Where to go on Halloween with children: weekend ideas, events and theme parks

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Martí Micolau

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Halloween, the party most loved by children and ... why not, even by adults! On the night of October 31, in fact, we are allowed to be influenced, to be carried away by the imagination and go in search of mysterious places, gloomy castles, ghosts that hide terrible stories ... we are allowed to be afraid and feel a thrill of terror, but also to dress up and have fun with the children. A nice trip is what it takes, let's see together then where to go on Halloween with children!


  1. Amusement parks in italy and Europe
  2. Events and destinations in Italy
  3. Events and destinations in Europe
  4. User questions and comments

Amusement parks in Italy and Europe

1 - Gardaland Magic Halloween (Italy)

Halloween at gardaland amusement park is not only celebrated on the 31st, but rather every weekend in October! In fact, starting from 5 October until 3 November, the theme park is transformed, as every year, into Gardaland Magic Halloween. The decorations fill every corner, as well as the masks that animate the streets of the park: pumpkins, ghosts, zombies, witches, vampires, cobwebs, monsters, graves and skeletons scattered everywhere, to amuse and frighten children ... and not only.

There are shows and dances dedicated to the scariest party there is, and even the hotels in the amusement park are decked out in a horror atmosphere. In addition, every Friday, from 18:00 to 23:00 the park operates extraordinary opening to experience the attractions in the dark of the evening, which is the best backdrop to this feast full of mystery and fear! On October 31, then, the party continues until midnight with the Gardaland Halloween Party. An appointment, that of Gardaland, which has now become a tradition in Italian celebrations.

  • Info: on Friday evening the ticket costs € 20,00 or € 10,00 with season ticket. A full day costs € 42,00 per person or € 37,00 for children under 10. On the afternoon of public holidays, Saturday and Sunday until closing, the entrance costs € 25,00.
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 280,00 -
  • Gardaland: priority entrance ticket

2 - Mirabilandia, Ravenna (Italy)

The amusement park of the Romagna Riviera is transformed, for Halloween, into a real dedicated park.The zones are divided according to the level of fear you want to feel: there is Halloween for children, with the horror tunnel and the dedicated attractions, for example the Llorona, a ghost that emits a terrible lament, or the Malabolica, the descent into hell on the river and on the waterfalls to reach Lucifer; finally for the older ones there is the Halloween Horror Festival e the Halloween extreme horror experience, for the bravest! The park will be open on all weekends in October, Saturday from 10:00 to 22.00 and Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. On 31st October special opening from 10am to 00am, and on 1 and 2 November until 23pm.

  • Info: the full ticket, which entitles you to entry the next day, costs € 32,90 on Saturdays and € 26,90 on Sundays. The family package, 2 adults + 2 children for two consecutive days costs € 126,80.
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 230,00 -

3 - Cinecittà World, Rome (Italy)

A theme park dedicated to cinema could not fail to celebrate Halloween, the main inspiration for many horror films, throughout the month of October. Here then is that Cinecittà World is transformed from 5 October to 3 November in the park dedicated to monsters, zombies, to most famous cinema masks such as Dracula, Jigsaw, Leather Man, Freddy Krueger, Frankenstein and whoever has more has more.

Inside the park near Rome there will be attractions dedicated to the Halloween party and the scariest horror films, shows with masked actors, themed gastronomy, in addition the park will be open every weekend exceptionally from 11:00 to 18:00, including 1-2-3 November, while on 31 October from 16:00 to 24:00.

  • Info: the full ticket costs € 24,00, reduced € 19,00 for children under 10 years.
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 200,00 -

4 - Disneyland, Paris (France)

Leaving Italy, there are many parks that celebrate Halloween throughout Europe. Kids will be thrilled to finally visit Disneyland in Paris and meet all the most fearsome villains from Disney cartoons on October 31st. The theme park is really huge and therefore it will be pleasant to spend a whole weekend there, perhaps taking advantage of the bridge on November 1st.

You can indeed buy a living room and then participate in special evenings dedicated to Halloween, which will take place on 26 and 31 October from 20:00 to 02:00. On this occasion some attractions will be usable in a totally exceptional way, such as the pirate ship of the terrible Captain Hook; there will also be numerous shows, including theunmissable parade of Disney villains and then the Voodoo Party, to dance all together. Furthermore, depending on the ticket chosen, it is possible to visit not only Disneyland but also the Walt Disney Studios, two parks in one.

  • Info: it is possible to buy the 1-day-1 park ticket for € 87,00 full price - € 80,00 reduced price under 12 years. Or 1 day-2 parks for € 107,00 / € 100,00. For 4 days the cost is € 249,00 for an adult, € 229,00 for a child aged 3 to 11.
  • starting from € 185,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 420,00 -
  • Disneyland Paris: flexible day ticket Disneyland Paris: ticket and transfer to and from Paris

5 - Europa Park, Rust (Germany)

Halloween is the right occasion to take the children to visit Europa Park, a beautiful amusement park in southern Germany, near Basel and Strasbourg. For the occasion, the park wears 180.000 pumpkins decorated according to tradition, and then hay bales, chrysanthemums, corn plants, all haunted by goblins, vampires, masks of all kinds. From September 28 to November 3 in the park you will find new attractions, such as the Halloween sand exhibition next to the Tyrolean rapids, or the pumpkin exhibition, the Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tale Woods which will suddenly become sinister. But also ice shows dedicated to the Celtic tradition, and then the terrible experience of Horror Nights, through five haunted houses! On October 31st there is also a party with the participation of a German radio station to celebrate Germany's most important Halloween event, the park will stay open until late. It is also open throughout the month from 09:00 to 18:00. Horror Nights shows are held on Halloween week at 19pm.

  • Info: the ticket for 1 day costs € 52,00, children from 4 to 11 years € 44,50. For two days € 98,50 and € 83,50. You can only attend the Horror Nights show at a cost of € 34,00.
  • starting from € 317,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 320,00 -

6 - Alton Towers, Alton (UK)

Alton Towers is an amusement park in England between Birmingham and Sheffield. Where can Halloween be better celebrated, if not in the Anglo-Saxon world, where the Celtic tradition was born? The Alton Towers resort turns into Scarefest in October, a real festival dedicated to the pagan festival.

There is an area completely dedicated to children and parents, Halloween Spooktacular, with four different shows and more than 20 attractions. Then there is the area dedicated to the older ones, called Spine-tingling Terror, with the traditional Alton Towers horror maze and the roller coaster in the dark, who will have the courage to climb? Alton Towers is open on the first two weekends of October from 10am to 00pm, Thursday and Friday from 21am to 00pm. From 10 October to 00 November it will be open every day until 16:00.

  • Info: buying the ticket online 5 days in advance allows you to save, the day ticket costs £ 34.00 (€ 38,40) instead of £ 58.00, for children aged 3 to 11 it costs £ 28.50 (€ 32,20) instead of £ 48.00
  • starting from € 226,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 440,00 -

7 - PortAventura world, Salou and Vila-seca (Spain)

PortAventura world theme park is located near Barcelona, ​​Spain, and includes several parks within it. There is the Caribe Aquatic Park, an amusement water park, the Ferrari Land, a park with attractions all dedicated to the passion for the most famous car in the world, and finally the PortAventura Park. PortAventura world every year celebrate Halloween with events, attractions and masks, but this year there is something truly terrifying. In fact, inside the Caribe Aquatic Park the Isla Maldita was created, a cursed passage, a den of terrible pirates from which it is necessary to escape.

Other attractions created specifically for Halloween, including Apocalipsis Maya, Rec, dedicated to the Spanish horror film, and Horror in Texas. You can buy a Halloween passport when booking your stay and enjoy your party. The park is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00, on October 31st it will be open until one o'clock, but the Halloween passport is only valid during the weekend from September 21st to November 17th, including, of course, the October 31 and November 1. The Park can be reached via a day tour from Barcelona with a ticket included.

  • Info: the Halloweeen passport costs € 22,00 and must be booked together with a stay, on the website. The two-day ticket with access to two parks costs € 54,90 if purchased online, € 70,00 in the park. For children aged 4 to 10 years € 47,70 instead of € 63,00. Be careful, because you must be 12 years old to access the Halloween attractions.
  • starting from € 265,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 380,00 -

Events and destinations in Italy

1 - Halloween at the Castle of Rivalta (Emilia-Romagna)

The suggestive Castello di Rivalta, located in the homonymous village just outside Piacenza, is the ideal location for a thrilling Halloween. Two different events with guided tours are organized at the Castle, the Horror Nights, on October 31st starting at 20:00, dedicated to children and adults, which includes guided tours with the animation of masked actors. The whole day of November 1st is dedicated to children with The secret of the ghost, entertainment and games together with the ghost of the cook Giuseppe who would roam within the walls of the ancient castle. On the same day it will also be possible to book historical guided tours of the castle and, in the afternoon, take part in the tours with entertainment. A great opportunity also to visit a truly characteristic place.

  • Info: guided tours cost € 15,00 for children, € 20,00 for adults and it is necessary to book in advance on their website.
  • starting from € 120,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 380,00 -

2 - Halloween at the Millennial Castle, Salsomaggiore Terme (Emilia-Romagna)

In the beautiful Scipione Castle of the Pallavicino Marquises, in the municipality of Salsomaggiore, yes they hold guided tours by candlelight on the occasion of Halloween, in the evenings of October 31st and November 1st, from 18:00 to 24:00. The name of the event is in fact Halloween in the Millennial Castle: by candlelight in the magical night. The visits are suitable for young and old, with masked actors and animation, but above all the possibility of visiting the ancient fifteenth-century prisons, otherwise closed to the public, which overlook the hills of Sale, giving the viewer a breathtaking landscape. The Castle will be lit only by the light of dim candles, and, all around, music that recalls ancient Celtic rites echoes. The visit ends in the beautiful garden at the foot of the Castle.

  • Info: the visit costs € 18,00 for adults, € 10,00 for children aged 5 to 16, free for children up to 5 years. Reservation is mandatory.
  • starting from € 120,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 300,00 -

3 - Halloween in the ghost town of Calcata (Lazio)

The ghost town of Calcata, 40 km from Rome, long uninhabited, retains a truly ancient charm. Once inside, it seems to have crossed the centuries and entered into a distant era, inside a perched place full of small stone houses. Halloween night here is really special, and it starts at sunset with witches dance. It then continues with the award ceremony of competition for the most beautiful carved pumpkin, and continues throughout the night with shows in the small streets, with dances, music, but also artisans, painters, artists of all kinds who perform with their talent. For the whole village there are candy stalls, face painting, colorful masks, concerts, all in a truly suggestive ancient atmosphere.

  • Info: admission to the party is free, it starts at 16:00 pm and ends around 01:00 am
  • starting from € 112,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 180,00 -

4 - Halloween at the bewitched Castle of the Vicars, Lari (Tuscany)

The bewitched Castle of the Vicars, in the province of Pisa, is not only an ancient and fascinating place, but also a manor that is said to be haunted for centuries by many ghosts. The perfect place to spend the night of Halloween, when the spirits have a chance to relive one more night! In the village of Lari, October 31 is celebrated with masks, witches, devils, decorations, the traditional trick or treat ritual, while at the Castle children can participate in thematic guided tours and games to be played all together in the grand, haunted halls. Of course it is also possible to choose other routes and visit the Castle listening to its history and its mysterious legends.

  • Info: visiting the Castle costs € 5,00, the costs of the Halloween evenings are not yet published, better keep an eye on the site.
  • starting from € 63,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 190,00 -

5 - Halloween in Naples

The city of Naples has always been cloaked in mystery, full of legends and magical places, therefore it could not fail to include, for October 31 and the subsequent festivities of the dead, a series of events to celebrate Halloween. To the Maschio Angioino, in particular, one is held on the evening of October 31st special show entitled Happy Halloween aimed at making known the traditions and legends related to the spirits of the Neapolitan city; in particular, masked actors will represent the Pezzentelle Souls, that is, benevolent spirits who, according to tradition, return to haunt the Neapolitan palaces on the night of November 2, the day dedicated to the cult of the dead. Even the Museum of the Underworld, really suggestive, offers vampire themed guided tours, and at Naples zoo there is a party dedicated to children, The night of the bats. For the occasion, the park is decorated and children are invited to come in masks.

  • Info: admission for the evening to the Maschio Angioino is € 5,00 and entitles you to the next visit to the complex
  • starting from € 68,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 180,00 -

6 - Halloween in Palermo

The city of Palermo comes alive with numerous events for Halloween, but especially for ttraditional Fair of the dead which is held every year from 31 October to 2 November at the Villa Filippina park. It is a very old fair, in which the stalls exhibit handicraft products and sell sweets for the little ones, such as sugar puppets and martorana fruit. There are also games for children and toy stalls. On the evening of October 31, in the historic center of Palermo, the parade of saints, very characteristic, which somehow wants to keep up with Halloween trying to highlight the most authentic traditions of the Sicilian land. But, throughout the city, there are numerous festivals that also celebrate the pagan holiday, for all tastes: for example at the Fraginesi Residence there is a two-day course, workshop and screenings all dedicated to Halloween, on October 31st there is the Celtic dance course with an Irish folk group.

  • Info: the listed events are free to access
  • starting from € 136,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 200,00 -

Events and destinations in Europe

1 - Halloween in Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic is a magical city, full of charm, esoteric symbols, mysteries and sinister buildings - the perfect place to spend the Halloween weekend. The Prague Castle, iconic and dark, it dominates the city from above like a haunted place. It is said that real spells were made inside it, or at least tried: for a long time, in fact, Emperor Rudolph II hosted sorcerers and alchemists and there are many legends that hover over the Mala Strana district, at the foot of the Castle. We recommend that you discover them on a tour of the ghosts and legends of Prague.

Here it is very interesting and sinister from visit the Alchemy Museum! The Charles Bridge is another special place, which in the evening takes on a very special atmosphere. Not to mention the numerous clubs around the city, which reproduce the medieval atmosphere inside them, dark, lit only by the light of the fire, with themed shows and mysterious characters. Another very suggestive place to visit is certainly the ancient Jewish cemetery, while tours to discover the ghosts and legends of Prague depart from the Old Town Square.

  • Info: the Alchemy Museum, near the Castle, is open every day from 10:00 to 22:00 and the ticket costs CZK 170,00 (€ 6,50). Prague Castle is open from 09:00 to 17:00 with a ticket of CZK 350,00 (€ 13,50)
  • Round trip flight + 3 days / 2 nights from € 610,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 360,00 -

2 - Halloween in London

London is a mysterious city and its history goes back through the centuries. Among its alleys are hidden secrets, legends, here the terrible legend of the first serial killer in history was born and there are many unsolved London mysteries. So spending the Halloween weekend in the capital of England is truly an experience to live! In these days there are numerous events organized in the city for families, there are markets, masked parades, parties and entertainment near the London eye, organized tours to the discovery of the ghosts of London, Harry Potter locations, or, for older children, a tour of the dark places of Jack the Ripper's murders. Children's parties are also organized at Richmond Park.

  • Info: Harry Potter tours can be booked at Warner Studios with transfers from London
  • Round trip flight + 3 days / 2 nights from € 730,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 560,00 -

3 - Halloween in Budapest

Did you hope that in the city of Budapest it is possible to visit the suggestive labyrinth where the mythical Count Dracula was imprisoned? That's right. Under the Buda Castle, iconic and eerie, it is possible to visit an underground area with a huge labyrinth and here, historically, Vlad would remain for a while. Tours are organized every day at 18:00, very characteristic with the illuminated and decorated pumpkins, but you can visit the place also at other times, it is open every day from 10:00 until 19:00 and for Halloween there will be extended hours .

Furthermore, on Halloween evening, a costume party is organized from vampire in Budapest to the local Krak'n Town. Furthermore, on the evening of 27 October, in the central Piazza degli Eroi, the Halloween Pumpkin Festival, dedicated to all children. Another place to take children in Budapest is there Zelenák Sütiház pastry shop, that turns into Harry Potter's bakery for Halloween with themed sweets.

  • Info: The Buda Castle underground labyrinth tour costs HUF 2000 for children (€ 6,00) and HUF 2500 for adults (€ 7,50).
  • Round trip flight + 3 days / 2 nights from € 512,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 300,00 -

4 - Halloween in Derry (Northern Ireland)

Did you know that Halloween originates in Ireland? It was called Samhain and it was the end of summer party. The green island is one of the best places to celebrate this time of year, even considering that the celebrations held in Derry have been declared the best Halloween festival in the world! So what are we waiting for? We all go to Derry Halloween. The city is transformed for the occasion e hosts parades of masks, stalls, dance parties, entertainment shows, there are various places where you can rent your costume to be perfect for Halloween!

In the three days leading up to Halloween, the Awakening The Walls event, along the ancient city walls, with shows by street artists, an entire village of terrible witches, haunted houses and much more. There are numerous tours available these days in the city, such as the one of the cemeteries, or the Games of Thrones location tour, or the Halloween origins tour, all unmissable.

  • Info: access to the festival is free, you pay for individual events such as concerts, guided tours, etc. The graveyard tour costs £ 5.83 (€ 6,60). Here are all the events. In the infopoints located in the city you will find the map of the festival and information.
  • Round trip flight + 3 days / 2 nights from € 980,00 -
  • 2 nights in a double room plus cot from € 580,00 -

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