Looking for a spooktacular Halloween getaway? Well, dust off your broomsticks and prepare for a wickedly good time this October! Whether you're itching to strut your stuff in costume competitions or dive headfirst into the world of the eerie and uncanny, we've got you covered. From voodoo vamps in New Orleans to ghostly gigs in Savannah, here are 4 creepy corners of the world to give you goosebumps and giggles. So grab your cauldron, I mean costume, and let's get ready to raise some spirits this All Hallows' Eve.
The Big Easy takes Halloween to a whole new level with its voodoo festivals, vampire balls, and wild street parades. Start by making new friends among the dearly departed at Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District, and then dance the night away with papier-mache monsters at the Krewe of Boo parade on Oct. 24. Just be prepared for a zombie jazz band and a duet with Dracula.
Savannah, with its spooky moss-covered cemeteries and ghost-infested buildings, is basically Halloween central year-round. For some extra-chilling excitement, join the 6th Sense World ghost tour at Bonaventure Cemetery, famous from "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." And if you're up for some ghostly companionship, head to the Sorrel Weed House at midnight for a candle-lit stroll and a chat with the resident spooks. Casper might even join you for tea!
Salem, the land of witch trials, knows how to work its magic. To really get your witchy groove on, don't miss the Salem Witches' Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel on Oct. 31. It's the grand finale of the Festival of the Dead, featuring The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. Let's just say Salem doesn't mess around when it comes to brewing up a cauldron of fun!
In Portland, the land of hipsters and haunted happenings, there's something for everyone. You can take a haunted tour, explore corn mazes, or attend spooky shindigs. For family-friendly fun, hop in your broomstick and head to St. Helens, Oregon, for haunted rides, scarecrow showdowns, and pumpkin patches galore. And on Oct. 17, Portlanders turn pumpkin smashing into an art form at the Killer Pumpkin Festival – it's smashing good fun! For the fearless, embark on an underground ghost tour through Portland's Shanghai Tunnels. Just remember to bring your flashlight and your bravest friends; things could get ghoul-ish!