Halloween celebrations this year may look different for a lot of people, so hotels are trying to dial up the fun for travelers.
Here are some hotel activities across the nation to keep you spooked (in a good way) and happily entertained for Halloween 2020. The properties below, grouped by rewards program, are following strict safety protocols and state guidelines to assure guests a healthy Halloween experience away from home.
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At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona, Pumpkin Nights #AtThePrincess include pumpkin carving, a “haunted plaza,” a Halloween-themed hay maze, pumpkin-inspired spa treatments and fireworks. There’s also a pumpkin patch for some great photo opportunities.
In San Diego, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is conjuring up some spooky family fun for Halloween, including family movies, fire pits with s’mores and a “candy trail” for Halloween night. ALL members can redeem their points for a discount on a stay at any participating hotel in the program.
There's something for everyone during Halloween weekend at Casa Marina Key West, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Florida. On Oct. 30, guests can enjoy treats and a “dive-in” movie showing of Disney’s “Frankenweenie” at the resort’s family pool, while Oct. 31 will feature a costume contest, DJ and “spooky” drink specials. Hilton Honors operates a dynamic pricing model for award stays, which means the number of points needed for a night can vary.
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Gaylord Hotels is offering its Goblins & Giggles celebrations at four properties: Gaylord Rockies in Colorado, Gaylord Palms in Florida, Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee and Gaylord Texan in Texas. Designed for large conventions and meetings, Gaylord resorts are also known for family-friendly activities and recreational areas like water parks and play areas.
Each weekend between now and Halloween, the hotels are welcoming families to participate in a wide range of fun, safe activities. They include hide-and-seek scavenger hunts with clues and games to find Spookley the Square Pumpkin in different places around the resort. There are also trick-or-treat walks with different stations to pick up special treats, and a Jack-O-Lantern Walk with lots of intricately carved pumpkins along the way.
At Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center near Orlando, Florida, the youngest kids can participate in Adventure Kids, which is a tamer Halloween event, while their parents can entertain themselves at the hotel’s “SpookEasy” bar with craft cocktails and ghostly artwork.
Everyone can enjoy the “Phantom of the Atrium” light display, too. There are interactive bedtime stories, as well as a ghostly experience with characters telling spooky stories, and trick-or-treating through the gardens and winding waterways of the immense atrium. Plus, a Halloween host named “Jack O’Lantern” will entertain guests at the hotel’s Cypress Springs Water Park. Gaylord Palms is a Category 5 property in Marriott Bonvoy with a rewards night costing between 27,500 and 40,000 points.
At Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in historic and entertaining Grapevine, guests can visit the Halloween-themed escape room to complete various challenges or decorate pumpkins. There’s also an interactive ghost story experience exploring the haunted history of Texas. Gaylord Texan is a Category 5 property in Marriott Bonvoy with a rewards night costing between 27,500 and 40,000 points.
The Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center, just minutes from Denver International Airport, is in full swing for Halloween celebrations, too. Movies Under the Moon features family-friendly films on an outdoor lawn with socially distanced spaces where guests can enjoy snacks.
There are also ghost stories based on local legends and spooky animal encounters where kids can safely interact with live, non-releasable raptors and learn about the environmental challenges that they face. A virtual wildlife rescue experience uses augmented reality to guide guests through the property, where they can spot endangered species and indigenous animals from Colorado while learning how to better protect them. Gaylord Rockies is a Category 5 property in Marriott Bonvoy with a rewards night costing between 27,500 and 40,000 points.
Adults can “color between the wines” at Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center near Nashville, Tennessee, where they can sip wine and use colored pencils to relax. Kids can participate in a spooky animal encounters program. Gaylord Opryland is a Category 6 property in Marriott Bonvoy with a rewards night costing between 35,000 and 60,000 points.
Grande Lakes Orlando, which includes JW Marriott Grande Lakes and the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes, has 500 acres of outdoor space in Florida. During its weekend Fall on the Farm events, it will offer hayrides, a maze, family games, and pumpkin picking and carving with an Olympic medalist and two-time World Champion culinary artist and carver. These activities will take place every weekend during October and November. Both hotels are Category 6 properties in Marriott Bonvoy with a rewards night costing between 35,000 and 60,000 points.
World of Hyatt
“A Grand Halloween” package at Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego will be fun for the whole family. Guests are encouraged to don costumes and take part in trick-or-treating in the ballroom for candy and toys. To ensure social distancing, guests must reserve trick-or-treating times. There will also be arts and crafts activities on the rooftop and an outdoor movie on the pool deck. Manchester Grand Hyatt is a Category 4 hotel in World of Hyatt with redemption nights starting at 15,000 points.
At the world-famous Grand Hotel Mackinac Island in Michigan, Halloween weekend will be filled with ghoulish excitement. The family-friendly hotel has activities for all ages, and the Halloween weekend rate package includes breakfast and dinner, a haunted trail, pumpkin carving, tarot card reading and a costume contest. Be sure to use a credit card that earns bonus points for travel-related spending like hotel stays.
Lakefront Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho, is offering a Halloween day bash with plenty of activities for guests of all ages. These include trick-or-treating stations, a costume contest, ghost stories with s’mores, “boo bingo” and a “hide and eek” scavenger hunt both indoors and outdoors.
In Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club will host a variety of fall-inspired activities and lawn games, plus some Halloween fun including pumpkin carving classes and spiced hot cocoa workshops (for an additional fee). And on Halloween weekend, guests can enjoy family-friendly movies, Halloween crafts and a costume contest.
In Nisswa, Minnesota, Grand View Lodge is holding a two-weekend Spooktacular celebration including trick-or-treating around the resort, costume parties, hayrides, a haunted house, bonfires and pumpkin decorating.
Photos courtesy of Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center and Grand Hotel Mackinac Island.
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