When trick or treating begins to lose its luster or the kids just want an additional scare this year, haunted tours are the next step for Halloween lovers. Make it a family affair and bring the kids on a haunted tour, authentic or manmade for some real thrills.
One of the most iconic haunted mansions in the United States, The Winchester Mystery House boasts an annual candle-lit tour spooking visitors September through October.
Now offering 26 evening tours, grown from the previous year’s 20, the brave explore by flickering candlelight the haunted mansion, Sept. 14–15, 21–22, 28–29, and Oct. 5–7, 11–14, 17–21, 24–31. Prices vary by day and month, $16–49.
For those who caught this tour before, expect an all-new route and story to keep you on your toes. The mansion boasts 160 rooms in the authentic Victorian home complete with antique furnishings, Gothic details and architecture all captured in a frozen state of decay.
Located in San Jose, California, the Winchester Mystery House is a popular attraction, so advance tickets are recommended.
Knowing Universal Studios’ production value and attention to detail, it’s safe to say the annual haunted tours and events are always an epic fright fest waiting to happen. Located in Southern California, this tour is known to be one of the most frightening of the bunch.
This year, Halloween Horror Nights announced the incorporation of The First Purge, Tick ’r Treat and Stranger Things added to the list of frightful inspirations, but that’s it. Interested guests sign up for updates as the event comes together or watch the video for a sneak peek of what’s in store.
Thousand Oaks, California, is the location of Reign of Terror, boasting more than 23,000 square feet of frights, including 105 rooms to explore and eight spooky attractions. Explore the last Saturday in September or plan for Halloween. The haunted house is also open every weekend in October, so take your pick.
Over in San Diego, the Haunted Hotel and Trail offers some variety for the truly brave. Explore the creepy hotel in the popular downtown Gaslamp district or take to the city’s online outdoor attraction in Balboa Park, including a maze and haunted walks.
Still in San Diego County, Del Mar’s Scream Zone haunt offers dark entertainment from the House of Horror to the Haunted Hayride and KarnEvil.
Too scared to go in yourself? No problem, hang outside for free and wait for the kids in the Spirit Lounge bar or enjoy local food vendors and photo ops around the haunted grounds.
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.
Northwest Florida is a haven for beachgoers seeking the waters of Panama City Beach, Pensacola and Destin. But this region of Florida also has some extensive history, offering family travelers a great way to introduce young ones to Florida’s Spanish and indigenous past.
More than 1,000 miles from Spain’s capital city of Madrid, the seven Canary Islands are also part of Spain. They are the tallest peaks of ancient volcanoes rising out of the Atlantic, not far from the coast of North Africa. Two of these volcanoes, both still active, offer exciting adventures for families traveling to the islands.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
If you think you have to head into the wilderness just to get some hiking time in on your next vacation, rest assured. Cities across the country pride themselves on being great all-around family destinations, and that often includes fun urban hiking opportunities. These cities prove you don’t have to hike to a mountaintop to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. They are home to great parks and walking trails designed for easy walks that let you enjoy the fresh air, and get to know the personality, culture and history of the city you are visiting.