Four Not-So-Scary Ways to Celebrate Halloween

I don’t do scary. I’m not even going to try and hide the fact that I’m terrified of things that go bump in the night or place my lack of visiting haunted houses on my kids. While my children would be traumatized for life, I’m the biggest chicken in the Taylor coop when it comes to scary stuff.

If there’s a mad scientist, a chainsaw and zombies, I’m out of there and sure enough, you’ll find curled up in a fetal position. It’s like I tell my kids, “If a clown jumps out at me attempting to scare me, I’ll punch him in his squeaky red nose.”

I really don’t do scary. It’s no trick.

But for the love of all Howl’s Eve, I do love Halloween and all the not so scary parts of it. I love carving pumpkins, dressing up in costume trick-or-treating with my kids and creating creepy foods. Just keep the monsters, clowns and creepy stuff away from me.

If your family is like my family and you shudder at the thought of creepy, scary Halloween events, then your family will definitely enjoy these not so scary ways to celebrate the Halloween season.

Four Not-So-Scary Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Not So Scary Halloween - Run DMT

Zoo Boo 

This, Lowry Park Zoo revamped its infamous Zoo Boo event by hosting the event during park hours, eliminating the haunted houses and adding trick-or-treat stations. My kids loved the change!

Pros

  • Trick-or-treat bags included
  • Live animals
  • Included in one-day admission
  • Map of candy stations
  • Hands-on activities
  • Pint-sized maze
  • Fun add-ons such as cookie decorating

Cons

  • Candy stations not labeled

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

We have attended SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular for about eight years now and it’s one of my family’s favorite Halloween traditions. Rather than attending the opening weekend, this year we attended the third weekend in October and we enjoyed a much less crowded park. It’s definitely a good idea to avoid attending SeaWorld’s Spooktacularthe first and last weekend in October.

SeawWorld's Spooktacular

SeaWorlds Spooktacular

Pros

  • Trick-or-treat bags included
  • Map of candy stations
  • Labeled candy stations
  • Included in one-day admission
  • Halloween dance party
  • Fun add-ons such as cookie decorating
  • Live animals

Cons

  • Long lines for rides
  • Halloween show geared for young children

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

As a special treat to my kids this year, I surprised them with tickets to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. For about 3/4 quarters of the price, a family can experience all the magic of Disney with some spellbinding flare, such as a Hocus Pocus Villian Spelltacular featuring the three sisters witches from Hocus Pocus and other villains you love to hate.

Mickey's Not So Scary

Pros

  • Trick-or-treat bags included
  • Lots of Candy Stations
  • Map of candy stations throughout the entire park
  • Short lines for rides
  • Candy stations lit up at night
  • Cast member assisting at the end of the line
  • Two sides to every line
  • Fun Halloween themed shows and parade
  • Fantastic fireworks
  • Not So Scary ticket holders can enter the park as early as 4:00 p.m.

Cons

  • Trick-or-treat bags are small
  • Long lines for candy stations
  • Not included with one-day admission

For the best experience, know before you go with a little help from the Undercover Tourist.

SweetFields Farm

If you want to minimize the intake of candy while taking full advantage of fall, visiting Sweetfields Farm is a sweet spot for an outdoor day on the farm adventure.

Sweetfields Farm

Pros

  • Corn Maze
  • Hay ride
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Games
  • Fun photo spots
  • U-pick organic farm

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Lack of shade
  • Pumpkins in a field, not a real u-pick
  • Lack of concession
  • Additional fees for games and activities

Sweetfields Farm

While these four spots will definitely make your Halloween a real treat, there are a few other places worth mentioning. Although we’ve never been, I hear these Not-So-Scary Halloween spots are fun too.

Other Not-So-Scary Halloween Picks Worth Mentioning

What are some of you family’s favorite Not-So-Scary Halloween places to visit?

And if you like my son’s Halloween t-shirts, learn how to make your DIY Halloween tees here.

Denise

From start to finish, Denise is Run DMT, a Tampa Bay marathon mom on the run trying to maintain an easy pace through it all between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 13, 9, 4). In 2007, I discovered a passion for running and in February 2015, I completed my tenth marathon, however, I continue to train for a variety of races and triathlons. In my spare time, I founded Tampa Bay Bloggers, a hyperlocal blogging network.

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3 comments

  1. Christina says:

    These sound like such fun options!! Looks like you and your family had a great time trying them all out :) If I weren’t going out of town this weekend, I think I would’ve loved that farm!

  2. Stacey says:

    Great suggestions! My son has always disliked Halloween (blasphemy, I know) & we would go to Disney the weekend of. We’d usually stay in a Boardwalk area hotel and Dis. always had fun games, dance contests, crafts and other stuff going on for kids. Very light & not scary

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