It doesn’t matter if you are a child or an adult, Halloween is one of the most fun holidays in the United States. In fact, it brings out the kid in many adults as it allows you to dress up, watch scary movies, and trick or treat.
Halloween is the perfect time of the year to take a vacation. A city-break to a haunted destination could be the exact thing you need this year. If you are looking for a great Halloween vacation, consider these great places.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Sleepy Hollow is the town featured in the classic short story, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”. The town plays up its history of being in the famed story, which has inspired a plethora of authors, books, and films. Visitors to the New York town can take tours to explore the haunt hamlet. You shouldn’t miss one of America’s oldest cemeteries during a trip to Sleepy Hollow. Old Dutch Burying Ground was founded in 1685.
Savannah’s weeping willow trees offer a spooky vibe when strolling along the city’s beautiful boulevards. The Georgia city was one of the only major southern towns preserved during the Civil War as Northern troops spared it from destruction. Savannah has unbelievable architecture that can be seen all over the city. Forsyth Park is ideal for an evening stroll. Don’t miss Forsyth Park Fountain while visiting the park as it is ideal to sit next to and take in the evening air.
New Orleans, Louisianna
New Orleans is a creepy town thanks to its history of voodoo and that is one reason people descend on the southern American city during October. While New Orleans is known for Mari Gras in the spring, it also offers up a Halloween parade in autumn, known as Krewe of Boo. The parade is held in the French Quarter and is very much like Mardi Gras, but with a spooky theme. Rather than attend the cliched Mardi Gras events, why not go to Krewe of Boo and be the envy of your social media followers?
St. Helens, Oregon
Just 30 miles outside of Portland, you will find St. Helens. Founded in 1845, St. Helens is famed for embracing Halloween for the entire month of October. You will find a variety of spooky Halloween events to join. St. Helens’ love of Halloween is so strong, the city has been called Halloweentown USA. Its celebrations of the holiday were the backdrop of Disney’s 1998 film, “Halloweentown”, which is part of the reason the city got its nickname. The fun starts with the first Pumpkin lighting of the year in late September.
Salem was home to the Witch Trials in the 1600s and stories abound that the ghosts of the past still walk the city’s streets. Salem embraces its past and Halloween with a month-long celebration. The Festival of the Dead offers up a parade, pumpkin-picking events, and seminars on the dark past of the city. No trip to Salem is complete without visiting the Witch House Museum, which is the former home of Jonathan Corwin, the judge of the witch trials.