Beyond pumpkins, scarecrows, life-size posable skeletons, witch hats, and costumes, there are places and stories that will spook you out this Halloween. Are you looking for an adventure, a place out of the ordinary to have fun?
Here are Travelmath’s 5 best places to celebrate Halloween:
1. Colonial Williamsburg
Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, located in the southeastern part of the United States, was a colonial town established over 300 years ago when Virginia was an English colony. Each year thousands of tourists step back in time, walk through this quaint historic town and learn about how people lived and worked in the 18th century.
In Colonial Williamsburg, restored and reconstructed historic buildings are furnished to depict the colonial times. Costumed interpreters work in the stores, taverns and grounds, telling spooky stories of yesteryears. As night falls, the adventurous can join a ghost tour and discover the ghost of John Greenhow, hear the footsteps in Peyton Randolph House and listen to stories of first-hand ghost encounters in Colonial Williamsburg.
Some of the Halloween events in Colonial Williamsburg:
- The Tavern of Terror – experience the terrors of Sea Witch’s curse
- Gaol – endure the cries and lamentations of the innocent people
- The Capitol – Dance with the Dead
- Carlton Stage-Screening of “The Black Pirate”
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) is the closest airport to Colonial Williamsburg.
More information: Colonial Williamsburg
Besides its rich history and amazing southern food and hospitality, Savannah is known as one of America’s most haunted cities. Go on a ghost tour in Savannah and discover the facts and tales, and the supernatural in Savannah’s many city squares, cemeteries, and buildings. Some of the hotels and restaurants are haunted too.
For a ghost tour, the official website of Savannah Tourism Board recommends the following:
- Evening Haunted Trolley Tour
- Sixth Sense World
- Trolley Tour of Historic Haunts
- Hearse Ghost Rides
- Creepy Crawl and Creepy Stroll
- Escape Savannah
Savannah is served by major airlines like American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue, United Airlines and Alaska Airlines.
3. Salem, MA
Known as the Halloween capital of the world, Salem is a year-round Halloween city where you can buy unique Halloween merchandise. Some of the major attractions include The Salem Witch Museum where you can learn about the Witchcraft Trials of 1692, the House of the Seven Gables and U.S. Custom House.
4. Louisville, KY
For a whole family or multi-generational Halloween celebration, head over to Louisville KY. Join the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular in Iroquois Park where 5,000 carved pumpkins are lined in a quarter-mile walking trail. This trail illuminates at night, from dusk to 11 p.m. (weekdays) and until midnight (Friday and Saturday).
More information: Jack-O-Lantern
Other Halloween activities to participate in Louisville:
- Boo Halloween Cruise
- Bar Boo Bash
- Happy Haunting Night
For more things to do in Louisville, read 5 Things to Do in Louisville.
For the ultimate Halloween parties and celebrations for the whole family, go to Orlando, the gateway to the best theme parks in the world. Universal and Disney have a big line up of Halloween activities for everyone.
Here are some of the highlights in Universal Orlando Resort:
Haunted Houses- The Exorcist, Walking Dead, Krampus and more
Shows – Academy of Villains: House of Fear
Scare Zones – Dead Man’s Wharf, Vamp ’55 and more
Halloween highlights in Disney World:
Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party
Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular
Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Trick-o-Treat throughout the Park
Note: Use Travelmath’s Fly or Drive Calculator to help you decide which is the best for your family.
Do you have a favorite place to celebrate Halloween? Let us know.