When it comes to Halloween, some cities go above and beyond in their celebrations. If you’re looking for a not-so-mainstream experience, or considering using your miles on a spooky getaway, here are ten of the top cities known for their Halloween festivities.
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Halloween Cities To Visit With Miles Or Points (Top 10)
1. Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Salem’s witch trial history is palpable in its atmospheric streets. Throughout October, the Salem Witch Museum, the Witch House, and other historical sites provide deeper insights into the tragic events of 1692. There are also numerous haunted happenings like ghost tours, midnight séances, and dramatic reenactments.
- Nearest Major Airport: Boston Logan International Airport (BOS)
2. New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Besides the renowned haunted tours of the French Quarter, the city offers voodoo ceremonies, visits to the eerie above-ground cemeteries, and the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience, a major music festival.
- Nearest Major Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
3. Derry, Northern Ireland
Beyond the Halloween Carnival, Derry’s historic walls and old buildings provide a spooky backdrop. Ghost tours and haunted walks through the city are particularly popular.
- Nearest Major Airport: City of Derry Airport (LDY) or Belfast International Airport (BFS)
4. Mexico City, Mexico
The Day of the Dead isn’t just about parades; families set up colorful altars adorned with marigold flowers, sugar skulls, and photos of the departed. The combination of remembrance and celebration is touching and visually striking.
- Major Airport: Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
5. Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA
The Old Dutch Church and its adjacent graveyard (where the Headless Horseman supposedly lurked) are must-visits. Philipsburg Manor also transforms into a haunted landscape.
- Nearest Major Airport: Westchester County Airport (HPN) or New York City airports (JFK, LGA, EWR)
6. Edinburgh, Scotland
The city’s dark history includes tales of witches burned at the stake, the hauntingly beautiful Greyfriars Kirkyard, and the underground vaults. The Edinburgh Dungeon provides a theatrical experience of the city’s macabre past.
- Major Airport: Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
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7. Keene, New Hampshire, USA
The Keene Pumpkin Festival boasts tens of thousands of lit jack-o’-lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere. The festival also includes fireworks, music, and pumpkin-themed activities.
- Nearest Major Airport: Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT)
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8. Anoka, Minnesota, USA
Claiming to be the first city in the U.S. to host a Halloween parade in the 1920s, Anoka’s celebrations include pumpkin carving contests, spooky house decorating, and even a royal ambassador program.
- Nearest Major Airport: Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP)
9. Long Beach, California, USA
The Queen Mary ship, rumored to be one of the most haunted places in the U.S., transforms into Dark Harbor, with mazes, monsters, and eerie tales of the ship’s history.
- Nearest Major Airport: Long Beach Airport (LGB) or Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
10. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague’s stunning Gothic and Romanesque architecture sets the mood. While Halloween isn’t traditionally celebrated, the ancient Prague Castle, the haunting tales of the Jewish Quarter, and the Astronomical Clock’s parade of apostles offer a unique charm.
- Major Airport: Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
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