Get spooked at these haunted locales this Halloween

Whether you’re looking to travel or spending Halloween at home, here are spooky ways to spend it


Compiled by Salon staff
October 1, 2019 5:15PM (UTC)
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Just because you age out of trick-or-treat-ing (does anyone really age out of it, though?), doesn’t mean that Halloween celebrations are over for you. In many ways Halloween only gets better with age because once you’re 18 you can get into some of the scariest attractions around. From actually haunted houses to theme park shenanigans, here’s how to have a ghoulish good time this All Hallows Eve.

Experience an epic haunted house

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We’re not talking the local one put on by a group of high schoolers. From France to Orlando, check out a real-life haunted house like the Haunted Mansion in Florida, Le Manoir in Paris, or the INSOMNIA House in the Ukraine. 

Take it up a notch and stay in a haunted hotel

Forget just a couple of hours in a haunted house—test your nerves by spending Halloween in a haunted hotel and see if you can last the night. From the haunted Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota to the Hotel Mastbosch Breda in The Netherlands and The Queen Mary docked in California’s Long Beach, the options are endless.

Take a Halloween tour

Kick things up a notch like never before, and sign up for a tour that does the work for you. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and get ready to be scared. This epic Halloween tour from Boston to New York is the best way to take Halloween to the next level (it spans seven days!).

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See old haunts in a new way

Some places are just cooler and creepier when the dark of Halloween sets in. Something about the eerily life-like wax figures at Madame Tussauds and the attractions at The Dungeons are a little skin-crawly in their own right on any regular day, but there’s an extra layer of spooky enjoyment when you visit them on the scariest day of the year.

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Experience Halloween Disney style

It’s not all Disney princesses and fairy tales at Disneyland and Disney World—the two attractions can be slightly scary (in a family-friendly style, of course) when Halloween rolls around. In fact, it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular times of year to visit!

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Make the most of a spooky evening at home

Not everyone can or even wants to travel for Halloween. The good news is you don’t have to! There are plenty of scary adventures you can have right from your couch with things like HuntAKiller, a macabre mystery that’s delivered to your door, subscription-style, every month. For those who like the challenge of an escape room but don’t dig the social element as much, this game is for you.


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