Embark on a family getaway next month and the chances areexcellent that you’ll run across more than a few goblins, ghouls,and ghosts. Here’s a sampling of kid-friendly hotels and resortsthat dial up the spooky fun in October:
Great Wolf Lodge
Where: Eleven locations in the US and Canada,including Williamsburg,VA and GrandMound, WA Why: Because “Howl-O-ween” at thispopular chain of indoor water park resorts features atrick-or-treat trail, “monster bash” dance party, costume parade,spooktacular story hour, and more. The Package:The Howl-O-Ween Package starts at $199.99on weeknights ($299.99 on weekends) and includes lodging, unlimitedwater park admission, and Halloween festivities. Available Oct.10-31, 2013. Use promo code HOWL.
Where: Hawley, PA Why: Becausefun-filled weekends at this all-inclusivePoconos resort include a haunted hayride, scavenger hunt,costume party, pumpkin hunt, ghost stories by the campfire, andmany other fall activities. The Package: Thetwo-night Spooktacular Weekend Package includeslodging, meals, and activities and starts at $199 per adult.Available Oct. 18-20 and 25-27, 2013.
Barton Creek Resort
Where: Austin, TX Why: Becauseduring laid-back October weekends at this family-friendlygolf resort in Texas Hill Country, kids can busy themselves inthe family room with creepy crafts and ghoulish games (from Oct.5), or enjoy a Halloween-themed family-friendly matinee and snackin the “Spooky Cinema” (from Oct. 11). ThePackage: The Fall into Fun Package starts at$199 a night for a family of four—a 20-30 percent savings off á lacarte pricing—and includes lodging, daily breakfast, and milk andcookies for the kids. Available through Dec. 30, 2013.
Nickelodeon Family Suites
Where: Orlando, FL Why:Because October is “Nick or Treat” month at the wildly popular NickHotel. Weekend activities range from paint-your-own-pumpkinsand Halloween games to trick-or-treating with favorite Nickelodeoncharacters. There’s a “Spooky Splash Bash” on Friday nights, and “Nick After Dark” on Saturday evenings with spooky movies, snacks,and plenty of slime. The Package: Two-bedroomfamily suites start at $124 a night on October weekends; the rateincludes Halloween-themed happenings around the resort.
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
Where: Greensboro, GA Why:Because this luxury resort on the shores of Lake Oconeeepitomizes southern hospitality as it celebrates Halloween everyweekend in October, with trick-or-treating and spooky storytellingat night. Kids ages 5 to 12 can also play during the day at theRitz Kids Club, open all year. The Package: The Great Pumpkin Package starts at$419 a night and includes accommodations in a resort view room, apumpkin and carving kit, Halloween festivities, and $25-per-nightresort credit.
John Carver Inn & Spa
Where: Plymouth, MA Why:Because one of historic Plymouth’ss most family-friendly inns has a Halloween package thatdelivers a big price cut on lodging and includes two tickets to alocal corn maze and two tickets to a 90-minute “Ghosts &Legends” walking tour, which points out the most haunted spots intown (including the inn). The Package: The Haunted Stays and Corn MaizePackage, available on Fridays and Saturdays through Nov.2, 2013, starts at $155 per night—a savings of up to 30percent.
SuzanneRowan Kelleher contributed this to MiniTime.com.
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