October 25, 2015 by

Halloween isn’t normally a holiday people consider traveling for. Probably because the majority of folks don’t get extra time of work. Or they just enjoy staying home and enjoying the one time of year it’s not totally creepy to hide in the bushes and jump out at their neighbors.

Just because it isn’t your first thought though, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a weekend getaway. Particularly if you or your loved ones are fans of, well, creepy things. There are plenty of locations around the country to explore to get your adrenaline pumping and spook-o-meeter ramped up.

Salem, MA

While it isn’t exactly the cleanest chapter in American history, there can be little doubt that the Salem witch trials of the 1690s were one of the most bizarre events to occur here. Most modern scholars agree that these were an example of mass hysteria rather than actual witchcraft, the trials have fired the imagination of visitors and residents for centuries.

While there aren’t any actual witches, Halloween is obviously a pretty big deal for Salem. Cruises, history themed activities and all sorts of spooky accoutrements are readily available. The colonial architecture of the town really helps to set the tone. And if you’re really interested, you can even go to hanging re-enactments.

Here’s a thing: we love halloween candy as much as the next group, but in Massachusetts, it’s illegal for candy of any stripe to contain more than 1% alcohol. It’s only a $100 fine if you get caught, but you’re probably better off just sticking to the bars if you want to have a drink. As long as you are over 21 of course. The bars in MA stay open until 2:00, so you’ve got plenty of time.


Heading out West for a moment, California is home to one of the biggest Halloween bashes in the country. And as an added bonus, it’s reasonably family friendly too. Hollywood’s Halloween Carnival is held in the street and draws 500,000+ visitors each year.

Santa Monica Boulevard is fully decked out with photo booths, vendors, and hauntings of all varieties. They’ve even got the world’s largest collection of serial killer artwork, if you’re into that sort of thing. (Though if you ask us, for some real serial killer history you should take the Weird Chicago tour and get down with some H. H. Holmes knowledge.)

Things aren’t so spook friendly in all of the Golden State however. If you were to travel around 7 hours north to Walnut Creek, you’d encounter one of the strangest Halloween laws on the books: individuals are not allowed to wear masks on the street without first obtaining a permit from the sheriff. We’d hope they have some sort of expedited process for getting through all those applicants this time of year.

That’s all we’ve got for Halloween this year. While not illegal, we still recommend staying away from: witches, broomsticks, black cats, ghosts, goblins, ghouls, zombies, (really just undead of any variety), and people who have invested to many jello eyeballs. Have a great weekend!

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