Posted on October 15, 2021
With Halloween falling on a Sunday, this year promises to be one of the best Halloweens yet as families rebound from the uncertainty of last year’s COVID cancellations. Many areas celebrate with Trick or Treating on the 30th as well as the 31st, so this is sure to be a full weekend of festivities.
Planning trips around special Halloween events can add to the enjoyment as people combine a vacation around these events.
Since it’s just two weeks away (Wow, where has the year gone?) we thought it would be a good idea to run through a few of the larger up-coming Halloween events around the country. Especially since so many people are making last minute travel plans due to some of the lingering effects of COVID and related policies impacting the travel industry.
Because this is still considered an off-peak season, timeshare owners can look toward the end of October/early November as a great time to travel. Especially for points owners with programs such as Wyndham timeshare or Marriott Destination points, owners can check out the resort availability and look for last minute deals that can make the best use of your timeshare points.
Below we’ve listed several towns that are known for great timeshare accommodation so you can combine your Halloween festivities with your favorite resort.
Disney World - Disney After Hours Boo Bash – featuring your favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween costumes, this after hours event is held on select nights at the Magic Kingdom from now through Halloween. Keep in mind this is a separately ticked event so guests who purchase a regular day ticket to the park will not be allowed to stay for the event.
Universal Studios Orlando - Halloween Horror Nights – this year is the 30th anniversary of the event, which seems to outdo itself every year. Haunted Houses, Scare Zones and themed live entertainment add to the exciting rides and attractions. For those guests who bought a ticket to last year’s event that was COVID-cancelled, and didn’t request a refund, you can use your ticket for this year’s event.
Disneyland – Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort – special Halloween-themed activities are sprinkled throughout the park such as Halloween Screams, a Pumpkin Festival and themed costumes for your favorite characters. And what would the event be without highlighting the iconic Haunted Mansion with Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights - known for producing some of the greatest horror movies ever, such as the 1931 classic Dracula, Universal cranks up the fear meter with Halloween-themed events. Check out mazes based on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Exorcist and The Bride of Frankenstein. Keep in mind that proof of COVID vaccination is required to enter the event.
The Haunted Museum - voted the “Best Haunted Destination in America” by USA Today, what better way to spend Halloween than checking out The Funeral, The Cauldron and the incredibly creepy Peggy the Doll.
Bally's Resort & Casino – Potted Potter – a different take on the supernatural, this 70-minute comedy show combined all seven Harry Potter books into one LOL evening. Bet you didn’t think witches and wizards could be this funny.
French Quarter – no precinct demonstrates revelry quite like the Quarter in the town known as “The Most Haunted City in America.” Look for Haunted Tours, elaborate street parties and Haunted Houses. There are even family-friendly events at the Louisiana Children’s Museum.
Halloween Balcony Party – dress up in your favorite costume to party overlooking Bourbon Street. Party Mardi Gras style with a three-hour open bar and check out the crazy festivities of the Krewe of BOO parade from above.
Halloween Bash on The Avenue – the weather is still great at this time of year for Myrtle Beach timeshare owners to grab a game of golf to go along with the Halloween festivities. This is just one of several events held in town, with a live DJ and costume contest as part of the Bash on the 30th followed by Trick-or-Treating the following night at Broadway at the Beach.
Busch Gardens - Howl-O-Scream – this theme park just up the road from Williamsburg will have five haunted houses, four scary shows, terror-tories and treats for the kids at The Count’s Spooktacular. Combine your visit with the remarkable historical experiences at the living museum of Colonial Williamsburg, the first permanent English settlement in America at Jamestown and the place where the American Revolution ended, Yorktown.
Silver Dollar City - Harvest Festival – in keeping with the family-friendly theme of Branson, you’ll find craft days, artisan demonstrations and lots of pumpkins. Being billed as “non-frightful fun”, there are thousands of illuminated pumpkins throughout the park, including an expanded two-acre area from the Woodland Hike through to the new Rivertown. Please be aware that the park is not allowing costumes to be worn for security reasons.
Ripley’s Haunted Adventure – this fascinating museum may be open all year, but Halloween is their Super Bowl. Known as the ultimate haunted house, extra Fright Nights on the weekends add to the fun but beware of the “house guests.” Remember that children must be at least six years old to enter.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival – with the amazing White Mountains as the backdrop, I wanted to give a shout out to one of the most unique events in the country. Because of COVID-related effects, the festival was cancelled this year but is scheduled for October 15-16, 2022 so you can plan early for next year. Combine incredible leaf-peeping fun with this event that includes live music, lots of food, a beer garden, hayrides and games plus the main attraction – a 34-foot-high tower of Jack O’ Lanterns.
Halloween in Sleepy Hollow – if you are staying in a New York City timeshare, take the 30-mile drive north to experience the Legend of Sleepy Hollow in person. Known for Ichabod Crane being pursued by the infamous Headless Horseman, Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was first published in 1819 and continues to live on in folklore. Take part in a Haunted Hayride, Cemetery tours and the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze.
There are obviously more Halloween events being held throughout the country through the end of the month, but this provides a snapshot of events in some of the most popular timeshare markets in America.
If you have an event in mind in a specific town and you’re wondering if there are timeshare resorts in the area, click here to leave us a message or give us a call at 877-624-6889.