America’s Halloween Hotspots: Explore the 15 Best Places for Spooky Fun

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As Halloween begins to creep up on us, it’s a good idea to start planning where and how you want to celebrate. 

These 15 Halloween hotspots in the U.S. all offer amazingly spooky experiences.

1. Salem, MA

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Salem comes out top as the best place to be for Halloween. Millions of people flock to Salem in October to experience the haunted hayrides, the Witch Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, and the dark shadow of Salem’s history. 

2. Providence, RI

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Spend the Halloween weekend in Providence and experience the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at the zoo in the evenings. It’s hailed as an epic Halloween destination. 

3. Laconia, NH

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If you’re looking for a place with a fantastic pumpkin festival, consider visiting Laconia in the Lakes Region. The festival has held onto that Halloween spirit despite being moved from Keene. 

4. New Orleans, LA

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New Orleans is a spooky city even when it’s not Halloween, making it the perfect place to be on October 31. Experience incredible costumes, the Voodoo Music Festival, and the “Potions” Speakeasy if you visit New Orleans over Halloween. 

5. San Francisco, CA

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Party hard over the Halloween weekend at the epic music festival Second Sky in San Francisco. The California Academy of Sciences hosts another Halloween party, and Peaches Christ has a haunted house.

6. Sleepy Hollow, NY

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Sleepy Hollow in New York is famous for the legend of Sleepy Hollow (the headless horseman). The town is all decked out with exciting tours and events, like the Jack-o-Lantern Blaze, to keep you busy during Halloween.

7. Boston, MA

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Boston is a friendly city with lots to do and experience. One Halloween enthusiast suggests visiting Beacon Hill on Halloween night for a classic Halloween experience, describing it as an “atmospheric neighborhood with lots of families trick-or-treating.”

8. Savannah, GA

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Savannah is another city with a “general spooky aura.” Its history, churches, historic homes, cemeteries, and ghost tours add to that eerie feeling.

9. Anoka, MN

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Anoka has that homey small-town vibe and dubs itself the “Halloween Capitol of the world.” Spend October 31 exploring haunted houses and joining the offered Halloween parades.

10. Charleston, SC

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Old South Charleston hosts a fascinating history, spine-tingling ghost tours, and Halloween-inspired pub crawls. You can even visit haunted farms, fields, and houses in spooky October.

11. Philadelphia, PA

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Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary is turned into a haunted house every Halloween. Visitors can tour the abandoned prison and get spooked out. The city also hosts haunted hayrides and walking tours to make the scary season great. 

12. West Hollywood, CA

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If you’re looking for a roaring Halloween party, West Hollywood hosts one of the best. The Halloween street party has multiple stages, and everyone who attends takes their Halloween costumes very seriously.

13. Disneyland

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Not a city or town, but theme parks like Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom hold huge Halloween events, like family dress-up festivals, that make for an enjoyable holiday.

14. Las Vegas, NV

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The party never stops in Las Vegas. Hundreds of people flock to Las Vegas around October to join the Halloween Parties around the city.

15. Saint Helens, OR

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Saint Helens was the location for the Halloween Town movies, the locations of which you can explore and enjoy spooky activities. The first pumpkin is lit on the first Saturday of October every year after their big Halloween parade, and the pumpkin stays lit for the duration of October. The festivities are month-long in Saint Helens, making it the perfect place to celebrate.

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Jordy Johnson

Jordy gave up her home base to travel South Africa and experience more of her country. From that decision, she’s landed work as a travel writer for a magazine that showcases southern Africa and has grown her Instagram travel page, WeTheWests. She enjoys showing locals and foreigners all the beautiful and unique places and experiences South Africa and the rest of the world have to offer.

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