Who doesn’t love Halloween? It’s a fun time for both kids and adults to enjoy. From Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and Costume Contests to terrifying Haunted Houses those who enjoy Halloween are a very diverse group. And, despite what kids think, it’s not all about Trick-or-Treating. No, there are many wild Halloween Events across the nation that cater to every possible Halloween desire. Following is a list of 6 best Halloween events in the US!
Personally, I love Halloween because I have an insatiable sweet tooth. Now that I’m too old to go trick-or-treating, I have a plethora of kids who are either well within the acceptable age or who at least look as though they are.
Until recently, I was content to simply trick-or-treat. But literally, I’ve spent 43 years of doing the exact same thing on Oct 31. I’m feeling the need to mix things up these days. As a full time traveler, I’m blessed to have friends across the country, so I turned to them for their advice and expertise on the Best Halloween Events in the US.
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Feast your eyes on these epic and the utterly Best Halloween Events in the US.
1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa – Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Dubbed as America’s most haunted hotel, the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa is located on 15 acres in Eureka Springs, Arkansas and boasts quite the spooky history. Eureka Springs has been featured on shows like Haunted Road Trips, The Today Show, Ghost Hunters, and My Ghost Story because of the supposed paranormal activity. It’s easy to see why it made the short list of the best Halloween Events in the US.
With Haunted Shows, Ghost Tours, a Zombie Parade and so much more, there is something for everyone. The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa offers its own set of Haunted Shows, Ghost Tours, and.Ghost Stories. They even hold a special Halloween Seance and more.
13 Stories Haunted House – Atlanta, GA
So, there’s a rumor that there is a haunted house in Atlanta that is so scary, so terrifying, so unspeakable, that you need to sign a waiver in order to enter.
Right there, count me out.
I don’t want to be touched, and the waiver specifically states that during the Sacrifice Haunt, within the 13 Stories Haunted House, you may be “pushed, pulled, shocked, wet, yelled at and worse!” My older kids are totally down for this type of nonsense, but I am not.
However, on a lesser scale of terrifying is the original 13 Stories Haunted House. Terrifying, yes, physically and mentally tormenting, no. As for age limits … there are none. But, I think it is reasonable to proceed with caution as it’s described as “intense.”
After all, 13 Stories Haunted House was voted as the Best Extreme Haunted House Attraction in the US. This distinction is why it made my Best Halloween Events in the US list.
Paxton Manor – Leesburg, VA
I grew up in the DC area. I find myself in awe that I have never been to this “scary as heck” haunt. But, in my defense, Halloween was always about the candy.
Paxton Manor has the distinction of being Northern Virginia’s only real Haunted House and is known as the destination for Halloween entertainment in Leesburg, Virginia as well as the entire DC area.
Although Paxton Manor is famous for its Halloween attractions, it is also well documented for paranormal activity. Leesburg, VA — from Algonquin Indians practicing shamanic rituals to the ghosts of dead soldiers. The Battle of Ball’s Bluff during the Civil War even occurred here. Paxton Manor is the ideal spot for a Haunted House and it definitely earns its distinction as one of the Best Halloween Events in the US.
Paxton Manor’s two haunted attractions are not for the faint of heart, as the organizers have rated this annual event as “PG-13 Scary Fun.”
The Ohio State Reformatory
I am a history buff and equally fascinated by prison culture. Not fascinating in a “wish I could be there” way, but more of a psychological way. So, when I heard about this place I knew it had to make the best Halloween Events in the US list!
The Ohio State Reformatory is open year round featuring many tours, shows, even programs. There are Educational Visits, a Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, paranormal programs and more.
After browsing the various tours, I was intrigued to see the “Inmate Tour.” This tour is given by Michael Humphrey, who spent 14 months behind bars at the Ohio State Reformatory! He leads you through a normal day for an inmate and relays stories that will stick with him the rest of his life…definitely worth visiting for this alone!
But, at Halloween time, there is “Escape From Blood Prison,” the Ohio State Reformatory’s crack at a haunted experience, for 13 years and older and be prepared to prove your child’s age.
It may be the best Halloween Event in the US, but the Ohio State Reformatory must be acclaimed as a destination year round!
The Furnace Tour – Birmingham, AL
Featured on Ghost Hunters, USA Today, Fox’s Scariest Places on Earth, Beyond Chance on Lifetime, Sports Illustrated and more, Sloss Furnace is documented as a paranormal wasteland and visitors flocks here year round. See why it made the Best Halloween Events in the US list? It has REAL ghosts!
But, during Halloween, they take it to the next level. Floss Fright Furnace takes you to otherwise closed to the public areas, including the Boiler Room, known for its extremely active paranormal activity. There is a 3D maze, you will see killer clowns and according to the website, you will “run from deranged serial killers, crawl through cockroaches, and try to escape chainsaw wielding hillbillies.”
All ages are welcome, but proceed with caution when it comes to your children!
NetherWorld Haunted House – Atlanta, GA
Possibly the most famous Halloween Events on our list as it has been recognized by Yahoo!, Travel Channel, Top Haunts Magazine and more. With two terrifying attractions, plus an Escape Room, there really is something for everyone here, which is why it is wildly thought of as one of the best Halloween Events in the US.
Netherworld has two Haunts. Primal Scream, where nature takes revenge upon the evil of the world. And, Mr. Grendel’s 3D Funhouse of Horrors, where you don 3D glasses and crazy clowns, scary monsters and weird aliens abound!
Netherworld Haunted House is open to everyone 5 years of age and older, but extreme caution should be exercised when bringing young kids!