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5 Fun and Spooky Places to Visit This Halloween

One of the things about my job is getting all dressed up. With a few wardrobe and make-up adjustments, I have transformed into Rockette, geisha, clown, roller derby girl, trapeze artist and pussy cat doll. So it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year.

If you’re still planning your Halloween adventure, here are several great places to go on a haunted tour or just hang out for a long weekend:

Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze: Croton-on-Hudson, NY

This festival is well worth the journey and you might just find that your family will want to return to the “Blaze” every Halloween.  It might not be the biggest Jack O’Lantern festival out there, but it’s got to be one of the most elaborate and creative.  Open to the public for 25 nights, your kids will ooh and ahhh over the giant spider web, slithering snakes, sea serpent, and the popular collection of dinosaurs in its own Jurassic Park.  There are pumpkins created by the pros at the new Museum of Pumpkin Art.  Last year the event sold out, so get your tickets and treat your family to some unforgettable Halloween fun.  Watch the video


Bonaventure Cemetery: Savannah, GA

You may have seen me take the Bonaventure Cemetery Walking Tour on the Travel Channel (“Samantha Faces Her Fears”).  I really enjoyed this creepy and haunted tour of  the the cemetery that was in the novel and movie “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”  If you decide to spend the weekend in Savannah enjoying all the festivities there, be sure to travel the extra 10-15 minutes to experience Bonaventure.  You’ll hear the voices and the tales of Johnny Mercer, Harry Hervey, Little Gracie, Conrad Aiken and the many others that haunt the cemetery.  The tour guides will impress you with their spooky stories, details of the sculptures and the history of Bonaventure.  You do need a reservations, so book ahead of time and don’t miss this incredible tour!


Haunted Vegas Tours: Las Vegas, NV

I bet you never thought of Vegas being haunted, but according to paranormal “experts”  there is a lot of unsettled business in the area.  Experience the Sin City version of dark and creepy starting with a 30-minute  show before boarding a bus for a spirited look back in time.  On the Haunted Vegas Tour you’ll hear tales of  celebrities such as Bugsy Siegel, Liberace, Redd Foxx and Elvis Presley.  The ghoulish tour is a late-night experience, starting off  at the Royal Resort at 9:30 pm and finishing up around midnight.  One of my favorite things about the tour are the ghost hunting gadgets you receive (EMF meters, temperature guns and dowsing rods), making the eerie experience very interactive.


Old Charleston Civil War Ghost Tour: Charleston, SC

Charleston is a great place to visit for Civil War buffs and those of us who enjoy a side of history with our tales of the undead.  Aside from being a great way to explore Charleston on foot, the ghost tours offer a detailed look into the history and haunting surrounding the Civil War.  Guides provide a riveting and in-depth narrative about the Civil War, with the first shots at Fort Sumter and all the way up to the fall of Charleston.  They make the rich history here come to life with a lively and very detailed account of the people, places and stories of the area.  Old Charleston Walking Tours also offers a Pirates and Dungeons tour which features buccaneers, Blackbeard, buried treasure, naval battles, sword fights, hangings and dungeons!  Sure to delight your kids and show off a different side of Charleston’s rich history!


Haunted Bars and More: Chicago, IL

First, catch a black Chicago Hauntings Ghost Bus for a tour of Chicago’s most visited haunted spots, including the setting for the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and the house of horrors created by mass murderer H. H. Holmes that was featured in the book “The Devil in the White City.”  The tour’s most common stops include murder sites, disasters, a serial killer’s body dump, gang sites, haunted houses, and abandoned graveyards.  You’ll hear tales from the Great Chicago Fire and the Gangster Era of the 1920’s and 30’s.  It’s a great way to tour the city and learn about Chicago’s dark past.  After the tour, head over to Simon’s Tavern, a haunted bar that features a jilted lover ghost who hangs around the mural in the bar.  And just for fun: If you spot the five hidden animals in the mural, you’ll get to drink free for the rest of the night!


Do you like haunted houses and exploring ghostly places?  What is your favorite of all time?


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