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There are some places that are synonymous with a great Halloween spookfest. Salem, New Orleans, New York City and Los Angeles for starters. But did you know that these frightful towns also know how to put on a ghoulishly good show for young and old?
With over 300 years of creepy history, Charleston, South Carolina knows how to spook your socks off this Halloween. Set the fear factor high with a walking tour of the most notoriously haunted spots in town. And if you’re lucky, experience some paranormal activity first-hand. If ghost stories aren’t your scene, a family favorite is the Boone Hall Plantation, where you can do some afternoon pumpkin picking and wander through the corn maze. Be sure to find your way out of the maze before the sun sets, as it becomes completely infested with the undead after dark. When you’re ready to escape the zombies and spirits, call it a night at the iconic Belmond Charleston Place in the historic district.
Haunted Hudson Valley
Home to some of America’s best Halloween attractions, the Hudson Valley is an absolute scream this season. The most popular event is undoubtedly the Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses in Kingston, consistently voted one of the top haunts in the country. Other attractions that will make the hair on the back of your neck stand up are the Horseman’s Hollow with vampires, witches, and undead soldiers taking over the land; the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze, with over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins on display; and touring the famous and infamous residents of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery by lantern. For history buffs, head to hair-raising Huguenot Street in New Paltz, the oldest inhabited street in the country. Don’t be surprised to encounter one of the town’s countless ghosts during the annual haunted tours. When you’ve had enough, you can unwind in luxury at the historic Glenmere Mansion, designed after a Tuscan villa.
Wicked Weston, West Virginia
As if lunatic asylums weren’t creepy enough from the outside, imagine them from the inside. All month long, see how much crazy you can handle with a ghost tour of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston, West Virginia. But beware! The asylum has a long, dark history dating back to the 1800s. The unexplained paranormal activity is so frequent that SyFy’s “Ghost Hunters,” “Ghost Hunters Academy,” and Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures” have all experienced it first-hand. When you’ve finally reached your daily dose of ghosts, spend a restful night at the luxurious Stonewall Resort, a safe 10 miles from the asylum.