Never thought of traveling for Halloween? Well you should think again. There’s tons of great spooky destinations to celebrate the holiday. Here’s a guide of some places to check out and sure to suit everyone – from the family friendly to history buff to the party animal.
Halloween in NYC
Anytime of year seems to be the best time to visit New York City and Halloween is no exception. With over 50,000 attendees, the Village Halloween Parade is where it’s at. Expect outrageous costumes and as long as you’re in costume too, you can march in parade from 7-11pm.
But just like with June’s Pride Parade, don’t expect the fun to end then. Bars will be hopping well into the night.
The Roxbury Motel in Roxbury, NY
I probably talk up The Roxbury Motel any chance I can get but it’s one big hidden gem that everyone should know about.
Their Noir Boudoir is THE perfect room if you’re looking for some spookiness anytime in October. Inspired by The Addams Family, from the onset it looks like a Victorian mansion, but the more details you take in, the spookier it gets. And yes, those eyes are following you.
It’s also a great time to check out fall foliage and the Catskills will not disappoint.
Day of the Dead in Mexico
Mexico has it’s own celebration called Dia de los Muertos and it also happens to fall on October 31. It’s a huge celebration for Mexicans and is actually a public holiday.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World
If you’re looking for something more family friendly, Disney World is for you. They’ve got lots of special activities for everyone plus the Haunted Mansion and the Park itself have special Halloween themes.
The Epcot Food & Wine Festival is also happening now until November 12th and is my favorite Disney event.
Salem is well known for the witch trials in the 1600’s as well as the setting for the play The Crucible.
Halloween is the perfect time to visit and with 250,000 tourists every year, there’s tons of events to celebrate the holiday. You can expect lots of parades, parties and Halloween themed movie nights. Don’t worry if you’ve got little ones, they have plenty of family friendly events.
Can’t make it on Halloween? Don’t worry because events start at the end of September and run all the way until the spooky day.
New Orleans, Louisiana
NOLA may be known for Mardi Gras, but their Halloween celebrations come in a close second. It’s no surprise – the city is known for being “The Most Haunted City in America” and you can catch a ghost tour any time of year. The Krewe of Boo is the official Halloween parade which takes place the Saturday before Halloween (this year on the 28th).
You can expect lots of street parties with everyone dressed up in elaborate costumes and definitely lots of alcohol. But if you have kids, don’t worry because the zoo holds special events and there’s a family friendly Spooky Tour of the French Quarter through September and October.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Like Salem, Sleepy Hollow has some literary references, this time being “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” which has also spawned a few movies featuring the Headless Horseman.
All month long, they’ve got special events including cemetary tours and hayrides. Don’t miss the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze where they’ve got 7000 illuminated pumpkins.
Stay at The Stanley Hotel from The Shining
Fans of the movie may know it as The Overlook Lodge but the real inspiration for Stephen King is The Stanley Hotel, located in Estes Park, Colorado. The story is that Stephen King checked in to the hotel with his wife and were the only guests that night. However, King didn’t feel like they were alone. He’s not the only one – other guests over the years have also reported some paranormal activity.
You can take a Shining themed tour of the hotel any time of year. However, in October they’ve got special events including masquerades and a murder mystery dinner.
One thing to know though – the exterior shots of the film were actually of The Timberline Lodge in Oregon.
Jack O’Lantern Spectacular in Providence, RI
Every year the Roger Williams Zoo decks out the park with 5000 carved pumpkins. It’s running from October 5th – November 5th and is of course family friendly. This year’s theme is traveling through time so you can expect dinosaurs all the way through space travel.
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