Are you tired of just dressing up and eating candy? Turn this year’s Halloween celebration into an extraordinary time by adding a road trip to scary haunted houses, creepy mazes, or a fright fest at an amusement park.
Read on for five spooky Halloween road trips you can take this year.
1. Gurnee, IL
Six Flags Great America in Gurnee is the perfect place for spook-seekers of all ages. Located 40 miles from Chicago and 50 miles from Milwaukee, this amusement park is easily accessible and excellent for a day trip.
Every year, Six Flags amusement parks throughout America has one of the best and scariest ways to celebrate Halloween. It’s called fright fest. Visit scare zones, haunted houses and enjoy thrill rides with your favorite people. Six Flags also offers frightening live performances. You’ll also meet zombies and ghouls throughout the park.
There will be a lot of screaming in the park and it may be too intense for kids under 13.
Orlando offers more than just spooky fun and encounters with ghoulish creatures. This “Theme Park Capital of the World” gives families options. You can choose to celebrate with Mickey in Disney theme parks, Shamu at SeaWorld or the ultimate place to be – Universal Studio Halloween Horror Nights (not suitable for kids under 13).
Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Studios Florida takes you through five scare zones and 10 haunted houses. There is live entertainment set to scare you out of your wits. If you live in Tampa, the drive to Orlando is just one hour 20 minutes. And if you’re from Atlanta, your trip is only six hours.
3. Glen Mills, PA
Considered one of the most “haunted houses in America,” the Bates Motel is the place to be for Halloween celebrations. Located in Glen Mills, about 32 miles from Philadelphia, the Bates Motel, a haunted amusement place promises the following horrifying activities when you visit:
Haunted Hayride at Arasapha Farm. This 25-minute Hollywood-style ride will take you to the darkest forest with a cave, haunted church, giant monsters (actors) and more.
Inside the Bates Motel, you’ll see floorboards that come alive, pictures that follow you, monsters and spirits that won’t leave you.
Walk through a tall cornfield with tons of animatronic monsters and over 30 actors in scary costumes.
This isn’t the place for kids under 10.
4. Long Beach
The historic ship, Queen Mary, is a great place to go for those who love to attend a fun Halloween party. The vessel features hundreds of monsters throughout six haunted mazes, a 4D theater experience, live entertainment, bars, creepy private cabanas, R.I.P Lounge and more. It’s not for kids 12 and under, and you have to be 21+ to enter R.I.P. Lounge.
Queen Mary is located in Long Beach, about 25 miles from Los Angeles. Opt to stay a night or two in one of the suites or staterooms onboard in this legendary ship. The ship has been a Southern California iconic attraction since 1967.
Netherworld Haunted House will blow you away on Halloween day. Get non-stop horrifying experiences from the moment you enter until the time you exit. There are two-themed haunted houses – “Night of the Gorgon” and “Cold Blooded.” “Night of the Gorgon” has creatures from Greek mythology and “Cold Blooded” features flesh-eating dinosaurs and reptilian aliens.
It’s best to combine Netherworld Haunted House experience with a visit to Stone Mountain Park. Stone Mountain Park offers family-friendly Halloween attractions like The Wizard of the Oz 4D experience and Glow by Nightfall entertainment.