Halloween is without a doubt a holiday of many faces and has equally as many ways to celebrate. Between family-friendly trick-or-treating, giant costume parties and parades, or tours of haunted places, Halloween is what you make it.
When in Portland for All Hallow’s Eve, your first stop should be to where else? Voodoo Donuts. It can be hard to choose from their impressive list of raised, cakey goodness, so we suggest going for something appropriately Halloween-themed like the Voodoo Doll, Diablos Rex, or the Viscous Hibiscus. Score yourself a sweet treat, then enjoy any of the city’s many Halloween events.
Cast spells with the whole family at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, let your teenagers explore The Upside Down from Stranger Things at Universal Orlando® Resort, or let your young ones trick-or-treat with Mickey in a sea of jack-o-lanterns at Walt Disney World® Resort’s Magic Kingdom. Any way you go about it, there’s a special kind of magic in the air during the month of October in Orlando.
Less than an hour’s drive from Boston, and famous for its witch trials in the 17th century, Salem has a wide array of festive celebrations that last throughout the entire month of October. Take your pick from guided tours of haunted and infamous places, family-friendly parades and festivals, witches balls, or séances, all with a dash of history, in true Massachusetts style.
For something a little different and a little more nautical, check out the not-your-average Halloween festivities that Tampa has to offer. Take a haunted river tour with pirates on the Hillsborough River, survive a night with zombies who have taken over the bay, or play it safe and trick-or-treat along the Riverwalk.
You know Las Vegas is always down for a party, and Halloween is no exception. All along The Strip, nightclubs and casinos host special events and costume contests, so it’s the perfect choice for any creatures of the night looking for a good time. People watching in Vegas is always great, but on Halloween, it’s even better and there’s sure to be plenty of eye-candy to go around.
Believe it or not, Halloween is New Orleans’ second biggest part of the year after Mardi Gras. Here, they combine a reputation for voodoo with some seriously creepy haunted and paranormal tours through some of the city’s most famous cemeteries. Visitors looking for the kind of parties that the Big Easy is famous for just need to head to the French Quarter to find drink specials, costume contests, and live music.
Sleepy Hollow, NY is about an hour’s drive from New York City and is home Washington Irving’s tale of the Headless Horseman, one of the classic legends of Halloween. If you’re in for a truly frightening thrill, be sure to check out the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor which is transformed into Horseman’s Hollow – a fearsome landscape of ghouls, witches, and vampires that includes Ichabod’s Schoolhouse. If you’re looking for even more ways to keep you up at night, visitsleepyhollow.com has the full list.
Savannah’s Spanish moss is moody and a little bit creepy all year round, but around Halloween it gets even spookier. Wander paths to places like the haunted Antebellum plantations, Civil War battlefields plagued with Confederate ghosts, and other shadowy sites along one of the many ghost walk tours, and you’ll see the mood of the city is perfectly eerie. It’s no wonder this place is consistently dubbed one of America’s most haunted cities.
Taylor is part of the Communications Team at Sun Country Airlines. What she loves most? Sun Country’s love of all things Minnesota and the airline’s focus on making everyone – from crew to passengers – feel right at home. If she were hopping on a flight tomorrow, she’d be headed west to Portland or south to Puerto Vallarta.