Halloween parties and the spirits that go with them are springing from nightclubs, movie theaters, schools and that creepy, overly “decorated” house on the corner. However, All-Hallows’ Eve is bigger than a bag of candy or the most frightening zombie costume.
A few cities around the country take Halloween scary seriously with carnivals, sinister tales of ghouls, ghost and voodoo tours and haunted houses and blood-curdling rides. Read on for four terrifying Halloween vacation destinations, including two of America’s most haunted cities.
Savannah is one of two cities on our list claiming 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.
If you’re ready for a fright or two, visitors can embark on one of many haunted tours offered in the city, such as an adults-only zombie ghost tour or a 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.
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.
Known as the “Halloween Capital of the World,” Anoka is said to have been the first city to hold a celebration for Halloween. Today, Halloween celebrations include house decorating and costume contests, a scavenger hunt, parades, a 5K run, pumpkin carving, and a bonfire. 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 Inn & Suites By Carlson, Coon Rapids hotel!
Not to be outdone by Savannah, New Orleans also boasts the title of “America’s Most Haunted City.” It is a great vacation destination for those looking for a scare. Some of the cemeteries, considered the most haunted in the U.S., will give any visitor the heebie-jeebies. The spirit of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is said to haunt the cemetery grounds, mumbling voodoo curses at trespassers. Visitors to New Orleans also can embark on a number of terrifying tours or go ghost-hunting through the historic French Quarter, where you might run into a zombie or a pirate.
Fans of vampire movies and books will enjoy tours offered throughout the city that take visitors to the sites depicted in some well-known Lestat novels. Music lovers can choose from one of the many street parties or the music and arts experience held in New Orleans City Park. Whether you’re visiting for the scares or the music, you can stay right in the midst of the action at the historic Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, New Orleans French Quarter.
During the day, Colonial Williamsburg is a living-history museum that takes visitors back to the early days of the United States. After sundown, 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.
Whether you’re creeping through haunted taverns by candlelight or braving the creatures at Howl-O-Scream, Country Inns & Suites By Carlson has a Williamsburg hotel ideally located for your needs.
Do you have a favorite Halloween travel destination that we left off the list? Let us know in the comments!