Do ghosts, goblins and ghoulish events thrill you? Here are five frightful places to consider:
1. The Ghosts of New Orleans. Wander through cemeteries and voodoo shops in a city known for celebrating our spookiest of holidays. Tour a swamp by torchlight or gardens known for mysterious residents that sometimes appear and disappear.
Contact: 1-888-644-6787; hauntedhistorytours.com
2. Exbury Ghost Train, Hampshire, England. Hop aboard a steam train located in one of England’s most popular gardens for families. On it, you’ll get a hair-raising ride through pitch-black tunnels and past ghouls and scary skeletons. Your hosts for the harrowing journey, Batty the Vampire and Napoleon Bone-aparte, might tell tales of recent visits by members of the royal family.
3. Albuquerque, N.M. Visitors to this Southwest city will find more than a dozen celebrations and events marking Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, an ancient holiday during which friends and family gather to honor those who have passed on.
Contact: 1-800-284-2282; itsatrip.org
4. Knott’s Scary Farm, Buena Park, Calif. If you dare, enter the “atmosfear,” where more than 1,000 free-roaming monsters lurk in the shadows throughout the 160-acre Southern California park.
With five new mazes and an Elvira stage show, it’s sure to be a ghastly good time.
Contact: 714-220-5200; knotts.com
5. Anoka, Minn. A pilgrimage to the self-proclaimed Halloween Capital of the Worldmay be in order. Back in the day (circa 1920), a group of concerned parents concocted a plan to divert their children’s attention from pranks. Today, the event includes fun runs, parades, chili cook-offs, house-decorating contests, pumpkin carving and ghostly walking tours.