It’s that time of year again — time to carve the pumpkins, buy the candy and don the costumes: It’s Halloween! Even if you and your family are traveling Oct. 31, there are plenty of places to join in the celebration while on the road. Here, we take a look at spots to do just that.
There are plenty of spots to get spooked throughout Connecticut, starting in Hartford. Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours are offered on select nights throughout the month at the Mark Twain House, home of the famous American writer and thought to be haunted by a “lady in white.” Another famous Hartford house may be haunted, too. The Spirits of Stowe: An Otherworldly Tour, offered late October, takes visitors through Harriet Beecher Stowe’s home, where she herself died in the upstairs bedroom in 1896, one of five reported deaths in the home.
In Wethersfield, just south of Hartford, the annual Witches and Tombstones Tour will be offered Oct. 21–22, giving visitors a look into the town’s haunted past, including a confession of witchcraft in 1648. And in Wallingford, even further south of Hartford, what is perhaps the state’s best-known haunted house tour, Trail of Terror, has a “Blood Line” theme this year. On the coast in Mystic, the Seaside Shadows Tours expose the town’s haunted legends and spooks.
Neighboring Connecticut to the east, Rhode Island gets in on the Halloween fun, too, with a few spook-tacular events of its own. Just outside of Newport, Rail Explorers’ Terror on the Tracks Halloween Special Tours take guests on haunted train rides along Narragansett Bay after dark, compete with hot chocolate and s’mores. And in Providence, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo has more than 5,000 carved pumpkins on display. Perhaps your family will find inspiration for its pumpkin designs for next Halloween!
Abby Cadabby, Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Rosita, Bert and Ernie, The Count and other familiar Sesame Street faces will be dressed in their Halloween best throughout the month when they host kids during Safari of Fun Kids’ Weekends at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and The Count’s Spooktacular at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Think crafts, scavenger hunts, parades and many more haunted good times.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is back for another year of festive Halloween fun at the Magic Kingdom, and is appropriate for the entire family. The after-hours event features trick-or-treating, live shows, parades, fireworks and many more ghoulish good times.
Kids 13 and older (not recommended for younger children) can get their scares at Knott’s Scary Farm, known as the largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California. On select nights through Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm is transformed into 13 haunted mazes and attractions, made scarier by the more than 1,000 creatures lurking in the fog and darkness.
Halloween Horror Nights is back at Universal Orlando Resort with this year’s theme: The Festival of the Deadliest. The heartiest of Halloween enthusiasts will find their frights in five scare zones, two based on horror films Trick ‘r Treat and The Purge, and the other three original ideas from the Universal Orlando creative team. At Universal Studios Hollywood, The Walking Dead and Ash vs. Evil Dead take the scares up a notch, not to mention the Titans of Terror Tram: Hosted by Chucky, pitting guests in terrifying matches against Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Leatherface, not to mention the infamous serial killer doll himself, Chucky. The Shining, Saw and American Horror Story add to the chills at both parks.
With cooler weather and fall colors on its way, it’s time to plan your fall family travels. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort PA Wilds in Mansfield is the perfect destination, and with both scary and not-so-scary events, kids and parents alike can celebrate the festive season with trick-or-treating, fall crafts, fun with the Yogi Bear characters and more.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Oktoberfest is not all about beer. Although beer does play a major role, many of these German-themed fall festivals include activities fun for the whole family. You don’t need to travel to Munich to enjoy the oom-pah bands, lively dances, colorful Bavarian dress and traditional German foods; you can find them in almost all regions of the United States this October. Here are some good choices for families:
Rome is a city full of musts for visitors. You must visit the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps. And the list goes on, all the way down to trying gelato. No trip to Rome would be complete without the obligatory sweet treat, and for good reason. Gelato is delicious, refreshing and it comes in every flavor you can imagine. But while you can find it just about everywhere you turn in the Eternal City, it’s important to know not all gelatos are created equal. The city is brimming with fakes, and once you know how to tell the difference, not only will you see the fake stuff everywhere, but you will also refuse to settle for less than authentic.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Looking for a unique, fun and educational activity for the kids during your next family travels? Well, Kidzania has you covered. Located in Dallas, Texas, this city is not only built for kids but also run by kids. It’s unlike any other entertainment parks; in Kidzania, kids learn useful knowledge, skills and experiences, all while having the chance to be independent.