Halloween. Just the word puts me in a spooky state of mind. I love everything the holiday brings with it. The background and history, the caramel apples, carving pumpkins, a plethora of costumes to choose from, and who could forget those Scariest Places on Earth marathons on the Travel Channel? There is no other holiday that has such a variety of ways to celebrate. From the moment October 1st hits, we start planning what we’re going to dress up as, where we’ll be Halloween night, and more importantly, what we’ll be doing. From haunted houses and corn mazes, to ghostly night tours of spooky cities and all night scary movie marathons.. each state has their own special and unique way of creating mayhem. Lucky for you, I have collected the top three coolest celebrations in the U.S.
At the top of the list is, of course, Salem, Massachusetts. The city, famous for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, hosts a seance to “Summon the Dead.” For only $15, believers of this supernatural phenomenon sit in a darkened Griffen Theatre (known as The Witches Cottage) with a professional medium to see what kind of spirits will make contact. There are other attractions to see at Griffen Theatre, so if you end up visiting Salem, make a night of it and check ’em all out!
Knott’s Scary Farm, in Buena Park, California, is another must see, according to its enthusiasts. Known as “America’s 1st Theme Park,” the farm is basically a collection of “scare zones,” including 13 mazes and plenty of rides. Tickets are a bit more on the expensive side starting at around 30 bucks, but check out the theme park’s online reviews and you’ll understand why they’re so pricey. There are monsters not only around every corner, but under the floors and hanging from the ceiling. They will even team up to chase you down the halls of The Asylum, “a nightmarish prison where insanity reigns supreme.” To catch your breath, grab a beer and check out a live show featuring magic tricks and comedy skits.
Last but not least we have Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse. The Travel Channel calls it “One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions,” saying it “relies on seriously demented actors to elicit screams of terror from anxious visitors.” The three attractions in this haunted house were created by professional costume designers, set artists, and special effects experts. There is a “carnival of carnage, abandoned ruins infested with evil, and face to face encounters with your worst nightmares.” I don’t know about you, but I think it sounds like the Travel Channel is right about this one!
After reading about some of the scariest places in the U.S. for celebrating Halloween, maybe you’re more in the holiday mood. How are you spending Halloween this year? Let us know what’s going on in your town!