Top 5 places to celebrate Halloween in the US. Whether you like to celebrate at home, quietly, or you usually go full-scale decorating the house and trick or treating, Halloween is always an exciting holiday. It is very entertaining for kids, but adults are enjoying it very much as well. If you like to travel to the US (or you are already there), here are some recommendations on the Top 5 places to celebrate Halloween there.
Salem, Massachusetts, has a crazy history of witch trials and witch hunts, which is spooky in its own right, and celebrating Halloween there gives it extra spookiness. There is also a Witch Museum, explaining the history of witch trials and witch hunts, and during the month of October, there is a Halloween Festival with ghost tours and trick or treating.
The infamous Salem Witch Trials took part in 1682. Salem was a small New England village at the time, populated largely by Puritans, or religious people who believed in the devil. The Puritan way of life was rigorous, and people were distrustful of even minor variations in behavior. Much of the Puritan community agreed that the Parris daughters were victims of witchcraft after hearing about their actions.
Betty and Abigail implicated three townswomen, including Tituba, a Native American slave who served in the Parris home, when asked who had done this to them. Tituba was rumored to have participated in fortune-telling games, which the Puritans forbade. Sarah Good and Sarah Osbourne, the other two accused ladies, were also not well regarded by the community.
New Orleans, Louisiana
With its rich history and a mixture of culture and influences, New Orleans is already a great place to visit any time of the year, but visiting it during Halloween will add extra mystery to its already colorful environment. Children might enjoy Halloween in New Orleans very much, there is a nice Louisiana Children’s Museum and also a Spooktacular Family concert with fun and spooky music.
Vampires, zombies, ghosts, goblins, and everything else parade up and down Frenchmen Street, displaying the city’s legendary wit and creativity in their carefully crafted costumes. Halloween in New Orleans draws thousands to the Quarter for devilish fun while vampires, zombies, ghosts, goblins, and everything else parade up and down Frenchmen Street, displaying the city’s legendary wit and creativity in their carefully crafted costumes.
For both the living and the undead, All Hallow’s Eve in New Orleans is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
There are a number of Voodoo shops in the French Quarter where you may discover more about the history of these centuries-old spiritual rituals. The spirit of Marie Laveau, New Orleans’ High Priestess in the nineteenth century, may still be sensed in the atmosphere of some of these shops. You might even pick up a few mystical incantations and spells. Many of the stores are hosting Halloween-themed events.
World-famous for its theme parks, Orlando offers great Halloween celebrations for both children and adults. Disney World, SeaWorld, and Legoland, all host Halloween parties for families with children while Universal Orlando Resort provides entertainment for adult audiences. We also recommend this year Orlando Haunted Yard, which they claim is super scary, so you can try it yourself! 🙂
Orlando has many Halloween events, inside resorts, such as Seaworld or individual Halloween parties, ghost hunt tours, or all-around family Halloween experiences. Here is a motion for Universal Orlando Halloween Horror Nights experience:
Another place rich with history and unique Southern charm, Savannah is the place to be during Halloween. With its creepy cemeteries, it needs little imagination to make it spooky during this holiday time. There are several ghost walking and haunting tours for adults and Halloween hikes at the Oatland Island Wildlife Center, together with trick and treats activities. Adult visitors can also enjoy Boo Bash Halloween Party, which is actually a charity event.
Halloween is a great time to get scared, especially if you live in one of the country’s most haunted cities. With so many haunted Savannah tours, cemeteries, historic buildings, and haunted houses to select from, you’re bound to experience some phantoms. Take a tour of Savannah in a real funeral parlor hearse, go on a guided Savannah ghost tour, or get a bite to eat at one of the city’s infamously haunted restaurants. With so much history, you’ll have a spooky good time in Savannah this Halloween!
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Already made famous by “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” horror novel by Washington Irving, this picturesque village in Hudson Valley doesn’t need much introduction to this list. Starting from late September, the entire area is decorated in Jack O’ Lantern style, just to make sure everybody is aware it’s Halloween time. Apart from decorations, several Halloween events are going on in the neighborhoods, such as Horseman’s Hollow and Irving’s “Legend” (scary haunts, for older kids and adults) and family-friendly events such as “The Legend Behind the Legend”.
And of course, you can celebrate Halloween literally anywhere in the US, as this is one of the most popular holidays, especially since it is fun and enjoyable for both adults and kids. This year will be especially festive as we are getting out of the pandemic (slowly but surely).
Last Updated on April 5, 2022 by Tours Editor @ gotravelyourself.com