Costume parties, bobbing for apples, trick-or-treating door to door – these are all fun aspects of Halloween for kids. However, there’s a darker, more sinister side to this holiday, especially for us grown-ups who get a thrill out of being genuinely spooked. Want to get your adrenalin flowing this October 31? Why not plan a Halloween trip to a truly macabre and frightening destination? We’ve rounded up a list of chilling places around the globe where witches, skeletons, phantoms, ghosts and other eerie elements are a spine-tingling draw. Come click through the 12 creepiest places on earth to spend Halloween, if you dare.
1. Embrace Your Inner Witch in Salem, Massachusetts
Can there be a more fitting place to spend Halloween than at the center of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692? This is sorcery central (or so it was once thought) where twenty people were put to death in a misguided mass hysteria of accusations. The town has since capitalized on its bewitching reputation and has built a tourism industry around this dark history. There are museums, graveyards, haunted houses, historical homes and dungeons to explore, and most of the tour guides are practicing wiccans. Not surprisingly, Halloween is one of their busiest times with parades, performances and pumpkin carvings all October long.