2011's kid-friendly theme park Halloween events
Published: September 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM
If you've got the money, several top theme parks will be making Halloween happen dozens of times between now and Oct. 31. We're not talking about haunted mazes and scare zones of gouls and gore - other parks will have plenty of those. These are three of the best kid-friendly Halloween events at year-'round theme parks. Some offer everyone the chance to trick or treat - even the grown-ups.
Mickey's Halloween Party at Walt Disney World begins tonight, believe it or not. Here's my haul from last year's Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland.
Mickey's Halloween Party
- Selected evenings September 13 - November 1 Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom ($47.95 - $67.95)
- Selected evenings September 30 - October 31 Disneyland ($49 - $64, includes parking)
Dress up and line up to collect candy in any of the several "trick or treat zones" that Disney sets up during these five-hour "after hours" parties in the Magic Kingdoms. If candy's not your thing, or even if it is, you also can enjoy a Halloween-themed parade and a fireworks show, and meet many of the Disney characters who'll be decked out in Halloween garb.
At Disneyland, you'll also be able to ride special holiday-themed versions of the Haunted Mansion and Space Mountain. (Those versions are available to day guests during the Halloween party season, too.) Do note that not all theme park attractions will open during the party, and most food locations will be closed, so ward off the sugar high by getting dinner beforehand. I don't know about Florida, but at the Disneyland party, Halloween party ticket holders can enter Disneyland up to three hours before the party's official start time, at no additional charge. (Update: Yep, same deal at Walt Disney World.)
SeaWorld's annual Halloween event gives costumed children the opportunity to "trick or treat" at stations marked throughout the park map. The park also offers a Halloween-themed Sesame Street show, and in San Diego, a Halloween themed version of the Clyde & Seamore show, too. In both parks, you can meet Penelope the Pumpkin Princess and walk through themed party zones.
Brick or Treat Party Nights
- Saturday nights, Oct. 1 - 29 Legoland California ($25 for all nights, or included with park admission)
Selected park attractions are open during these four-hour "after hours" events, which feature special entertainers, shows and contests, as well as a fireworks show at the end of the evening. (Legoland's Brick-Or-Treat trick or treating trail is open after noon during regular park hours on weekends in October, but is not advertised as being open during the party nights.)