Fall is finally upon us! Say goodbye to the heat and hello to chilly air, the colorful world of fall foliage, and scarves– ALL.THE.SCARVES! Don’t forget the baggy sweaters and fuzzy boots that have our name written all over them. They’ve been in our closet for months, begging to be worn. The best part? We get to get spooky!
We’ve been looking forward to this time of year since, well, the end of Fall last year. It’s arguably the best season, but there’s no argument that it’s the spookiest season!
The spooky season does look a bit different this year, but we’ve been planning a way to make up for all the things we’ve missed this year! We have carved out a list of some spooky/witchy places that need to be on your Fall travel bucket list! We’re so excited about them, so we’re just going to jump right in!
Salem is the home of the 1692 Salem Witch Trials, and reportedly, it’s pretty haunted! The classic Disney movie, Hocus Pocus, was filmed in Salem, and you can visit many of the places from the set on your tour of the town. Even if ghosts and witches aren’t for you, Salem is in New England, which is known to have some of the most beautiful Fall scenery you’ve ever seen, so going just for the view is worth the trip. Plus, regardless of your beliefs in the paranormal, it is full of US history. Sign us up for that road trip!
Spirit Of Halloweentown- Helens, Oregon
If this place looks familiar and you can’t quite put your finger on it, part of the iconic Disney movie, Halloweentown, was filmed here! Every year they decorate the town to look just like the movie set and host a festival for all to enjoy. Sometimes the cast of the movie will even make appearances at the festival! Tickets aren’t cheap, as they are $45 for an adult ticket, but you’re sure to have an amazing time, and it’ll be a trip you never forget! We’ll pick you up on our way- don’t forget your costume!
This place has been on our bucket list for years, and maybe this year will be the year we FINALLY get to go! If you notice anything familiar about the surroundings, that’s because it is! Covington is one of the locations where they filmed one of our all-time favorite shows, The Vampire Diaries, and you can visit the set for yourself! Lockwood Mansion, Mystic Grille, the Gilbert house, even the Salvatore house sits within the confines of the little town. It’s almost like you get to become apart of the show, and we have no words to express just how badly we want to visit Mystic Falls. We hope you’re coming with us!
This one is for the paranormal junkies of the world. Another historic town in Georgia is Savannah, one of the earliest settlements in the state. It’s widely known as one of the oldest and most haunted places in America due to its age and history. There are haunted places nearly everywhere you turn, and if you think you can handle it, you can find many ghost tours to partake in. Just let us know which one, and we’ll meet you there.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
This small village in Hudson Valley is the setting of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and has the rep of being one the most haunted towns in America. One place in particular, if you’re looking for a good spook, is the Old Dutch Church. This is the site the Headless Horsman haunts in Irving’s tale, and whether it’s true or not, it’ll be one interesting place to visit! Due to its rising fame and popularity, the town always starts bustling around this time of year, but if you’re up for the trip, it’s so worth it! While you’re in New York, travel the short distance to Grand Central Station where more ghosts are waiting to be discovered- or are they?
Eastern State Penitentiary- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Many ghostbusters have toured this haunted state prison over the years. Ghostly evidence has been captured by many of the pro’s but also many non-ghosthunting individuals. The prison usually does an annual haunted house, but due to COVID, it’s been canceled this year. They are, however, still offering select daytime and nighttime tours, so if you’re looking for a fun and spooky adventure, hit up their website to book your tour! Who knows, maybe you’ll be the one to capture some of that ghost activity everyone is raving about.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is one happening place all year round, but if you’re looking to visit during the spookiest time of year, then you’re in luck! New Orleans may be more well known for their Mardi Gras festival, but we’re sure you’ve heard of their ghostly encounters someplace. The home of voodoo doesn’t fall short of its very own ghostly lores and legends, and you can even hop on a carriage for a haunted history ghost tour! That sounds like the ideal place for a spooky night out! Just don’t get cursed while there, always respect the spirits of those you encounter, and most importantly- don’t forget to have fun!
Las Vegas, Nevada
Are you surprised to see Vegas on the list? Las Vegas is known as a big tourist spot, and while many people think of gambling when they hear Vegas, as it turns out, the city is full of celebrity ghost hunts tourists can enjoy! The tours claim you could allegedly see the ghosts of Bugsy Siegel, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson, who all make regular appearances on these tours. This one, as intriguing as it sounds, is likely all for the tourism aspect. Nonetheless, we’re sure it’s still a fun, spooky adventure you can do with friends. Who knows, maybe you really WILL see the ghost of MJ moonwalking in your camera shot.
In Tombstone, the Wild, Wild West comes to life. It’s an old, western town used today for tourism purposes. You can watch gunfight re-enactments, visit the old Bird Cage Theatre where restless spirits are said to haunt, and step inside the old silver mine! Ghosts tours are offered regularly, but if the paranormal isn’t your thing, it’s still a historic town with museums available for your viewing pleasure. You get the opportunity to learn about the history of the town, including the likes of Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp and his brothers! Either way, it’s got a little bit of a spook factor perfect for this time of year.
There you have it, Honey Poppers: a quick tour guide on some of the spookiest and witchiest places to add to your Fall travel bucket list! Now, get on the road and make some memories!
Have you been to any of the places on our list? If so, where and what was your experience? If you haven’t, which place on our list are you dying to visit the most? Let us know in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP! You can also hit us up on Facebook and Instagram!
Be on the lookout for part two, where we travel across the ocean for some spooky international spots!
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