10 Wickedly Fun Halloween-Inspired Tours for Kids Around the World
Halloween may be the spookiest time of year, but the holiday’s hocus pocus is often too spine-tingling for little ghosts and goblins. Not all Halloween adventures are heavy on horror, however, and there are endless options for family-friendly tours and activities that celebrate the season with more fun than fright. Here are some kid-focused ghost tours, catacomb visits, costume parties, and other fa-boo-lous adventures.
1. Visit the most haunted spots in New Orleans
The French Quarter of New Orleans has a mystery-laden past, thick with haunted corners and tales of paranormal activity. Learn about the city’s dark history that has left it crawling with spirits on this family-friendly ghost tour that dials the spook down a notch to keep it entertaining for kids without leaving them worried about things that go bump in the night.
Spooky Family-Friendly Ghost Tour in New Orleans
2. Take a magical walk around York
Join a resident wizard for a whimsical walk through the English city of York, said to be the inspiration for a number of locations in the Harry Potter books and movies. See the real-life Diagon Alley, search for a mythical phoenix, and learn about the city’s history and landmarks with silly tales and fun magic tricks ideal for kids under 10 and any fan of the wizarding world.
Wizard Walk of York - WINNER Best Tour 2023 (Little Vikings Awards)
3. Discover the creepy history of Savannah
Older kids can dive into the dark side of Savannah on this age-appropriate ghost tour of the city’s cemeteries, squares, and haunted corners. Learn about Savannah’s ghost stories and legends as you follow your guide through the most atmospheric—and spookiest—parts of town. The stories are just ghoulish enough to keep teens engaged but stop short of the gory details, and are a fascinating way to soak in a bit of local history and lore.
Fraidy Cat: The Family Fun Ghost Tour of Savannah
4. Create your own mask in Venice
Venice’s mask-making tradition was born from Carnival, but crafting a unique personalized mask is a perfect hands-on activity for creative kids during the Halloween season. At this mask workshop, learn how to make a traditional papier-mâché mask from scratch, or paint and decorate a prepared mask to showcase your unique style, from ghoulish Halloween looks to lavish Carnival-ready disguises.
Venice Carnival Mask-Making Class in Venice, Italy
5. Join the party at Disneyland® Paris
Celebrate with dastardly Disney® villains at the top Halloween party in France with this ticket to the Disneyland® Paris Halloween Party. Fans young and old can enjoy Meet 'n' Greets with baddies including Captain Hook, Cruella de Vil, and Maleficent … plus wave to Mickey and friends as they parade through the streets of the park dressed for the occasion.
6. Add to your Halloween haul with a chocolate workshop in Malta
Chocoholics of all ages can roll up their sleeves and get to work creating ghoulish treats on this spooktacular chocolate-making class in Bugibba, Malta. Stop at the Malta Chocolate Factory to learn about the chocolate-making process and techniques as you work with three types of chocolate to form devilishly delicious bars to package and take home as a spooky souvenir.
Spooktacular Halloween Children’s Chocolate Making Class 2023
7. Follow in the footsteps of “The Boy Who Lived”
Young witches and wizards can visit London’s most famous locations featured in the Harry Potter films, starting from Platform 9 ¾ at King Cross train station and ending at the oldest prison in the UK (and inspiration for the notorious wizard jail of Azkaban), on this Harry Potter Azkaban Tour. Discover fascinating facts and magical venues and enjoy a sweet along the way for an extra Halloween treat.
Harry Potter Azkaban Tour (Film Locations & Prison)
8. Don’t be sleepless in Seattle with a slightly spooky ghost tour
Explore Seattle’s spectral side without worrying about nightmares on this family-friendly Seattle ghost tour. Spooky tales are delivered with a light, whimsical touch as you visit haunted spots around the city, from the oldest working carousel in the US to landmark bars and restaurants where ghouls are said to gather. Plus, find out why Seattle’s location on ancient Native American burial grounds has made the city a hotspot for poltergeists.
9. Leave the tricks and double the treats at a candy store in West Palm Beach
Skip the haunted house and focus on the sweet side of Halloween thanks to this candy store tour that takes you through the history and production of candy from ancient times to today with live and video presentations. Feast on candy samples and enjoy time to shop for your favorite sugary treats and dozens of flavors of gourmet popcorn.
Bulk Candy Store Tour
10. Meet the spirits of the Windy City in Millennium Park
Visit the top landmarks in Chicago’s lakeside park while learning about the city’s haunted past on this family-friendly evening ghost tour. Listen to how the Great Chicago Fire and the city’s gangsters left specters around every corner, plus tales of paranormal mysteries and historic disasters as you take in the open-air artworks and architecture with your older kids.