The spookiest time of year is here, and you may think you have done it all from high end costumes to pumpkin carving, weekend bonfires, and eating yourself sick on candy corn. But if you’re up for an adventure this Halloween, consider putting a spin on seasonal tradition by discovering the country’s most spine-tingling Halloween travel destinations. From the witch trials in Salem to a transformed theme park, we’ve narrowed down the Top 5 Halloween Travel Destinations across the U.S.
1. Salem, Massachusetts
Notorious for the witch trials of 1692, the city of Salem embraces their dark history. While there are not any actual spells being cast in this spooky city, Salem kicks off their annual Salem Haunted Happenings in early October. Visitors can experience guided tours of rumored haunted houses, trial and hanging reenactments, witch circles, costume balls, and more. With plenty of family Halloween events and accommodations, there will be no shortage of things to do in this historic New England town.
2. Orlando, Florida
Warm weather and transformed theme parks makes Orlando a perfect Halloween travel destination for the entire family. Whether you are looking for softer spooks for the little ones or spine-chilling horror for the adults, there will be thrills galore around every corner. Sea World, Legoland, and Walt Disney World all host Halloween parties that even the youngest visitors can enjoy. Just down the road, Universal Studios and The Haunt at Old Town offer more extreme Halloween horror experiences for all of the adult thrill seekers.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
Often called the most haunted city in the United States, New Orleans lives up to its reputation when All Hallows Eve rolls around. Just like other celebrations, New Orleans ramps it up a bit with its unique style of parades, costume parties, street parties, haunted hotels, and outlandish treats. The entire family can have a spook-tacular time at the Official Krewe of Boo and the Museum Mash. When darkness falls, adults can end the night with some haunted history at VooDoo priestess Marie Laveau’s tomb or a paranormal tour at the French Quarter Phantom Ghost Tours.
4. St. Helens, Oregon
Nestled just 30 miles away from Portland Oregon, St. Helens can be recognized as the filming place for Disney’s Original Movie Halloweentown. St. Helens kicks off their Spirit of Halloweentown celebration with the annual lighting of the great pumpkin. Visitors can enjoy live music, paranormal conventions, photo ops with the original cast of Halloweentown, and more.
5. New York City, New York
The city that never sleeps does not make an exception for the creepiest day of the year. Halloween in New York City is an all out celebration full of haunted houses, ghost tours, and the world’s largest Halloween parade. For those looking for a more chilling experience, the Edgar Allan Poe cottage, Kreischer Mansion, Washington State Park Burial Grounds, and the Cathedral of St. John Divine offer visitors a fright night of fun.
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