Book by: ASAP
Travel by: Halloween 2008
It's not too late to get out of town on a spine-tingling sojourn this Halloween. We've found six spooky getaways in the U.S. that won't leave a frightening dent in your budget. So pack your best costume and celebrate this Halloween via a costume ball in Salem, a murder mystery weekend in New Orleans, a festive family getaway at a Pocono golf resort, and a spooky Southern hotel stay in Beaufort or Savannah. Starting at just $85/night, these last-minute deals are so good it's scary.
Ghostly pirate lore in Beaufort, North Carolina, from $85/night
If you’re intrigued by the legends of pirates and murderous privateers, head to the historic town of Beaufort, North Carolina—a place where the notorious Blackbeard is rumored to have lived. The town’s nighttime Ghost Walk will regale visitors with chilling stories of ghost ships and the fascinating lives of the early settlers who now lay buried in Beaufort’s 300-year-old cemetery. The historic Inlet Inn on the waterfront offers great views, comfortable rooms, and breakfast daily from just $85/night.
Trick-or-treat family fun at Pocono golf resort from $191/night
Families can enjoy a laid-back Halloween weekend at Split Rock Resort & Golf Clubin Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains where brilliant fall foliage covers the resort’s 500 acres. The Halloween weekend rate of $191/night includes access to the resort’s indoor waterpark, costume contests, kids parties, a tour of Split Rock’s Nightmare Inn, free bowling, tennis, racquetball, and more.
Spooky Savannah weekend package and ghost tour from $375
Savannah’s first hotel built in 1851, the Marshall House, undoubtedly has a storied history. It once accommodated yellow fever victims and served as a clinic for wounded soldiers during the Civil War. During renovations in the 60s, amputated bones of former patients were unearthed—and hotel guests have reported strange incidents ever since. Should you dare to brave a weekend in one of the hotel’s exquisite Southern-style rooms, the special "Haunted Package" is the way to go with two nights’ accommodation, continental breakfast, and two tickets for a ghost tour of Savannah (known to paranormal experts as one of the most haunted cities in the U.S.), priced at $375 for two.
Haunted weekend at New Orleans landmark hotel from $479
Legend has it some former guests of the landmark Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans checked in but never checked out. Recent visitors leave with tales of ghostly sightings and odd chills while walking the corridors at night. Such strange happenings make the French Quarter hotel an ideal setting for a weekend of mystery and mayhem. Shack up at the supposedly haunted grand dame and spend the weekendfollowing clues and solving the mystery of the mysterious disappearance of fellow guests. The $479 "Haunted Weekend" package, valid this October 31 to November 2, covers 2 nights’ deluxe accommodations, meals, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a murder mystery you won’t soon forget.
Salem costume ball three-night package from $682
Hankering to show off this year’s costume and get spooked at the same time? Salem, Massachusetts, is surely worth the trip. Home to the gruesome witch trials and executions of 1692, the town is still haunted by its past and throughout the month of October, the town plays host to numerous haunted house tours, pumpkin festivals, movie screenings, and plenty of other Halloween-themed shenanigans. From $682, the three-night Halloween package includes a stay at the cozy Emerson Inn in nearby Rockport with breakfast daily, as well as transportation and two tickets to the annual costume ball held on Halloween night at the historic Hawthorne Hotel—an event no Salem visitor should dare to skip.
Halloween rates at all 5 of New York’s W Hotels from $479/Night
New York is a great city for Halloween thrills, costume parties, and a parade second to none. This year, head to Greenwich Village for the annual Halloween Parade (7 p.m.; Oct. 31), a colorful spectacle featuring thousands of costumed New Yorkers, drag queens, artists, and bands. Visitors can book a room at any of the city’s five stylish W Hotels with Halloween goodies like two trick-or-tini cocktails and unlimited scary movies included. Rates for the W’s Halloween package start at $479/night for stays October 26 to November 2.
Taxes and other fees not included.
water and garlic are not provided, so beware! See our Top 10 Places to Get Spooked on Halloween for more on the world’s creepiest travel destinations.
ShermansTravel is a guide to top travel deals and destinations. Sign up for Sherman's Top 25 e-newsletter which features the best editor-screened deals from hundreds of travel providers and is delivered to over 4 million subscribers, free, each week. ShermansTravel also publishes trip ideas and travel features to inspire, guide, and go.