Family-Friendly Halloween Destinations

The hot temperatures of summer will soon be behind us, the leaves will fall from the trees and harvest time is about to happen all across the country. If you’re planning on traveling during the season change, you’ll want to take in some of the Halloween traditions in your vacay town!

Here are our tips for Halloween vacation travel:

Halloween vacations


Make sure to pack your costumes! But be careful. You don’t get your costume wrinkled and ruined before you even wear it. Be conscientious about what props you bring with you. If you’re going on a plane, plastic weapons, bombs or any type of “threatening” prop are not allowed in your carry-on. Any explosive-looking items should be left at home! The TSA will treat even a plastic bomb as unsafe and possibly explosive, even if they’re in your checked-baggage.

Check the weather before you leave. Even if it’s starting to cool down where you live, the southeastern part of the country is still quite warm. You may have to dig back into your already packed away summer clothing.

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Ghost Tours & Haunted Houses

Once you choose your destination, find some spooky places to get horrified! Almost every town has some sort of fear-inducing tour or hayride to get your adrenaline spiked. Most ghost tours have a toned-down version for the kids earlier in the day too!

If you’re visiting Northwest Florida, dare to explore a world of ghosts and legends of Pensacola. Fun and entertaining guides in costume lead brave individuals through downtown Pensacola, sharing the more unusual, scary and colorful history and stories of this historic city. Most tours are family friendly; however, the Red Light tour is adults only due to mature theme. Tours include Murder and Mayhem, Ghastly Ghosts of North Seville and a Trolley ride through the haunted happenings of Pensacola's past.

Throughout October in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk holds Fright Nights on Friday and Saturday nights. Watch out for zombies as you stroll down the boardwalk and Ocean Boulevard. There’s also live music these nights! Here’s some other events in the area for Halloween.

Halloween festivals

Town Festivals & Parades

Most towns also host a festival day too! If you’re in a condo area, you’ll especially want to find a cool place for your kids to grab some candy on the big day. Businesses in towns usually have sweets out and welcome the faces of dressed up little ones.

Over in Park City, Utah, they hold a parade of elaborately costumed dogs that march with their decked-out owners in “Bark” City’s Howl-o-Ween street party. It’s part of the bewitching charm of this old silver-mining town east of Salt Lake.

In Beaver Creek, Colorado, a costume parade and jack-o-lantern costumes will be highlights of this year's Trick-or-Treat Village. Local merchants have been known to open their doors to trick-or-treaters in this family-friendly destination, and the town's performing arts center regularly hosts events on Halloween night.

Halloween travel tips

Afterdark Fun

Bar-culture tends to love afterdark activities on Halloween! The local hot spots are sure to having some extra fun planned for their patrons from mysterious-cocktails to dance parties.

In Whistler, Canada, nightclubs always throw down for Halloween but Halloween being on a Saturday night means every single club and bar will be up to something good (or no good). There are civilized cocktail events, a Glow party, multiple DJ throwdowns, spooky drinks and tons of “best costume” prizes to be one. There’s even an official 5-venue Bar Hop planned to help you take it all in.

In Aspen, Colorado, Halloween is as good an excuse as any to party in this resort town, which counts about 80 bars in a six-block area and claims the survey’s second-place title for attractive residents. It’s the one night that the private Caribou Club opens its doors to all comers—at least those in costume.

Get spooked! Start planning your Halloween vacation now at Wyndham Vacation Rentals.