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Family Friendly Halloween Events

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Looking for a fun way to kick off spooky season with the kids? TicketSmarter put together this quick guide of family friendly Halloween events that focus more on candy and costumes than creepy crawlies. 

Magical Movies

Whether it’s a movie in the park where you bring blankets and watch on a big screen, or your favorite film returns to theaters for one night, there is no better pairing for candy. Hocus Pocus is one of the most popular films to show ahead of Halloween and even has a sequel coming out this fall featuring the original Sanderson Sisters: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. It is scheduled to hit Disney+ on Sept. 30 giving you plenty of time to plan a spirited doubleheader. 

The original film, which was released in 1993, is considered a cult classic now and is shown at venues across the country in a series of family friendly Halloween events. The Phoenix Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony even have performances planned of Hocus Pocus in Concert which features a live orchestra playing along during the film’s showing.

Although it is not exactly Halloween-centered, the Harry Potter franchise is another popular choice for the season given the magical wizarding themes. Look for showings of the film or performances of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone in Concert from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony and others in the coming months as they are also a crossover favorite come Christmas time. 

Halloween Spooktacular

For a broader, kid-friendly soundtrack, you can check and see if your local symphony is hosting a Halloween Spooktacular. Costumes are encouraged (the musicians might be wearing them too) for this short-format show that provides a perfect soundtrack for your princess, superhero or villain this Halloween. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra have performed the Halloween Spooktacular in the past. 

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

No one captures the Halloween spirit quite like Disney and the party of the year is at Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Fla. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a ticketed event running from mid-August to late October. Guests are invited to dress up and collect treats around the park before settling in for a fireworks display featuring beloved Disney characters. This event is open to kids of all ages.

Family Friendly Event Tickets

Pick the perfect costume and get ready to load up on treats. This Halloween, you can find something fun for everyone with family friendly event tickets from