If you love traveling and have a fascination with Halloween and all things spooky, then you’ll love planning a trip to one of the most haunted places in America.
There are plenty of places to visit for Halloween that will get you into the spirit of this holiday. With locations from the west coast to the east coast – and in between - you’ll have an eerily good time when you visit any of the haunted towns below.
Best Cities for Halloween
Whether you want to take part in traditional Halloween attractions like corn mazes and Halloween hayrides or up the scare factor with more bone-chilling pursuits like ghost tours and creepy cemetery strolls, you’ll find frighteningly fun things to do on Halloween for adults in these towns.
Most widely known for the Salem witch trials, this Massachusetts town is notorious for its bewitching atmosphere that seekers of spookiness love.
Said to be one of the most haunted cities in the U.S., some claim the ghosts of those killed during the trials still linger in Salem today. You can learn all about Salem’s spooky side and the places that are reportedly haunted (and by which ghosts!) on the many ghost tours available.
Moss-covered cemeteries and historic homes, inns, and restaurants that are rumored to be haunted by ghosts give Savannah a chilling atmosphere any time of year and especially around Halloween. Stay at an allegedly haunted hotel and eat at restaurants that are believed to still be visited by spirits. Savannah is also the setting of the popular “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” by John Berendt. Fans of this novel will enjoy the spine-tingling experience of taking 6th Sense World’s Bonaventure Cemetery tour.
The site of the Civil War’s bloodiest battle is regarded as one of the most haunted places in the world. There have been reports of sightings of the ghosts of soldiers on the battlefield and some inns, as well as a farm, are thought to be haunted. Take a ghost tour to learn more about the history of Gettysburg and the spirits that are thought to haunt the area.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is known for having vampire stories, as well as dozens of reportedly haunted places. From churches haunted by the spirits of former priests to former hospitals frequented by soldiers who died to the hundreds of ghosts said to haunt St. Louis Cemetery No.1 and more, there’s a whole lot of spooky spots to explore in this city.
Charm City contains its fair share of scary spots, including the Westminster Hall catacombs (the burial grounds of Edgar Allan Poe). For those who really love the creepy side of Halloween, Bennett's Curse, a haunted mansion featuring monsters, mummies, werewolves, spiders, and more, is a must.
The capital of America is the setting for several ghost stories, with one of the most popular settings being the White House itself! The White House is thought to be haunted by the ghosts of some former presidents and first ladies, including President Lincoln and Abigail Adams. You can go on a ghost tour that will take you through other allegedly haunted locations, including the National Building Museum and the Congressional Cemetery.
Portland, Oregon is known as one of the best destinations for ghost hunters. The Shanghai Tunnels are one of the most famous haunted sites in the city - be prepared for a chilling experience when you take an underground ghost tour through these tunnels. Portland also hosts a great variety of annual Halloween-themed events in October, including family-friendly ones. You’ll find haunted tours, corn mazes, scarecrow contests, haunted hayrides and more.
Get your fill of chilling thrills on Halloween when you take a trip to one of the above Halloween places to visit in the U.S. Find the perfect Briggs & Riley bag for your trip and travel with practical style.