For some, Halloween is the best holiday of the year. After all, when else do you get the chance to dress in costume, swap spooky stories, and devour as much candy as you can stomach? While Halloween is a holiday most folks choose to spend at home, it can be a ton of fun to experience the day in a different place – especially if you’re heading somewhere that really embraces the day.
Looking for the perfect destination to celebrate Halloween? Here are six spooky cities you may want to add to your itinerary:
Located just north of Boston, Salem is well-known for the witch trials of the late 1600’s, making it the perfect place to embrace the spookiest holiday of the year. The town welcomes the spirit of the season with a celebration called Salem Haunted Happenings, which actually spans the entirety of October. Your family can enjoy everything from ghost tours and haunted harbor cruises to prime trick-or-treating opportunities for the little ones.
Rich in history and built upon old Native American burial grounds, this old Southern city truly embraces the spirit of Halloween. Sign your family up for the Savannah Ghostwalker Tour for a taste of the paranormal – sporting K2 EMF meters, you’ll be well-equipped to identify any ghost in your path. If you’re looking for something a little tamer, you’ll find plenty of fall festivals and pumpkin patches to keep everyone entertained!
St. Augustine, Florida
The oldest continuously occupied city in America, this small town on the coast of Florida is homes to some great ghost stories and plenty of local haunts. Enjoy the cobblestone streets or experience the city by a trolley during the day. Once the sun sets, join a ghost tour to experience the spookier side of things.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Some people consider New Orleans to be one of the most haunted spots in the country. The city has always been a home for those who practice witchcraft, voodoo, and other mystical arts, making it a natural choice for a Halloween trip. You’ll find ghost tours in old cemeteries, Halloween festivals, costume contests, trick-or-treating opportunities, and other events scattered throughout the city.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Known as the home of the Headless Horseman, Sleepy Hollow is the perfect place for families to celebrate Halloween. Like Salem, the city embraces the holiday throughout the month of October with plenty of fun and festive activities, like street fairs and haunted hayrides. Don’t miss the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, when you can witness more than 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins shining near the river.
New York City, New York
For an entirely different experience, head to the Village in New York City. This much-loved hub for artists and free spirits transforms into a Halloween celebration like none other. The Halloween parade is not to be missed – throw on your costume and join in the fun, or get there early and grab a great seat to watch the action. From haunted houses and themed dinners to ghost tours and costume parties, you’ll find anything you’re looking for in the Big Apple.
Get out of your comfort zone and take a trip to a new city for Halloween. You’ll be glad you did.