Halloween is coming soon. Hooray! If you’re from a country where Halloween isn’t really a thing, or even if you’re from the United States and are just looking for a different way to celebrate this year, why not travel somewhere in the country that really puts on a good celebration?
For those of you who aren’t from the U.S., Ireland, or Canada (three countries where the holiday is largely celebrated), Halloween is on October 31st every year, but if it falls on a weekday, most celebrations among adults usually happen the weekend before due to, you know, being at work during the week.
If you’re going to be in the United States around Halloween, why not check out this unique tradition and celebrate in one of these awesome places around the country?
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is known for being a haunted city, so it’s no wonder it is also an amazing place to celebrate the spookiest holiday of them all. There are haunted hotels to stay at, ghost tours of the French quarter, and of course the official “Krewe of Boo” parade, which takes place every year. If you have kids, why not take them to the Halloween Spooktacular Family Concert or to the Louisiana Children’s Museum for some games and activities? Don’t miss the BOO CARRE event, which is totally unique to New Orleans.
Another town known for having a haunted reputation, Savannah is a great place to go on a ghost tour for some spooky Halloween fun. Did you know that Savannah is known as America’s most haunted city? Don’t forget to visit the Bonaventure Cemetery while you’re there, where you can explore over 204 acres of the most gorgeous cemetery, known as one of the top 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Have you heard of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow? Why not celebrate Halloween in the real Sleepy Hollow, New York? Get into the spirit with the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which is an extremely over-the-top Halloween display. There are also other great events happening around town such as Horseman’s Hollow and Irving’s “Legend”. Don’t forget to go on the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery tour while you’re at it. During this time, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor turns into a spooky landscape of ghosts, ghouls, witches, vampires, and more. And of course the Headless Horseman himself!
Buena Park, California
If you’re from Southern California like me, you have no doubt heard of Knott’s Scary Farm. Like me, you may have even visited in Halloweens past, probably when you were a teenager, as we all seemed to do during those days. For the uninitiated, there is a smaller, mellower theme park in Southern California, not too far from it’s much more famous neighbor Disneyland. Knott’s Berry Farm is a fun place to visit any time of year, but in October it transforms into a Halloween spooktacular, featuring not only rides and games, but also mazes, face painting, and other fun Halloween experiences in their famous “160 acres of horror”. Oh, and Elvira is usually there. Check it out!
If you know your U.S. history, you’re likely aware of the infamous Salem witch trials, which took place in 1692. During the trials, around 20 people (mostly women, but a few men as well) were found guilty of practicing witchcraft and sentenced to death. The Salem Witch Museum is a great place to tour in order to learn about this dark time in history. Salem is a really great place for all sorts of Halloween celebrations during the month of October. Salem Haunted Happenings hosts an annual Halloween festival, which is a great place for a family-friendly Halloween, as well as trick-or-treating and ghost tours. There is also the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, costume balls, live music, haunted houses everywhere, and more. More than 250,000 people come to Salem for the Halloween celebrations every year, so they must be doing something right.
My grandmother lives in Chattanooga, and I can attest to how awesome a place it is to visit! Regular Chattanooga attractions aside, if you’re there around Halloween you may want to check out the Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern. Ruby Falls is a great place to visit at any time of year, but at Halloween time you can go to Dread Hollow for a unique haunted Halloween experience.
Did I miss any of your favorite spots around the country to celebrate Halloween? Let me know in the comments where you like to celebrate, and what exciting events are happening in your home town!