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Halloween plans are looking a little different this year, but there’s still some good news: Halloween is already a mask-forward, outdoor holiday. While bustling Halloween parties certainly aren’t a 2020 option, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the spookier elements of fall this year. And luxury hotels across the country are making sure kids get a socially distanced version of trick-or-treating, and adults get a dose of All Hallow’s Eve spirit in some capacity. From Halloween activities like trick-or-treating on the hotel grounds to heavily masked masquerade balls, these 12 hotels are committed to making Halloween happen this year.
Belmond Charleston Place, South Carolina
Charleston, South Carolina is actually known for its Halloween activities—and to celebrate Halloween in the Holy City, you can tour the city’s historic district in search of the paranormal. At Belmond Charleston Place, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, their in-house pastry chef and mixology team are making sure those missing out on trick-or-treating this year still get spooked in style. For the adults, a selection of local Ghost Monkey craft beer. For the kids, an array of festive (yet delicious) Halloween cookies. The Belmond team can add some extra Halloween excitement to your Charleston itinerary with a horse-drawn carriage ride to the best fall spots in the Holy City.
Shore Lodge, McCall, Idaho
Get your backwoods spooks at an award-winning lakefront resort: Shore Lodge. With a hallowed history—Payette Lake is haunted by their very own Loch Ness Lake Monster—Shore Lodge is hosting a Monster Mash Halloween Celebration. The hotel will, for a limited number of guests to comply with distancing guidelines, host a costume contest, “boo bingo,” and monster bowling at the party. Guests must wear masks, of course—bonus points if there’s a spooky component to the mask—and can reserve a private event fire pit for s’mores.
Eau Palm Beach, Florida
Eau Palm Beach, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property, is leaning in to both All Hallow’s Eve and the necessity of masks with their ‘Maskerade’ Ball on Friday, October 30. Guests of all ages are encouraged to decorate their face coverings for a chance to win a $500 Eau Spa credit. The kiddos are guaranteed just as much distanced fun as the adults, with mask decorating, spooky games, and plenty of Halloween treats. For anyone missing treat-or-treating this year, guests can actually take a Spooky Spa Tour and trick-or-treat at the various Eau Spa vendors.
Primland, Meadows of Dan, Virginia
In the Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland is a southwestern Virginia enclave with mountain homes, cottages, rooms at the Lodge, and a five-star Tree House for adventurous guests. From October 25 to October 31, 2020, they’ll host a Spooky Trail Night Tour, where guests can take a complimentary guided walk to the possibly haunted Old Homeplace in search of ghosts under the Virginia stars. On Halloween night, Primland will host a Blue Moon Halloween ball at Old Homeplace with a costume contest, pumpkin carving, Halloween-themed snacks, and Halloween Moonshine Cocktails for the over-21 crowd.
Grand View Lodge, Nisswa, MN
Grand View Lodge, a luxe Minnesota retreat on 750 acres of splendor, hosts an annual Spooktacular package available from October 23 to 25 and October 30 to November 1. The Spooktacular includes trick-or-treating around the resort, costume contests, hayrides, and pumpkin decorating. When the kids aren’t sifting through their candy haul or planning a second (or third) hayride, bring them to the resort’s North Park to play corn hole or to swim at the water slide-equipped indoor pool. There’s plenty for the adults to do too, whether that’s languishing at the Glacial Waters Spa, soaking in the outdoor hot tubs, or playing Grand View Lodge’s 54 holes of championship golf. Book a week for your family and lean into work-from-villa life; the property has traditional cabins, modern townhomes, expansive villas, and clubhouse suites to choose from.
The Hoxton, Williamsburg and The Hoxton, DTLA
At the Brooklyn and downtown Los Angeles Hoxton properties, they’re celebrating Halloween night with medium dinners. While perhaps not of interest to the trick-or-treating-aged kids, teens could get a big kick out of meeting a seer over dinner—as could the adults. Only on October 31, reserve a table at The Hoxton, Williamsburg or The Hoxton, DTLA for dinner with a complimentary visit from a medium who will come to your table and channel spirits from the beyond.
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan
On Michigan’s ultra-scenic Mackinac Island, the five-star Grand Hotel is hosting a Halloween Weekend Package for families hitting the road this fall. The ghoulish excitement kicks off Friday evening with dinner in the Main Dining Room followed by a Halloween flick at the hotel’s theatre. On both Friday and Saturday evenings, guests can make their way through the property’s Haunted Trail, and then on Saturday, all are welcome to don their costumes for dinner in the Main Dining Room, and then partake in a Tarot Card reading at the hotel. Book an exquisite lakeview room and don’t forget to take advantage of Mackinac Island’s leaf-peeping and other fall activities.
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Florida
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts partner, offers “Fall on the Farm" this year, featuring autumnal and Halloween activities for the whole family at Whisper Creek Farm. Whisper Creek Farm is actually on-property at Grande Lakes Orlando, and families can enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin carving and painting workshops, corn hole, and a maze. This Halloween spectacle relies less on the spooky aspects of October 31 and more on the fall fun. At The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, spend some time on the property’s 18-hole golf course or bring the family to the on-site lazy river.
Camp Wandawega, Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Camp Wandawega, a chic and effortlessly cozy Wisconsin lodge, can give the kids a sense of independence at all of their "counselor-led" Halloween activities. Families are invited to attend a Night at the Movies at Camp Wandawega, where the “counselors” will set up a movie night under the stars (and screen your choice of scary movie) while providing drinks, snacks, and popcorn for a movie night in the rustic outdoor chapel. Families can also get into the fall spirit with a fire building and s’more workshop, where the “counselors” will show you how to safely build and maintain a one match fire—and let you roast the perfect s’more. There are also plenty of guided hikes to choose from; a half-mile hike to see the best foliage on the property, or a Scary Night Hike tour of the woods that, if you’re up for it, might just conclude with ghost stories around the campfire.
Great Wolf Lodge, Various U.S Locations
Great Wolf Lodge—which has no fewer than 18 properties spread throughout the U.S.—is hosting Howl-O-Ween across their brand, offering seasonally themed activities like a distanced trick-or-treating trail, not-too-spooky crafts, and a costume contest. To comply with social distancing, all of their Halloween activities will be reservation only, and they’re even bringing out some more teen-friendly activities, like a Monster Bash Dance Party. For the younger kids, be sure to reserve a spot at Howl-O-Ween’s UnBOOlievable Story Time.
The Pearl Hotel, San Diego, California
The Pearl Hotel, a new mid-century modern boutique hotel in San Diego, is offering two Halloween-themed dinner and movie events in October. For $50 a person, Halloween enthusiasts can dine al fresco and poolside at The Pearl’s Charles + Dinorah restaurant. Following the three-course meal and themed cocktails, guests can enjoy an outdoor movie screened over the hotel pool. On October 21, it’s Hocus Pocus, and on October 28, Psycho. The Pearl Hotel is celebrating Halloween outdoors and offering limited (reservation-only) seating to comply with health & safety protocols. If you’d prefer to bring your family for a private Halloween-themed al fresco dinner and movie night, reserve the VIP area, complete with a private movie screen.
Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, Washington
On more than 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape, Suncadia Resort offers wide open spaces to embrace the outdoors, take part in a plethora of recreational activities, and benefit from ample social distancing. West coast travelers can immerse themselves in the best of the Pacific Northwest up here, hiking and biking through the miles of trails on Suncadia’s property, kayaking and paddle boarding nearby, or golfing at the Prospector and Rope Rider courses. On October 31, Suncadia will host a bonfire after dark where guests will be invited to gather for spooky stories late into the night.