Harvest a Happy Halloween

Step away from the same old ghouls and goblins this Halloween by taking your kids to the clever—and safe—"haunting" grounds at regional theme parks, where special seasonal attractions and shows meld with fall's perfect outdoor temps and much shorter lines.
Halloween at Hersheypark, Pennsylvania
Hug a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup at Hersheypark in the Dark's Halloween Celebration. (courtesy, Hershey Entertainment)
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Hersheypark (Hershey, PA)
Old-fashioned sweetness pervades Hersheypark, from Chocolate World's ride-through peek at the candy factory to hugs from a giant Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and other confectionery characters. The park's Midway America offers a nostalgic nod to traditional amusement parks—check out the view from the 100-foot Ferris wheel and shriek with delight as Lightning Racer, a wooden roller coaster, rattles you around the old-school circuit. If you feel brave, jump on Storm Runner, a high-speed coaster, where you'll fly through the air at up to 72 mph before dropping a stomach-lurching 150 feet. Reese's Xtreme Cup Challenge pits teams against each other in a race through the darkness to hit target=s with laser blasters.

Check out Hersheypark in the Dark's Halloween celebration, where nearly 50 rides remain open, including all ten roller coasters. Kids dress up in costumes and pick up bags to fill with candy bars and other goodies at Treatville, geared to ages 12 and younger. Bring your flashlights for Creatures of the Night, a nocturnal stroll through ZooAmerica, where the lions, bison, elk, black bears, mountain lions, gray wolves, and other critters will be in their element away from daytime's prying eyes.

(1-800-HERSHEY; www.hersheypa.com)

Away.com's resident family expert Candyce Stapen has written the book on family travel, having authored some 1,400 travel articles and 27 books, 26 of them on family travel. She is the winner of the 2004 "Caribbean Travel Writer of the Year for North America" award and a three-time winner of the Society of American Travel Writers' Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism award. Her articles have appeared in publications including Nick Jr , FamilyFun , Parents , Better Homes & Gardens , Conde Nast Traveler , National Geographic Traveler , and the Family Travel Network , among others. Her book, the National Geographic Guide to Caribbean Family Vacations is available from Amazon.com.

Published: 5 Oct 2006 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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