halloween travel destinations

Halloween Travel | Destinations Sure to Cause Chills

For some, the holidays are the best time of the year. Usually when we think about holidays, our minds tend to point towards family holidays from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. To some people however, their favorite holiday is the one that kicks off the fall season. Halloween excitement tends to get everyone amped up and ready for cool weather, hoodies, hot cocoa and apple cider. If you’re a true fan of Halloween, you may be looking for unique Halloween themed travel ideas to really kick off your spooky experience. While Halloween is not really well celebrated outside of the U.S., Halloween travel is still popular with avid fans of this scary and spooky holiday. We’ve found some of the most unique and interesting Halloween travel destinations to inspire your next haunted and scary vacation!

Halloween Travel Ideas 

  • Transylvania, Romania – Lets face it, if you can call yourself a fan of Halloween you know that Bran Castle is thought to have inspired Bram Stoker’s depiction of Count Dracula’s epic abode. Around this time of year, the castle actually hosts Halloween themed tours and the chance to learn a bit about Transylvania’s history. 
  • Sleepy Hollow, New York – The tale of the Headless Horseman should sound familiar to fans of this spooky holiday. If you’re up for a trip to the northern Hudson Valley in New York, be sure to add Sleepy Hollow to your itinerary. You can participate in the town’s yearly enactment of the story, and even be there when the horseman rides through. You can see sites like Ichabod Crane’s schoolhouse, and you can check out the 300 year old Philipsburg Manor. There’s less spooky attractions nearby for a bit more family friendly fun. If you head to Van Cortlandt Manor, thousands of jack-o-lanterns are on display throughout the fall season. You can participate in hay rides, fairs and other events more suitable to families and a younger crowd.
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If you haven’t visited Sleepy Hollow, NY, you should definitely add it to your Halloween travel itinerary! 
  • New Orleans, Louisiana – Known as the most haunted city in the U.S., New Orleans is rife with culture and history that tips its hat to the dead. This spooky destination should be at the top of your Halloween travel list. Tours of some of the cities most famous above ground cemeteries, check out the French Quarter, and check out a variety of voodoo tours and haunted houses. The options are literally endless, and you’ll also be checking off an exciting bucket list item when visiting this iconic city.
  • Oaxaca, Mexico – While not Halloween in nature, Day of the Dead is a time when the departed loved ones come back to spend time with their families and friends. You can soak in a diverse array of cultural experiences and history by traveling throughout the cities and towns located in this area of Mexico. Each location on your route will celebrate just a bit different, but you can be sure that festivals, food, tours and excitement will follow you wherever you go.
  • Ireland – While the Halloween we celebrate here in the states is a bit more about ghouls and goblins and things that go bump in the night, it actually got its roots from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. This festival marked the end of harvest season and brought in the shorter days and the dark half of the year. Derry is one of the top Halloween travel destinations and they celebrate in style. Check out the Return of the Ancients Festival, sit in on ghost tours, scary movies, haunted houses and be sure to ask about family friendly activities for the little ones.
Halloween themed travel
This cemetery in Ireland is one of the many locations with tombstones and plots over a thousand years old. It doesn’t get much more spooky for your halloween themed travel itinerary than Ireland! 
  • Salem, Massachusetts – You history buffs know the deal; the setting of the 1692 Salem witch trials took place here and it couldn’t scream Halloween any more clearly than that! About 20 men and women were found guilty of being witches and put to death in this iconic settlement town. Ghost tours, trick or treating and a variety of museums, history workshops and other fun events can help you immerse in real life spooky U.S. history. 

Even though Halloween is not typically lumped in with the winter holiday vacation times, it’s considered the beginning of the holiday season. This time of year families are starting to plan those fall break vacations. If you need tips on getting the most out of your Halloween travel itinerary, check out our blog here. If you haven’t yet, you may consider updating your driver’s license to a Real ID. While it doesn’t need to be current in 2019, by October of 2020 you’ll be required to hold a Real ID or Passport to board commercial domestic flights. If one of the above international destinations is on  your itinerary, make sure you have your passport ready for travel. Enjoy your spooky vacation and let us know how it goes! 

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