georgetown, TX (near Austin)

What

Costumed docents lead tour-goers around the town, telling the stories of the ghosts who have haunted local places for more than a hundred years.

Don't lose your head at Riverwalk on Halloween

Details

Tours are the weekend before Halloween at 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00 pm. Tours at 9 p.m. will be scarier than the earlier tours. Purchase tickets at the Museum

9. Event

Haunted River

Where

The River Walk, San Antonio, TX

What

The River Walk (and the shops at Rivercenter) come alive at night with a haunted parade, live performances of Halloween movies. Live music, dancing, a mini haunted house, trick or treating and more. So much fun a person could lose their head!

Details

Events spread out from the Arneson River Theatre at Rivercenter on the Saturday before Halloween from 7:00 pm to midnight

West Coast

Pumpkin nights turn jack O'lanterns into treasure, among other things10. Event

Pumpkin Nights

Where

Auburn, CA. (near Sacramento)
Pomona, CA (near Los Angeles
Salt Lake City, UT
Brighton, CO (near Denver)

What

3,000 synthetic pumpkins carved to fit 8 themes (think Great Pumpkin Reef and Dia de Los Muertos) along a half-mile trail. There’s food, seasonal movies, scavenger hunts and other activities.

Details:

Runs in the evenings through October 29. Arrive after dark, Get tickets in advance.

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