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!
Croton-on-Hudson, NY (near NYC)
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.
Plan your visit at dusk or later. The event runs from early October until well into November, but get tickets in advance.
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.
Tours depart nightly, rain or shine on select nights from early October through November.
Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke living history museum
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.
Evenings, the weekend before Halloween. For kids 14 and younger. Babies under age 1 are free.
Escape the Museum! at the National Building Museum
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.
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
Legends & Lanterns tours of old Salem
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.
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.
Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends at Gaylord Palms Resort
Palm Springs, FL
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.
Activities are offered to hotel guest on weekends from mid-September to late October
The Big Easy’ official Halloween party has scary floats, wicked costumes and jazzy marchers tossing candy along with beads. How can you go wrong?
October 20, 2018.
Williamson Museum’s Ghosts on the Square Tours
Georgetown, TX (near Austin)
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.
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
The River Walk, San Antonio, TX
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!
Events spread out from the Arneson River Theatre at Rivercenter on the Saturday before Halloween from 7:00 pm to midnight
Auburn, CA. (near Sacramento)
Pomona, CA (near Los Angeles
Salt Lake City, UT
Brighton, CO (near Denver)
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.
Runs in the evenings through October 29. Arrive after dark, Get tickets in advance.
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