By Penny Musco
The spirits of the Wild West live on in this legendary Arizona locale.
Thrill: Walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday during a Gunfighter and Ghost Tour (tombstone-ghost.com). Or hop aboard a trolley weekend evenings for a 3-mile Ghost and Murder Tour to visit Boothill Graveyard and the hanging gallows (visittombstonearizona.com). For a more rugged adventure, travel the old stagecoach route out of Tombstone in a Jeep to explore graveyards, jails, rock houses and adobe ruins in a Ghost Town Trail Tour (intothewestjeeptours.com).
Chill: Listen for the sounds of mysterious music at the Larian Motel (tombstonemotels.com, from $79). Guided trail rides and meals are included at the Apache Spirit Ranch (apachespiritranch.com, from $200).
Voodoo, vampires and aboveground tombs make for a macabre mix in Cajun Country.
Thrill: All ages can enjoy free ghost and cemetery tours (freetoursbyfoot.com/new-orleans-tours), Gray Line's Ghosts & Spirits walking tour (graylineneworleans.com) and a cemetery/voodoo tour (tourneworleans.com, 5 and under free), while teens might prefer a vampire tour (hauntedhistorytours.com).
Chill: The haunted Hotel Monteleone in the French Quarter has an All About Kids package that includes admission to two non-ghostly attractions plus a disposable camera, for capturing ethereal images elsewhere (hotelmonteleone.com, from $189). In the quieter Garden District, the streetcar in front of the new Hotel Indigo conveniently whisks you to scary sites (gardendistricthotelneworleans.com, from $199).
You don't have to roam the country zombie-style to get in the Halloween spirit.
Whatever your scare of choice—corn mazes, scarecrow and pumpkin festivals, haunted houses, hayrides—there is a ghastly event happening near you. Some creepy celebrations are year-round, like 5k zombie races (runforyourlives.com, multiple locations). To find a fright night (or day) close to home, check out these sites:
Originally published in the October 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.
This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings and availabilities are subject to change. Please contact each hotel and attraction for up-to-date rates and information before taking your trip.