Halloween Day, one of the most popular festivals across the world, has turned into a big tourism activity, especially in the US. With ghosts on trails, here are a few attractions in the US that are considered hot spots among travellers.
The Haunted Mansion – Anaheim, California
Located in the Anaheim, California, theme park, 40 km southeast of Los Angeles, the Southern-style manor is stocked with cemeteries, ghosts and floating objects. Ghost voices guide visitors on vehicles through a candlelit foyer to long hallways, dark staircases and a grand ballroom. A must-experience is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in sister Disney theme park California Adventure. The on-site Disneyland Resort Hotel is convenient for staying the night to visit.
Dr Frankenstein’s Haunted Castle – Monticello, Indiana
Mary Shelley’s 19th century novel Frankenstein is the inspiration for this eerie attraction at Indiana Beach Boardwalk Resort in Monticello, Indiana, about 180 km southeast of Chicago, Illinois. Visitors can walk through the carnival-style attraction on their own — there’s no car on a track to help navigate away from pop-up monsters, neon skeletons and other frights lurking around dark corners. Once you escape Dr Frankenstein’s Haunted Castle, which costs an additional US$ 3.50 admission, experience the views of Lake Shafer on the giant gondola wheel.
Ghostwood Estate – West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Ghostwood Estate is one of the newer rides at Kennywood Park in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania, 469 km west of Philadelphia. Animatronics monsters and ghoulish video projections make Ghostwood Estate the theme park’s creepiest attraction. Armed with blasters, one can shoot at moving targets while cars guide through the eight-room haunted house.
The Mortuary Haunted House – New Orleans, Louisiana
Unlike many other popular US haunted houses, this three-story 19th century mansion has a reputation for being actively haunted. The property served as a funeral home from the 1920s until it was converted into a ticketed walk-through maze in 2007. Today, costumed serial killers carrying chain saws roam the halls and interact with visitors. Afterward, walk past the historic Cypress Grove Cemetery to enjoy local Creole specialties like fried shrimp and crawfish at the neighbourhood bar Mid City Yacht Club.
West Virginia Penitentiary – Moundsville, West Virginia
This Gothic-style prison attracts visitors from all over the world to learn about the walled fortress’ history. Daily tours, which depart every hour, focus on the realities of life – and death – behind bars. The West Virginia Penitentiary in Moundsville, West Virginia, about 570 km west of Philadelphia, also has escape rooms, three-hour paranormal investigations and even private sleepovers, available by reservation.
Edelweiss Chocolates of Beverly Hills has numerous ghoulish treats including candy corn bark, frightfully decorated Oreo cookies and the chocolate skull lollipops. From Caramel Apple Cupcakes and Spooky Sours at Sprinkles, to haunted house baskets at Sugarfina, sweet shops are a must-visit for celebrating Halloween-themed treats in Beverly Hills.