Halloween is a time for scary things but not a time many take vacations. Halloween festivals, haunted towns and Halloween trips make it an ideal time to go somewhere for a getaway to remember. Here are five places to go to.
1.Midwest’s flyover country. Many places in the Midwest have historical and haunted value plus there’s more. For all of those who have seen movies like “Children of the Corn” welcome to not only corn mazes but corn mazes Halloween style! They stretch across Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan and Wisconsin. An example is Boondocks Farm which has a 12 acre maze and a haunted trail maze for $8 per person. Other activities include disc golf and hay rides. There’s also pumpkin patches for another side of Halloween fun. The Jonamac Orchard has haunted corn maze beginning at dark – no flashlights just glow sticks or pen lights allowed. Check out the rural traditions and more scared than you thought you’d ever get without technology…visit the Midwest on the ground for Halloween! There’s much to see and do all across the area.
2.Winchester Mystery House in the bay area of California is a popular destination. Located in San Jose the home is of a magnitude you have to see to believe. Sarah L. Winchester was a widow who believed that the ghosts of those killed by the Winchester rifle were coming to her home and in 1884 she employed carpenters and craftsmen to keep construction going. Incredibly modern for it’s time frame, there are stairways that go nowhere, 2 basements, 52 skylights, 40 staircases and prior to the 1906 earthquake it had seven stories. The haunted aspect and history of 38 years constant construction is only part of the story. On Friday the 13th and at Halloween there are flashlight tours of the House. Highly recommended.
3. Jerome Arizona is a spectacular sight to see. From the rugged hillside it seems it is sprouted from the earth itself and looks over miles of flat open desert. Once a mining camp far from anywhere today Jerome exists as a destination for artists, musicians, writers, gift shops and – yes – ghosts. Sitting between Flagstaff and Prescott it is “in the middle of nowhere. Restaurants and lodging are available.
A compact town it’s not recommended to take large vehicles through, but definitely a place to visit, for history, old stories and ghostly tales.
4. Vicksburg Mississippi has been said to have ghosts make believers of unbelievers. The Anchuca mansion is now a bed and breakfast, available as a historical place of note to stay. Joseph E. Davis, brother to President Jefferson Davis, owned the plantation and made his home here. The home survived the Civil War but in 1863 served as shelter for those who served and were inured. Vicksburg is also home to the Cedar Grove Mansion Inn & Restaurant, which did come under fire and a cannon ball remains in a wall. It’s said it survived due to serving as a Union hospital. Having two historical places of such significance available to stay at is a treat.
Vicksburg itself is a small town survivor of both Union and Confederate dwelling from 1862 to 1863. Grant’s army attacked, but many died not only during the campaign but from disease and starvation. Like many in the south some had no choice. The Vicksburg National Military Park has a museum part way through. There’s also the Soldiers Rest Confederate Cemetery Old Courthouse Museum, Southern Cultural Complex (where “Mississippi Burning” was filmed, Windsor Ruins and McRaven home. The latter is said to be particularly haunted and was home to a confederate campsite.
5. Adams Tennessee is the place to go for the Bell Witch which was made into a movie “An American Haunting“. This is possibly the most documented of haunting in the US. Located a couple easy hours from Nashville it is the legend that far outgrew the area, and in the wooded hills of Tennessee it’s wise to get reservations in early for Halloween tours of sites like the Bell Witch Cave.
These are places to embrace the spirit of Halloween on many fronts. Make it a Halloween to remember!