Halloween is tailor-made for kids, but why not go the extra mile and try a weekend getaway that takes the goblin and ghost-laden festivities up a notch? Several hotels have special events that serve up an extra dose of Halloween fun for a super fun weekend getaway.
Beyond Halloween, there are great discounts at Disney Resort hotels. Mohonk, the iconic Upstate New York resort, is offering a "Kids stay and eat free" deal in November. The Caribbean island of Anguilla has a bargain getaway at the trendy Viceroy. Sarasota, Florida is offering a chance to win a free trip to experience the sugar-soft sand and gentle waves that makes its beaches perfect for families.
Tarrytown House Estate, Tarrytown, Westchester, NY
This sprawling hotel is a nice option for New York area families, as it is only a 40-minute drive from mid-town. If you have been itching to see Blaze, the incredible carved pumpkin display that is the most innovative Halloween happening in Historic Hudson Valley, you should check out the Blaze package. It includes accommodation, breakfast for two and two VIP tickets to Blaze. Prices vary according to dates, but expect to pay around $300 for the overnight package.
Cape Codder Resort, Hyannis, MA.
The Haunted Hotel package is available on October 27. It includes non-stop activities like a Halloween Musical Light Show, Halloween Dance Party with best costume awards, Face Painting, Trick or Treating in the hotel, Bonfire Story Telling, Halloween movie screenings and more. Rates start at $159 per room. The resort has an indoor wave pool with water slides.
Groton Inn and Suites, Groton, Connecticut
The Fall Foliage and Haunted Package is available until November 15. It includes a deluxe suite with a separate living room and breakfast for two. You will receive a complimentary copy of "Ghost Stories and Legends of Eastern Connecticut". Spend your time touring the area’s haunted sites, including Mystic. Come back to your room for a complimentary local fresh cider and cookies. The rate starts at $139.00, not including tax. Call the sales office at 800-452-2191, extension 364 to book.
Disney Resort hotels, Orlando
Disney Resort hotels are offering discounts of up to 30% when you book before October 31. The discount is available for travel between November 1 and December 22, with a blackout week at Thanksgiving. Staying at a Disney Resort gives you perks such as complimentary parking and transportation and extended park hours. Click here for details.
Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz, NY
Kids stay and eat free from November 7-11 at this classic, all-inclusive resort located on thousands of acres of pristine forest 90 miles from New York City. With 259 rooms, there are accommodations to suit most families’ needs. At Mohonk all meals, complimentary Kids’ Club, afternoon tea and cookies, and most resort activities are included. You can take the bus from Port Authority to New Paltz and the resort will pick you up, making it an easy car-free weekend.
Viceroy Hotel, Anguilla
For those looking for a Caribbean getaway, Viceroy Anguilla has low room rates. The lush 35-acre property is offering a Hot Nights, Cool Rates promotion that is valid for any three-night stay from October 5-December 20, 2012, where guests only have to pay for two nights and get the third free. Though sleek and trendy, the resort is very family and environmentally friendly. Its children and teen programs encourage interaction with the natural elements. Nightly rates start at $395, valid until December 20.
Visit Sarasota is inviting travelers to try their luck at the Sarasota in Shorts Sweepstakes. Through December 5, travelers have two chances to win round-trip travel packages, either by sharing an Instagram photo that depicts their ideal vacation in shorts using the hashtag #SarasotaInShorts or by submitting their favorite style at Sarasota in Shorts.
One winner will be selected from each method of entry. The vacation package includes two round-trip tickets to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport from any airport served by JetBlue Airways, a two-night hotel stay at the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel or Hotel Indigo Sarasota and gift certificates to local attractions that reflect the winners’ favorite shorts style. To enter the Sarasota in Shorts Sweepstakes, click here.