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fun around the world"> Top 5 Halloween fun around the world

Wednesday, 20, Oct 2010 10:50

Halloween in New York City

No one does Halloween like the Americans and so it's no surprise that the five boroughs of New York City are preparing for a scare with great anticipation as October 31st draws near.

Carved pumpkins, spooky ghosts and candy treats are already permeating New York City spreading the spirit of Halloween. Exploring the City's streets is an event by itself, as residents dress up and express themselves as only New Yorkers can. From watching the Village Halloween Parade or taking the family to discounted Broadway shows and trick-or-treating on Broadway, there is no shortage of Halloween events in New York City.

The city zoos will be holding their annual Boo at the Zoo celebrations. Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, the Bronx Zoo and the Queens Zoo will all have kid-friendly games and Halloween-themed activities.

The New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx will feature its annual Halloween Hoorah, with more than 500 pumpkins skillfully carved to create scarecrows, snakes, spiders and more. Participate in activities, musical performances and parades that are fun for the whole family.

Pack up the kids and head for Prospect Park in Brooklyn from noon to 3pm on October 30 for the Halloween Haunted Walk & Carnival. Witches - both good and bad - headless horsemen and more will be lurking on Lookout Hill, while games and sweets will be among the highlights of a carnival on the Nethermead, a meadow in the middle of the park.

Or visit Staten Island from 3:30 to 5pm on October 29th for Halloween in Richmond Town, where the whole family can go back in time and experience trick-or-treating as it was in the '50s. Children can bob for apples, watch puppet shows and play themed games.


The World's Largest Halloween Party

Louisville Zoo in Kentucky will be hosting the World's Largest Halloween Party this October. Last year, a staggering 85,000 visitors joined in the fun at the "Be Seen - Not Scared" festival which encompasses a family-friendly theme so that young kids can enjoy the thrills of Halloween without being frightened.

Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters, but no scary masks on the adults! Visitors will be greeted at the entrance by Mumpkin, the giant talking pumpkin, and will also meet some familiar faces along the way as storybook characters are brought to life. Don't forget to bring a bag as the highlight of the event is a trick-or-treat route where the kids can pick up some tasty goodies. If you fancy a little bit more of a thrill, you can take a ride on the Headless Horseman's Halloween Express Train.

Trick or treat the kids at Disneyland Paris

Get ready for 31 frightfully fun-filled days at the Disneyland Paris Halloween Festival 2010. Visitors to the park will be immersed in Disney Halloweenmosphere during the New Generation Festival and meet the latest new generation Disney Villain, Dr Facilier, from the Walt Disney Pictures animated film The Princess and the Frog.

The parks are transformed for the season and Frontierland in the Disneyland Park becomes Halloweenland, offering a host of eerie events, including hair-raising shows, face painting and oodles of tricks and treats. Jack Skellington and Sally from Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas will captivate guests and Pumpkin People storm the park to create unique Disney-style orange mischief.

The much loved Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade gets a Halloween twist with a brand-new float, 'Dreams of Trick or Treats'. Several times throughout the day during the Halloween season, the central stage in the Disneyland Park plays host to a Halloween spectacular with Minnie Mouse mixing up a storm with the help of the Pumpkin People.

Going beyond fear at Spain's PortAventura

The PortAventura fun park near Barcelona promises fun and terror this Halloween, building on an 11-year tradition of creating authentic and startling Halloween celebrations. There will be a number of new shows, from the Dance of the Vampires to the Day of the Dead, all designed to make children and adults alike quake in their boots.

This year the terror passages have been given a frightening re-vamp. Surprises are planned in the mythical Jungle of Fear of Polynesia, which is transformed at nightfall into a vast jungle populated by the most monstrous creatures.

Classic shows such as Horror in the Lake and the Monster Parade will return with added frights but don't worry there are also fun activities for the children. Take them to the Witch's House, a show for the youngest family members, or the Big Small Terror Show, a spectacle featuring large dancing puppets.


Frightening family fun in Florida

Sticking with the US theme, one of the best places across the pond to celebrate all things spooky is Orlando in Florida. Each October, America's theme park capital comes alive with creep horrors, offering up a menu of scares and thrills for all the family to enjoy.

Universal Studios are planning a veritable horror-fest with a labyrinth of eight haunted houses, bone-chilling scare zones and creepy live shows to really scare your kids' pants off. The Halloween Horror Nights here will be so bloodcurdling, they are not recommended for children under 13 (or squeamish adults!)

At the less scary Mickey's Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom of Walt Disney World, younger kids are encouraged to dress up in their favourite Halloween costumes before trick or treating around the theme park with Walt Disney figures. The theme on these nights is 'happy haunted' rather than 'scared silly'.

It's a different story for the over 18's only, Howl-O-Scream nights at Bush Gardens in Tampa Bay. These carry a warning of "intense adult content, such as violence, gore and blood". Not for the young or the faint-hearted, the grounds of the African-themed park will be home to seven horrifying haunted houses, scare zones and thrilling shows. To finish off the fun, the park is also putting on roller-coaster rides in the dark.

Jetsave holidays have some good deals on for family holidays in Florida, including staying close to the theme park action in Kissimee or on Orlando's International Drive.

Or try the Pirate Haus Inn and Hostel in St Augustine, Florida, which is the oldest city in America. The Pirate Haus is on Treasury Street, and just up the street stood the old Spanish Treasury, target of a pirate raid in 1668. Staff and guests have reported all sorts of ghostly goings on and the hostel is a regular stop on St Augustine's ghost tours.

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