5 Spooky Destinations to Check out this October

5 Spooky Destinations to Check out this October

October is here, and that means shorter days, cooler weather, and with Halloween right around the corner, there’s a little bit of creepiness in the air. If you’re a Halloween enthusiast and want to take a trip this October, there are plenty of spooky locations to consider for a festive trip this October and many of these destinations boast a real-life haunted past. If you’re up for the scare, consider one of these 5 Spooktacular destinations for your Halloween getaway.

Disney Theme Parks (various locations)

Regardless of the season, you really can’t go wrong with a Disney theme park. During October and most of September, Disneyland, California Adventure, Disney World, and related Disney resorts are completely decked out for Halloween and many of the rides and attractions are transformed into Halloween themed attractions. Disneyland also hosts “Mickey’s Halloween Party” on select nights with free candy and other Halloween specific entertainment options. Don’t forget to get a picture in front of the iconic Mikey Jack-O-Lantern before you leave!

New Orleans, LA

When you think of New Orleans, typically Mardi Gras comes to mind. However, New Orleans is also well-known for its famous Halloween celebrations. New Orleans hosts an assortment of Halloween themed events, from cemetery tours to their annual “Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade.” To really round out your New Orleans Halloween experience check out the “Endless Night” festival which features a “Vampire Ball” or the “Voodoo Festival” which features an array of cultural happenings, including live music and great food.

Hollywood, CA

You can always expect a little weird from Hollywood. If you’ve never been to Universal Studios Hollywood, consider visiting the park during their annual “Halloween Horror Nights.” Universal Studios features hauntingly realistic attractions to really get you into the spirit of Halloween. You can even expect to see some of your favorite TV shows and movies featured in these seasonal attractions such as “The Walking Dead” and “Saw.” If you plan on traveling with the family, make sure to check in advance as some of these attractions might be too scary for younger children.

Salem, MA

Salem. The name speaks for itself and we’ve all heard about the famous Salem witch trials of the 1690s. A destination with such a ghostly past is bound to be a hot spot for those looking for a good scare this Halloween season. Salem dedicates a whole month to their “Festival of the Dead” which includes everything from a witches gathering to a Halloween ball where you’ll want to come dressed in your most convincing Halloween costume.

Sleepy Hollow, NY

The next destination on the list is another with barely an introduction needed, Sleepy Hollow. We’ve all heard of the Legend of Sleepy Hallow and the Headless Horseman, who awakes from the dead on Halloween night in search of his missing head. During October, Salem truly lives up to its reputation as a haunted town and hosts a variety of events based around the legend of sleepy Hallow. You can even catch a glimpse of the headless horseman at horseman’s hollow, a haunted trail around Philipsburg manor, a 300-year old mansion in Sleepy Hollow.