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If You Call Yourself a Halloween Superfan, You Must Visit These 5 Towns
by Jessica Kleinschmidt
Halloween is just around the corner and while some may slip into a simple costume and greet trick-or-treaters at the door, some may want to take a more adventurous route.
There are so many towns across the U.S. that pushes the Halloween envelope a little bit more than costumes and cocktails. Here are five of them.
We know the Northwest is dripping in some of the most breathtaking foliage, but around the Seattle area, there are a few more events that makes the October holiday a bit more fun.
In October, “Thrill the World” puts on a Michael Jackson “Thriller” performance. The group practices throughout the autumn months and performs the dance on October 29th. The best part? The dance is performed worldwide. If you want to see the performance in Seattle, it takes place at the Artspace Hiawatha Lofts.
You can experience a beer crawl, or take it to the next level with an Oktoberfest at the Washington State Fair.
According to Seattle Pipeline, you can also experience the “Georgetown Morgue.” I can almost guarantee I would not want to attend that.
St. Helens, Oregon
Remember the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown? We all have a best friend who claims that as his/her favorite, so I can guarantee you have heard of it. Well, you can take that best friend to Oregon to experience Halloweentown in real life.
In St. Helens, Oregon, at the beginning of October you can experience the cult classic “in the town where Halloween never sleeps.” In the Old Town District you can attend the haunted town tour and most importantly witness the lighting of The Great Pumpkin.
Carson City, Nevada
Nevada’s capital city (no, it’s not Las Vegas or Reno) also has plenty of Halloween events to attend. The cute little town hosts a pumpkin patch and a scavenger hunt as well as Halloween karaoke.
You can go on the Ghost Walk Tour by Bats in the Belfry at the end of the month around the historic Virginia City. It’s creepy, so come prepared.
You can take a look at some of the photos on their website. Don’t be surprised if you see something out of the ordinary.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you don’t know how wild New Orleans can be during Halloween, just take a look at New Orleans Online. They say it is “second only to Mardi Gras for a wild and crazy kind of fun.”
The distinction with the haunted tours is taken to a new level when you check out the voodoo shops in the area. “The spirit of Marie Laveau, the High Priestess of 19th century New Orleans, can still be felt in the vibes that surround you in some of these shops. You might even learn a few spells and mystical incantations,” says the site.
The 3-D parade called the “Krewe of Boo” will set your trip over the top. It’s definitely a bucket list type of trip.
This event is not for the faint of heart.
During the annual “Frightened Felons” event at the Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise, you can tour the “only haunted cell” in the town. Along with adult beverages and hot cocoa, you get to interact with actors posing as prisoners.
Throughout the year you can also go on cemetery and night tours. Discover the unmarked graves and why some names “cannot be found in any prison register.”