Do you love being spooked? Do you love feeling the tingle of hair standing up on the back of your neck? While some people run from fright, others run toward it. It may be time for a Halloween vacation getaway if you are the latter.
Halloween is about letting the kids dress up and walk through the neighborhood, ringing doorbells and hollering out trick or treat, smelling my feet, and giving me something good to eat. It is about carving pumpkins, decorating the house with spooky decorations, and watching scary movies.
You can let the kids have their fun – and you can have your fun, too. Check out these top 10 spooky getaways for your next Halloween vacation.
1. Sleepy Hollow Halloween Vacation
There is a good chance that you have at least heard of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. In this fable, Ichabod Crane runs into the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow. And did you know Irving wrote it based on this place in New York? Do you think it is just a story, or he wrote it based on his experience there? We may never know.
This destination allows you to wander only through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery by lantern light. In addition to walking the town and the cemetery, they have a haunted hayride and a Horseman’s Hollow haunted house created in the historic Philipsburg Manor.
2. New Orleans, LA
Voodoo culture makes the perfect place setting for Halloween adventures. No wonder New Orleans has dubbed itself the most haunted city in the United States. Of course, it was the setting for Interview with a Vampire, True Blood, and American Horror Story Coven.
There are haunted places throughout the city, haunted tours, and many who practice the mystical arts. And who knows what you may run into on the streets of New Orleans. Ghosts? Vampires? Witches? Warlocks?
3. Savannah, GA
Savannah has also titled itself “America’s most haunted city.” Although its antebellum architecture is spooky, this city offers even more. Say, the Mercer Williams House Museum (rumored to be haunted) that was portrayed in Berendt’s, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
While here, you can take a cobblestone ghost tour, do a haunted pub crawl, and even visit one of the many haunted mansions.
4. Salem, MA
Back in 1692, the Salem Witch Trials have never been forgotten. Many people were accused of witches; some were convicted and even executed.
But what exactly happened? And why?
Get to the bottom of the witch trials with a Halloween trip to Salem. There is a massive connection between witches, witchcraft, and other dark cultures found here – and they’ve got the Halloween activities to emphasize it.
Don’t forget to check out the Salem Witch Museum, Salem Witch Village, Witch House, and the Witch Dungeon Museum.
5. Halloween Vacation In Las Vegas
There are lights, casinos, sequined shows, and so much more that make Las Vegas look like it is all glitz and glamor – and no fright. However, there is a haunted history that hasn’t been told much. It even has a few hotels that are considered haunted, too, if you are looking for a place to stay. This includes Bally’s Las Vegas, Flamingo, and the Luxor Resort. The Mob Museum and La Palazza Mansion are also supposed to be haunted – and worth checking out.
Las Vegas also has some fun Halloween festivities, as if you would expect anything less from sin city. This includes haunted houses, fear-themed escape rooms, ghost hunt tours, and more.
6. Orlando, FL
Universal Studios in Orlando has Halloween Horror Nights – need we say more? There are ten haunted houses, five scare zones, and two live shows in one place. You are guaranteed a scream or two. Michael Myers may even make his way around the park this year.
While you are here, check out Disney World, too. It is rumored to be haunted, with ghosts found in the Pirates of the Caribbean, the Haunted Mansion, Huck’s Island, the castle, and Main Street, USA. Do the ghosts wear Mickey Mouse ears? You have to go to find out.
7. Key West Halloween Vacation
Not too far south of Orlando is Key West. And this is where you will find Fantasy Fest. It is not for the faint of heart, as these festivities can get wild. Parades, street fairs, body painting, costumes, and even a zombie bike ride can get you in the Halloween spirit.
Besides, it is Key West! So you will have a good time no matter how many ghosts or goblins you see.
8. Estes Park, CO
What do you think of when you hear the word, redrum? Or how about the line, All work and no play makes Johnny a dull boy? If you guessed the movie The Shining, then you are right. And guess what? You can stay at the Stanley Hotel, which gave Stephen King the inspiration for the book.
What’s more, you could turn this into a pleasant getaway with hiking trails and river recreation Estes Park also offers a great view of Rocky Mountain National Park.
9. Williamsburg, VA
The city of Williamsburg, VA, has a rich history dating back to America’s Revolutionary era. But its history is as rich as its reports of hauntings. Like Salem, this area saw witch trials, too. And many properties are said to be haunted. There are many ghost tours you can take to learn more.
And, while you are here, why not check out Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream?
10. Lexington, KY
Lexington, KY, has a Thriller Halloween event in which zombies line the streets and reenact Michael Jackson’s classic music video. They also have a ScareFest Horror and Paranormal Convention, a Halloween Bar Crawl, and parades.
The folks in Lexington also have some skeletons in their closet – which you can discover on one of their ghost tours.
There are many reasons you may decide to book a private jet to get away for a long weekend. But this time of year, there is nothing more thrilling than heading out to do something frightening mixed with a lot of fun.