We are now well into the month of October, and Halloween will be here before we know it. Whether you’re looking to take part in a pumpkin carving contest or to go on a haunted house tour, we wanted to give our healthcare travelers 10 places that are perfect for fall activities and Halloween experiences!
New Hope, Pennsylvania
Located near the Delaware River and along the New Jersey border, New Hope, Pennsylvania, is a small town that hosts several Halloween celebrations throughout the month of October. If you’re traveling nearby, you’ll want to take a trip to this Halloween wonderland. Some of the special events include a haunted train ride, ghost tours and a zombie crawl. It’s not all spooky, however; you can wander through the town where decorations adorn storefronts and visit the Solebury Orchards where you can get apple cider and pick apples.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Sleepy Hollow, New York, is home to Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman legend. You can even tour the Sleepy Hollow cemetery where Washington Irving rests. Take part in the Great Jack-‘O-Lantern Blaze, walk through gothic mansions and go on a haunted hayrack ride. If you’re not into the spooky scary skeletons, you can visit the farmer’s markets, celebrate Oktoberfest and watch a Halloween parade.
St. Helens, Oregon
St. Helens, Oregon, is about an hour’s drive out from Portland. You may already recognize this town, as it is where many scenes from the immensely popular Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown were filmed.In St. Helens, Halloween is a month-long event. Some of the attractions include a haunted hotel, the Museum of Peculiarities and Oddities and performances from around the world. You’re sure to find a grand spooky adventure in the Spirit Of Halloweentown.
Anoka is known as the Halloween Capital of the World. The community hosts events like scarecrow contests, scavenger hunts, bonfires, parades and movie nights. If you’re looking for family-friendly Halloween events, Anoka is the place for you to be. If you’re looking for something a bit scarier, there are also walking ghost tours and a haunted house.
Half Moon Bay, California
While Anoka may be the Halloween Capital of the World, Half Moon Bay holds the title of the Pumpkin Capital of the World. Every October, they host a pumpkin weighing contest, in which the heaviest-grown pumpkin wins. People come from all over the area to participate in the pumpkin contest. Lots of culinary aspects take place in Half Moon Bay, from an Inaugural Harvest Dinner to classes on cooking with pumpkins. This place isn’t the spookiest, but you will feel at home in this fall atmosphere.
Everyone knows the Salem Witch Trials took place here. Tons of people are drawn to this place around the time of Halloween every year for this reason. If you want to learn more about the events of the Salem Witch Trials, you can go on a walking tour or watch a movie there. You can also learn about this history at a museum, partake in a haunted house and go on walking ghost tours. Salem also has many fun shops to walk through as well as some delicious Halloween-inspired food to enjoy during your visit.
Keene, New Hampshire
This spot is home to the Keene Pumpkin Festival, now called the Gathering of the Gourds. From carving pumpkins to other fall creativity, you’re sure to fall in love with this small town. If you’re looking for a small-scale, family-friendly event with pumpkin carving contests and different vendors, Keen may be the place to be.
Stowe, Vermont has it all, from beautiful fall foliage to a spooky scare. You can listen to compelling stories from early settlers on a lantern tour or visit the creepy local landmark called Emily’s Bridge. This bridge is said to be the site of a woman’s death in the 1800s, and it is rumored that she haunts the area by clawing at cars and scratching visitors. Along with the horror, you can participate in pumpkin and ghost festivals with live music, magical arts and ghoulish treats.
Asheville, North Carolina
If you’re a haunted house feen, there are limitless opportunities in Asheville. From the Haunted Asheville Ghost tours to the Biltmore Village Mystery tour, you’re sure to find something to fulfill your adrenaline rush. You can get up close and personal to the ghost stories of this place by learning about the spirits that lurk at the Omni Grove Park Inn, Helen’s Bridge and more.
Harrisville, Rhode Island
The Conjuring House is located here. This house served as the original inspiration for the popular horror film, and its current owners say it is still haunted. You can go on a tour and experience the film for yourself. You can book an overnight tour or just participate in a regular tour.
Join fellow healthcare travelers on their Halloween adventures
Joining Facebook groups with other healthcare travelers and making friends at your current facility this fall is a great way to find someone to go on Halloween adventures with you. If you’re looking to begin your traveling career, contact RTG Medical today! We’re more than happy to help you get started.