How to celebrate Halloween in the USA

We borrowed so much of the modern-day spooky celebration from them – so it’s undeniable that they do it better in the good old US of A.

Carving pumpkins into ghoulish lanterns, creepy dress-ups, and the practice of door-to-door trick-or-treating are all a part of the American interpretation of an old pagan holiday called All Hallows’ Eve.

It’s since lost its more spiritual roots, and become more of a time-honoured community tradition, where everyone is expected to jump in on the fun.

Here, we take a look at a few of the best Halloween happenings from around the country.

Book a stay at a haunted hotel in Los Angeles

Over the years, the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel has been said to be haunted. Its ghost stories involve long deceased celebrity guests like Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, and Errol Flynn. As well as October 31st ghost sightings; Halloween is an extra great time to visit with a slew of star-studded, glamorous parties by the stunning pool.

Elsewhere in Hollywood, the equally famous Chateau Marmont hotel is an historic playground for the rich and famous, which is owned by hotelier André Balazs, who founded The Standard boutique hotel chain.

It’s gothic, castle-like design was modeled after a spooky chateau in France’s Loire Valley – making it a pretty perfect spot for a Halloween holiday. Bungalow 3 is also said to be haunted by the ghost of Blues Brother John Belushi, who passed away there in 1982.

Dare to go into a haunted corn maze in Montana

Not for the faint of heart, Field of Screams in Victor, Montana is a haunted maze set up across a 2-acre corn field. Hosted at night, actors dress up as zombies and ghosts and ghouls and hide within the leaves of the towering ten-foot high corn.

The sprawling field is peppered with scary tombstones, fog-filled shrinking tunnels, and creepy clown infested playgrounds. In the daytime, there is a slightly less scary version for kids, minus all the creepy creatures.

Visit the home of the Salem Witch Trials for Haunted Happenings

In 1692, a coastal town in Massachusetts was sent into hysteria with about 200 people accused of being witches and practicing witchcraft. While modern theories suggest the town’s people were either suffering from epilepsy, boredom, or mental illness – or eating rye infected with fungus and hallucinating – Salem remains to be a historic place for witches.

Each Halloween, the town hosts the Haunted Happenings festival, which includes a grand parade, haunted street fair, family film nights, costume balls, ghost tours, and haunted houses  - making it one of the most festive places in the world to ring in All Hallows’ Eve.

Monster mash at Terrorfest in Greater Palm Springs

When it’s not home to Coachella – one of the world’s most exclusive music festivals – the Empire Polo Club in Indio hosts another, ghostlier music extravaganza.

Terrorfest has about five stages, as well as haunted and terrifying attractions like the Path of Terror, the Spirit Garden, Zombie Lounge, and Phantom Food Court. It’s been dubbed the ‘most intense Halloween event in Southern California’ and happily too, tickets won't set you back quite as much as a Coachella pass - they're USD $20.

Take a stroll through one of the country’s most elaborate haunted houses

The Fright Dome at Circus Circus in Las Vegas takes over the casino's indoor adventure park Adventuredome for the entire month of October.

What’s great (or terrifying) is its scale – some 23,000 square metres of scary stuff. In 2017, there are six new haunted houses, four new scare zones, and a long list of other chilling treats. It’s definitely one for the Halloween bucket list.

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