1. The Mall
I know you probably just read that and asked WHY? Well, it's because the mall offers a safe place to bring your children for some trick or treating fun. The last time I went to the mall on Halloween the stores were giving out candy to all the little kids who were dressed up. I'm sure not all malls across America do this but if you live near one that does it's worth a drive so your little ones can get some candy.
Is it every really Halloween without a visit to a haunted house?! There's just something fun and exciting about getting the crap scared out of you LOL. No matter where you live there's sure to be at least one haunted house set up. They range from big expensive ones (Screamworld and Phobia in Houston) to little ones (Conroe fire department has one this year) and the prices vary from place to place. This may not be something for really small children but if you have teenagers who might be a little too big for trick or treating then this is certainly a fun safe alternative.
3. Scary Movie
Scary movies and Halloween go together like peanut butter and jelly. They perfectly compliment each other. Sure you can watch scary movies anytime of the year but there's just something about Halloween that makes me want to pull out all my scary movie DVDs and binge watch them :) There are theaters who play classic scary movies to celebrate Halloween so check with your local theater to see if they are doing this. It's a fun idea for parents with older children. Also, the new Halloween movie is hitting theaters this Friday....just in time for Halloween!
For parents with small children, going to a pumpkin patch is always a fun way to celebrate Halloween. You can take pictures of your children with the pumpkins and even buy one and bring it home for some fun pumpkin carving! Some places even have corn mazes and other fun activities for the little ones. P6 Farms in Montgomery has a pumpkin patch and corn maze every year for Halloween. If you live in the area it's worth a visit.
5. Amusement Park
One of my favorite things to do for Halloween when I was a teenager was going to Six Flags Fright Fest. The whole park was decorated for Halloween and after dark workers dressed as zombies would chase you through the streets. There were even haunted houses set up throughout the park. While the one I went to is no longer there (yeah I know it's a bummer) there are parks all around the US that participate in this Halloween event. Six Flags over Texas is one of them so if you're looking for some amusement park fun this Halloween be sure to check it out.
Yes you read that right! Many zoos across the country have special Halloween exhibits for the kids to promote safe Halloween fun. Houston Zoo hosts Zoo Boo every year with fun activities for kids. They even get to dress up and go trick or treating! Along with the Halloween activities your kids can walk through the zoo and see all the animals. If you're an animal lover then this is certainly an activity you will enjoy!
7. Renaissance Festival
There may not be one of these going on everywhere this time of the year but in Plantersville they have a Halloween themed weekend which happens every year the weekend before Halloween. You and the kids alike can dress up in costumes and walk through the streets of the Renaissance era. Shows, shopping, and great food make this a really fun Halloween experience. Don't forget to have your picture taken as you enter then you'll be able to purchase one as you leave for a nice little souvenir of your visit.
8. Local Fall Festivals
It doesn't matter where you live there is always a fall festival near you. Whether it's the city that puts it on or one of the local churches there is always a fun festival to take the kids to. Cleveland hosts a truck or treat party every year where your kids can dress up and get candy from the locals who have decorated the trunks of their cars for Halloween. This year I'm taking the family to my company fall festival....I may even dress up this year :)
No matter what you decide to do this year for Halloween make sure it's a safe environment for your family. If your kids do get candy be sure to check it thoroughly. Many local hospitals offer free Xray checks of your children's candy to make sure there's nothing sharp or dangerous in it (yes unfortunately we live in that type of world). So, what are your plans for Halloween this year? Have you been to any of the places listed above? I'd love to hear your stories and see pictures of past and present Halloween costumes. You can post them on my facebook page @melwashereblog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope you have a safe and Happy Halloween! Until the next adventure,
Mel Was Here