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10 Kind Of Scary Halloween Events for Tweens


Halloween can be tricky with older kids and tweens. They’re over face painting and Halloween crafts but really haunted mansions and hayrides can be a bit too much. It’s a challenge to find seasonal 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

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.

The Northeast

you never know who will show up at this pumplin blaze north of NYC1 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 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 through November

3. 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.

Details

October 27-28th, 5:30-8:00 pm. For kids 14 and younger. Babies under age 1 are free.

the old Building Museum in Washington, DC has Halloween thrills for families and a mystery to solve4. 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 even is for ages 12 and up. October 28 and 29, 8:00 pm and 9:00 pm

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 October 27-28th. They start every 15 minutes between 7:00 and 9:00 pm and last about 45 minutes. Reservations are required.

6. 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 Ghost Tour featuring a real local ghost story, and a “Wicked Awesome Pool Party.”

Details

Activities are offered to hotel guest on weekends between through Oct. 29.

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

Too late for this year but not too early to book for next year.

Texas

follow this fellow around Georgetown, TX and ghosts are likely to follow8. 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.

Details

Tours are 27 & 28 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

Don't lose your head at Riverwalk on Halloween9. 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 October 27 from 7:00 pm to midnight

West Coast

Have a hot Halloween fest at this west coast pumpkin blaze10. Event

Pumpkin Nights

Where

Auburn, CA.

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 evening through October 29. Arrive after dark, Get tickets in advance.

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Halloween can be tricky with tweens, who are too old for kiddie events but still young enough to get nightmares from haunted mansions and scary hayrides. Here are 10 events  around the U.S. that are cool, fun and just spooky, scary and mysterious enough for 8-13 YOs. #halloween #tweens #activities

 


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