Think Halloween is just for kids? Guess again! From real-life murder mystery dinner parties and ghost hunts in abandoned graveyards to overnight stays in haunted hotels and even an extravagant Harry Potter themed shebang in a country estate, the options to get your thrill on are terrifyingly exciting. Read on to find out which options for a ghoulishly good getaway is best for you! Halloween for Adults Think Halloween is just for kids? Guess again! From real-life murder mystery dinner parties and ghost hunts in abandoned graveyards to overnight stays in haunted hotels and even an extravagant Harry Potter themed shebang in a country estate, the options to get your thrill on are terrifyingly exciting. Read on to find out which options for a ghoulishly good getaway is best for you! Krewe of Boo, Hilton New Orleans The Krewe of Boo, the official New Orleans Halloween parade since its inception in 2007, features 3-D papier mâché and fiberglass props that mimic spooky creatures to frighten and excite the crowds. Looking to stay close to the Halloween festivities? Travelers can stay at Hilton New Orleans Riverside and get insider tips from the hotel’s resident Spookmaster concierge including local ghost tours and haunted houses such as the Voodoo & Cemetery Tour. Spook-tacular Halloween at Kilkea Castle, Ireland Celebrate the Season of Spirts in one of Ireland’s oldest castles, Kilkea Castle. Built in the late 12th century, Kilkea remains one of the country’s oldest habitable castles and sits on 185 acres of meadows and thick forests near the Killeshin Hills. Activities include falconry, horseback riding, archery, and some spirited ghost-hunting for the Wizard of Earl on his white horse in the property’s most hotly haunted places, like the courtyard and the abandoned graveyard. The Halloween Package includes 2-night stay, “Wizard Earl Halloween” Afternoon Tea in the castle Drawing Room; a spooky cocktail in the Castle Bar; dinner in the castle and more. Fantasy Fest at Casa Marina, Key West Looking to escape the chilly weather of fall? Head over to Key West’s Fantasy Fest where adult travelers will enjoy a 10-day festival filled with whimsical costumes, outrageous body paint, street fairs, and parades. Taking place Oct. 19 – 28, this party began in 1979 and has since grown into an event that garners guests from around the world. Visitors can stay at Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, where they’re encouraged to continue the celebration with Fantasy Fest-inspired cocktails at the newly-opened HMF Sidecar Bar such as the Salt Water Martini featuring triple distilled seawater and house pickled garnishes. Harry Potter-themed Halloween Party at Blantyre, Berkshires The newly renovated Blantyre, a Relais & Châteaux country estate, recently unveiled a renovation and opened its Champagne Salon, the first and only in North America which features an indoor speakeasy and an outdoor drinking area that serves exclusive specialty selections. For lovers of Harry Potter, get your tickets to The Harry Potter-themed Halloween party taking place on Oct. 27th. This Gilded Age property will transform into the mystical world of Hogwarts, complete with a cocktail hour, a lavish buffet dinner and dancing with live entertainment. Some standout menu items will include Golden Snitch Cake Pops, Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Bott's Beans, and more. A tropical Halloween Club Med Turkoise This year at Club Med’s gorgeous all-inclusive, adults-only resort set on the pristine coast of Grace Bay Beach, staff will host a “CarnEvil” show featuring fantastic circus performers, a haunted house and costume contest. Celebrate Halloween in the sun by day and enjoy spooky activities by night. Private Ghost Tour and Overnight, Historic Naples Hotel Ever want to stay in a haunted, albeit charming, hotel? Well here’s your chance! The Historic Naples Hotel, built in 1895 in Naples, New York, offers private ghost tours year-round, but what better time to do it than Halloween? Guests are encouraged to come to experience paranormal activity at the hotel; watch actual footage of said paranormal happenings; and explore the hotel, it’s famous spirits and noted “active” rooms within the property. Those who take the tour and opt to spend the night receive 20 percent off their overnight stay.
Mystery Series and Four-Course Dinner, Courtyard Grand Rapids Dinner
Located in downtown Grand Rapids, the Courtyard Grand Rapids has partnered with the award-winning Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show to offer adults the chance to participate in a murder mystery series featuring four-course plated dining with dishes such as grilled chicken with pesto crust and baked tilapia. Guests also have the optional upgrade to secretly nominate a member of your party as the prime suspect.
Room with a Boo, Hilton Orlando
Amusement park loving travelers cannot go wrong spending Halloween at the Hilton Orlando. Visitors can expect horrors inspired by the 1980s at Universal Orlando Resort’s annual Halloween Horror Nights, featuring a haunted house based on Netflix’s Stranger Things. Central to all major haunted happenings, Hilton Orlando, the newest Universal preferred partner hotel, is making sure that the good times continue past the park for adults. They’ve conjured up new Upside Down World themed cocktails such as warming maple-infused waffle cocktails and dark, stormy spirits. The Hilton Orlando’s Room with a Boo package features late check out, daily complimentary breakfast and premium Wi-Fi.