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Halloween across the US: Top 5 Destinations!

Posted by on October 2, 2014

It’s October, and I’ve been thinking about towns across the US that would be fun to visit during Halloween Time, or this month of October.

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Some stand outs include:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Halloween, after Mardi Gras is the most celebrated event in New Orleans, and trust me, it’s not just for kids including the loads of STREET Parties that New Orleans is truly known for. Stop into a Costume Shop to figure out the perfect costume before heading out to town, or bring it with you.

Also known for their Haunted Tours and Spiritual Shops scattered all around town. Explored a Cemetary, take in a Haunted House or check out a Voodoo Shop.  This is a GREAT destination for Halloween.

Referred to as the most haunted city in America, visit the numerous haunted houses, including The Hermann-Grima House, Hotel Monteleone, Beauregard-Keyes House, and Old Absinthe House, among others.

Check out this great deal from CheapOAir: Spend 3 nights/4 days at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside for $820 per person if booked by October 24th.

Tombstone, Arizona:

Head to Tombstone, Arizona this Halloween and partake in a little bit of the Old West. Take the Tombstone Ghost Tour, rated one of the best Ghost tours out there.

And just a few weeks before Halloween, head to one of the biggest festivals in Tombstone: HellDorado Days truly celebrating it’s golden heritage days of the 1880’s.  Taking place October 17-19. Helldorado is a major Arizona Attraction held every third weekend in October and consists of gunfight re-enactment shows, street entertainment, fashion shows and a family oriented carnival.  In addition, come and watch the Annual Helldorado Parade on Sunday at 11am.  

Sleepy Hollow, New York

Last year I wrote ALL about the Real Sleepy Hollow, and all the various fun events to partake in.  This is a TOWN I truly want to visit over Halloween weekend in the future.

Legend of Sleepy Hollow

If you’ve ever been I’d love to hear about your experience.  From The Haunted Graveyard to the Jack O Lantern Blaze to Horsemen’s Hollow to taking historic tours of the small town in New York.

Salem, MA:

Salem must be on your Halloween radar one of these years.  Head to the place where the Salem Witch Trials happened, and get your haunt on with their annual Haunted Happening Events throughout the month of October.

Take a haunted tour, there are many to choose from including: Ghosts, Cat Tours, and Scary Stories Tours to the 1692 Salem Witch Tour.

Partake in a Haunted Harbor Cruise to the Haunted Happenings Carnival taking place to the Salem Witch’ Halloween Ball (The Festival of the Dead).  There’s a little something for everyone.

Be sure to check out the Haunted Happenings Website to begin your planning and to take a peek at the Online Guide (54 pages altogether!)

 

Los Angeles, CA

I know you’re most likely shaking your head as to why I included Los Angeles into this mix, HOWEVER, have you seen the Halloween events happening all over town?

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A few favorites include:

West Hollywood Halloween Street Party

I went to this for 2 straight years when I resided down in Los Angeles, and I was awestruck by the creativity of the costumes.  If you’re looking to check out costumes, laugh it up, and just have a good time on Halloween night, heading to West Hollywood is a great plan of action.

Queen Mary Dark Harbor:

An annual event that takes place at the historic Queen Mary with appearances by Scary Mary and many many other ghouly monsters and goblins.  Opening night takes place October 2nd, and runs through Nov. 2nd. Tickets start at just 20 dollars.  Other options available including VIP, Fast Fright and Lodging Options available.

Mickey’s Halloween Party:

Nothing’s more magical than being able to Trick or Treat in the Magic Kingdom.  Put on your favorite costumes and head out to Disneyland during these special events that cost extra beyond your season pass or park ticket.  More information found here.

If not a fan of Mickey head to

Knott’s Scary Farm

or Universal Studios Fright Nights

and another annual favorite is none other than the LA Haunted Hayride Seriously one of the best Halloween Haunted events out there.

Did I miss a favorite event of yours?  Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to add it in.

 

 

3 Responses to Halloween across the US: Top 5 Destinations!

  1. Raquel

    Oh I love Knott’s Scary Farm – they have some crazy-scary mazes! I cannot believe it is almost Halloween already! Weren’t we just at BlogHer? 🙂

  2. Lori

    I am a huge fan of Knotts scary Farm. It is so much fun there. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays I love seeing all of the costumes and everybody getting into the spirit ( pun intended). In my opinion, Salem is the best place to visit it is amazing all year round but beyond belief around Halloween. We have been there twice. Salem has so much more to offer than just the Wicca. the food the beverages the atmosphere everything.

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