Perhaps many of us believe that Halloween is just about selling us candy and costumes. Still, we can say that this celebration is really good for humans since it helps us promote essential aspects of our well-being, and some studies validate this.
Some of the reasons why Halloween is beneficial for us are:
-It is a celebration that increases interaction between neighbors, and some studies prove that this type of social connection makes you kinder, happier, and healthier.
-We can play dress-up and pretend to be someone else. Playing dress-up has essential benefits for children, such as creative thinking, imaginative play, and can improve their social skills.
-Halloween allows us to understand that death can be celebrated and, in some way, can be fun. And provide kids an age-appropriate indication about an unavoidable truth of life: death.
In addition to all this, Halloween could be an exciting time to travel together because taking a family trip in the fall season it’s always a good idea. This season is ideal for enjoying great activities, events, and celebrations that indicate the holiday is about to begin. We began to feel the joy that festivities such as Thanksgiving and even Christmas are coming soon. And although all this is fantastic, the truth is that nothing can be better than enjoying a trip to one of the best destinations to celebrate Halloween in the U.S.
There is no doubt that Halloween is a top-rated and beloved holiday in the U.S., making it more attractive to take a trip to celebrate this date to go beyond trick or treating to experience Halloween festivities in different places.
Here are six unique destinations to celebrate Halloween around the U.S. that you can consider for your next autumn getaway. Some of these American cities appear on the are Oprah Daily list of best Halloween festivals in the U.S.
- Atlanta, Georgia
When you arrive in Atlanta, you realize that it is a city like no other you’ve ever explored. This place is known for the creation of freedom, soda, and hip-hop. Rich in culture, art, and cuisine, and host the most incredible Halloween events, such as the Pumpkin Festival at Stone Mountain Park and the Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade. Both events offer fun and entertainment for kids and grown-ups. You can participate and enjoy costume contests, pumpkin decorating, live performances, street vendors, and a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt. You can also check out more things to do in the fall season to add to your Atlanta vacation itinerary.
- Austin, Texas
You can find a variety of Halloween activities in Austin, and one of the best is the Pumpkin Nights, a family-friendly event from September 30 to October 31. This event features a festive walking trail with magnificent views like a 10-foot tall jack-o-lanterns and the world’s most giant pumpkin guitar designed and carved by artists. You can also enjoy spooky ghost tours, a Dia de Los Muertos exhibit, and pumpkin-carving demonstrations. In addition, Austin is a prime destination that offers gorgeous family-friendly vacation rentals featuring amenities such as game rooms and pools.
- Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale is a vibrant city in the beautiful Sonoran Desert known for its luxury spa resorts, chef-driven restaurants, and exciting things to do and attractions. In addition, Scottsdale is a tourist destination that transforms into a Halloween wonderland during the fall season, featuring various events, many of which are all-ages events. Adventures are waiting for your whole family between the Halloween Spook-Track-ula, the Halloween Town Pumpkin Patch, and a special screening of Hocus Pocus. And if what you are looking for are events for grown-ups, you can experience the Forbidden Island Halloween event at W Scottsdale or the Zombie Crawl on the streets of Old Town. This city has a whole calendar of Halloween activities for this year and has unique vacation homes extraordinary for families.
- Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville is a world-class destination bustling with culture, art, award-winning restaurants, and of course, its Southern hospitality. This is a city where Halloween is a month-long celebration, famous for events and attractions such as the Louisville Zoo Halloween Party (perfect for the little ones), the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular, and many haunted houses ghost tours. So, if you want to scream and experience Halloween thrills, Louisville, Kentucky, is the place to be.
- Orlando, Florida
Orlando, Florida is also known as Halloween Vacation Capital, is the perfect place to enjoy this holiday with your family. Here you can find extreme thrills for adults and teens and family-friendly chills. There’s something for everyone. The list of activities and attractions in Orlando is long. Still, one of the best is Disney After Hours Boo Bash, a three-hour event with party music, decorations, and Character Cavalcades galore. Another equally incredible event is the Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND, where your family can experience spooky trick-or-treating fun and unique Halloween characters. And there are also unbelievable Halloween attractions for adults like Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort or The Haunted Road. And if you want to make this the perfect family experience, you can book your stay at a vacation rental with themed bedrooms.
- Buena Park, California
This is a Southern California destination where you can experience great Halloween events for the whole family, and one of them is Knott’s Spooky Farm. This spooktacular event is full of activities for kids ages 3-11. Pretend City- Costume Week is another kid-friendly event where you can have fun in a whole week of costumed celebrations in this child-sized city. And a must-go attraction near Buena Park that no one can miss is Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, where your family will see all characters in costumes and enjoy the beautiful Main Street Pumpkin Festival.
Hopefully, this list will inspire you to go on a family adventure to celebrate Halloween in any of these beautiful cities. And when you choose the destination where you will experience your next Halloween getaway with your family, be sure to check out the local health and safety protocols and guidelines so that you and your loved ones can enjoy a safe trip.