It’s almost October and that means it’s time to get spooky! While some Halloween events have been put on hiatus this year, that doesn’t mean all the creepy-crawlies have been cancelled. Here are six socially-distant, Spooktacular scares for kids and adults alike across the U.S.
- Museum of Terror—Chicago, IL(Weekends Oct. 15- Nov. 22)
This two-story Pop-up museum in Chicago’s Humbolt Park neighborhood is the perfect place to give yourself some Halloween frights. Showcasing stories of real-world ghost encounters, demonic possessions, and witchcraft along with creepy urban legends and horror themed memes, this limited time attraction is not for the faint of heart. Recommended for guests ages 13 and up, admission to this unique attraction also includes a treat-bag and horror-themed face masks. Tickets must be purchased ahead of your visit online.
- The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze—Croton-on-Hudson, NY (Nightly Sept. 18- Nov. 1, Weekends in Nov.)
Take a family-friendly stroll through the grounds of an 18th Century manor positively packed with pumpkins! Over 7,000 carved onsite jack-o-lanterns illuminate the path while guests experience a synchronized music and light show. This highly Instagram-able event also features a jack-o-lantern statue of liberty, a “pumpkin planetarium,” and a Museum of Pumpkin art where classic paintings have been reimagined with—you guessed it—pumpkins! In compliance with New York State pandemic guidelines access is limited and social distancing is required, so tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Nightmare on 13th Street—Salt Lake City, UT (Fri/Sat Sept. 11-Nov. 14, Mon-Sat in Oct.)
Since 1990, Nightmare on 13th Street has been Utah’s premiere haunted attraction, repeatedly named one of the Best Haunted Houses in America. Featuring six different themed attractions, including two brand new courses for 2020, professional actors, and cinematic quality special FX this house of horrors is guaranteed to scare you silly and have you coming back for more. To enable proper social distancing, a timed-entry ticket system has been enacted so reservations can be made on site or online.
- Ghosts, Voodoo, and Vampires Walking Tour—New Orleans, LA (Nightly)
Few cities in America have as many stories of voodoo and haunted happenings as the Big Easy, making Halloween the perfect time to head down for a visit. If you’re looking for a good fright, the easiest way to scare yourself is to hitch along on a night-time walking tour of the city with experienced guides who can fill you in on all the spine-tingling tales the town has to offer before finishing off your drink with a drink. Space on tours is limited so advanced ticket purchase is recommended.
- Cool Patch Pumpkins—Dixon, CA (Sept. 27-Oct. 31)
Just a short drive outside Sacramento you can find fall fun for the whole family. This family-owned farm features a Guinness Book of World Records corn maze which is customized in different shapes each year (and this year features widened aisles to enable proper safety), so the turns are never the same twice. Guests can also rent pedal cars, take a hayride, pick a pumpkin straight from the field and finish the evening off with refreshments and dessert.
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- Scream N Stream—Kissimmee, FL (Fri/Sat Sept. 25-Oct. 31)
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures presents “the ultimate socially-distanced Halloween event!” Scream N Stream offers three separate attractions of various scare levels to provide thrills for boys and ghouls of all ages. Families can choose to drive their car through the kid-friendly contactless trick or treat trail in the day taking in fun décor and getting candy delivered right to the car, while adults can wait until after the sunsets to scare themselves silly. Take a twenty-minute haunted airboat tour to witness the nocturnal creatures of the swamp while your guide tells spooky stories, or brave the “Night at the Die-in” drive-through haunted house to immerse yourself in a real life horror movie. Advance tickets are available for a discounted rate and a portion of all proceeds goes to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.