Isabella Quaid


Halloween in the United States is a once in a (after) lifetime experience. A plethora of events are planned for October 31 so make sure to get your share of scare this year by visiting these hot spots.

1. New Orleans, Louisiana

Dubbed “The Most Haunted City in the United States”, New Orleans has a reputation for throwing spectacular Halloween festivities. Combine the city’s reputation for voodoo with some of the best haunted and paranormal tours in the world and you have yourself the ultimate scare fest. While in New Orleans visit the annual Voodoofest in the French Quarter and head to Frenchmen Street for the biggest street party. If you want to see it all and do it all, New Orleans has got you covered.

2. New York City, New York

Celebrating Halloween in the city that never sleeps is bound to keep you up at night. The city is overflowing with activities including the infamous NYC Village Halloween Parade in Lower Manhattan. You are able to participate in the parade if in costume, but for those wanting to spectate, make sure you arrive early to get the best view on 6th avenue. For a more haunting experience head to a Crypt Crawl or ghost walk under the Cathedral of St. John the Divine – you never know who you will encounter. 


3. Salem, Massachusetts

Those with a thirst for the supernatural will enjoy the Halloween celebrations in Salem. Home to the notorious witch trails, visitors can go on guided tours of haunted spots, trail and hanging re-enactments as well as parades and a witch’s circle. Make sure you go to the Witch House Museum, once home to legendary trials Judge Jonathan Corwin.

4. Long Beach, California

For a unique Halloween experience, look no further than the Queen Mary cruise liner in Long Beach. The Dark Harbor attraction on the Queen Mary features haunted mazes, a 4D theatre, immersive attractions and live entertainment. Noted as one of the top 10 scariest places on earth, Dark Harbor celebrates both the horror and theatrical side to Halloween and is great for adults wanting a frightening night out. 

5. Orlando, Florida 

Universal Studios Hollywood transfers into a creepy wonderland that horror-movie fans will relish. Featuring interactive mazes, scare zones, rides and performances. This year the event will have American Horror Story and Walking Dead themed attractions that promise to thrill visitors. If you prefer to a more family-friendly experience, why not head over to Santa Monica Blvd for the annual Halloween Carnival, one of the biggest (free) events in West Hollywood. 


Happy Halloween planning for 2017! 


Isabella Quaid is the kind of traveller who spams her social media with photos pretending to hold up famous landmarks. With a goal to visit 25 countries before 25, follow her adventures as she aims to trot the globe, one country at a time.

The views, opinions and positions expressed by the author and those providing comments are theirs alone, and are meant as travel inspiration only. They do not reflect the opinions of Cover-More Insurance. You should always read the PDS available from your travel insurance provider to understand the limits, exclusions and conditions of your policy and to ensure any activities you undertake are covered by your policy.


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