10 Spooky Places for Halloween on the East Coast

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Do your youngsters like thrill? Are you as into Halloween as Claire Dunphy on Modern Family? If so, it’s time to plan a spooky fall getaway that can give the entire household spine-tingling thrills.

Here are some concepts for the very best locations for Halloween on the East Coast from small cities to haunted historic cities. From the foolish to the macabre, the historic to the autumn enjoyable, you’re positive to seek out one thing to present you a fright.

Best Places for Halloween

Van Cortlandt Manor lit up for Great Jack o Lantern Blaze
Image courtesy of Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze

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1. Salem, Massachusetts

Salem graveyard: Spooky fall getaways

With its unlucky historical past across the Salem Witch Trials, Salem Massachusetts has grow to be a go-to place for chilling enjoyable. For your entire month of October, Salem’s Haunted Happenings take over the city with a festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England.

More than 250,000 folks come to Salem Haunted Happenings annually to participate in occasions corresponding to a Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, costume balls, ghost excursions, haunted homes, dwell music, and chilling theatrical displays.

Visitors additionally get a thrill out of a go to to the Witch House and might be taught concerning the Salem Witch Trials and fashionable witchcraft on the Salem Witch Museum.

See what else there’s to do in Salem within the fall for people who aren’t as into the spooky stuff.

Where to remain: Hawthorne Hotel or the Hampton Inn Salem.

2. Newport, Rhode Island

Jack-o-lantern spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo
Providence’s Jack-o-lantern Spectacular

This previous crusing capital has seen its share of historical past and retains its share of ghosts. Take a lantern-led ghost tour down historic Newport, Rhode Island’s shadowy lanes, and uncover the ghosts, ghouls, and legends of the haunted metropolis by the ocean. 

Newport Shipyard additionally hosts a “pumpkin regatta” in the midst of October, the place you may see paddling round in floating “pumpkins” to boost cash for native causes. If you wish to discover some native “haunts” by yourself, head to Whitehorse Tavern, Purgatory Chasm overlooking Second Beach, Belcourt of Newport, Carey Mansion, and Colt State Park to see when you spy any native ghosts.

For extra thrills, head as much as close by Providence for a go to to Roger Williams Park Zoo’s Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular or take a ghost tour of Providence. You may even go to the Lizzie Borden House in close by Fall River (or e book an in a single day keep).

Where to remain: The Vanderbilt in Newport has the very best spooky vibes

 3. Sleepy Hollow, New York

Pumpkin planetarium at Great Jack o Lantern Blaze
Image courtesy of Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze

If anyplace goes to go huge on Halloween, it could be Sleepy Hollow, New York, residence to the “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” creator Washington Irving. On weekends in October, guests can tour Washington Irving’s home—adorned for the season—watch an unique shadow puppet quick movie, and revel in video games on the garden. See how the “Legend” has lived on within the creativeness of standard tradition.

The Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson is among the finest jack-o-lantern shows within the nation with greater than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on-site and full with synchronized lighting and an unique soundtrack. (Buy tickets on-line) 

Where to remain: Courtyard by Marriott Tarrytown Westchester

4. Erie, Pennsylvania

Presque Isle lighthouse
Presque Isle Lighthouse

What could possibly be eerier than Erie? This lakeside city presents ghost walks and cemetery strolling excursions for the courageous and daring. Those a bit much less brave can benefit from the ZooBoo! on the Erie Zoo, the Peek’n Peak Fall Fest in mid-October, or haunted hayrides and corn mazes.

For extra frights, attempt the Eeriebyss Factory of Terror haunted attraction, Murder & Mayhem strolling excursions, or Fright Night at Presque Isle Light. If you’d fairly simply get pleasure from some fall enjoyable, Presque Isle State Park is a well-liked spot for birders, with greater than 339 species that move via on the Atlantic Flyway for relaxation and meals as they migrate throughout Lake Erie.

Where to remain: Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

5. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Cannons on the Gettysburg Battlefield

The Gettysburg Battlefield is a spot the place you may really feel the presence of the horror that befell in that spot, particularly whenever you take a tour with a licensed information they usually let you know tales from the Civil War.

To see for your self, take both a Civil War Ghosts nightly strolling ghost tour of downtown inns and buildings to listen to the gripping tales of the ghosts and hauntings of Gettysburg, or take a battlefield tour with Battlefield Paranormal Excursions. These small group excursions make use of ghost meters, EMF detectors, dowsing rods, temperature gauges, and extra paranormal instruments.

Beyond the battlefield, Gettysburg presents tons of fall enjoyable with Fields of Adventure, providing a corn maze, hay rides, pumpkin fields, and extra. Gettysburg additionally hosts the National Apple Festival in early October.

Where to remain: Gettysburg Hotel

6. Frederick, Maryland

Ghost tour guide with two kids holding lanterns
Image courtesy of Visit Frederick

Did you recognize that Frederick is Maryland’s Most Haunted City?? Neither did I however their grasp storytellers will take guests on a candlelight tour via Frederick’s historic district, main visitors via darkish streets and alleyways, weaving collectively historic accounts and documented tales of the paranormal. The metropolis’s lengthy and storied historical past is stuffed with tales of troopers, well-known native residents, and moments that formed the nation’s historical past.

A couple of of the “haunted” websites embody the National Museum of Civil War Medicine and City Hall. Explore these websites via Frederick Ghost Tours or Cemetery Tours.

On the much less scary aspect, Frederick has robust German roots and that is clear within the Frederick Oktoberfest. Located on the Frederick Fairgrounds, Oktoberfest presents over a dozen various kinds of beers, together with some from native breweries, together with a number of meals tents that serve up brats, strudel, pretzels, and schnitzel.  Visitors may also participate in music and dancing, youngsters’s occasions, and a sports activities tent.

Where to remain: Hilton Garden Inn Frederick

7. Richmond, Virginia

Hollywood Cemetery
Hollywood Cemetery, picture courtesy of Visit Richmond

Richmond has an entire host of scary sights, from Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt to a ghost tour of Richmond’s historic neighborhoods. Visitors can be a part of an October UnHappy Hour on the Poe Museum or expertise a night of spellbinding tales at Haunted Henricus Historical Park.

For much more frights, on the Terror on the Farm at Ashland Berry Farm or the Creepy Hallow Scream Park with dwell actors, monsters, unimaginable animatronics, wonderful illusions, and acres of screams. If terror isn’t your factor, perhaps attempt a stroll via “Garden Glow” at Maymont Gardens and trails, full with meals vehicles and fireplace pits.

Where to remain: The Jefferson

8. Savannah, Georgia

Chippewa Square Savannah

Savannah is named probably the most haunted metropolis in America. See when you can spy one of many native ghosts or expertise some severe paranormal exercise on the Hamilton-Turner Inn (made well-known by Midnight within the Garden of Good and Evil), the Marshall House, 17 Hundred 90 Inn, Kehoe House, and Moon River Brewing Company. The Pirates’ House restaurant is one other historic spot that’s rumored to be haunted.

From its annual Oktoberfest within the Plant Riverside District to Tybee Island’s Pirate Festival in early October, Savannah is a superb place to go to within the fall. For these which are searching for thrills, sixth Sense World Savannah Ghost Tours cowl paranormal and haunted story subjects of poltergeists, hags, exorcism, lacking cemeteries, disembodies spirit kinds, and haunted inns.

Where to remain: The Marshall House

9. St. Augustine, Florida

St. Augustine ghost tour guide

Located in Florida’s northeastern “Historic Coast”, St. Augustine is the oldest constantly occupied metropolis within the U.S. and residential to fairly a couple of ghost tales and haunts. Learn a couple of of them on a St. Augustine Ghosts & Gravestones tour within the historic downtown, which was based in 1565 by Spanish explorers.

You may even keep in a “haunted” lodge. Dating again to 1791, the St. Francis Inn is on the Select Registry of luxurious inns and every room and suite is exclusive. If you don’t thoughts sharing with a ghost, request Lily’s room. Of course, if you’d like the other of loss of life, go to the Fountain of Youth

For extra non-spooky fall enjoyable, the Sykes Family Farms’ award-winning Crop Mazes are an annual deal with in St. Augustine in October. Creepy crawly enjoyable may be had on the Creatures of the Night occasions all through October on the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Where to remain: St. Francis Inn

10. Orlando, Florida

Hogwarts Castle at Universal Orlando

Yes, the “happiest place on earth” may also be an awesome place for Halloween. While Walt Disney World retains Halloween tame with Mickey’s Not-so-Scary Halloween Party. Just understand that this can be a particular ticketed occasion not included in your entrance ticket/reservation and have to be booked prematurely (and sure, they do promote out early!)

For the true thrills, head to Universal Orlando for Halloween Horror Nights. My buddy Bryanna has a full information to Halloween Horror Nights, however this occasion contains 10 haunted homes, 5 Scare Zones, themed exhibits, and decked-out rides and sights. Guests can are available in full costume, simply you’ll want to purchase your ticket to the occasion because it isn’t included in admission.

Even SeaWorld will get into the motion with Howl-o-Scream, with 5 haunted homes, 7 scare zones, 3 terrifying dwell exhibits, roaming hoards, and pulse-pounding coasters at the hours of darkness, or Halloween Spooktacular for youthful youngsters.

Legoland Florida additionally hosts a Monster Party as a part of its Brick-or-Treat celebration throughout late September and October weekends. There one can find tons of sweet, new exhibits, never-before-seen unique LEGO® characters, and a dressing up parade.

Where to remain: Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

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