Halloween is a favorite holiday for many Americans. Everyone has fun memories of ‘Trick or Treating’ and coming home with a pumpkin full of sweets. The fun memories don’t have to stop when you get older though! Treat yourself to a vacation at one of these six Halloween US travel destinations where you can celebrate Halloween and have a scary good time!
Each year the Louisville Zoo hosts “The World’s Largest Halloween Party.” This destination may not be too spooky, but it is perfect for families with younger children. Tickets go on sale in September and the celebration runs during multiple dates in October. Your kids will love walking through the zoo and collecting sweet treats from all the workers in costumes! Also, you’ll love getting to see the animals outside the normal zoo hours.
Another Halloween tradition is The Village Halloween Parade in NYC. This annual festival allows anyone to participate if they dress up in a costume. If you don’t want to dress up, you can always watch from the streets. Also, for those that want to extend their Halloween Festivities, just a train ride away is the small town of Croton-on-Hudson. The town embraces the holiday by hosting “The Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze.” This event showcases incredible pumpkin carving art.
The witch is one of the most classic Halloween costumes of all time. The best place to experience creepy witches is the historical town of Salem, Massachusetts where actual witch trials took place in the 1600’s. There are plenty of festivities and events to take part in all of October thanks to Haunted Happenings. The month long festival begins with a parade and includes ghost stories, psychic readings, a witch market, and fireworks on the 31st!
You may think the scariest thing to happen in southern California is running out of avocados for breakfast. However, each Halloween season Universal Studios Hollywood transforms itself into a park full of terror. The “Horror Nights” run on select dates from the middle of September to the beginning of November. You can even look into buying tickets for the “Throwback Thursday” themed events for some spooky nostalgia scares.
This town takes its Independence to a new level when it celebrates Neewollah instead of Halloween. Don’t be too afraid of this change though, because it is just Halloween spelled backwards. This ten day long festival includes parades, music, and a unique treat: chili! One of the festival’s many traditions is a chili cook off, where the winner gets $500! If you and your family want to celebrate Halloween a little differently, head to Independence this year.
Savannah is known as one of the most haunted cities in America. Similar to Salem, it has been around for a long time and is actually the oldest city in all of Georgia. The city blends its history and scariness together for a perfect Halloween activity: a cemetery tour. The Bonaventure Cemetery Tours operate year round, but it is quite fitting to explore a gravesite as a Halloween event. For those that want to keep the spooky celebration going all night, you can join “The Original Creepy Crawl Haunted Pub Tour.”