Grab a broomstick and fly to one of these spooky sites for Halloween.
What could be spookier than touring an old prison? Since the 1970s, Alcatraz has been a top destination for families visiting San Francisco. When you walk around, keep an eye out for Cell 14D, where visitors have reported feeling a coldness.
A former Colorado mining town founded in 1880 hits a boom and then becomes a ghost town by 1900. Sad for them, but good for the tourists, who want to uncover the secrets and stories at the miners' cabins, saloons, and even the jail
While Paris is known as the city of lights, the Catacombs, where thousands of bones line the walls, beneath it might as well be called the city of darkness. For nearly 100 years, 6 million Parisians were moved from moved from cemeteries to the catacombs.
A ghost host welcomes you to a place where "strange and frightening sounds echo through the halls" and 999 Happy Haunts have been ready to welcome No. 1,000 since 1969. The Disneyland attraction gets a "Nightmare Before Christmas" makeover every year, too. At the Disneyland Resort, from September 13-October 31, your family can celebrate Halloweentime. You can escape the clutches of freaky phantasms as you are launched to a haunted section of the universe on Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy. Drop in for ghostly encounters and hair-raising thrills at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Take a spooky stroll down Main Street, U.S.A., which is transformed into a Pumpkin Festival with hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins on display—and no two alike. Meet some Disney villains as they are conjured up in a sideshow tent at the Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland. Create Halloween crafts and enjoy some not-so-spooky activities for kids at Halloween Carnival at Big Thunder Ranch. Plus, watch pumpkin carvers and meet some of your favorite Disney Characters in their Halloween costumes. Observe Dia de los Muertos with a traditional skeleton display in Frontierland. Show off your monster moves on the dance floor at the Mad T Party at Disney California Adventure Park, where you can dance the night away, chill out in the lounge or just take in the scene. Discover the thrills and chills of the Disneyland Resort on the Disney’s Happiest Haunts Tour that takes you on lively adventures through both parks. And don't forget to get tickets to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland Park, offered on select nights.
Get your Southern ghost fix in Charleston, where Bulldog Tours' Ghosts and Graveyard Tour has exclusive access to take you into the city's oldest graveyards. Your kids will enjoy hearing the stories behind the tombstones, while standing right next to them
Learn the eerie, fun and true tales of Colonial Williamsburg from a guide in period clothing holding a lantern on the Ghosts of Williamsburg tour. Give your kids the camera — you never know what might you might "catch."
“The Del," as the locals call it, is a beautiful, luxurious oceanfront hotel in San Diego. When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world. But one of the hotel's most famous guests checked in one day in 1892 and never checked out.
No visit to the Big Easy would be complete without exploring the city's Voodoo past. On the Cemetery Voodoo Tour, visitors can see above-ground tombs of some of the city's most well-known residents, including Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.
If your kids have active imaginations, they'll enjoy scaring themselves during an Old Savannah Ghost Tour. The friendly Georgian city takes on a sinister look at night where guides takes groups to haunted cemeteries, the courthouse, and city squares.
The longest-running musical on Broadway has haunting tunes by Andrew Lloyd Weber, candlelit sets and a menacing Phantom of the Opera. You might get some great decorating and costume ideas for next year's Halloween party from the "Masquerade" number.
The royals who resided at the Tower of London brought new meaning to "off with their heads." Built in 1088 by William the Conquerer, this fortress has so many ghosts and legends, you'll need several hours to hear them all.
Nothing is scarier than combining two fears: tight spaces and free-falling. The Tower of Terror is the perfect ride for this holiday: It tells the story of what happened to five people whose elevator was struck by lightening on Halloween 1939. On select nights, from September 10-November 1, you and your family can enjoy Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom Park. Dress up in your favorite costume and collect delicious candy throughout Magic Kingdom park. You’ll soon discover all the boo-tiful ways that the spirits of the season have transformed the park into a happy haunted hallows! Many favorite Disney Characters are dressed in Halloween costumes, too. Watch Disney Villains Dance Mix and Mingle! A hair-raising ride by the Headless Horseman himself begins Mickey's "Boo-to-You" Halloween Parade. The Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion invites you to "drop in" as Disney Villains tear up the night with fireworks and wicked remixes of their theme songs during Happy HalloWishes. Venture onto Main Street, U.S.A. where you might even meet a barbershop quartet of dead cowboys who sing songs in the style of the Dapper Dans. So come celebrate and scare up a good time! The tone of the event is "not-so-scary," which means children of all ages can enjoy this party.
Since 2003, customers at Portland’s famous Voo Doo Doughnut have been enjoying the sweet namesake: shaped like a voodoo doll, complete with a pretzel stick in place of a pin. Split the treat apart and red strawberry jelly will ooze out of its insides.
Famous for the 1692 Witch Hunts, this seaside city is one of the oldest settlements in the country. Today the town is referred to as Witch City, and you can't walk down the street without seeing some sort of witch iconography.
Ashcroft Ghost Town
Catacombs of Paris
The Disneyland Resort
Bulldog Tours' Ghosts and Graveyard Tour
Ghosts of Williamsburg
Hotel Del Coronado
New Orleans Cemetery Voodoo Tour
Old Savannah Ghost Tours
Phantom of the Opera
Tower of London
The Walt Disney World Resort
Voo Doo Doughnut
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