Tired of the usual treat-or-treating with your kids, knocking every neighbor’s door to get the same stale candy every year? Then why not booking a fun (and scary!) Halloween getaway in family? There are plenty of cool and interesting destinations out there where you can unleash your best Halloween mood without getting odd looks while at it. From the East Coast to the depths of Europe, here’s eight cool places to visit for Halloween!

Follow the Headless Horseman’s Steps at Sleepy Hollow, NY

If you’ve ever read Washington Irving’s short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” you know why it’s definitely the place to be in Halloween. Located barely an hour away from New York City, the charming town of North Tarrytown (aka Sleepy Hollow) features plenty of locations depicted in the book, like the (in)famous Headless Horseman Bridge and, of course its impressive cemetery. You’ll fall in love with the magnificent Upstate New York foliage and its breathtaking scenery!

Book a UFO Tour at Roswell, New Mexico

Are there intelligent life forms — other than humans, that is — roaming the vast, unknown universe? If you love everything about flying saucers, shady conspiracies, and mysterious alien abductions, you’ll want to take a UFO Tour in Roswell, New Mexico! Based in the world-famous, alleged UFO crash (and alien autopsy) that many believe took place in 47, this all-year-round tours are a very original and cool alternative to your traditional Halloween!

Visit Dracula’s Castle at Transylvania, Romania

Ok, it’s not really called Dracula’s castle…but that’s exactly what it is, though! Located in Romania, Bran Castle is a national monument and landmark to the country, the world, and the entire Dracula fanbase. Can you even imagine a better place to be at Halloween than the spooky yet beautiful lair of the lord of the vampires?

Know All About Witch Hunts in Salem, Massachusetts

If you remember American history, you’ll know about the unfortunate witch hunts of Salem, Massachusetts. Not surprisingly, there’s a whole lot of Halloween celebrations going on in the small town during this part of the year. For starters, you can visit a Witch History Museum to learn more about the horrific witch trials, apart from ghost tours and an official Witches ball for the ultimate costume party. Don’t worry…you won’t get tried if you attend dressed up as a witch!

Enjoy Día De Los Muertos in Oaxaca, Mexico!

In Mexican culture, Halloween is a lot more than just dressing up in scary costumes. Go for the cultural experience in Mexico, particularly the city of Oaxaca, where natives celebrate Día de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead). It’s a day when families honor the memory of their departed ancestors with parades, processions, and offerings on altars and cemeteries. It truly is a joyful celebration of life and a great experience for anyone eager to learn about Mexican folklore!

Celebrate with the Krewe of Boo! in New Orleans, Louisiana

Throwing on your best Halloween costume and attending the biggest party in New Orleans is a must for any Halloween enthusiast. The Krewe of Boo! throws one huge annual block party that features some of the spookiest bands around. The Krewe of Boo starts in September and ends in November. They have lots of Halloween-themed events for people to enjoy. This year they are celebrating their 40th anniversary with an epic season finale parade. The parade will start at 6 pm, giving you just enough time to get ready- so do not go overboard with planning your look. Additionally, this year’s theme is “Carnival of the Animals,” so maybe don’t go all out with your werewolf ensemble or vampire makeup.

Take in Pumpkins of the Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular at Louisville, Kentucky

The annual Jack-‘O-Lantern Spectacular in Louisville, Kentucky is perfect for all-you candle-throwing fans out there. This beautiful event is coming up soon and will be the perfect way to spend your weekend. It’s a family-friendly festival that includes pumpkin carving, face painting, hayrides around the farm, and more. There are even prizes for first place in each category of pumpkin carving. Over 60,000 beautifully carved pumpkins line the trail at Iroquois Park each year. The award-winning display is large enough to be seen from above on the Penthouse Terrace of the Omni Hotel. The show runs from October 13th to November 1st, so you have a little time to plan your costume.

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Go on a Ghost Tour in Savannah, Georgia

Savannah, GA is filled with ghost stories, tales of historical horrors, and haunted houses. Sounds like the perfect excuse for booking cheap flights for Halloween to us! The most popular spooky event every year is the Gray Ghost Tour which takes you through some of the city’s most famous haunts. If you want to explore this beautiful city on foot while making your way past many parks and beautiful buildings, this tour is for you. Your guide will dress in character, and you can even expect some of your favorite characters from American Horror Story to join along the way. If you’re looking for something especially scary this year, look no further than this hauntingly good tour. For those who are more interested in hearing stories of history behind Savannah’s most famous figures, there are other tours available as well!

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