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Top 7 Halloween Destinations in the USA: 2023 Edition

Top 7 Halloween Destinations in the USA: 2023 Edition

Hope your Halloween doesn’t suck like a vampire. 

I know, bad joke. But - Halloween is just around the corner. Let’s be real, Halloween just hasn’t been the same since the glory years of knocking on doors and getting candy from strangers. Obviously as adults we miss out on this tradition! Especially as a nomad or traveler, Halloween can be extra forgettable without trick or treaters coming to your door. 

If you’re in a van, plane, or hotel, and don’t want to wind up sitting on your couch and eating stale popcorn again this year, we’ve got good news! Boring Halloween movies and a lack of excitement can now be left in the graveyard (pun intended) this year.

Instead of staying home alone, party in some of the biggest Halloween hubs in the US! Get ready for spooky season by planning a trip to one of these Top 7 Halloween destinations!

 

  • Salem, Massachusetts
  • Photo Credit: History of Salem

    We couldn’t start this blog without mentioning the OG of Halloween spots! If you haven’t heard of this scary city, Salem was home to the famous Salem Witch Trials in the 1600’s. One of the most popular events they have is the Haunted Happenings Festival! Check out spooky historical museums, parties, and more in Salem.

     

  • Sleepy Hollow, New York
  • Photo Credit: Budget Travel

    This city might also ring a bell! Sleepy Hollow is known as the setting of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” short story. If the words “headless” and “horsemen” scare you, you’re not alone! The villain in Irving’s story is known as a headless rider that terrorizes Sleepy Hollow. Believe it or not, tales of this horseman can be traced back all the way to the Middle Ages. Go through a haunted castle at night, visit spooky street fairs, or even visit Washington Irving's home in Sleepy Hollow!

     

  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Photo Credit: Visit The USA

    If you’re looking for a party like no other, the crowd in New Orleans knows how to get it done! For almost all New Orleans visitors any time of year, Bourbon Street is a must-see place that showcases the activity of this famous party town. Celebrate with the Krewe of Boo parade, ghost tours, haunted houses, zombie paintball, live Halloween-themed music, and spook-tacular themed cocktails.

     

  • Anoka, Minnesota
  • Photo Credit: Hakanson Anderson

    As underrated as this town is, you’ll be shocked at all of the festivities they have lined up for the holiday. Anoka is actually known as “The Halloween Capital of the World” - and let’s just say it lives up to its name! With celebrations for over 100 years, Anoka is the perfect blend of history and Halloween. Hang out at their annual Walking Dead Pub Crawl, Walking Ghost Tours, and the infamous Anoka Community Haunted House.

     

  • Buena Park, CA
  • Photo Credit: VisitTheUSA

    If you’re looking to get your heart rate pumpin’ and adrenaline sky high, what’s better than an amusement park? I’ll tell you: A Halloween Amusement Park.

    Yep, you heard that right! Buena Park becomes “Boo-uena Park'' for autumn, and it does not disappoint. Walk over to Knott’s Scary Farm Amusement Park to ride the transformed roller coasters and visit creepy mazes. Explore a haunted house, pick up pumpkins, and eat dinner at themed restaurants! This is a great option if you have kiddos coming along with you this year.

     

  • St. Helens, Oregon
  • Photo Credit: Whimsy Soul

    Nothing says “sweater-weather” like visiting the Pacific Northwest this year for Halloween. We’ve got the perfect spot!

    St. Helens is exactly like the real-life Halloweentown - because it is! Known by some as Halloween, USA, this little city can be spotted on the Disney Channel movie “Halloweentown”. Parades, costume contests, and the Spirit of Halloweentown events will keep you busy throughout the whole holiday in St. Helens.

     

  • Can’t Travel to a New City? Travel via Internet!
  • Sometimes - we can’t book that ticket or event in time, and we’re stuck at home. No prob! Thanks to the internet, there’s been a super popular way to celebrate the season, all with a laptop. Travel to the past, present, or future in a horror game that will scare you more than someone in-person ever could. Even if you don't consider yourself a gamer, most of these games don’t require skill - just a good internet connection to download them! Check out Nomad Internet if you have a difficult time with slow internet speeds or rural areas.

    Don’t know where to start? Some of the most popular horror games include:

    • Resident Evil 
    • Visage
    • Dead by Daylight
    • Five Nights at Freddy’s
    • Pathologic
    • Soma
    • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    • The Evil Within
    • Inscryption

     

    Congrats, Nomad! You now have seven amazing places to celebrate Halloween. Whether you like a quiet day with childhood favorites to reminisce on, a celebration where you party into the morning, or a scare-filled night spent at home - you’ll have the perfect spot to head to this year.

    Leave a comment down below sharing where you’ll be spending Halloween this year!

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