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Halloween events 2012 - Great Wolf Lodge - Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
Every year brings more Halloween events: Boos at Zoos, Haunted Houses, creepy fun staged everywhere from science museums to corn mazes. In theme parks, Disney has "not so scary" parties; Universal Studios gets seriously spooky; Legoland, Sesame Place, Hersheypark all have their fun... read on, below.

Take some Halloween books and DVDs along. And be sure to dress up! Find Funny Halloween Costume Ideas--

2012 Halloween Events: at Multiple Locations

Halloween Train Rides
A bunch of tourist trains run Halloween themed trains in October; Pumpkin Patch Express trains, too, including Peanuts™ The Great Pumpkin Patch Express Train rides, with Peanuts cartoon characters. (The animated tv special "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" is a Halloween classic.)

Have Fun at a Halloween Parade
Kids love parades - and even better is a parade where the spectators can dress up, too.

Theme Parks Scare Up Halloween Events
Haunted houses, mazes, scary shows-- About's guide for Theme Parks covers the scene. Some events are seriously scary and for big kids only.

Great Wolf Lodges: Howl-O-Ween
These lodges with indoor water parks are in the Poconos, Kansas City, Williamsburg, and more locations-- and in October, Howl-O-Ween haunts all of them.

Disney Halloween
Special (not-so-scary) Halloween parties, special fireworks, Haunted Mansion Holiday, and more, at Disney theme parks around the world.

Hauntfinder - Halloween Events
Select a state to find haunted houses, haunted walks, mazes, etc. Some are "Very Scary"; some are suitable for youngsters.

Halloween at Country Inns and B&B's
Head to a place with safe Halloween trick-or-treating -- and maybe haunted hayrides, ghost stories, pumpkins, or other Halloween fun-- and enjoy delicious breakfasts too.

Halloween Events, by Area

Halloween Events Six Flags Fright FestSix Flags Fright Fest.
Some little kids find haunted fun too scary! Be sure to assess the haunted happening. And check dates in case sites haven't updated for 2012.

New York City:
A great place to visit with kids, and Halloween celebrations abound. Boo at the Bronx Zoo, parades, carnivals, haunted walks; Pumpkin Sails and spooky castles in Central Park... see lots of New York City Halloween Events.

New England:
Six Flags New England Frightfest
Day-time fun for little kids, including trick-or-treat; night-time gets scarier, watch out.

Lots More Halloween Events in New England
A round-up of Halloween events from About's Guide for New England for Visitors. Salem Massachusetts deserves special note.

Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce Family Theme Park
In Bristol, Connecticut, 18 miles from Hartford, Lake Compounce theme park has operated continuously since 1846; Haunted Graveyard is "recommended for adults, teens and very brave children".

Pennsylvania:

Sesame Place: Count Dracula's Halloween Spooktacular Party
On weekends, come in costume to this theme park; trick-or-treat, decorate a pumpkin, tour the Count's Castle... Check the web site for what's happening: themes mazes, hayride, live shows, The Count's Halloween Party, Abby's Fairy Pumpkin Party... Sesame Place is near Langhorne PA, 30 minutes from Philly, 90 minutes from NYC. (Read more about Sesame Place.)

Hershey PA: Hersheypark in the Dark and more
Three hours from NYC, 1.5 hours from Baltimore, Chocolate Town USA goes all out for Halloween, with Hersheypark in the Dark at the Hersheypark theme park, and more; see Halloween in Hershey for details.

Shocktoberfest
This 30-acre haunted theme park --five minutes from Reading PA, and short drive from Philly-- is seriously scary, with attractions such as Prison of the Dead (a 50,000 sq. ft. indoor/outdoor experience) and Toxic Asylum 3D Extreme.

Skytop Lodge: Spook-Tacular Weekend
This huge Dutch Colonial stone lodge has 5500 acres of forest, multiple family activities, and theme weekends. Halloween weekend includes treats, pumpkin-carving, Masquerade Ball, Monster Mash party. (More about Skytop Lodge.)
Halloween 2012 - Mickey's Not-s-Scary-Party - Photo courtesy of Disney World.Mickey's Not-s-Scary-Party - photo courtesy of Disney World.
Norfolk VA:
Halloween -related events in Norfolk include: Virginia Children's Festival in October, with kids Costume Day Parade; night campout at the Norfolk Botanical Garden's Enchanted Forest.

Washington, DC:
For Halloween Events in DC, this roundup includes the seriously creepy and the family-friendly: Boo at the Zoo, Zombie Walk, Fright Fest at Six Flags America...

Florida:
Florida Halloween Events
About's guide for Florida for Visitors covers fun for all ages in many locations, including a huge street party in Tampa that draws more than 100,000 people.

Mickey's Not-so-scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World
This popular annual event in the Magic Kingdom is held on multiple nights in October. Features include: trick-or-treating, Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade, costume parties, storytelling, live shows, and Halloween fireworks above the Cinderella Castle.

Universal Studios Halloween Horror Night: attend if you dare, in Orlando or Anaheim, on a bunch of nights throughout October, and on a few nights in November too. Definitely not for little kids!

Orlando's Halloween Events
About's Guide for Orlando has a round-up of local haunted houses, Boovilles, Zoo Boo Bash, "Low to No Cost Halloween Fun for Families", and more.

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