While pumpkin patches and corn mazes may be easily found in a rural countryside near you, these urban locales have some serious seasonal fun ready for families. Through special events and fall festivities, your family can get in all the scares and thrills you dare with the help of these ghost hunter-approved cities.
First and foremost, Boston is on many a most-haunted city list for good reason. Sure, you can book a tour with nearly any history enthusiast in the biz, but Ghosts and Gravestones goes a bit beyond the pale in the best way. This 90-minute tour combines a classic walking city excursion with a trolley ride, all accompanied by gravedigger guides. Listen to the haunted history with the kids and take in the spooky city sites, including historic Boston Harbor, centuries-old graveyards and visits to the plots of the nation’s Founding Fathers.
Another no-duh, New Orleans is historically a haunted city brimming with spooky tours — perfect for the Halloween season. You can find adult scares and fun with drinking tours and truly terrifying ghost tours, or you can keep it kid friendly with all-ages fun every weekend through Nov. 2 at Scout Island Scream Park. This carnival-themed event includes a scare-free kids zone, hay rides, music, food, adults-only thrills and haunted houses for the older kids.
For a good, old-fashioned corn maze, Denver has you covered. Head to the Denver Botanical Garden for all-ages fun, movies and a wide variety of experiences. The Maze will be open every weekend through Oct. 27.
One city true crime enthusiasts already have on their lists, Chicago boasts a free light festival. Yes, free! Head to Pier Pumpkin Lights at Navy Pier any time through Nov. 2 for fall family fun. For the best visuals, wait until after dark to see the glowing lights, jack-o-lanterns and haunted maze for the older kids. Don’t worry, you can bring the little ones during the day for a friendlier experience.
One city that may not be on your list, but should be: Las Vegas. With a production value and attention to detail only the Strip could provide, VTheater at the Planet Hollywood Resort brings a unique show for the zombie-enthused adult children in the family. “Zombie Burlesque” is a unique comedy of tragedy set in 1958, complete with dancers, stand-up comedy and live music. This one is for the adults and runs through the end of the year, and then some.
Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit now offers a new, 90-minute Mexican Doll Workshop perfect for families. Children are invited to design their own Mexican rag doll using colored ribbons and fabrics. Offering a unique bonding experience for families, the workshop also supports the local community and honors the indigenous women who started the craft.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Valley Forge National Historical Park is a great place to bring your history-loving family. Located in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, the park is the site of the 1777–1778 winter encampment of the Continental army during the American Revolutionary War. Today, the 3,500-acre park boasts trails, replicas and other historical markers perfect for learning more about Valley Forge’s place in our nation’s history.
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, amplifies the family vacation with a new partnership with KidsDreamFactory to provide themed glamping experiences customized for children at the resort.
Many women in the United States don’t think twice about going to the store to purchase feminine products. With many options in brands, sizes, colors and even fragrance, we forget others around the world do not have such a luxury. Cora changes the way women receive products, providing a healthier, more sustainable way that is good for the environment and body.