Ranking the Top Halloween Destinations for 2016
PHOTO: Sleepy Hollow, New York. (Photo via Flickr/Doug Kerr)
Trick-or-treating may be reserved for Oct. 31, but Halloween was meant to be celebrated all month long.
It's not too early or too late to take a holiday trip to one of America's many spooky cities and towns. And if you need some help narrowing down the list, don't worry, we've got you covered.
Here we'll rank five unbeatable Halloween destinations for 2016.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
PHOTO: A Halloween parade in Las Vegas. (Photo via Flickr/kennejima)
Las Vegas is known for many things, but not until recently was Halloween one of them.
As TravelPulse's Rich Thomaselli points out, Sin City has emerged as a premier destination for Halloween, with events big and small taking place all month long. From The Zombie Escape at The LINQ Promenade to the month-long OktoberFrightFest at Fremont Street Experience, visitors shouldn't have any trouble getting in the spirit this fall.
4. Baltimore, Maryland
PHOTO: Baltimore's Fell's Point neighborhood in the fog. (Photo via Flickr/Jill Meinert)
Home to Edgar Allan Poe, Baltimore is where Mid-Atlantic scare-seekers will want to be this Halloween. Book a stay at the haunted Admiral Fell Inn, put your costume on and explore Charm City on a haunted pub crawl or bike tour.
This month will also feature a handful of Halloween themed dance parties, parades and concerts. You name it, Baltimore has it this time of year.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
PHOTO: New Orleans. (Photo via Flickr/Linda Fretwell)
The Big Easy is known for its epic Mardi Gras celebrations, sure, but New Orleans also knows how to do Halloween better than most.
There are countless haunted tours offered throughout the city and plenty of terrifying attractions. For a friendly ghost experience visitors will want to explore The Hermann-Grima House in the French Quarter and the nearby Hotel Monteleone is just one of several hotels in New Orleans that's rumored to be haunted.
2. Sleepy Hollow, New York
Considered by many to be one of the most haunted destinations on the planet, the village of Sleepy Hollow (located approximately 30 miles north of New York City) celebrates Halloween all October long.
The setting for Washington Irving's iconic short story, Sleepy Hollow is home to the legendary Headless Horseman. Head over to Lyndhurst Castle for a Historic Tour with a Halloween Twist or pay a visit to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the final resting place of Irving.
1. Salem, Massachusetts
PHOTO: The Witch House in Salem. (Photo via Flickr/massmatt)
Located northeast of Boston on Massachusetts' north coast, Salem will forever be a can't-miss Halloween destination. The town was made famous by its 1692 witch trials, earning the nickname the Witch City.
There's no better time than now to visit the Witch House, the last Salem structure standing with ties to the 17th century witch trials. If that's too scary, there's no shortage of things to do in Salem this month during the 2016 Festival of the Dead. This year, the Official Salem Witches' Halloween Ball is scheduled for Oct. 28 and on Oct. 31 visitors can join in the Salem Witches' Magic Circle.
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