Mom and Dad may love Halloween, but you might want to think twice before taking the kids to one of your favorite Halloween bashes around the world. To avoid scarring kids for life, choose one of these family-friendly Halloween events sure to please the entire family, regardless of your age.
The World’s Largest Halloween Party at The Louisville Zoo
Each year, Louisville Zoo puts on what it calls the World’s Largest Halloween Party. Whether or not that’s actually the case, it’s still a family favorite around the region, thanks to its totally treats-not-tricks atmosphere. Kids 11 and under enjoy trick-or-treating and meeting some friendly costumed characters. Better yet, the event takes place multiple weekends throughout October, so you can make this visit work for your family’s travel schedule.
Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns
Pack the stroller and enjoy a nighttime stroll with the fam through Chicago Botanic Garden. One-thousand jack o’ lanterns light the garden up, Oct. 16–20 and 23–27. It’s the perfect low-key activity to enjoy as a crew, as you admire the intricately carved pumpkins with nary a costume in sight.
The Flagstaff Arboretum Pumpkin Walk
If you’d rather show off your own pumpkin carving skills than admire those of others (or, you know, do both), the Pumpkin Walk at The Arboretum at Flagstaff is just the event for you. Grab some pumpkins, take them back to your Airbnb and get to carving. Then, drop off your masterpieces at the arboretum during the day before returning at night to see your own pumpkin artwork on display alongside all the others. In addition to the beautiful pumpkins, you’ll also enjoy classic fall treats like hot apple cider and hot chocolate.
Scottsdale Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival
Combine more than 20 spectacular hot air balloons and more than 4,000 pounds of candy and what do you have? The Scottsdale Spooktacular Hot Air Ballon Festival. This family-friendly event has it all, so everyone can be satisfied, no matter your level of spookiness. The spook-adverse will enjoy trick-or-treating, live music and balloon rides, while those wanting something a bit more thrilling can take a walk down the haunted trail.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
And, of course, any Disney-loving kid (or adult) will adore the annual Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Children are invited to dress up and trick-or-treat around the park. Hyped up on candy, kids will love the after-dark activities, such as a Halloween parade and fireworks show.
Captain Cook Cruises, also known as Fiji’s cruise line, reopened Tivua Island for day cruises. For travelers visiting Fiji, or locals needing a staycation, Captain Cook Cruises offers everything from dinner cruises and three-day journeys to seven–11-day adventures through Fiji’s must-visit surrounding islands.
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Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
By Hainan Airlines
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.