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10 Best Places to Spend Halloween

I love Halloween. I talked about how much I enjoyed it in this post from last year. Because of some things going on in my life right now, I won’t really be able to celebrate it this year like I have in the past and this will be the first year in six years that I didn’t dress up for Halloween. I did go see Ghostbusters on the big screen a couple of weeks ago, which was AWESOME! and I did something last night that has always been on my list of things to do before I die that was kinda Halloween-y (look for that write up in a coming post) but I’ve missed not decorating my house and going to Halloween parties. Oh well. There’s always next year. In the meantime, I thought at least my blog could get into the spirit with these ten great destinations for a Halloween vacation:

1. San Francisco. This is a city that loves to play and to dress up in costumes. It is no wonder that there are plenty of things to do here for Halloween. Options range from kid-friendly events like trick-or-treating at the zoo to decidedly adults-only events like the annual Exotic Erotic Ball and Adult Entertainment Expo. There are numerous other costume and candy events at local attractions, hotels and clubs.

2. New York City. This is another terrific destination city for people who want to check out cool local Halloween events. The place to be for the big Halloween party is Greenwich Village. Here you’ll find an amazing costumed parade and lots of live music. You will also find a crowd because nearly two million people typically come out for this big event. You may have thought New Year’s Eve was the time to head to New York City (and it is) but don’t underestimate how amazing the city is at Halloween.

3. Transylvania, Romania. Who doesn’t think about characters like vampires when Halloween rolls around? What better place to indulge in that historical fantasy than in Translyvania? The city lives up to its name with lots of cool Halloween events that play off of the Dracula theme. The best place to be is Bran’s Castle (also known as Dracula’s Castle), which is in the creepy Carpathian Mountains. A huge Halloween event takes place here throughout the week combining costumed fun with historic tours. (If I was ever going to visit Transylvania, this would definitely be the time to do it!)

4. Venice, Italy. This was recently named one of the top five Halloween destinations in Europe. That is because it has a little bit of everything that you could want for a Halloween vacation. There’s a local ghost tour through an eerie historic landscape. There are legends about the terror of sea monsters. And this is a destination that a lot of people have always longed to visit.

5. Anoka, Minnesota. This isn’t a destination that a lot of people know about but it’s one that does come alive around Halloween. That’s because this little Midwest town has decided to make its claim to fame by becoming the Halloween Capital of the World. The entire month of October is filled with Halloween related events including Halloween food festivals, parades and a big jack-o-lantern contest.

6. Chicago, Illinois. A more urban Midwest destination that also features great Halloween options for visitors is Chicago. Check out the events at Navy Pier, which include a haunted house and a “carnival of curiosities”. Check out the haunted ships, the Six Flags Great America Halloween celebration and the pumpkin patches around the city. Check it all out!

7. Bisbee, Arizona. This small historic town is home to hotels that are reported to be haunted. It’s a charming little getaway with a bit of a spooky side to it. Explore old copper mines, take a day trip to the historic Old West town of Tombstone and go pumpkin picking at nearby farms. This vacation is best for adults looking for a romantic little retreat for Halloween although there are kid-friendly activities in the region.

8. Savannah, Georgia. Do you want to do something really creepy for Halloween? Take a trip to Savannah, a city that is filled with cemeteries and has been reported to be home to numerous ghosts and spirits. They play off of this at Halloween and provide lots of spooky events for people of all ages. Carriage tours, a Creepy Pub Crawl, a walking tour of haunted areas, and a pirate-themed restaurant are all popular options for Savannah’s Halloween visitors. (When we visited Savannah in January, there WERE a lot of ghost stories)

9. Norcross, Georgia. One of the most popular things to do during the Halloween season is to visit a fictional haunted house, the kind of place that is designed to frighten you in a fun way. Netherworld Haunted House in Norcross, Georgia has been ranked the number one haunted house in the United States. That makes it a destination worth checking out. (I’m a big scaredy cat and can’t watch horror movies with all the lights on in the middle of the day. Last year I finally went to a local haunted house and buried my face in my hands the whole way through. I’m not sure I could make it through something like this).

10. Orlando, Florida. This Disneyworld destination is popular at all times of the year but it comes alive with fun family-friendly events. A top pick is Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

So what do YOU do for Halloween? Ever been to any of these places to celebrate Halloween? Do you like horror movies and haunted houses or are you as big of a scaredy cat as I am?

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