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Holiday Travel | Travel & Vacation Tips & Resources - Part 2

Five Places to Go for a Haunted Hayride Fun

With Halloween just a month away, you may be thinking about participating in something very different this year to mark the event.  How would you like to go on a Haunted Hayride with your family?  If so, here are the five top places we have selected.

1.  Salem, New Hampshire.  Every weekend, there are haunted hay rides at Spooky World.  If the name isn’t enough to conjure up images of ghosts and goblins, the actual hayride might be!  For $22 per person, the hayride begins at 10PM at Canobie Lake Park and is scheduled to last approximately one hour.  During the hayride, you visit a host of scary places including “The Crypt!”  Oooooh!  Rumor has it that Spooky World is very ah…… well, spooky!  However, they do feature a parade for children with characters dressed up in Halloween garb.  It has been touted as very kid-friendly.

2.  West Greenwich, Rhode Island.  This haunted hayride costs $15 per person and is available throughout the weekend from 6PM to 10PM.  Here, you are taken to the “Fields of Screams,” where your family will explore the Psycho House, Area 51, and a Ghost Town.  This haunted hayride is not recommended for very young children, however.

3.  Ellington, Connecticut.  At J.T. Farms Haunted Hayrides, you can enjoy a 45-minute hayride on Friday and Saturday nights for $15.00 per person.  The sites visited include farms and barns where you are told very scary stories.  Again, this haunted hayride is not ideal for young children but has been given raves by the older set.

4.  Buck’s County, Pennsylvania.  The Valley of Fear (the original haunted hayride) is another scary place to visit.  The hayride costs $28 per person, and is available Thursday through Sunday from 7PM to 10PM.  As above, this haunted hayride is not suitable for young children, but teens will love it!  

5.  Smock, Pennsylvania.  Allen’s Haunted Hayrides is open the entire month of October and the hayrides operate between 7:30PM and 10:30PM.  It costs $10 per person.  The sites include a trip through the woods, corn fields, and a haunted barn.  This is a 30-minute ride and is perfect for the entire family.  Children under four are free.


Halloween at Disneyland – The Perfect Scary Trip for Families

Vacationing at Disneyland is always a treat, but this October you can also find a private “Mickey’s Trick or Treat Party” beginning on October 2nd through the 31st.

Disneyland has gone all out to make this Halloween month a spectacular event, and Mickey’s special part is no exception. Tickets to this event are available from Monday to Thursday, 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM, and Halloween night from 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM. The price is from $39 to $42, and can be ordered online through Disney.

In addition, you can also look forward to a myriad of events including entertainment and “treat stations” where the children can participate in making crafts for the event. The parade is also going to be a special one this year, with all the Disney characters dressed in Halloween costumes.

But there is more going on outside Disneyland to celebrate Halloween. Here are the highlights:

  • At Knott’s Berry Farm, the traditional Halloween Haunt event will commence, as well as weekend Halloween Treasure Hunts your kids will no doubt enjoy.

  • At Legoland, there will be giant-sized pumpkins, a “Break or Treat Trail,” and a costume contest.

  • At Six Flags Magic Mountain, there will be a “Fright Fest” from October 7th through the 31st. Here your family will have an opportunity to ride the “Scream” rollercoaster.

  • At the San Diego Zoo, they are hosting a “Spooktacular” event just for the kids!

  • Frontierland’s Big Thunder Ranch will have a petting “boo,” singalongs, and decorating cookies as well as some surprise visits from very famous characters.

  • The staff at Disneyland is gearing up to tell their spooky stories at the Tower of Terror. Be sure to stop by.

  • Be sure to visit the Haunted Mansion, touted as “the” place to be during this Halloween event.

This Disneyland Halloween vacation will encompass a massive number of decorations, not only in the park but at the entrance as well. Bring along your Halloween costumes as you participate in this traditional and fun-filled trip.

Disneyland has had a long tradition of providing the ultimate enjoyment for kids and adults. This Halloween season, why not take a trip and experience the perfect scary trip your family will long remember!


Rain and Weatherproof Yourself for the Fourth of July

While most people will be preparing their first barbecue of the summer on July 4th, the sunset may produce a cooler forecast for the fireworks display in the evening. Whether you are at home or on vacation, here are some tips you can use if the weather isn’t so obliging.

If you are vacationing in New York, for example, you can view the Macy’s fireworks display at many locations, one of which is the South Street Seaport. The temperature may be a bit cooler in the evening and although there are outdoor cafes available at the pier, you will need to dress a little warmer for this grand event.

And if you are standing on a parade route or on an overpass in a city or other venue that is near water, you may need to bring some extra items as well. Here are some tips:

  1. Wear layers. Cotton shirts, slacks, sweaters, and light outer jackets will keep you quite comfortable. Wear comfortable shoes since you may have to walk some distance to the event site.
  2. If you live close to where the fireworks display is being held and decide to bring lawn chairs to watch the event, bring a blanket along as well.
  3. When it rains, it pours. If you notice that the skies are overcast, bring an umbrella and rainwear so that your family can weatherproof themselves for the occasion.
  4. You may also want to pack a thermos of soup or hot tea in case there is a definite chill in the air.
  5. If you are bringing the children, you may also want to take along hats for them as it may become windy or unusually cool.

Although firework displays are exciting and fun to watch, ensure that your family is dressed warmly and comfortably so that everyone can enjoy the event unencumbered.

Finally, check the weather forecast for that evening so that you are not completely taken by surprise.


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