New Orleans, Salem, Chattanooga? These popular Halloween spots in the United States will surprise you

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Whether you are enjoying the day without the kids or want to take the whole family to taste something new to celebrate Halloween, there are hot spots across the country to visit to enhance your Halloween experience.

Here’s a look at five places to visit that will give you all kinds of spooky Halloween treats.


Salem, Massachusetts

The 1692 Salem Witch Trials House, Salem, located 16 miles north of Boston, has a museum to help people understand perceptions of witchcraft and the interpretation of witches.

Throughout the month of October, the city is known to host a festival called “Haunted Happenings in Salem” which includes a parade, family movie nights, a fairy door trail with artist created fairy doors. locals, ghost tours and haunted houses.

New Orleans

With a plethora of haunted hotels and a “Krewe of Boo” parade, it’s no wonder New Orleans is one of America’s scariest cities.

The Louisiana Children’s Museum typically hosts a kid-friendly “Museum Mash,” with games, prizes, a science lab, and a dance party, and the French Quarter offers a ghost tour for visitors.

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

The highlight of a visit to this city, located in New York’s Hudson Valley, is the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, which is a breathtaking display of over 7,000 sculpted jack o’-lanterns handmade by local artists.

Pumpkin lanterns decorate a bridge named “Pumpkin Zee Bridge”, a carousel called “Pumpkin Carousel Twirl” and a colorful changing star show in the “Pumpkin Planetarium”.

There is also a jack o’-lantern statue of liberty.

Knott’s Berry Farm / Walt Disney World

Located just west of Anaheim, Buena Park is home to the famous Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement park that hosts “Knott’s Scary Farm” during the Halloween season. The park is transformed into a 160-acre Halloween playground filled with mazes, rides, wandering monsters, and spooky areas.

Walt Disney World in Orlando also has “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party,” which features park-wide treats, entertainment, fireworks, parades, and costumed characters.

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Chattanooga, Tennessee

This town is home to one of the best Halloween haunts in the country, Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern. It’s a 20,000 square foot lair with storylines, illusions, and actors that will make it a “spooky” experience.

The Chattanooga Zoo is also known for hosting a kid-friendly event called “Boo in the Zoo” and Halloween-themed cruises can be arranged on the Chattanooga River.

Just south of Chattanooga in Rossville, Georgia is an amusement park called Lake Winnepesauka (or WinnepeSPOOKah around Halloween) that features costumed characters, hourly parades, and haunted rides.

Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

This hotel is famous because it inspired horror novelist Stephen King to write “The Shining”, and thus, it turns into a Halloween hotspot for tourists every October.

For two weekends in October, the hotel hosts a Murder Mystery Dinner, where guests dress in 1920s-style mafia costumes and eat a four-course meal, a ball with dancing, drinks, and theater characters. of “The Shining” and a theatrical performance in a concert hall with food, drinks and costumes.

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This story was first published in 2018. It has since been updated.


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