Killer Destinations

Check out infamous locations made famous by some of the most heinous serial killers in history.

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Halloween decorated house

Halloween decorated house

This house has been invaded by jack-o-lanterns to celebrate the Halloween season. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

Halloween fans dress up and celebrate the spirits at the Zombie Prom. 960 1280

  

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Punk/metal band Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom in Philly. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

A shot of the crowd at the Zombie Prom. What a scary group! 960 1280

  

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Check out the huge pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, CA. That thing has got to weigh a ton! 960 1280

  

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Folks love to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the fields at Cool Patch Pumpkin. 960 1280

  

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness ... your ride to the afterlife. Care to get in? 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Want to hang out with these guys for an evening? Head to Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, LA. 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 cemetery

Necropolis 13 cemetery

It looks innocent during the day, but at night this Necropolis 13 cemetery is filled with some terrifying creatures. Beware! 960 1280

  

The Dent School House

The Dent School House

The Dent School House is Cincinnati's most haunted attraction. Be sure to check out Zombie Night and Detention Hall for a good scare. 960 1280

  

13th gate

13th gate

Greetings from the dead who guard the 13th Gate at this haunted house. 960 1280

  

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Check out this Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving. Looks like he is ready to do some carving of his own. 960 1280

  

1. Mercy Brown's Grave

1. Mercy Brown's Grave

Located in a church cemetery in Exeter, RI, is the grave of Mercy Brown, aka “New England’s Last Vampire.” When she died in 1892 at the age of 19, Mercy was the third member of her family to succumb to tuberculosis (aka "consumption"). As part of the larger 19th-century New England vampire panic, some folks believed Mercy was feeding off humans, so they exhumed her body and burned her heart, giving a mixture of the ashes to her sick brother to ward off evil. 960 1280

  

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

Hosted by the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club, this annual New Orleans ball celebrates 25 years in 2013. The Interview With The Vampire scribe herself will be in attendance for the 25th anniversary, which also includes elaborate costumes, live music and an auction. The ball is also held in conjunction with the club’s UndeadCon literary convention. 960 1280

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3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

Described as a “Venetian masquerade ball mixed with a vampire court,” this gala is the pretty much the hottest vampire party around. Founded in New York City in 1996 by modern vampire personality (and author/fangsmith) Father Sebastiaan, the gala is held in NYC (on Halloween Night), as well as in Berlin, Paris, London and Amsterdam, while the main event takes place in New Orleans and lasts from 9 p.m. until 4 p.m. the next day. 960 1280

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4. Transylvania, Romania

4. Transylvania, Romania

This region in central Romania is inextricably linked to vampires. The town of Sighisoara was the supposed birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Today, you can visit the Sighisoara home where Vlad was supposedly born, as well as Poenari Fortress, Bran Castle and Hunyad Castle, all of which claim to be the “real” Dracula’s Castle. Also visit Transylvania’s Tihuta Pass, a high mountain pass in the scenic Carpathians, where Stoker set part of his novel. 960 1280

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5. Forks, Washington

5. Forks, Washington

Once largely known as a logging and sport fishing town, Forks is now largely associated with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga books. The town puts on “Twilight” tours of book locations, such as the Swan and Cullen homes, and the La Push community, which is home to the real-life Quileute tribe of the fictional Jacob Black. A Stephenie Meyer Days celebration is held the weekend closest to character Bella Swan’s birthday of Sept. 13. 960 1280

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6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

The Vampire Diaries’ fictional town of Mystic Falls, VA, is actually Covington, GA, located about 30 miles from Atlanta. Covington is also home to the Mystic Falls Tours, a year-round 3-hour excursion that gives fans extensive peeks into sets around town -- such as the Mystic Grill, the Town Square and the Gilbert House. Fans also see film sets, such as the show’s Lockwood Mansion (the Worthington Manor, in real life). And while the tour organizers can’t promise it, visitors do occasionally encounter filming in progress. 960 1280

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7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Though London's Highgate suburb is a close contender, this English town on the Yorkshire Coast is arguably the more important Dracula town in all of England, having figured prominently in Bram Stoker's Dracula as the place where the Russian schooner Demeter crashed ashore. The book is celebrated through the biannual Whitby Gothic Weekend, as well as at the Bram Stoker's Dracula Experience fun house. A visit to Whitby also requires a visit to the Bram Stoker Memorial Seat at the south end of Spion Kop on the West Cliff, which inspired Stoker to set part of his novel here. 960 1280

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8. Los Angeles

8. Los Angeles

The City of Angels is also the city of the undead -- if you know where to look. A must-stop is the Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room, which rumor has is owned by a coven of vamps. Fans of True Blood should visit Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, the filming location for vampire bar Fangtasia. And if your blood runs hot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, which served as Angel’s mansion, and Torrance High School, also known as Sunnydale High. 960 1280

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9. Prague

9. Prague

Very few “real” vampire (or revenant) graves from the ancient past have ever been discovered, all of which makes a 1,000-year-old site, with 14 bodies in it, discovered near Prague, in the town of Celakovice, so unusual. The bodies had been decapitated and weighted down, along with other measures, to prevent them from becoming vamps. Beyond this gravesite, Prague abounds with vampire lore and local tours about its undead residents. 960 1280

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10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

Paris is frequently featured in vampire fiction, because the City of Light can also become a macabre City of Darkness. The ultimate vampire destination in Paris is the Musee des Vampires. Behind the red door of this by-appointment-only museum is a rich collection of vampire artwork, books and masks. Additionally, the museum hosts a nightly banquet that includes a guided tour, discussions and games. 960 1280

Musee des Vampires  

The Mamba

The Mamba

A massive snake towers over Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO. The Mamba roller coaster was named for the fastest snake on the planet, and it lives up to its name, reaching speeds of up to 75 mph. The Mamba is also a hypercoaster, meaning its peak is more than 200 feet high! 960 1280

  

Zombiewood Express

Zombiewood Express

Just north of Coeur d'Alene, ID, Silverwood Theme Park transforms into "Scarywood" for the month of October. The park’s Halloween makeover is so intense that they advise after-dark guests to leave the kids at home. Take a ride on the Zombiewood Express, a 5-car train that patrols the 200-acre park's perimeter on a mission to kill 2 dozen invading zombies. 960 1280

  

Zoomerang

Zoomerang

Head to Bristol, CT, for Lake Compounce’s daring duo of dread, the Haunted Graveyard and the Zoomerang -- a roller coaster version of a boomerang. The coaster hauls riders up backwards, suspends them 125 feet in the air, then releases them through 3 heart-pounding cobra rolls. Just when the ride comes to a stop, it sends its riders on a return trip backwards! 960 1280

  

Phantom's Revenge

Phantom's Revenge

It's on to Pittsburgh, PA, for the Halloween hangout Phantom Fright Nights at Kennywood. No one is safe from the menacing taunts of 300 zombies, ghouls, vampires and monsters that specialize in shocking guests when they least expect it! Survive the gauntlet of ghouls to get a seat on Phantom's Revenge, a steel coaster that speeds up to 84 mph and boasts an eye-popping 232-foot drop. 960 1280

  

Verbolten

Verbolten

Verbolten at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA, is a high-tech metal coaster that twists through the park's Black Forest, an indoor/outdoor adventure where special effects create encounters with a forest nymph, mysterious red eyes, howling wolves, and a lightning storm. 960 1280

  

The Legend

The Legend

The Legend is a top Halloween scare at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. This wooden coaster is named after Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The 11-story peak hurls riders into the world's first spiral drop, a 115-foot twisting fall that reaches speeds of 65 mph. One ride on this coaster, and you'll have your own Halloween legend to tell! 960 1280

  

LeVampire

LeVampire

Cross the border into Montreal, and strap into La Ronde's LeVampire, Quebec's first inverted coaster! The track is above the riding car, so riders' feet dangle helplessly as LeVampire pulls them 100 feet high before letting them spiral down 90 feet in 3 seconds, then swooping back up into a 70-foot vertical loop! 960 1280

  

Cheetah Hunt

Cheetah Hunt

The top ride at Busch Gardens Tampa is Cheetah Hunt, a 120-foot-high triple-launch coaster that is known as the ride with no down time. Cheetah Hunt uses magnet technology and linear synchronous motors to launch riders from 0-60 mph in seconds … 3 different times! 960 1280

  

The Cyclone

The Cyclone

The Cyclone at Brooklyn’s Luna Park offers old-school screams, and during Luna Park's Nights of Horror, they turn the coaster's lights off for a Halloween twist! 960 1280

  

The Raven

The Raven

The Raven at Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN, is not the tallest or the fastest coaster, but it delivers thrills at every turn. It soars over a lake, giving a feeling of flight, with nothing above, below or on either side to orient its riders. 960 1280