Saturday, October 1, 2016

Top 5 Frightfully Fun Activities for Halloween

Author: Jose G. Barr

All Hallows Eve, or as we have come to  know it, Halloween, is a time to dress up as someone or something else and have a frightfully good time with friends and family. There are so many activities to choose from that it can be hard to pick. Below are my top 5 suggestions for things to do this Halloween season.

1. Escape Rooms

One of the newest trends in real world games in the United States are escape rooms. The first appearance of this concept dates back to Japan in 2007. Since that time the trend has spread worldwide and is now here in the US. But what is an escape room you ask? Simply put, it is a themed series of rooms that have been have several puzzles hidden within them. These puzzles must be solved within the time allotted in order to escape the rooms and "Win". This is a great Halloween group activity that is available all year long.

2. Haunted Hayrides

This is one of my favorite activities during the Halloween season. This is the fun family hayride turned on its head. The ride operators take you out onto park or farm property. As you leave behind the comfort of warm glowing lights you being to hear things in the darkness, screams for help and the howling of some unknown creature. Haunted Hayrides takes the haunted house experience to new levels by taking you outside where our most primal fears take hold and our imaginations run wild.

3. Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights

Who better to put on a haunted maze attraction than the people who brought Frankenstein monster to life. Universal Studios goes over the top on these events. The atmosphere is tense and electrifying with the amazingly detailed sets, including The Walking Dead maze, and outstanding makeup and costumes. If you have ever wondered what it would be like to step into your favorite horror movie here is your chance.  As a Walking Dead fan I enjoy the realism that they bring to the sets and actors. It gives me goosebumps for months after when I watch the show.  Bravo for Universal Studios for working their movie magic for the guests.

4. Community Haunts

There is nothing quite like a community that gets together to decorate their street for all to enjoy.  Here in Redlands, CA it happens every year on both Cajon Street and Olive Avenue. Happily these two streets intersect, allowing visitors to visit both without having to go too far. Home owners on decorate their homes trying to outdo each other in friendly competition.  There are spooky pirate ships (yes, one family builds a huge ship on their front yard for the event) and eerie cemeteries that spring up in the front yards. Others offer a more whimsical approach to the holiday and include not so scary characters such as Mickey Mouse and Winnie the Pooh. Community haunts offer a safe way for families to enjoy a good time with the whole family.

5. Pumpkin Patch
Pumpkin patch's are everywhere from a simple lot with pumpkins for sale to a mini amusement area with lots of fun things to do together as a family.  Here in Yucaipa we have the "the Pumpkin Patch" operated by the pumpkin factory. They offer tons of fun things to do including for the first time on this farm, the Haunted Hayride!  Boy oh boy and I excited to see what haunts the trails.  They've also got a stage with live music and many less scary things to do.

Whatever you decide to do this halloween season, do it as a family and enjoy the fall.  As for us, we will be on our way to explore the hayride trail and see what goolies and ghost pop up along the way.

Until next time my friends, love your kids,
Cherish your family.

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