15 Best Places in America That Do Halloween Tourism “Right”
Are you looking to do a bit of traveling this Halloween season but need help knowing where to go? We’ve looked at some of the best and scariest attractions and events to get your “fright on” this Halloween.
Whether you’re into parades, costume contests, or haunted houses, the U.S. has spooky spots to enjoy All Hallow’s Eve.
1. Salem Haunted Happenings, Massachusetts
Salem may be the most popular place to visit during Halloween, thanks to the little-known Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693. It makes sense why Hocus Pocus was filmed on location in Salem.
Fans can tour Pioneer Village (Binx’s home), The Ropes Mansion (Allison’s house), and Old Town Hall (the Halloween party) and relive the magic from the 1993 cult classic film.
2. West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, California
WeHo hosts some of the wildest Halloween-themed parties and events. Check out the Rotten Rollin Halloween Emo Night Costume Party at Whisky A Go Go and a weekend of parties at Rocco’s. But families can also experience a youth Halloween Carnival at Plummer Park with trains, haunted mazes, and a costume showcase.
3. The McRaven House, Mississippi
Beyond the rusted wrought-iron gates sits the McRaven House, the most haunted house in Mississippi. Many spirits are known to haunt the property. Visitors can take part in tours throughout the two-story plantation home, learn about the home’s history, and possibly experience a supernatural encounter while there.
4. Spirit of Halloweentown, Oregon
A short hour’s drive north of Portland will take you to the sleepy town of St. Helens, Oregon, where they filmed Disney’s Halloweentown (1998).
Each year, locals host a celebration that transforms the city into the Halloweentown we remember from the movie, complete with costume contests, live entertainment, and meet-and-greets with the stars of the film.
5. Sleepy Hollow, New York
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is one of the most well-known Halloween stories. Set in Sleepy Hollow, New York, the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving’s story is an iconic Halloween figure. Visitors can go on nighttime cemetery tours, spooky hayrides, and dress up in costume during the Halloween Parade in October.
6. Oogie Boogie Bash, California
Disneyland’s next-door neighbor transforms the park into a yearly Halloween extravaganza for the Oogie Boogie Bash. This family-friendly event happens after-hours at California Adventure Park with live entertainment, attractions, themed decorations, and lots of photo opportunities with beloved baddies, like Hades (Hercules), Dr. Fecilier (The Princess and the Frog), and Captain Hook (Peter Pan).
7. The Most Haunted City in America, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia, may be beautiful during the day, but things go bump in the night once the sun goes down. Take a ride on the Old Town Trolley for a Historic Tour of America to learn about haunted spots and spirits that have yet to cross over. You can also join the Ghost Hunters of Savannah tour to learn about myths and chilling stories that haunt the city.
8. Shocktober Fest, Pennsylvania
For over 30 years, the Shocktober Fest in Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania, has brought “fears and tears” to visitors each Halloween. A self-proclaimed scream park, visitors can enjoy the Zombie World theme park with hayrides, midway games, prizes, and, of course, the mega haunted house— a whopping 50,000 square feet of pure terror and horror.
9. Knott’s Scary Farm, California
Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park turns into Knott’s Scary Farm every Halloween season, full of spooky attractions and rides. With 160 acres of horror, visitors will encounter many “scare zones” throughout the park, mazes full of twists and turns, and creepy-themed food and drinks.
Thrill seekers can take a ride on Silver Bullet and Ghostrider to enjoy a wicked roller coaster ride in the dark.
10. Anne Rice Vampire Ball, Louisiana
In honor of the late author Anne Rice and her famous novel Interview With A Vampire, fans and vampires alike can experience an all-night vampire ball. Dress up in your favorite gothic ensemble or masquerade gown and spend Halloween at a 19th-century mansion celebrating the queen of gothic literature. Long live the queen!
11. Halloween Horror Nights, California and Florida
Whether traveling on the West Coast or East Coast, stop by Universal Studios (Los Angeles and Orlando) to experience their Halloween Horror Nights. This year’s haunted house themes include Evil Dead Rise, Monstrous: The Monsters of Latin America, and Chucky: Ultimate Kill Count.
No matter which haunted house you dare enter, you’re in for a scare.
12. Netherworld Haunted House, Georgia
The Netherworld Haunted House in Atlanta is sure to frighten you. Designed by movie and television professionals, the haunted house makes full use of smoke, strobe lights, gory set design, and top-tiered actors and stunt actors. A former theatre set designer visited and loved the atmosphere and scare factors around every corner.
13. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Florida
No doubt about it, Disney knows how to make Halloween fun for the whole family. Adults and children can enjoy live entertainment by the Sanderson Sisters and Jack Skellington, trick-or-treat throughout the park, and watch Mickey’s Boo-To-You parade at the Magic Kingdom at Disney World. Remember to dress up in costume and find your favorite characters to take photos with.
14. Candle Lighters Ghost House, California
The Chadbourne Carriage House in Fremont is home to the Candle Lighter’s Ghost House—a family-friendly haunted house great for all ages. Volunteers from the city join in the fun as actors jump out at unsuspecting victims throughout the haunted house. Visitors can also find games, prizes, and food outside the home.
15. Dent Schoolhouse, Ohio
The story tells the tale of missing children who disappeared from 1942 to 1955. It’s believed that Charlie, a janitor, took the life of those students and kept their bodies in the school’s basement. Whether or not the story is true, the Dent Schoolhouse is one of Cincinnati’s most popular haunted house attractions.
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