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Scottsdale, Ariz., from $59 per room per night
Scottsdale is home to Rawhide, a Western theme park that hosts an annual Doomtown event. Expect two haunted houses, a special Halloween stunt show, plus the regularly scheduled fun: mechanical-bull rides, burro rides, gold panning, and more. Looking for lodging? The Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has a handy search engine. We found the Ramada Limited Scottsdale for $59 per room per night in October.

When: Doomtown runs Wednesdays-Sundays through Nov. 2, 2008.

Details: Admission to Rawhide and Doomtown is free; attractions and shows require tickets. An unlimited one-day pass ($15 separately) plus admission to both haunted houses ($12 each separately) is $23. The hotel rate does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

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Beaufort, N.C., from $85 per room per night
This coastal town has a few haunted spots, such as the Old Burying Ground, whose graves date back to 1731 (there's even a young girl buried in a rum keg). An hour-long ghost walk includes the Hammock House, once the home of the pirate Blackbeard. The Inlet Inn has rates starting at $85 per room per night with a room-service breakfast.

When: Tours through Nov. 2, 2008; by reservation only. Hotel rate is ongoing.

Details: The ghost tour costs $15 per person. The hotel rate does not include taxes of 12 percent. Based on single or double occupancy.

Contact: 800/554-5466,

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Sunapee, N.H., from $105 per room per night
Granite State Vacations, a coalition of New Hampshire inns, is offering a few spooky-themed deals. One that caught our eye was the Halloween Jacks and Bags package at the Blue Acorn Inn in Sunapee, about an hour northwest of Concord. Accommodations, breakfast daily, and some special events (a Halloween show, pumpkin carving, and the decorating of trick-or-treat bags) are included. As a bonus, if you stay two nights, you get 50 percent off the third night. Rates start at $105 per room per night.

When: Events are scheduled for Oct. 25, 2008. The hotel rate is available on an ongoing basis.

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Details: Does not include taxes of 8 percent. Based on double occupancy; single occupancy rates are available by request.

Contact: 603/863-1144,

Road Trip: New Hampshire, Old Haunts

Newport, R.I., from $135 per room per night
The Admiral Fitzroy Inn's Dinner With a Side of Ghost package includes accommodations, two tickets to Ghost Tours of Newport (a $36 value), a surprise Halloween gift, and breakfast daily. On the tour, you can learn about the drumbeat that people still claim to hear in the town's Blood Alley (yes, that's its real name). Rates start at $135 per room per night, or $270 for the required two-night stay.

When: Through Oct. 31, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent. Based on double or single occupancy. Requires a two-night stay. Price is based on midweek accommodations; for weekends, add $32 per room per night.

Contact: 866/848-8780,

Newark, Ohio, from $144 per room per night
The Cherry Valley Lodge has a few festive packages. CoCo's Halloween Week package includes accommodations and four passes to CoCo Key Water Resort (each a $35 value), which throws a CoCoWeen party with trick-or-treating and costume and coloring contests. You'll also get a goodie bag and two $5 arcade cards. The lodge has an arcade, basketball courts, free bike rentals, and in-room refrigerators, and is about 50 minutes outside of Columbus. Rates start at $144 per room per night, which is $15 off the regular room rate.

When: Oct. 24-Nov. 2, 2008.

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Details: All taxes included. Based on quad occupancy.

Contact: 800/788-8008,

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New York City, from $299 per room per night
This October, 70 Park Avenue Hotel is offering a Drop Dead Rate that covers accommodations, a bucket of candy upon check-in (good for kids), and a complimentary wine hour in the evenings (good for you). The hotel has activities planned for Halloween day, including a pumpkin-carving contest judged by guests. Rates start at $299 per room per night, a savings of almost 35 percent off normal October rates.

When: Through Oct. 31, 2008.

Details: Does not include taxes of 13 percent. Based on single or double occupancy. Use promo code DDR.

Contact: 877/707-2752,

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  1. Bran Castle

    Bran Castle, Dracula's castle, in fog, Transylvania. (Gavin Quirke / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. The Myrtles Plantation

    Now a bed and breakfast, this antebellum estate northwest of Baton Rouge has been called "America's Most Haunted Home." Reported phenomena include an oil portrait whose features become animated, a "bloody handprint" on the adjacent wall, and doors that open and close by themselves. (Courtesy of The Myrtles Plantation) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Pfister Hotel

    Built in 1893, the Pfister is the most regal address in Milwaukee, Wis., having hosted every U.S. president since William McKinley and scores of celebrities. But rumors abound that late at night, the spirit of hotel founder Charles Pfister, who died in 1927, arrives to check in. Some guests report hearing strange noises and having paranormal experiences. (Morry Gash / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Alcatraz

    The former maximum security facility on an island in San Francisco Bay was once home to Al Capone and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. It is no longer used as a prison, but visitors and tour guides have claimed to hear screams, slamming cell doors, and footsteps. (Robyn Beck / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Amityville house

    The house at 112 Ocean Avenue, Amityville, New York, gained infamy in a best-selling book and several movies. Former owners reported creaking noises, voices, the music of a full marching band in the middle of the night, foul odors, and a black, shapeless apparition. (Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Edinburgh Castle

    This ancient stronghold overlooking Edinburgh is one of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions. It is reputed to have many ghosts, including a drummer who only appears when the castle is about to be attacked, and a piper who disappeared in the tunnels underneath it. (Jonathan Smith  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Paris Catacombs

    In the 1800s, Paris’s cemeteries were coming dangerously close to being filled, so some bodies were moved to tunnels that had been dug beneath the city by workers quarrying for building materials. Bones and skulls are stacked up throughout the Catacombs, and visitors have reported strange voices. (Fred De Noyelle / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Hotel Chelsea

    A familiar haunt for artists and bohemians in the Chelsea district of New York City since it was built in 1883, the Hotel Chelsea still puts up guests today ... if they don’t mind sharing accommodations with the reputed ghosts of former residents Dylan Thomas, Eugene O’Neill, and Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Eastern State Penitentiary

    Located in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia, this prison was designed to encourage solitude, supposedly helping prisoners open themselves up to God. But it is said that many went mad instead ... which may explain the eerie noises that have been reported since it closed. (Matt Rourke / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Hotel del Coronado

    In 1892, a young woman checked into this luxury hotel on California’s San Diego Bay to meet her husband. He never arrived, and a few days later, she was found dead on the hotel steps. Since then, guests and staff have noticed the pale figure of a young lady in a black lace dress.... (Nathan Hughes) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Inverary Castle

    It is said that the ghost of a harpist who was hanged in 1644 for peeping at the lady of the house can be seen wandering this castle in western Scotland, and can be heard playing every day in its library. The castle is home to the 13th Duke of Argyll today, but sometimes opens its doors to brave visitors. (Graeme Cornwallis / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. New Orleans

    The Big Easy’s French Quarter is well-known to tourists for its hot jazz and spicy food. But New Orleans is also the historic center of voodoo traditions that African-Americans brought to Louisiana during the days of the slave trade. Although those customs were suppressed by slave owners, they linger on today. (Mel Evans / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Petzow Castle

    This 18th-century castle near Potsdam in eastern Germany is a hotel and restaurant today ... but its corridors harbor a dark history involving murderous barons. (Sven Kaestner / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Forks, Washington

    Michael Gurling, right, of the Forks, Wash., Chamber of Commerce, talks about the bonfire location on a beach in LaPush, Wash., that is portrayed in Stephenie Meyer's wildly successful vampire-themed "Twilight" books and movies. (Ted S. Warren / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. Point Hicks Lighthouse

    In 1947, the keeper of this historic lighthouse on the eastern coast of Australia mysteriously disappeared. Afterward, many visitors have claimed to hear his hobnail boots at night, and it’s said his ghost continues to keep the tower’s brass doorknobs polished to this day. (Oliver Strewe  / Lonely Planet Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Salem, Massachusetts

    The location of the infamous Salem witch trials of 1692, dramatized in Arthur Miller’s play “The Crucible,” is today a mix of important historical sites, New Age boutiques, and witch-kitsch attractions. The Salem Witch Museum claims to be the most visited one in town. (Ed Young / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Sleepy Hollow

    This picturesque village 30 miles north of New York City was immortalized in “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic tale of schoolteacher Ichabod Crane and the fearsome Headless Horseman. Irving implied that the apparition Ichabod saw was a fake, but a number of visitors also have claimed to see the Horseman, supposedly a Hessian trooper whose head was carried off by a cannonball during the Revolutionary War. (Susan Rosenthal / Corbis) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Stanley Hotel

    This neoclassical hotel in Estes Park, Colo., was the real-life inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s “The Shining.” It is named for Freelan O. Stanley, inventor of the Stanley Steamer automobile, whose ghost has been reported visiting its billiard room and bar. Guests also complain about children playing in the hallways at night ... even when no children are checked in. (Rob Lee) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Tower of London

    The ghosts of Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey, just two of hundreds of victims executed on Tower Hill over the Tower of London's bloody 900-year history, are among many that have been seen in what is called England's most haunted building. Legend has it that in 1816, a guard died of fright after seeing an apparition of a bear approaching him. (Scott Barbour / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. The White House

    America's most famous residence is the setting for a number of ghost stories, some of which have even made it onto the official White House Web site. The spirit of Abigail Adams supposedly continues to do laundry in the East Room, while the ghost of Dolley Madison has been reported looking down upon the Rose Garden. (Alex Wong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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