Guys and ghouls: Not to FREAK you out or anything, but Halloween is in THREE days! Not much time to plan anything, you might be thinking, but then - with these awesome activities on your doorstep (or, at least, on some of your doorsteps) - you don’t have to think too far out the box to make this a Halloween to remember!
- New York
Yeah, yeah - we know - is there anything the City of Dreams isn’t the best at - but with all this on offer, you’ll soon see why it’s top of the list:
Oct 30: There’s a lot going on today, so bear with us!
Head to the Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park for pumpkin carving, wickedly-wonderful workshops and a stilt band.
If you’ve got a dog, you won’t want to miss the Annual Halloween Festival and Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest in Fort Greene. Go for the awesome pun, if nothing else (although we dare you not to fall in love with the hundreds of dogs running around in fancy dress.). There’s also a self-guided treasure hunt for Halloween taking place here, filled with bubbles, candy, music and games. Download the map here.
Finally, for a family-friendly party with music, dancing, face painting and balloon animals, there’ll be zero regrets about attending the free BKLYN BOO! event at City Point.
Oct 31: If you’ve left the pumpkin picking to the last minute (don’t worry, it happens to the best of us!), you can still get one at Pumpkin Point, Governors Island - although you will have to carve it yourself. You should still be able to enjoy free arts and crafts activities, storytelling and music, as well as a selection of food and drink stalls.
Head to the Botanical Gardens in the Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch, Queens, for a day of live music, magic shows and a trick-or-treat trail.
Already feeling the chill? New Jersey’s EPIC American Dream mall has got you covered, with a range of spooktacular activities.
Until Nov 21: Last but not least - and running for another good three weeks - is The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze - taking place in Hudson Valley and featuring thousands of hand-carved jack o'lanterns lit up elaborate displays. Tickets go FAST, so get yours, pronto!
Have we convinced you to head to New York for the weekend if you’re out of state? Get yourself a two-day pass here!
2. New Orleans
Arguably the scariest city in the whole of America, it’s definitely worth booking a last-minute getaway for the weekend as a surprise for the kids! No matter when you go, there are always a ton of ghost and cemetery tours on offer, but - as you might imagine - they go all out for Halloween. You don’t need to think of any ideas here; they’ll come to you (like the scariest ghost, whoooooo …)
Famous for the witch trials of the 1600s, Salem offers another more authentic experience come Halloween. Between walking tours, costume parties and other spooky events, it’s time to grab your broomstick!
More of a best-kept secret than the rest, but when it comes to Halloween, you could do a lot worse than spending the holiday here. As well as ghost tours, which run year-round here, the Yorktown Market Days and Fall Festival Celebration is an explosion of all things that make Halloween fabulous for kids: Hayrides, a maze, pumpkins, a petting zoo and yummy treats! The Howl-O-Scream theme park in Busch Gardens is another must-do family fun activity, filled with haunted houses and escape rooms.