Halloween is one of the best times of the year to get out of the house and find something different to do. You’d be hard pressed to find a corn maze around Easter, and there’s hardly any point at all in hunting vampires in July. Here’s a rundown of things you can do to make the most of October and the spooky season.
Haunted Happenings in Salem, MA
Salem wasn’t the only place to hold witch trials, but it’s the most famous. Whether you’re seriously into the Wicca thing or you just want to see masses of people dressed up and eating caramel apples, Salem is a great place to spend the holiday. There are arts and crafts, haunted houses, psychics, games, and even a pirate museum. Yar! I spent a couple of Halloweens here when I was a student in Boston, and it was always a good time.
Voodoo and Beignets in New Orleans
For a truly terrifying trip, why not combine a graveyard adventure with vampires and voodoo down south in New Orleans and see how the city’s doing? Learn more about gris-gris and the voodoo priestess who made it famous (Marie Laveau), or visit Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant, NOLA (Sure, the food is heavenly, but those prices? Terrifying!). Catch some jazz in the French Quarter to mellow out afterward, and use your ISIC for discounts on tours, lodging, and meals.
All Over the Map
Want to get chased around in the dark by evil scarecrows and small children with sticky hands? (The horror!) Try one of 600 corn mazes in North America, or use www.hauntedhouseonline.com to find a haunted place near you.
Go to Jail
When I think about ways to give myself nightmares, sleeping in a haunted jail ranks pretty high on the list. Spend a few nights at the Ottawa Jail Hostel and see how much shuteye you get. Have a few drinks at their new Mugshots bar if you think it will help.
Sun and Rum
If you prefer to plan ahead, check out Fantasy Fest 2010 in Key West, Florida, where “Predators and Prey Come out to Play”. Held from October 22 through 31, the Fantasy Fest will include street parties, costume balls, beach games, a pet parade, plus all the usual spring breakish activities, but you get to wear a mask.
Finally, if none of these suggestions work for you, well, you can go to Hell. (It’s in Michigan.)