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7 of the Best Family Vacations During Halloween

Celebrate Halloween a bit differently this year

The Vacationeer
Excited kids in costumes running down the sidewalk on Halloween.

Fall is a great time to travel. Prices can be lower, the weather has a crisp nip in the air, and the colors and flavors of autumn are memorable and cozy. If you can find a long-weekend, it can also be a great time for a quick family getaway.

Check out Hilton Grand Vacations list of the best Halloween-themed family vacations.



The theme parks in Orlando showcase extra spooky themes, décor, and trick-or-treating events, making it one of the best Halloween family vacations.

SeaWorld Orlando, LEGOLAND® Florida Resort, and Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom all host family-friendly Halloween parties where young visitors can collect treats. Universal Orlando Resort offers thrilling diversions for older visitors. 

Stay: One of Hilton Grand Vacations four fantastic Orlando resorts.

Northern Ireland

Travel to where Halloween originated and still remains one of the best places to celebrate. The Derry Halloween Celebration runs seven days and celebrates everything spooky. Count on parades, fireworks, ghost tours, haunted houses, workshops, scary movies, and even a Bat Safari. This Halloween adventure will be one unforgettable experience.

Stay: While on the opposite side of the country from Derry, Belfast is a fantastic home base. Choose the Hilton Belfast Templepatrick Golf & Country Club.

New York City

Manhattan might not be the first spot that comes to mind for trick-or-treating, but this borough is filled with Halloween events to wow your youngest travelers. First, dress in costume and head to the city's largest free children's Halloween day event, the Washington Square Children’s Halloween Parade. After the parade, enjoy free trick-or-treat bags, games, and rides.

Stay: Choose from Hilton Grand Vacations many Hilton Grand Vacations New York City properties.


Sleepy Hollow, New York

From late September through November, New York’s historic Hudson Valley embraces its most famous tale with the Great Jack O’Lantern blaze. The bright holiday light display features over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins. Special events include Horseman’s Hollow and Irving’s “Legend”, both scary haunts for older kids and adults. Or, stick with family-friendly activities, including “The Sleepy Hollow Experience” at the Sunnyside home of Washington Irving, Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities, and more! 

Stay: Take the train from Manhattan for the day or stay at the DoubleTree Tarrytown.

Savannah, Georgia

Savannah’s combination of battlefields, cobblestone streets, and mystery contributes to its supernatural reputation, making it one of the best Halloween family vacations. Young visitors will enjoy a Halloween hike at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. Family-friendly costumed animal characters stationed along the trail pass out candy to little trick-or-treaters. Try a Savannah Ghostwalker Tour, highlighting legends at cemeteries and battlefields around the city.

Stay: Homewood Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District/Riverfront

Honolulu, Hawaii

Plan a costume for warmer weather for Halloween in Hawaii. Families are invited to celebrate Halloween at Ala Moana Center from 5-7 p.m. on October 31. Merchants throughout the Center hand out candy and other sweet surprises to all trick-or-treaters.

Stay: One of Hilton Grand Vacations five Oahu resorts

Seattle, Washington

The Emerald City has its own unique spin on trick-or-treating known as Hilloween, named after its Capitol Hill location. Hilloween is a carnival with face painting, games, inflatable obstacle courses, and more. Other Halloween events include Scream Park Seattle with two separate haunted houses, and Festal: Dia de Muertos.

Stay: Hilton Seattle 

Just because you are away from your neighborhood during Halloween doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun.

Read on for more fall vacation ideas in Park City, New York, and D.C.


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