October is upon us, and you know what that means: ghosts and ghouls roaming around and scaring the daylights out of everyone. Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, there's no denying that Halloween is a fun day for people of all ages.
If you really want to get into the spirit (no pun intended) of the season, few places in the U.S. are better for spending All Hallow's Eve than these enchanting towns.
Considering how the Civil War's bloodiest battle happened in Gettysburg, it's no surprise that the area is brimming with stories about the restless dead. To learn more about them, join one of the many Gettysburg ghost tours or visit centers of paranormal activity like Devil's Den and Sachs Covered Bridge. Be sure to keep a camera handy in case a ghost says hi!
Although New Orleans is best known for its sumptuous seafood and its Mardi Gras Festival, it also has its fair share of ghost stories. For example, there's the infamous LaLaurie Mansion, which is supposedly haunted by Lady LaLaurie and the slaves she brutally tortured and murdered.
It's hard to talk about Salem without mentioning the witch trials, and vice versa. Between 1692 and 1693, 20 people (14 of whom were women) were executed for allegedly practicing witchcraft in this now sleepy little town.
Today, you can revisit that grisly era by getting into the 4-D Salem Time Machine or by playing a juror in the interactive play Cry Innocent: The People vs. Bridget Bishop. For more information on what to do in Salem during Halloween, check out their Haunted Happenings calendar.
Like New Orleans, Savannah is a seaport town with a checkered history. It's home to many haunted mansions, like the Sorrel Weed House, where you can go hunting for ghosts – complete with equipment! If you'd rather do something else, though, Savannah's got you covered with other sightseeing tours it has in excess.
At first glance, the Gold Brook Bridge looks like an ordinary covered bridge. But don't let that fool you: It's also home to the ghost of an unfortunate woman named Emily.
Depending on what version of the legend you hear, Emily either hung herself when her lover stood her up or fell off the bridge when she drove too fast toward the wedding of her unfaithful groom. Either way, be extra careful when crossing “Emily's Bridge,” lest the resident ghost take out her vengeance on you.
No matter where you spend your Halloween, pay close attention. You never know if you'll have a blink-and-you'll-miss-it encounter with a creature from the other world.
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