Top Halloween Events Around Midwest Ski Resorts
From a stroll in a haunted forest to great pumpkin races, and a zipline of terror a trio of Heartland ski resorts have some haunting good fun planned leading up to this Halloween. It’s also prime fall color for chairlift rides to the top of the ski hills for some brilliant vistas.
Boyne Mountain is bringing back its famed Zipline of Terror, which was featured on the Discovery Channel as one of the most unusual Halloween activities in the nation. It’s been missing for a few years, but it’s back. The zipline tours leave every 30 minutes from 7-11 p.m., October 18-19 and 25-26. It’s not suitable for young children. The cost is $69 and tickets must be bought in advance. Halloween Hoopla also takes place Oct. 25-26 with lots of daily activities planned for the family. Scenic fall chairlift rides will be available daily, family entertainment, hayrides, bonfires with s’mores, and Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark spooky activities including Great Pumpkin Races. Fall colors should be peak. You can save 15-percent on lodging rates by calling 855-905-0182 and mention promo code “zipterror.”
At Crystal Mountain you can ride the Loki lift and follow lanterns down the Haunted Trail... if you dare. The Trail is available October 18-19 and 25-26 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. It has something ghoulish around every turn in the pathway, and not recommended for younger children. The cost is $9 for ages 7 and up. Afterwards warm by a bonfire and listen to distant screams from deep in the forest. Lodging rates are 25-percent off during this period.
One of the largest Halloween parades in the Midwest takes place in Illinois’ historic Galena. The Halloween Parade and Festival takes place Oct. 26. The festival starts downtown at 2 p.m. and the parade at 6 p.m. It annually attracts around 15,000 if the weather is good. Rumor has it the ghost of U.S. Grant, who lived in the village, will sometime attend. The historic community is decked out for the celebration. Stay at Chestnut Mountain Ski Resort, which is just eight scenic miles outside town. Enjoy the blaze of fall colors that spreads across the Mississippi River basin from the lofty ridge where the hotel sits 500 feet above the river. The resort is offering Fall into Savings through October. Purchase two nights and get a third night free.