Fall is when the magic happens! So many incredible things occur in fall: leaves changing, pumpkins, apple cider, caramel apples, cool weather, sweaters, crisp autumn air, pumpkin spice drinks, Halloween and the magic leading up to the holiday season.
Whether you are looking for the best destinations for Halloween decorations, fantastic pumpkin patches, or fall travel to see beautiful foliage, here are the "Top 5 Halloween and Fall Travel Destinations in the U.S."
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5. New Orleans
New Orleans just screams partying, good times and fun. This city is also often considered one of the most haunted cities in America, New Orleans showcases their "haunted hotels" and attractions and also, the "Krewe of Boo" parade during the Halloween season. If you are looking for more family-friendly options you have: Museum Mash, with fun games at the Louisiana Children's Museum and the Halloween Spooktacular Family concert with music and costumes. For a spookier option, check out a ghost tour in the historic French Quarter.
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4. Sleepy Hollow, New York
Sleepy Hollow is a village in the town of Mount Pleasant, in Westchester County, New York. The village is located on the east bank of the Hudson River and from late September through November, New York's historic Hudson Valley embraces its most famous tale of the Headless Horseman with the Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze. This is an over the top, holiday light display; imagine switching out Christmas lights for pumpkins, and you can get a sense of Blaze. Meander through an 18th-century landscape and discover a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns—all designed and hand-carved on site by a team of artisans!
3. Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farms (Southern California)
The Southern California town of Buena Park transforms into "Boo-uena" Park for fall events that include the longest-running theme park Halloween party in the U.S.. Knott's Berry Farm offered the first-ever Halloween event when it transformed into Knott's Scary Farm 45 years ago; now the largest such event, it includes mazes and an interactive zombie experience. A family-friendly option is Knott's Spooky Farm. Near Buena Vista, families can also visit Disneyland to enjoy Mickey's Halloween Party and the first-ever Halloween events at the Disney California Adventure theme park including: Cars Land "Haul-O-Ween" and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark.
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2. Anoka, Minnesota
Anoka, is known as the "Halloween capital of the world," this lively community has made it it mission to provide everyone in town with fun ways to celebrate the holiday since the 1920s. Anoka, Minnesota is believed to be the first city in the United States to put on a Halloween celebration to divert its youngsters from Halloween pranks. When Anokans awoke to find their cows roaming Main Street, their windows soaped and their outhouses tipped over, they decided something had to be done, In 1920, George Green and other Anoka civic leaders suggested the idea of a giant celebration. Nowadays, volunteers organize scarecrow contests, balls and parties, scavenger hunts, runs, bonfires, and parades galore.
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1. Salem, Massachusetts
The notorious setting of the 1692 Salem witch trials, when nearly 20 women and men were found guilty of practicing witchcraft, Salem appeals to travelers seeking real-life holiday magic. The Salem Witch Museum helps visitors understand the original perceptions of witchcraft, interpretation of witches and the "witch hunt" phenomenon that continues today. A festive celebration of Halloween and fall in New England. Salem Haunted Happenings invites you to experience a unique one of a kind Halloween experience. These include the Grand Parade and Family Film Nights on Salem Common, to ghost tours, haunted houses, ghost tours and so much more.
So, whether you are looking for some good old-fashioned Halloween fun, or a beautiful fall leaves destination, we hope you enjoy your Top 5 Fall Travel Destinations.