Halloween is a fun and vibrant season that is the perfect excuse to go all out. From the cute and adorable side to the season, to the fear and fright, by taking Halloween vacations, you are sure to enjoy the season through and through. Thanksgiving and Christmas are not the only seasons that are special; with the right planning and right events, your October will be just as fun and full of warm drinks, delicious foods, and plenty of fun for everyone.
Great Halloween Destinations
For great destinations in the US for Halloween, you need to get in deep with the country’s creepy side. With so many towns in the US that are full of history, you won’t have to go far to find a place to make your destination truly spooktacular. For the best Halloween vacations, however, you will definitely want to rent a car. This way, you can enjoy both spooky destinations and thrilling experiences all at once, and really capture the Halloween spirit.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans offers so much more than Mardi Gras. Dig deep into its voodoo backbone and enjoy the thrill and mystery of the deep south. It is consistently considered one of the scariest cities in the US and features haunted hotels, a “Krewe of Boo” parade, and many more fun and thrilling experiences to be had.
New Orleans is the perfect destination for all types of travelers as well and offers many fun family activities that aren’t scary like the Museum Mash, a series of fun activities for families hosted by the Louisiana Children’s Museum. There is also a family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular concert, where you can enjoy music and elaborate costumes.
For adults, stay in one of their haunted hotels, go on a ghost tour, and definitely check out the dark and mysterious bayou and surrounding Plantations. Experience a séance, learn about voodoo, and enjoy the season like you never have before.
Halloween isn’t Halloween without witches and witchcraft, which is why one great Halloween vacations aren’t complete without a visit to Salem, Massachusetts. The infamous witch trials of 1692 changed the course of history and the law after 20 women and men were found guilty, with many of them being executed (not, unlike popular belief, by being burned alive).
Today Salem is a town with plenty of great attractions, but within it is an interactive ghost town where you can explore the original Salem and follow along the events of 1962. See the torture chambers, sit through an innovative recreation of one of the trials, and, during October, enjoy all the festive fun they have planned for you.
Expect family-friendly events, ghost tours, trick-or-treating, and more at the Halloween festival as you learn about this spooky time in our history.
Sleepy Hollow, Croton-on-Hudson, New York
The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow is a ghost story we all know, so for this Halloween, why not go visit this little town in New York for yourself? You will be able to enjoy a Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, where the extravagance usually given to Christmas decorations is instead given to Halloween. There are many great events for the season, including haunted house experiences, ghost tours, and more. There is something for everyone and for every age group!
Great Halloween Events
Halloween events can be found everywhere. From cute farms that host a corn maze, pumpkin picking, and delicious treats, to scary events hosted by theme parks, to out-of-this-world haunted houses. Just remember to keep the events you choose age-appropriate for everyone in your group so that they can all enjoy the thrills.
Theme Park Halloween Events
If thrills are what you are after, then look no further than the theme parks you know and love. Expect great costumes, dedicated actors, the thrill of enjoying the top rides you know in the dark, and of course, the mazes. Actors might not be allowed to touch you, but they can scare you, so remember only to bring older children into the mazes.
Busch Gardens, Tampa
Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios, Orlando
Mickey’s Halloween Party
Disney World and Disneyland
Six Flags Fright Fest
Haunted Houses and similar events will pop up around where you live, but one of the top haunted houses in the US that you should definitely consider seeing is:
Knotts Scary Farm
Expect mazes full of sinister frights, gory costumes, and well-trained actors. From an abandoned carnival full of clowns right out of your nightmares to caverns full of monsters of the deep, Knotts Scary Farm is certainly something else. Not only will there be frights on the ground, but Knotts Scary farm also features aerialists and stuntmen. There is even an interactive zombie maze, where you play laser tag with the ghoulish undead on top of thrill rides, attractions, and scare zones.