From a pagan celebration linking the worlds of the living and the dead to Tim Burton movies and Frozen costumes, Halloween has developed into an American favorite. We picked out the spookiest, most festive United States destinations to ring in this ghoulsome holiday. Read on to see our five favorite Halloween destinations!
1) Salem, MA. In a world of colonial hardships and religious fervency, rumors of witchcraft ran rampant. From 1692 to 1693, 20 individuals accused of practicing the devil’s magic were led to the gallows. Nowadays, the town remembers its sinister past with a month long celebration. Events include everything from pumpkin decorating to ghost tours, Edgar Allen Poe themed art shows to the famous Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball.
2) Tucson, AZ. All Souls Procession. Inspired by the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, attendees of this festive event celebrate friends and family who have passed with creativity and respect. A two-mile procession filled with altars, art installations and performers integrates traditional motifs such as stylized skulls and marigolds.
3) New Orleans, LA. Creole cottages dating back to the 18th century and oak trees hanging with Spanish moss set the scene for America’s most haunted city. Ghosts of curse-muttering voodoo queens, gruesomely tortured slaves and aristocratic pranksters inhabit the city’s historic French Quarter. Is it any surprise that a ghost tour is a must?
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4) Sleepy Hollow, NY. This quaint New England town was the setting for one of America’s first horror stories: Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” One can easily imagine a chase with the headless horseman amongst cemeteries dating back to the American Revolution and winding country lanes.
5) Park City, UT. With origins as a mining center, this ski-town has witnessed plenty of tragedy: destructive fires, fatal mine explosions and economic struggle. Ghosts of limbless miners wander the tunnels, but what makes Park City such a great Halloween town is its Main Street parade: Howl-O-Ween. Our four-legged friends take center stage with some of the world’s most elaborate dog costumes.