Prepare to embark on a spine-tingling journey across the United States as we reveal the best Halloween cities to visit.
When autumn’s cool breeze rustles through the leaves and pumpkins adorn every doorstep, these cities come to life with a hauntingly delightful spirit.
From the spooky Salem Witch Museum to the fun Halloween parades of New York City, we’ll guide you through the top destinations where Halloween is celebrated the most. Let’s dive right in!
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With its bewitching blend of history and mystique, Salem has risen to fame as the ultimate Halloween destination.
The legendary Hocus Pocus movie (1993) was loosely based on the Salem witch trials. You can visit many Hocus Pocus filming locations including Pioneer Village, Old Town Hall, and The Ropes Mansion.
Each October, the town bursts to life with eerie parades, haunted houses, and ghost tours that unravel the chilling tales of its past. You can also visit the Salem Witch Museum which houses an extensive collection of books on the Salem witch trials.
Without a doubt, Salem is one of the coolest places to celebrate Halloween!
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Sleepy Hollow, New York
As one of the spookiest Halloween towns, Sleepy Hollow invites travelers to explore a landscape steeped in colonial history and supernatural folklore. Moreover, its allure lies in the timeless tale of the Headless Horseman, immortalized by Washington Irving.
There’s a range of events for you to attend during the Halloween season, from the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze to the Horseman’s Hollow.
Furthermore, you can take haunted tours, see the gravity-defying performance of The Legend Cirque, relish food and drinks at Oktoberfest on the shore of the Hudson River, or participate in a Halloween 10K run (feel free to wear a Halloween costume).
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New York City, New York
The fabulous New York City offers an array of spine-tingling activities.
From the iconic Village Halloween Parade featuring costume contests to jump scares at haunted houses like “Blood Manor”, NYC’s Halloween celebrations are unparalleled.
Go pumpkin picking, sip on spooky cocktails, explore the eerie depths of the catacombs beneath St. Patrick’s Cathedral or catch a scary movie at the cinema.
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New Orleans, Louisiana
Dive into the mystique of voodoo culture and wild celebrations in the city of New Orleans. Join the fun ghost tours that go through the French Quarter, explore the mysterious above-ground cemeteries like St. Louis Cemetery No. 1., and don’t miss the annual “Krewe of Boo” parade. New Orleans’ fusion of folklore and music creates an unforgettable Halloween night experience!
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Dallas is a one-of-a-kind destination full of haunted attractions. One of them is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Pumpkin Village. It features more than 90000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash. The perfect family-friendly destination!
There’s also a Scream Hollow Haunted House in nearby Smithville and Screams Halloween Theme Park with 5 haunted houses featuring various themes.
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Forks gained worldwide recognition as the setting for Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Beyond that, this charming town offers captivating hikes through the Hoh Rainforest, rugged coastal vistas along Rialto Beach, and a community that preserves the stunning Pacific Northwest wilderness. Forks is undeniably a dreamy autumn escape perfect to visit during the Halloween season.
Immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit by attending the Philadelphia Zoo’s Boo event or Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary featuring haunted houses and a web of winding hallways and courtyards.
You can also take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful streets of Chestnut Hill, where Halloween decorations abound, transforming the neighborhood into a magnetic, otherworldly realm.
Moreover, if you’re looking to stay in one of the (potentially) haunted hotels in this area, we recommend The Bellevue Hotel in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.
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