10 Fun and Spooky Halloween Vacations

Pack up your most impressive costume and your biggest trick-or-treat bag and head out of town this Halloween! Whether you’re looking for the perfect pumpkin, the best costume party, or the spookiest haunted house,Halloween Vacation Pumpkin these ideas for a great Halloween vacation will come in handy.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

When: September 5 – October 31
Where: Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida 

Find out if your favorite Disney characters have tricks or treats for you with an Orlando vacation rental. Hint: they’ll have treats. The enchanted Halloween party is responsible for kiddy cheer, not chills, and includes trick-or-treating in Magic Kingdom, a Mickey Mouse-led parade, and a festive fireworks show. Both toddlers and teens will enjoy this Disney offering, so it’s a good pick for the whole family. Don’t forget to wear a costume!

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Anoka, Minnesota

When: October

Anoka is the self-proclaimed “Halloween Capital of the World.” And rightfully so! In the 1920s, the city’s leaders concocted a family-friendly spin on a holiday previously taken over by malicious pranksters. Every year, the tradition gets bigger and better. Today you can expect unique festivities such as the Orange Tie Ball, Miss Anoka Beauty Pageant, Gray Ghost Run, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Grand Day Parade, Chili Cook-off, as well as walking ghost tours. Anoka certainly doesn’t lack things to see and do, both scary and kid-safe, in October.

Terror Behind the Walls

When: September and October, select dates
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  

A former prison is the spine-chilling setting of one of America’s most macabre haunted houses. Guaranteed to inspire nightmares long after your visit, Pennsylvania’s Eastern State Penitentiary has been scaring the living daylights out of thrill-seekers for nearly two decades. Eleven acres of creepy and grotesque attractions, including “The Lockdown” and “The Experiment,” await brave souls looking for a good reason to shriek. This is no laid-back hayride, though, so leave the little ones at home! (Kids can attend a milder version on special family nights.) Is this historic penitentiary actually haunted, as so many folks have claimed? We dare you to investigate!

Tombstone, Arizona

When: Year-round, best to come in October

If ghosts are desirable “sights to see” on your vacation, a trip to Tombstone’s in order. The legendary Arizona town is known for its outlaw-ridden history; it’s the site of the infamous O.K. Corral shootout between the Earps and the Clantons, gun-slinging rivals. “The town too tough to die” is delightfully proud of its western heritage. The local museums and preserved 19th century buildings are more than just interesting, though… word has it they’re haunted. To increase your chances of seeing and/or hearing a ghost, stop into the Birdcage Theater and Big Nose Kate’s Saloon. If you’re not fortunate enough to encounter a real spirit, the daily Wild West reenactments should keep things sufficiently eerie.

Fright Fest

When: Weekends in October
Where: Six Flags Theme Parks in California, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Texas, Canada, Mexico and Dubai 

Epic cobwebs, thick fog, and the occasional ghoul or ghost, make a strict Six Flags itinerary impossible, so it’s best to follow your hopefully-not-so-faint heart as you go from ride to ride and attraction to attraction. During the day, kids can “twick-or-tweet” with the Bugs Bunny gang and watch sea lion, dolphin, and magic shows. But at night, things turn PG-13 with elaborate haunted houses, terrifying twists on classic rides, live theater, and scream-worthy scare zones that feature creepy clowns and freakish maniacs. Safe spots for children (and scaredy cats) are located throughout the park. Find a Texas or California rental, among other accommodations, for your Fright Fest-centered Halloween vacation. 

Knott’s Scary Farm

When: September and October, select dates
Where: Buena Park, California

Knott’s Berry Farm, all 160 acres of it, transforms into a horrifying haven for the walking dead, crazed carnival clowns, ghastly ghosts, and various free-roaming monsters. From the scare zones to the hairy labyrinths to the spooky shows, you’ll have more than a few opportunities to scream.

New York Village Halloween Parade

New York’s Village Halloween Parade

When: October 31
Where: New York City

With 50,000 participants and two million spectators, the Village Halloween Parade is the biggest Halloween celebration in the world. Show up a couple hours early, stake out a good viewing spot, and marvel at the procession of marching bands, puppeteers, floats, dancers, circus acts, and other wild performers as they show off their Halloween spirit. The Sixth Avenue parade is arguably the most visually stunning event you can attend on October 31st. Why not stay in a New York apartment rental with a private window view of the spectacle?

Salem, Massachusetts

When: October 2 - November 2

The inglorious witch trails of the late 1600s still haunt Salem, Massachusetts – especially on Halloween. Every October, Salem remembers its shameful 17th century hysteria with the eerie and educational Haunted Happenings Festival. Kick off the month with the Grand Parade, and then look forward to psychic readings, witch trial reenactments, spooky storytellers, pumpkin picking, and unusual must-see attractions like the Haunted Witch Village, Salem Wax Museum, Frankenstein’s Laboratory, and the Candlelight Ghostly Tour. Is there a town more suited for Halloween than Salem?

Universal Studios Halloween

Halloween Horror Nights  

When: September 26 – November 1, select nights
Where: Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida

Halloween Horror Nights may have more frights up its sleeves than Fright Fest. Some horror critics have deemed it the best theme park attempt to freak patrons out, period. With Bloody Mary as your guide, you’ll relive some of the most horrific urban legends known to mankind. There’s no escaping the terror here, as you’ll be swiftly snarled up in a mesmerizing maze of scare zones. You’ll dread your next step more than your last, as a variety of monsters and madmen lurk behind each corner. Book a Central Florida rental today.

Las Vegas, Nevada

When: throughout October

People love to dress up in Vegas, so Halloween gives residents and tourists more of an excuse than normal to don ultra-noticeable attire. Take your pick of the glitziest and most ghoulish parties in the country and make sure your costume is up to par! From adults only to family-fun events, an extravagant Las Vegas Halloween never disappoints. Stay in an equally impressive rental in Las Vegas to make your Halloween vacation even better. 

Even if you stray away from home for your Halloween vacation, you can still feel at home with a rental in Las Vegas, Orlando, New York, and elsewhere!