Photos: Celebrating fall

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  1. Floating colors

    A reflection of colorful autumn trees is seen in the Vltava river, Prague, Czech Republic. (Filip Singer / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Fall frolic

    A big dog frolics with a little dog in the yellow leaves of a central Minsk park. (Viktor Drachev / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Presidential mums

    Mums are in bloom in Lafayette Park in front of the White House in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Frosty fringe

    Colorful fall leaves are covered in a morning frost in a yard in Moreland Hills, Ohio. (Amy Sancetta / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Falling for fall

    The autumn rainbow surrounds Kegon Falls at the outlet of Lake Chuzenji in Japan's Nikko National Park. The waterfalls, which are one of Japan's highest, are a major tourist attraction in the fall. (Akiko Matsushita / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Sky's the limit

    The autumn colors of these towering aspens near Buena Vista, Colo., leap out against blue sky. (Nathan Bilow / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Gold rush

    Orange and gold leaves frame Shiprock, a dramatic rock formation near the San Juan River in New Mexico. (Xavier Mascareñas / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Reflecting change

    A bright orange and red-speckled leaf shows what autumn really looks like, close-up. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Old and new

    Early foliage appears by The Old Meeting House in East Montpelier, Vt. The red, orange and gold foliage that attracts millions of visitors to northern New England each fall has been especially vivid this year, thanks to lots of early summer rain. (Toby Talbot / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Lazy days

    A man lies in the sunshine in St James's Park in London, England, enjoying one of the last warm fall days. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Still waters

    The evening sunlight illuminates trees with leaves that are beginning to change color besides a lake near Warminster, England. England, particularly in the south, is enjoying a spell of dry weather, allowing the beginning of the autumn foliage colors - brought on by shortening daylight hours and cooler weather - to be fully appreciated. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. View from the top

    A couple take in the view from the ocean lookout ledges on 1375-foot Mount Megunticook, at Camden Hills State Park in Maine. The state's forest rangers, who have been tracking fall foliage for 50 years, are now using personal data assistants to send in fall foliage reports from the field. (Robert F. Bukaty / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Smiles and umbrellas

    Belarussian teenage girls play with umbrellas during a drizzly autumn day in Minsk park in Belaruss. (Viktor Drachev / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Rosy-fingered dawn

    The sun begins to rise over the Somerset Levels looking towards Pilton near Glastonbury, England on a crisp fall day. (Matt Cardy / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. He can see his breath

    A deer bellows as it forgages for food in the early morning sun as cooler temperatures bring on the autumn season at Dunham Massey in, Altrincham, England. Shortening daylight hours and cooler weather brings on the rutting season for red and fallow deer herds. (Christopher Furlong / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. To the cosmos

    People stroll in a cosmos field at Showa Kinen Park in Tokyo. Visitors can enjoy more than 5,500,000 cosmos, which reach their peak late in the season, until November 3. (Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP - Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
  17. Harvest time

    An Amish farmer and three children bring in a cart full of harvested corn stalks at a farm in Middlefield, Ohio. (Amy Sancetta / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  18. Seeing red

    The Green Mountain Railway passes the Bartonsville Covered Bridge as fall colors creep in to the area's foliage. (Winslow Townson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  19. Piercing the fog

    Even a thick fog can't hide the bright red leaves on this tree off a lake in Highlands, N.Y. (Mike Groll / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  20. Hay, look!

    A "hayman," made from hay bales and pumpkins, presides over Marini Farm in Ipswich, Mass. (Lisa Poole / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  21. Scarlet and snow

    Autumn and winter battle it out as New England's bright fall foliage meets with an early snow in Franconia, N.H. (Jim Cole / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  22. Season's bounty

    Brightly colored tomatoes and a few beans sit in a box just after being picked from the University of Delaware's Garden for the Community in Newark, Del. (Steve Ruark / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  23. Paddling their own canoe

    With the autumn foliage lighting up the background, a group paddle their fishing boat to shore at Cottonwood Lake, near Buena Vista, Colo. (Nathan Bilow / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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updated 10/19/2009 11:39:27 AM ET 2009-10-19T15:39:27

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Travel by: November 1, 2009

The deal
Who doesn't love an excuse to dress up, eat junk food, and participate in some freaky, fun festivities? That's Halloween in a nutshell, and this October 31, we recommend ditching the usual neighborhood parades and parties, and sneaking away for a festive out-of-town getaway.

We've rounded up spooky specials around the country, including a haunted hotel stay in Charleston, a witch-hunting weekend in Salem, a family-friendly Walt Disney World getaway, and a visit to Al Capone's former chambers at Philly's Eastern State Penitentiary (pictured). Rates start from only $129/night — and represent savings of over 50 percent.

Charleston, S.C.: Haunted Hotel 2-Night Special from $550
Head to the history-rich capital of the Old South this Halloween. Charleston’s colorful city streets are lined with wonderfully preserved architectural remnants, like plantations and stately homes, hundreds of which were built prior to 1850 — 70 alone date back to the pre-Revolutionary War era.

Shack up at the charming (and haunted) 166-year-old Battery Carriage House Inn, near the waterfront, now through November 1, to enjoy a great package — and learn all about the city’s close connection to its “former” residents. Starting from $550, this deal includes a two-night stay at the well-preserved, tastefully-decorated inn, as well as a bottle of champagne, a private carriage tour of the city during the day, and tickets to a spectacular nighttime Ghosts of Charleston walking tour. You’ll also receive tickets to the historic Aiken-Rhett House and a copy of the book titled “The Ghosts of Charleston.”

Salem, Mass.: Witch Museum 2-night package from $425
Salem’s troubled past dates all the way back to the notorious witchcraft trials of 1692. With Halloween just around the corner, now is the perfect time to absorb the creepy and disturbing history of the Massachusettstown with the Witch Way to Salem package, available at The Salem Inn.

Top 10 easy fall weekend getawaysWith this special, guests can spend two nights in a superior room at the inn, enjoy a continental breakfast each morning, and receive tickets to four spooky museums: The Salem Witch Museum, Witch Dungeon Museum, New England Pirate Museum, and the Witch History Museum. In addition, guests will receive a complimentary copy of the book "Hunting for Witches," by Frances Hill. This package is priced as low as $425 and is valid Monday through Thursdays until October 31.

Philadelphia, Pa.: Eastern State Penitentiary package from $189/night
Philadelphiamay be known as the City of Brotherly Love today, but it wasn’t always this way. Abandoned for nearly 20 years after closing in the early 1970s, Eastern State Penitentiary — America’s most historic prison — has deep, dark secrets that are ready to be told. Hear all about this prison’s eventful past with the Al Capone Bed, Breakfast & Prison Hotel Package at the Hampton Inn.

Starting from only $189/night, this package includes two daytime prison tour tickets (the prison also houses a frightening haunted house at nighttime called Terror Behind the Walls, which guests can attend for as little as $20 per person), complimentary breakfast, a welcome bag upon arrival complete with an Al Capone "mug shot" mug, a deck of E.S.P. playing cards featuring an Al Capone joker, an Al Capone magnet, as well as a reproduction of the Eastern State Penitentiary Inmate Handbook.

Orlando, Fla.: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin from $129/night
Walt Disney World has been making dreams come true since opening in 1971, and this Halloween season is no different. Your wish for lower rates at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has gotten Mickey Mouse’s stamp of approval.

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Autumn splendor in AmericaThe Orlandoresort is currently offering a “spooktacular” deal that will allow guests to stay at the deluxe resort from October 28-31 for as little as $129/night (in a traditional non-designated view room), a steal considering nightly rates for the same room can go for $379/night. Plus, Halloween-night guests can trick-or-treat around the resort property at over 17 restaurants and lounges, as well as attend a beach party complete with a pumpkin patch, pie-eating contest, face painting, and more. And, the icing on the cake, guests of the resort can make use of early or extended hours at the Walt Disney World parks. The resort offers complimentary transportation to the theme parks.

The dollars
Rates are based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are additional.

The catch
Candy corns not included.

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