Hosts' Favorite Halloween Attractions
From frightening attractions like 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA, to something more lighthearted like a pumpkin patch in Moorpark, CA, see our hosts' picks for their favorite Halloween attractions.
Headless horseman at Walt Disney World's Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party"My favorite Halloween attraction on earth is Walt Disney World. On select nights in the Magic Kingdom park, it has Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, and those are the only nights of the year when you can trick-or-treat in the park itself. The highlight, of course, is the villains’ parade, which begins with the Headless Horseman riding through the park as all the lights go out. This year, he stopped right in front of our whole family in between howls of fearful delight from my son and his cousins." - Andrew Zimmern 960 1280
Inside Pennhurst Asylum"About 30 miles outside of Philadelphia sits one of the creepiest and downright scariest places one can go to, especially during Halloween. Shut down in 1986, after over 75 years in operation, the facility was ordered to be closed because of allegations of neglect and abuse of its patients. It was left to rot until it was opened back up a few years ago by some folks who wanted to capitalize on its history. They fixed it up and brought it to life as a Halloween attraction. The special effects and actors and actresses will get the hair on the back of your neck to rise up and stay there. You won't be sure what will come around the next corner, but my advice is to watch your back, because inside Pennhurst, you are not alone!" - Anthony Melchiorri 960 1280
Chappell Farms in Barrie, Ontario"My favorite location to visit for Halloween is Chappell Farms in Barrie Ontario. I love the pumpkin patch the hayrides and spending time with my children. Our kids love picking out their own pumpkins. While at the farm I also pick pie and soup pumpkins to grill and cook." - Danielle Dimovski 960 1280
Don Wildman's mom's basement horror show"Best and most frightening Halloween attraction? Mom's basement horror show. No one enjoyed Halloween more than my mother, who'd set up a cardboard coffin in the cold cellar and take the kids down in the dark, instructing them to place their hands inside the coffin. They'd squeal as they fondled the bowl of peeled grapes ("Eyeballs!"), then cold spaghetti ("Intestines!!") and crooked sticks ("Bones!!!"). Kind of an innocent thing you could still do back in the '70s and not get arrested." - Don Wildman 960 1280
Sleepy Hollow new York Graveyard"I'm lucky enough to live a short train ride away from the New York town of Sleepy Hollow. Yes, it’s a real place. And when Halloween rolls around, this quaint village of lovely people likes to continue its haunted, ghoulish reputation started by the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane. There’s a haunted cemetery walk and a reading of the famous Legend of Sleepy Hollow (complete with creepy organ music), but the most hair-raising event that took my screams from loud to blood-curdling is the Horseman’s Hollow, which is a haunted trail that could be on Fear Factor. Let’s just say it’s not suitable for children — under 20." - Samantha Brown 960 1280
Night scene from Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando Florida"My favorite Halloween experience is the Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. I love a good scary movie, so it's neat to go to Universal, because you actually feel like you are part of a horror film! It is always fun to go with people who are new to Halloween Horror Nights, because you get to see them jump. Even as a veteran visitor, there is always something new to experience every Halloween!" - Shane Green 960 1280
A woman by a grave on the Day of the Dead in Mexico"My favorite Halloween attraction is the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) in Oaxaca, Mexico. It may not technically be a Halloween celebration, but Halloween is my favorite holiday, and this is the best Oct. 31 I've ever had. Not only is this a colorful city surrounded by natural beauty (the Stone Waterfalls) and history (ruins of Monte Alban), but it's a mecca for those looking to celebrate life and death in a way that goes far beyond getting dressed up and collecting candy." - Shane Reynolds 960 1280
Erebus Haunted AttractionOne of the largest Halloween attractions in the world, Erebus is a 4-story haunted house in Pontiac, MI, that promises underworld giant monsters, bottomless pits and crushing walls.
Looking for more haunted places to visit? See which creepy locations made our list of Travel's Best Halloween Attractions 2013. Plan ahead and prepare to be spooked! 960 1280
Witches of New Salem“Enter the corn at your own risk,” warns Witches of New Salem. This nighttime tour in Dorr, MI, will take you on a wild ride of dead ends, twist and turns, and the entire time you’ll be haunted by creepy corn stalkers. And if your heart can take it, take a tour of the Witches Woods’ for even more frightening fun. 960 1280
Hangman's House of HorrorsHangman's House of Horrors in Fort Worth, TX, features the Cirque de Fantomes, Hillbillies Revenge and a wild 3-D Funhouse. Inspired by the legend of Hezekiah Jones, a murderer known as "Hangman,” this house of horrors also includes less scary entertainment like live music, rides and karaoke.