Halloween Vacation Destinations
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The spooky holiday of Halloween is almost upon us, and we’re itching to finally put on the costumes we’ve been dreaming up for months and fill our trick-or-treat bags with sweet treats!
If your love of Halloween goes beyond the typical costumes, candy and decorations, we’ve got some spooky Halloween destinations that will help you get your fill of ghosts, ghouls, and hauntingly-scary stories!
Known as the “Halloween Capitol of the World,” Anoka, Minnesota is said to have been the first city to hold a celebration for Halloween. Today, the Halloween celebrations span almost the whole month of October. Events include house decorating and costumes contests, parades, a 5k run, pumpkin carving, and carnivals. With so many things to do, Anoka has something for every member of the family. If you’re joining in on the festivities, stay just down the road at the Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, Coon Rapids hotel!
During the day, Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum that takes visitors back to the early days of the United States. But after the sun goes down, the history lesson turns darker as tales of the ghosts that haunt the town are regaled to willing visitors during the Tavern Ghost Walk. While this guided tour is suitable for all ages, visitors can also experience more frightening tales on one of the many haunted tours offered in Williamsburg, such as those given by Spooks and Legends.
Like many theme parks across the country, Busch Gardens Williamsburg turns into a spooky spectacle every October during its Howl-O-Scream event. In additional to the park’s adrenaline-rushing coasters, guests can enjoy spooktacular shows, brave the many haunted houses, and exercise their vocal chords while screaming at all of the roaming costumed creatures. If the scare-factor is too high for the younger members of your party, the park is also open during the day and offers family-friendly rides and activities.
Whether you’re creeping through haunted taverns by candlelight or braving the creatures at Howl-O-Scream, Country Inns & Suites has a Williamsburg hotel ideally located for your needs.
Savannah is one of the two cities on our list that claims to be “America’s Most Haunted City.” Most haunted or not, Savannah definitely ranks high when it comes to spooky stories. With a history of violence and tragedy, ghosts are said to roam the city at all times of the year.
For those ready for a fright or two, visitors can embark on one of many haunted tours offered in the city, such as a Blue Orb Ghost Tour or the Hearse Ghost Tour, where adventurous visitors search for ghosts while riding in an actual hearse, or visit the Sorrel Weed House, one of the most haunted homes in Savannah. Book-lovers can recall the true crime story told in “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” with a visit to the Mercer Williams House, the haunted site of the murder, while visitors with a sweet tooth will enjoy a stroll along River Street to check out its numerous candy stores.
Ready for a visit to this haunted city? With six area Country Inns & Suites By Carlson properties, we’ve got a hotel that fits the needs of every ghost-hunting travel party.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Not to be outdone by Savannah, New Orleans also boasts the title of “America’s Most Haunted City” and is a great vacation destination for those looking for a scare. Considered by some to be the most haunted cemetery in the U.S., St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 will give any visitor the heebie-jeebies. The spirit of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is said to haunt the grounds, mumbling Voodoo curses at trespassers. As in Savannah, visitors to New Orleans can embark on one of many ghost and voodoo tours through companies such as Haunted History Tours, or go ghost-hunting on their own through the historic French Quarter.
Fans of Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” will love the many vampire tours offered throughout the city, taking visitors to the sites depicted in the books. Music lovers will enjoy The Voodoo Experience, a huge music and arts festival held in City Park around the time of Halloween every year. Whether you’re visiting for the scares or the music, you can stay right in the midst of the action at the historic Country Inns & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter.
Do you have a favorite Halloween travel destination that we left off the list? Let us know in the comments!