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Valleyfair ~ Tips for Visiting Minnesota’s Largest Amusement Park

Many travelers come to the Twin Cities to shop at the biggest mall in the U.S., enjoy the state’s plentiful lakes, and soak up the music scene of Prince’s hometown. But did you know that Minnesota is home to one of Cedar Fair’s 13 amusement parks? Famous sister parks include Knott’s Berry Farm near Disneyland […]

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Holiday Activities Year-Round

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California dazzles families with its indoor/outdoor waterpark, arcade, proximity to Disneyland, Magiquest electronic scavenger hunt, on-site bowling lanes, spa especially for kids and much more. Add holiday magic to the mix, and this hotel in Orange County becomes enchanting indeed. From Snowland during the winter holidays to Spring-A-Palooza in March and April, and Howl-O-Ween in […]

Halloween Cocktail Recipes To Die For

There’s something in the air, and we don’t just mean the leaves blowing off the trees. Spirits seem to swirl around us in October. Or maybe it’s the spirits we’re stirring up here, in our roundup of Halloween cocktail recipes. We asked bartenders to tell us about their favorite cocktails for the spookiest time of year. Replicate them if […]

Fun Things to Do in Ottawa in Fall with Kids

Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is arguably one of the country’s most family-friendly. Here you’ll find historic attractions, the impressive Rideau Canal and, of course, our Parliament where the Prime Minister and elected officials get down to business. Ottawa will be the epicenter of Canada’s 150th Birthday celebrations in 2017, but this city is worthy of a […]

Peanuts Movie Giveaways and Recipe

Like many of you, I grew up reading the Peanuts comic strip in the weekly newspaper and watching Peanuts cartoon specials on TV each Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. As a Peanuts fan, I was super-excited to see Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang are coming back in a modern take on the classic comic. […]

5 Reasons to Celebrate Halloween Time at Disneyland

Halloween Time at Disneyland blends two sources of childlike magic into one fun-filled experience. For the Halloween holiday, even adults get to play dress-up and play make believe. At Disneyland, life stresses are tossed aside in favor of silly hats, photos with Goofy and mouse-shaped ice cream treats. No wonder Halloween is a favorite time of year […]

10 Tips for Mickey’s Halloween Party with Kids at Disneyland

Disneyland on a regular ol’ day is filled with tons of fun for kids and grown-ups. But visiting during Halloween season is sure to be a screaming good time! When family attended our very first Mickey’s Halloween Party, I was a bit nervous to keep my children up WAY past their bedtime to collect treats, […]

A Frightfully Fun Hotel Stay at Nightmare on Curtis Street

After a while, Halloween memories start to blur together. Dress up, trick-or-treat, gorge on candy. Lather, rinse, repeat. But last weekend, my family experienced a Halloween event we will never forget. We attended the Nightmare on Curtis Street at the Curtis – A DoubleTree by Hilton. Each year during the month of October, the Curtis Hotel in […]

Save Money on Mickey’s Halloween Party Tickets at Disneyland

Halloween was once a one-day event for trick-or-treating through neighborhoods. Now it’s a season; one filled with costume parades, pumpkin patch visits, and parties galore. The happiest Halloween party of all? Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland, of course! Each fall Disneyland gets all dressed up for Halloween with spooky decor, pumpkin-themed treats and special rides […]

Howling Hootenanny Halloween at Toronto’s Black Creek Pioneer Village

It’s that time of year again. Days grow shorter, temperatures drop and children are preoccupied with thoughts of pumpkins, costumes and pillowcases full of candy. Anticipation of trick-or-treating bubbles over like a witch’s cauldron and families like ours head out on weekends looking for some seasonal fun. If your travels ever find you in my hometown of Toronto during October, you’ll find Halloween […]

Haunted Walking Tours in South Carolina & Georgia

I love a good scare. But the things that scare me most aren’t just goblins and ghouls at haunted houses, they’re real ghost stories taken from history. If you’ve never been on a haunted walking tour, give one a try! Some tours are definitely adults only, but there are also fabulous tours designed for families with kids (albeit […]

Not-So-Scary Halloween at Knotts Berry Farm’s Camp Spooky

Halloween at an amusement park can make for a hauntingly good time. Sometimes, though, children aren’t quite ready for the ghouls, goblins and other scary fare that lurks around every corner. I’m thankful many amusement parks are making their Halloween celebrations a little less creepy—as my family discovered recently during a visit to Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, […]

Cowboys and Pumpkins: Halloween in Tombstone, Arizona

Holding within its boundaries a rich history of mining, gunfights, and overall spookiness—Tombstone, Arizona sits just east of the San Pedro River. The quintessential ghost town boasts all the saloons, wooden plank walkways and archaic shops that have populated Hollywood Westerns for eons, offering a vibe that tourists crave. Here’s what to expect during Halloween […]