Years ago, Halloween was a holiday to spend near home. Children would dress in their costumes, and walk door to door in search of candy. Though this tradition is still the norm for many, it seems that Halloween is fast becoming a destination holiday.
Between private parties, organized community events, and large haunted attractions, more and more people are spending the spooky time of year away from their neighborhoods. Some of the more intense attractions, such as Halloween Horror Nights and Howl-O-Scream, are designed more for adults than children. Their intense in your face scare tactics, however, can sometimes be a bit too much for not only small children, but fully grown people as well.
You mihgt be wondering where a safe and fun place to spend your Halloween might be. Luckily, there are a few very good, less intense options out there. This fall, the Magic Kingdom plays host to the ultimate trick-or-treating neighborhood as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party returns for 23 special nights from Sept. 10-Nov. 1.
Entertainment features the twice nightly “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade,” led by the infamous Headless Horseman, followed by “HalloWishes,” a green and orange fireworks display complete with Disney villains. Guests also won’t want to miss their Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best. Not to be left out, guests are invited to dress up in favorite Halloween costumes for trick or treating and more from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. for 23 select nights.
In addition to trick-or-treating, meet and greets with Disney characters donning Halloween costumes, and entertainment unique to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, many of the popular Magic Kingdom attractions – including, of course, The Haunted Mansion – are available to experience (but beware of hitchhiking ghosts).
Roughly 45 minutes away from the Magic Kingdom, LEGOLAND® Florida will kick off its second annual kid-friendly Halloween celebration of Brick-or-Treat presented by Wells Fargo this October. This spooky, kooky event takes place on Saturdays in October from 9:30am to 7pm and Sundays in October from 9:30am to 5pm.
Activities include a chance to view and have a photo taken with the world’s largest LEGO Jack-O-Lantern, which is made of 26,500 LEGO bricks. You can also build your own Halloween-themed LEGO Model at the activity station in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza. In addition to Trick-or-Treat along the Brick-or-Treat trail near the Pirates South Stadium for goodies, tasty treats and other fun surprises, guests can also spend their night searching for spooky LEGO creatures found in the over 30 million LEGO bricks that make up Miniland USA in the Spooky Scavenger Hunt.
Once you’ve worked up your energy from gorging on Halloween candy, you are invited to participate in a spooky Dance Party in the Haunted Miniland USA with a live DJ and dance games. Of course, you can’t forget the Kids Costume Contest, where children are encouraged to show off your BOO-tiful costumes in the Wells Fargo Fun Town 4D Theatre Plaza to win brick-tastic prizes like LEGO product and tickets to LEGOLAND Florida. Children may enter one of 3 age categories: 0-3 years, 4-8 years and 9-12 years.
Brick-or-Treat as well as more than 50 rides, shows and attractions can be experienced at LEGOLAND Florida and is included with normal park admission – No upcharge for evening events.
Remember that Halloween is a time for fun and frivolity. It is a time to come out of your shell, and to acknowledge the mischievous spirit that resides within all of us. Be sure to keep following this column for news on other spooky events and more. If you know of another local event that needs additional undead light shone upon it, please tell me about it!
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