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The 7 Best Halloween Cities To Visit In The US

The 7 Best Halloween Cities To Visit In The US

Activities & Adventure 5 MINS READ
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Halloween is quickly approaching and we can hardly wait! From the spooky Salem Witch Museum to the fun Halloween parades of New York City, we’ll guide you through the top destinations where Halloween is celebrated the most. Let’s dive right in.

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The Spookiest Halloween Cities To Visit In The US

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts

With its bewitching blend of history and mystique, Salem has risen to fame as the ultimate Halloween destination.

The legendary Hocus Pocus movie (1993) was loosely based on the Salem witch trials. You can visit many Hocus Pocus filming locations including Pioneer Village, Old Town Hall, and The Ropes Mansion.

Each October, the town bursts to life with eerie parades and ghost tours that unravel the chilling tales of its past. You can also visit the Salem Witch Museum which houses an extensive collection of books on the Salem witch trials.

Without a doubt, Salem is one of the coolest places to celebrate Halloween!

Top events include Salem Psychic Fair, Festival Of The Dead, Haunted Happenings Marketplace, and
Hollowed Harvest Wicked Labrynth.

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Sleepy Hollow, New York

Sleepy Hollow, New York

As one of the spookiest Halloween towns, Sleepy Hollow invites travelers to explore a landscape steeped in colonial history and supernatural folklore. Moreover, its allure lies in the timeless tale of the Headless Horseman, immortalized by Washington Irving.

There’s a range of events for you to attend during the Halloween season, from the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze to the Horseman’s Hollow.

Furthermore, you can take haunted tours, see the gravity-defying performance of The Legend Cirque, relish food and drinks at Oktoberfest on the shore of the Hudson River, or participate in a Halloween 10K run (feel free to wear a Halloween costume).

Don’t forget to check out ‎Lyndhurst After Dark, Tarrytown Music Hall Ghost Tours, Armour-Stiner Octagon House Myths And Mysteries Tour, and Sleepy Hollow Street Fair.

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New York City, New York

New York City, New York

The city that never sleeps offers an array of spine-tingling activities.

From the iconic Village Halloween Parade featuring costume contests to jump scares at haunted houses like “Blood Manor”, NYC’s Halloween celebrations are unparalleled.

Go pumpkin picking, sip on spooky cocktails, explore the eerie depths of the catacombs beneath St. Patrick’s Cathedral, or catch a scary movie at the cinema.

Some of the top events include The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Halloween House at The Oculus, Dreams of Dracula: An Immersive Masquerade ExperienceBoo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo, and The Haunted Laboratory.

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New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Dive into the mystique of voodoo culture and wild celebrations in the city of New Orleans. Join the fun ghost tours that go through the French Quarter and reveal scary ghost stories, explore the mysterious above-ground cemeteries like St. Louis Cemetery No. 1., and don’t miss the annual “Krewe of Boo” parade. New Orleans’ fusion of folklore and music creates an unforgettable Halloween night experience!

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Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Dallas is a one-of-a-kind destination full of haunted attractions. One of them is the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden’s Pumpkin Village. It features more than 90000 pumpkins, gourds, and squash. The perfect family-friendly destination!

There’s also a Scream Hollow Haunted House in nearby Smithville and Screams Halloween Theme Park with 5 haunted houses featuring various themes.

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Forks, Washington

Forks, Washington

Forks gained worldwide recognition as the setting for Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Beyond that, this charming town offers beautiful hikes through the Hoh Rainforest, rugged coastal vistas along Rialto Beach, and a community that preserves the stunning Pacific Northwest wilderness. Forks is undeniably a dreamy autumn escape perfect to visit during the Halloween season.

The best Halloween activity here is The Rain Of Terror, a haunted attraction located on the west side of the Olympic National Forest.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Immerse yourself in the Halloween spirit by attending the Philadelphia Zoo’s Boo event or Halloween Nights at Eastern State Penitentiary featuring haunted houses and a web of winding hallways and courtyards.

You can also take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful streets of Chestnut Hill, where Halloween decorations abound, transforming the neighborhood into a magnetic, otherworldly realm.

Moreover, if you’re looking to stay in one of the (potentially) haunted hotels in this area, we recommend The Bellevue Hotel in The Unbound Collection by Hyatt.

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When is Halloween?

 October 31.

What cities are known for Halloween?

  • Salem, Massachusetts;
  • Sleepy Hollow, New York;
  • New York City, New York;
  • New Orleans, Louisiana;
  • Dallas, Texas,
  • Forks, Washington;
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

What is considered the number 1 city for Halloween?

Salem, Massachusetts.

What are the best Halloween hotels in The United States?

Some of the best hotels in the United States that go all out for Halloween:

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