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New Orleans calls itself the most haunted city in America, but there are plenty of other cities that have an eerie past of their own. If you are looking for a different place to spend the most spine-tingling time of the year, read our recommendations of the 5 most spooktacular cities in the USA!

Written by Corinne Hogge, Amelia Johnson, and Juliana Schnerr


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Savannah, Georgia

Take a trip to the haunted South. Savannah is known as a hub for the paranormal thanks to the spooky, devious + downright evil events that have taken place in the city. Come face to face with Civil War spirits that haunt the city or learn more about its dark history this Halloween season. Whatever you choose, Savannah has all the spooky fun you need this month!

Haunted Locations:

  • The Hamilton-Turner Inn was made famous by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Paranormal activities inside the inn include the sounds of children laughing, billiard balls rolling around on the upper floors and sightings of a strange, cigar-smoking man sitting on the roof.

  • Check-in if you dare at the Marshall House hotel which has been in operation since 1851, this hotel has been used as a hospital three times – once for Union soldiers and twice for 19th-century Yellow Fever epidemics, so guests have reported their fair share of paranormal experiences such as seeing ghosts in the hallways, hearing nonexistent running down the halls and faucets turning on by themselves.

Consider partaking in these events to get you into the spirit:

  • A Nightmare on Congress Street Halloween Bar Crawl

    Halloween themed charity bar crawl where you can move at your own pace as you stop at a number of Savannah’s top bars, pubs and lounges! Come in costume for your chance to win a $2,000 prize!

  • Ghosts + Gravestones Tour

    Join your gravedigger guide aboard the "Trolley of the Doomed" for an evening excursion through Savannah's darker side. Hear tales of murder and mayhem, stories of ghosts, ghouls and other mysterious happenings. Click here for even more ghost tour options!

  • Wormsloe Colonial Haunted Trail Tour

    Take a Halloween themed nighttime tour of the scenic trails of the Wormsloe Plantation! Your park ranger guide will teach you about the site’s spooky past and you might even spot a spirit beneath the oak trees and Spanish moss!


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Washington, D.C.

The United States’ capital is riddled with secrets, assassinations, + deceit that define the spooky stories we know and love during this season. Join in on pop up bars, ghost tours, and parties to experience the city as you’ve never have before!

Haunted Locations:

Check out these options when you visit D.C:

From September 21 - November 3, head to Six Flags America for thrills on + off the rides. With several haunted houses and ‘scare zones’ added just for the season, you’re sure to explore your fair share of nightmare material!

  • Night of the Living Zoo

    This 21+ event offers exclusive access to the National Zoo after hours while enjoying live entertainment, local food trucks, + craft brews. Make sure to wear your best costume to be entered into the annual Halloween contest! There is also, Boo at the Zoo for the family-oriented crowd. It often sells out quickly (and is already for 2019) - but be sure to keep it in mind for next year!

  • Nightmare on M Street

    Join DC’s biggest + best Halloween bar crawl on Saturday, October 26 for costumes, drink specials, contests, giveaways, and a whole lot of fun. This year is the 21st annual crawl, so don’t be fooled by imposters!

  • Soul Strolls

    Experience the history of the Congressional Cemetery through a guided twilight tour. Explore the stories + mysteries of the cemetery’s permanent residents while touring the hallowed ground!

  • Washington DC Ghost Tours

    Join a tour as guides explore some disturbing stories about Lafayette Square, the White House, The Hay-Adams hotel, and St. John's Church.


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San Francisco, California

Take a trip to historic San Fran for Halloween this year. A city with hippy vibes, a carefree attitude, + haunted buildings is a recipe for a perfect holiday. Dive into the eerie past of the Bay Area which may surprise you!

Haunted Locations:

  • Paranormal activity has been reported in two popular areas. The Presidio, a retired military base with a hospital and cemetery, has had visitors report seeing ghostly figures and army men lurking the property. At Alcatraz, some say they've heard voices from within cell walls and seen figures walking through cellblocks. Check them out + let us know what (or rather, who) you find!

  • Every aspect of the Nob Hill Hotel screams “paranormal” from the room decor that calls back to the high-end stylings of the original period of the hotel to the more than 20 ghosts that have apparently visited travelers over the last 100 years of business.

Our top picks for Halloween in San Fran:

  • The San Francisco Dungeon

    Enjoy this spooky 60-minute journey through San Francisco's past from the Gold Rush to Alcatraz, mixing of 9 live actor shows, 200 years of history, + authentic storytelling with special haunts added specifically for the Halloween season!

  • Mission Dolores Cemetery

    Adjacent to the oldest building in the city, this cemetery is the final resting place for numerous First Californians, notable California pioneers, + famous San Franciscans. Fun fact: Alfred Hitchcock filmed a scene of Vertigo here!

  • Chinatown Ghost Tour

    Roam gambling houses, narrow streets, and dark alleys while learning the tormented and storied past of one of the country’s largest + oldest Chinatown districts.

  • Rocky Horror Picture Show live at the Clay Theater

    Travel to Transexual Transylvania to watch the Halloween favorite The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a live “shadow cast” at the Clay Theater. Participate with the rest of the audience while dancing to the Time Warp + singing to the rest of the iconic soundtrack!


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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The birthplace of our nation is also the birthplace of many ghostly stories and makes one of the country’s oldest cities a great place to celebrate Halloween. A rich history beginning before the country’s inception, Philadelphia is known to be haunted. Travel to this East Coast city to take in the fall foliage, go on a ghost tour, + party the night away!

Haunted Locations:

  • Christ Church Burial Grounds is the current resting place of Ben Franklin. Some reports say that he steals pocket change and throws pennies at visitors. Grumblethrope is another haunted location that is said to be haunted by a general that died during the Battle of Germantown. The living room floor still shows the bloodstain where General Agnew died from a sniper’s bullet!

  • Cornerstone Bread and Breakfast was built in 1870 in University City and now welcomes guests to stay. Visitors report seeing a female apparition and smelling a floral perfume scent. Some even reported that they felt something sitting on the edge of the bed in the middle of the night!

Our picks for Halloween festivities in Philly:

  • Terror Behind the Walls

    Terror Behind the Walls is a night of horror and haunts at the already spooky Eastern State Penitentiary. Try not to scream as you run from zombie prisoners, deranged nurses and a whole collection of ghosts and ghouls!

  • The Devil’s Crawl

    Enjoy no cover charge, unbeatable drink specials and costume contests as you make your way through over 50 of the best nightlife spots in the city! You can also check out this event if you are in Arlington, TX or Baltimore, MD.

  • South Street Pumpkin Fest

    Get in the Halloween spirit at this day-long fall festival offering everything from seasonal food, to live music, a hay maze, and horse and wagon rides!

  • Mischief at the Mutter Museum

    This unsettling museum of medical oddities becomes even spookier at its annual Mischief Party where you’ll enjoy a themed dinner and scary surprises and a costume contest among all the guests.

  • Halloween Pop-Up Bars

    If nothing else, be sure to check out not one, but two Halloween themed pop-up bars around town. What does that mean exactly? They are only around for a terrifyingly short time — so don’t miss out!


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Seattle, Washington

Travel to the PNW for Halloween fun! Seattle makes our list for one of the spookiest cities to celebrate the holiday due to its dark + dynamic past. Enjoy the mountainous scenery as you get down with the pioneer spirits that founded the city!

Haunted Locations:

Pike Place Market is apparently a popular hotspot for the living and the dead. An astonishing amount of visitors have claimed to have seen sightings of various apparitions. These sitings range from a Native American princess that still resides in her cabin that the market was built on to a ghost of a lady barber that would sing to her clients + rob them. Even if you do not believe in ghosts, the stories behind them are worth checking out!

Sorrento Hotel is a boutique hotel that has been called one of “the most haunted hotels in the world” . It is supposedly haunted by the ghost of a woman named Alice Toklas and her favorite spot to go is room 408!

Join in on these events during the month of October:

  • Pioneer Square Haunted Pub Tour

    Learn + explore the real paranormal stories of haunted Seattle on this top rated tour! Party with the city’s spirits while visiting some of Seattle’s most haunted drinking establishments!

  • This Is Halloween

    A fun, twisted, + dark adaptation of Tim Burton’s Halloween Classic, the Nightmare Before Christmas. Boasting live orchestral music, vocal performances, + video projections, this live action show has two showings: one for people 17+ and another for 21+.  

  • Tarot Card Reading at Hotel Sorrento

    Travel to the historic Hotel Sorrento + receive a professional tarot card reading in their Fireside Lounge. Explore your future of love, loss, + opportunities as you enjoy the hotel’s cozy atmosphere while sipping a cocktail!  

  • Halloween at Woodland Park Zoo

    Enjoy the yearly pumpkin bash at the zoo! Spend a day watching all of your favorite animals get in the holiday spirit with varying pumpkin feeding times throughout the day!


Portland, Oregon

Beneath the cobblestoned streets of Portland's Old Town lies the legend of the Shanghai Tunnels, passageways that swirl with dark tales and hauntings. As the story goes, men who came to Portland to work—sailors, loggers, cowboys, and others—were "shanghaied," or kidnapped through trapdoors in saloons, smuggled through the tunnels to the waterfront, and sold to sea captains. A recent episode of Ghost Adventures on the Travel Channel explored this mysterious Portland underground.

Haunted Locations: 

Go below Old Town Pizza on a Beyond Bizarre Ghost Tour and use ghost-hunter equipment to locate Nina, a tunnel spirit. The Cascade Geographic Society leads Shanghai Tunnels tours that start at the haunted Hobo's Restaurant in Old Town. The McMenamins' White Eagle Saloon & Rock 'n' Roll Hotel above one of Portland's oldest bars. Locals say the basement tunnels were used for shanghaiing drunken patrons.

Halloween festivities:

Is it your dream to see costumed characters paddle down a river in GIGANTIC pumpkins? Lucky for you, you can make this dream a reality. The Giant Pumpkin Regatta is one of the northwest’s most anticipated events. As if these 1000 pound pumpkins weren’t enough, they also have pumpkin golf, pumpkin bowling, and a pumpkin pie eating contest! Admission is free so you will not be spooked by the prices.

Want to be transported to a creepy mansion from the Victorian era? Be chased by clowns? Pretend you are escaping from an infectious disease? Go to a wholesome family-oriented haunted house? With four different options, the Underhill Haunted House is great for all types of scares!


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Where are your favorite haunted places to visit across the US?

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