Halloween is a popular holiday for both kids and adults. It’s a time of creative Halloween costumes, haunted houses, candy and other sweets and frightening tales of ghosts and goblins.
Halloween is also a time for many people to take a trip and visit travel destinations that are associated with eerie and scary things. Halloween falls on a Friday this year so make it a ghoulish three-day weekend of frightening proportions.
Brian Ek is the Travel Editor of priceline.com and was quoted, “Travelers can attend a witch’s ball, join ghost hunters in paranormal stake-outs, take in a Hollywood-created haunted house, or march in New York’s world-famous Village Halloween Parade. Since October is still the ‘shoulder season’ in many places–the airfare, hotel and rental car deals make a Halloween getaway really attractive.”
Below are some great, spooky Halloween getaways that are sure to please ….
New Orleans, LA
Ghosts, vampires, voodoo – take your pick, New Orleans has it all for Halloween. Stroll through the city’s famous cemeteries, visit a voodoo shop or take a vampire tour. But do not forget the memorable cuisine and Bourbon Street jazz.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 1) $529/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 2 nights at the 3.5 star Hotel Indigo in the Garden District.
Long Beach, CA
The Queen Mary, long rumored to be crawling with ghosts, hosts Dark Harbor, one of the West Coast’s best haunted house-style events. For a different twist on Halloween, visit the Richard Goad Theater in Bixby Knolls for a recreation of Orson Welles’ famous Mars Attack broadcast.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 1), $469/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 2 nights at the 3.5 star Hyatt Regency Long Beach.
Choices, choices. Older Halloween revelers can scare themselves silly at Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, while the younger crowd will enjoy Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party over at Disneyworld.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 1), $310/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 2 nights at the 4-star Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Walt Disney World Resort.
Salem is a scary two-fer for Halloween lovers. Check out Boston’s old burying grounds, then make the short drive north to Salem, site of the infamous witch trials and home to the House of Seven Gables. If you are lucky, maybe score tickets to one of Salem’s legendary Halloween parties.
Vacation Package (Oct. 30-Nov 1) $269/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 2 nights at the 4-star Seaport Boston Hotel.
Dubbed “the town too tough to die,” Tombstone is a Western classic. In the infamous Bird Cage Theater, visitors can put their fingers in the bullet-scarred stage, examine the original “Black Maria” carriage hearse, and listen for ghostly laughter in the balcony above. Tombstone is also the site of the OK Corral gunfight and Boot Hill, with its many entertaining epitaphs.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 1), $486/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York to Tucson and 2 nights at the 2.5 star Landmark Lookout Lodge.
Savannah bills itself as the “spookiest little city in the South” with good reason. It is home to the Bonaventure Cemetery, featured in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and has plenty of haunted antebellum mansions to visit. Paranormal fans will especially like the tours where they can borrow and set up their own ghost-hunting gear in a haunted house.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 1) $328/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 2 nights at the 3-star River Street Inn.
Philadelphia is home to the now-closed Eastern State Penitentiary, an imposing Gothic-style structure that once held bank robber Willie Sutton and gangster Al Capone. Today, it hosts one of the country’s most celebrated – and scariest – haunted houses, full of ghouls, zombies and other scream-inducing creatures. A must for haunted house aficionados who want to test their mettle against one of the best.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 1), $388/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 2 nights at the 3-star Hilton Garden Inn Philadelphia Center.
Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to the annual Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, featuring over 5,000 carved and illuminated pumpkins. Do not forget to bring the camera.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 1) $476/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 2 nights at the 4-star Providence Biltmore Hotel.
New York City
Come watch (or participate in) the 41st Village Halloween Parade, featuring over 50 bands and some of the wildest costumes ever witnessed on Halloween. Note: only costumed revelers can march in the parade. Or, for a milder Halloween, take the short drive over the Tappan Zee Bridge to the town of Sleepy Hollow for a reading of the tale of the Headless Horseman and a walk through the collection of over 5,000 carved and lit Jack-O-Lanterns.
The time between Oct. 31 and Nov. 2 is when Mexican families honor their dead ancestors with candlelight vigils, special meals, processions and more. It is one of the special times of the year to visit Oaxaca and partake in the many activities.
Vacation Package (Oct 30-Nov 2). $1,098/person. Includes roundtrip airfare from New York and 3 nights at the 4-star Quinta Real Oaxaca Hotel.