The Best Places To Spend Halloween.

The Best Places To Spend Halloween.

Halloween is and always has been my favorite day of the whole year. I am, as Ray Bradbury puts it so eloquently, an autumn person through and through. It’s like I’m asleep all year and then when the first leaves start to fall, I wake up. I wish I was being literal when I say that, I really could use that long of a nap lol. Anyways, in celebration of the best day ever coming up TOMORROW – here are all the places that I wish I could spend Halloween. When you get done reading, tell me what are some of the places you wish you could spend Halloween!

“For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eye? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth….Such are the autumn people.” – Ray Bradbury

Where I Want To Spend Halloween

St. Helens’, Oregon

Right now, St. Helens’ Oregon is currently number one on my wishlist of places to visit on Halloween. Why? Well… starting on October 1st, the entire town of St. Helens’ brings the Disney Movie, Halloweentown, to life. Which happens to be my favorite Disney movie so I NEED to go. Apparently, the city builds a life-sized replica of the movie set. YES PLEASE. Just check this article out to get a serious desire to book the next flight to St. Helens’.

Halloweentown movie.

Photo Credit: Disney

Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights

So every year in the month of October (as well as the end of September and the beginning of November), Universal Studios Hollywood hosts ‘Halloween Horror Nights‘. Visit their website to learn more about the attractions. While this is definitely not child-friendly, I still recommend checking this out. I was lucky enough to attend this a few years ago and it was SO MUCH FUN. Also the most terrifying experience I have ever experienced but if it wasn’t, what’s the point? And I badly want to do it again. I think I need to plan a trip soon…

Related:   The Muggle's Guide To Universal's Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Where I want to spend Halloween.. Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

Photo Credit: Universal Studios Hollywood

Salem, Massachusetts

When I was younger, I was convinced I was a witch (and I’m still kind of convinced, which is why I dress as a witch every year lol).  I wanted to move to Salem almost as badly as I wanted to attend school at Hogwarts. I would’ve been happy either way. Though I haven’t lost the desire to attend Hogwarts (and I kinda sorta did at Universal Studios..), my desire to visit Salem exponentially increases around Halloween. Speaking of witches and Salem… Every year there’s the Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball. Yaaaaaas.

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Where I want to spend Halloween... Salem, MA.

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Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania

You all have heard of Count Dracula, I’m sure. Did you know that he was based on a real person? Vlad The Impaler was the prince of Wallachia who was known for his… bloodthirsty ways. Spooky, huh? There’s still an aura of mystery surrounding Transylvania and I would love to check it out, especially during Halloween. Dracula’s Castle is actually a real place that you can explore either on your own or in a guided group.

Where I want to spend Halloween... Dracula's Castle

Photo Credit: Romania Tourism


Of course, I want to visit Ireland on Halloween – it is the place where Halloween was invented after all! It was first known as Samhain and folklore says that it’s the time of the year when the souls of the departed would return to their former homes and when potentially malevolent spirits were released from the Otherworld and were visible to mankind. Creepy! Nowadays, the Irish celebrate Samhain by hosting the world’s largest party in Derry. Sounds like something I want to be a part of!

Where I want to spend Halloween... Samhain in Ireland

Photo Credit: Irish Central

Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

I’ve talked about Estes Park before on here. One of the coolest things that I’ve done was tour the beautiful (and haunted) Stanley Hotel. It was stunning and if I could, I would permanently live there. If you didn’t know, Stephen King was staying at the Stanley while he wrote The Shining.

Related:   Denver Travel Guide
Where I want to spend Halloween... Stanley Hotel in Este's Park, Colorado

Photo Credit: Jenna Schlapkohl

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Halloween has always been my favorite day of the whole year. Here's a list of all the places where I want to spend Halloween! Where are your places?
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Bri is the Harry Potter obsessed founder of Wondering & Wandering. When she's not blogging or traveling, you can usually find her in bed with a good book and a glass of wine.

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