Are your kids panicking because you have a family trip scheduled during Halloween? They don’t have to miss out on the excitement of costumes and candy just because you’re on the road. Here are a few tips for families traveling over Halloween.
Pack a simple costume
Packing bulky accessories and complicated costumes can take up a lot of space in your suitcase. Plan costumes that don’t require extra shoes, hats or rigid items. Consider regular clothing that can double as a costume to save room in your bags. Keep in mind, many businesses don’t allow masks for safety reasons. Makeup may be a better choice for urban trick-or-treaters.
Attend a local festival or Halloween parade
Many cities hold festivals or organized trick-or-treat events in city squares and main streets. Some even host live music and entertainment. These events are perfect for visitors and are a great way to see the city’s real culture while the kids fill up on fun-size snacks.
Think outside the “knocks”
There is more than one way for kids to earn their candy. Younger children might enjoy a candy scavenger hunt. Similar to an egg hunt, parents can hide candy in a local park and challenge their kids to find as much as they can. Other games might earn kids a treat or two, like a scare contest or a costume fashion walk.
Try regional treats
Every city has a local favorite. Older children might enjoy sampling regional desserts like New York cheesecake or Hawaiian chocolate-covered macadamia nuts. If your kids are feeling especially brave, encourage them to try “spooky” cuisines, like octopus in Japan or rattlesnake in Texas.
Dress up with your kids
Kids will love to see their parents joining in on the fun. Dress up in a common theme and show off walking the downtown streets. Get into character to ignite your child’s imagination.
Are you traveling for Halloween? Contact your Best Western hotel for tips and ideas for how to celebrate while you visit.