Halloween is just around to corner. Too old for trick-or-treating? Been through the haunted houses in your town?
We’ve rounded up a list of the spookiest cities in the U.S. that offer lots to see and explore during Halloween season. Whether you stay in a haunted hotel, take part in a festival, or go on a ghost tour, these destinations won’t disappoint.
Take a spooky getaway for Halloween this year to one of these haunted places in the U.S. for a scary good time.
Cemeteries and Ghosts in Savannah
Savannah is known nationwide as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S., and the city embraces it. Its tourism website even highlights the most haunted places to visit on your next trip!
Don’t miss Hamilton-Turner Inn from the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, a personal favorite. Visit the Marshall House, a hotel that was used as a hospital, and eat at The Pirates’ House restaurant. The most haunted place in Savannah just might be Moon River Brewing Co., but you’ll have to see for yourself.
Want to learn more about Savannah’s haunted history and explore the city while you do? The best way to learn and explore is on a walking tour with a local guide. Here are some of the top-rated Airbnb Experiences in Savannah for ghost tours:
- Fraidy Cat haunted history and ghost walk
- Savannah folklore tour with Mr. Bones
- Ole Bones Cemetery Preservation Tour
Want some spooky accommodations? Stay at the Kehoe House. Once a funeral home, it is now a famous bed-and-breakfast with a spooky history. Don’t stay in room #203 if you’re easily frightened…
Want to see Savannah beyond these spooky attractions? Check out our full guide to exploring Savannah!
While getting to Savannah can often cost over well $300 roundtrip, if you time it right, you can score a deal. Just this past month we discovered a nationwide flash sale to Savannah (SAV) from nearly every U.S. airport for as low as $116 roundtrip!
The fare war to Savannah didn’t stop there. A few days later, we found a price drop on flights from Detroit (DTW) and Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) under $100 roundtrip for October through next summer – including spooky season.
This flight deal is already gone, but you can get the next one with Thrifty Traveler Premium!
Go Voodoo in New Orleans
New Orleans has been home to voodoo history and traditions since the 1700s. So if you’re looking for a spooky time, head this way: There’s no shortage of history to learn, haunted tours to take, and festivals to partake in during this haunted holiday.
Haven’t made it to Mardi Gras yet? Get a taste of the fun in October with Krewe of Boo. This is a kid-friendly parade with spooky costumes and awesome trinkets tossed out to the crowds.
There’s no shortage of voodoo history walks and tours in New Orleans. Here are a few Airbnb Experiences to get your search started:
- Cemetery, history, and WTF is voodoo tour
- Hoodoo, Voodoo, and a bottle of rum
- The Haunted AF French Quarter tour
- Ghost, voodoo, and vampire walking tour
- New Orleans true crime experience
- and more!
Whichever tour you choose, make sure you get a chance to go in the LaLaurie Mansion, which was home to the infamous serial killer Madame LaLaurie. Check out the New Orleans Historic Voodoo Museum for more voodoo history.
There’s so much more to New Orleans than voodoo! Stay fueled up in New Orleans at some of our favorite spots to eat in the city.
Is New Orleans now on your Halloween bucket list? We don’t blame you. And luckily, cheap flights to the Big Easy come around every few months.
Take a look at this recent flight deal we found and sent to Thrifty Traveler Premium members, available nearly nationwide from $96 roundtrip:
Witch Haunts in Salem
We can’t talk spooky U.S. destinations without mentioning Salem, Massachusetts. It’s the home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials, and this town has fully embraced its haunted past.
In fact, they have a whole calendar of events to celebrate the spooky season in October. Check out the Haunted Happenings festival: take the Ghosts & Legends Trolley, visit haunted houses, watch live music and spooky theatrical performances, and so much more. Haunted Happenings brings more than 250,000 people to Salem each year. Salem also hosts Festival of the Dead, with psychic readings and Halloween balls galore.
To revisit what you learned in middle school history class, head to the Salem Witch Trials museum. If you’re looking for more folklore, join this Airbnb Experience for a history walk: History and hauntings with a local.
And if you’re flying in and out of Boston, there’s more haunted fun to be had. Join this tour to cap off your spooky trip: Harvard Square ghost tour.
Stay at the Omni Parker House, the oldest continuously operated hotel in the country (and plenty haunted). Boston’s oldest cemetery is just across the street. Stay the night at your own risk, but you won’t be able to stay in room #303: it was turned into a storage closet due to haunting complaints from guests.
Make a long weekend out of your Halloween visit by flying into and spending some time in Boston, just an hour south. We’ve seen some exceptionally cheap fares to Boston lately, including October and Halloween availability from $76 roundtrip!
Don’t miss the next deal we find: get flight deal alerts from your home airport(s) with Thrifty Traveler Premium.
Have we completely creeped you out yet? If you made it this far, you’re likely a fellow scary movie fanatic and haunted house goer. Make your Halloween (or any time of the year!) extra memorable and visit one of these haunted places in the U.S.