Travel Hosts in Costumes

Can you recognize Andrew Zimmern, Don Wildman or Kinga Philipps in costume? Check out our hosts get into the spirit of Halloween.

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ScareHouse (Pittsburgh, PA)

ScareHouse (Pittsburgh, PA)

ScareHouse is the place to be this year, especially because it has an exclusive partnership with Legendary Entertainment to help create the scariest Halloween to date. Featured attractions include The Summoning, Pittsburgh Zombies: Black Out and The Basement. This Halloween haunt offers a big-budget sensibility without losing its hometown appeal. “ScareHouse is my pick because sociologist and ‘fear expert’ Margee Kerr is always on staff to research and develop new ways to truly disturb visitors,” says geek culture and paranormal pop-culture expert Aaron Sagers. 960 1280

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Fright Dome (Las Vegas, NV)

Fright Dome (Las Vegas, NV)

Located in Circus Circus’ Adventuredome, the Fright Dome is one of Las Vegas’ largest and longest-running Halloween attractions. With 6 new haunted houses, the theme park is transformed into a pitch-black, lights-out, haunted spectacle – easily making it the scariest on the Strip. The 5-acre theme park also includes 25 rides and attractions, multiple live shows at night and 4 new scare zones, including the Clown Overload Zone. “My personal nightmare of clowns with glowing eyes surrounding me came to life,” says Zak Bagans, lead investigator of Ghost Adventures. “I had the worst panic attack. Needless to say, I’ll go back again, because it was badass!” 960 1280

  

Netherworld (Atlanta, GA)

Netherworld (Atlanta, GA)

With more than 200 animated monsters and 100 live actors, Netherworld is one of the nation’s most famous attractions. Having been featured on TV and in movies such as Zombieland, this spooky attraction has amazingly detailed sets. “And unlike other Halloween attractions, Netherworld’s creepy characters greet patrons in the parking lot before they purchase tickets, scaring them off before they even enter,” says Larry Kirchner, owner of HauntWorld.com and Halloween Productions. 960 1280

  

The 13th Gate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The 13th Gate (Baton Rouge, LA)

The 13th Gate is one of the most, if not the most, elaborately detailed haunted houses in America, thanks to a construction crew that includes award-winning set designers, lighting and sound technicians, and special-effects artists. Sets are over-the-top and feature live animals, including snakes and gators. In each of the 13 themed indoor and outdoor areas, more than 100 professional actors and 12 special makeup artists help bring the horror to life. “Hollywood production companies have rented the attraction multiple times to film movies such as The Reaping,” says HauntWorld Magazine owner Larry Kirchner. “The 13th Gate is, without any doubt, one of the best haunted houses in America.” 960 1280

  

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Haunted House (Weston, WV)

Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Haunted House (Weston, WV)

The Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum is one of the most memorable haunted locations for Ghost Adventures lead investigator Zak Bagans, who completed a live 7-hour investigation with the Ghost Adventures crew. The spirits that roam the asylum’s halls are extremely active, and tours are offered to see how the mentally insane lived and died within these walls. “It is undeniably the scariest overall haunted attraction that I’ve been to in the US, outside of the Fright Dome,” Zak says. Additionally, visitors can participate in zombie paintball, a fall festival and the Asylum Ball, which includes a costume contest. 960 1280

  

13th Floor Haunted House

13th Floor Haunted House

The 13th Floor Haunted House is the largest and longest indoor haunted attraction in Colorado. It was renovated this year with 2 new attractions. “Watch evil take control of unwilling bodies in Undead: The Possession, or run for your life as terrifying ghouls and monsters come alive as you walk through Dwellings of the Dead,” says TravelChannel.com video project manager Arthur Hsu. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology such as Microsoft Kinect, the robotic monsters are more than capable of frightening the victims who dare to venture into the 13th Floor. 960 1280

  

Bennett’s Curse (Jessup, MD)

Bennett’s Curse (Jessup, MD)

This haunted spectacle outside Baltimore is one of the top Halloween attractions in the mid-Atlantic region. It features 3 terrifying haunted houses — Medieval Underworld, Inferno 3D and Sanctuary of Insanity — and the owners of this popular haunt continue to add monsters and twists to keep the attractions exciting for new and returning visitors. Arthur Hsu says, “Not only has Bennett’s Curse been featured on Travel Channel’s America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions 3, but it has consistently been ranked by several sources as one of the best Halloween attractions in the US.” This spooky spot is also among the first to frighten its victims with the latest cutting-edge technology. 960 1280

  

Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando, FL)

Halloween Horror Nights (Orlando, FL)

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando should be at the top of anyone’s Halloween bucket list, especially fans looking for big-budget scares. Aaron Sagers says, “Movie industry experts craft haunted houses so loaded with detail that visitors walk through and feel like they’ve been dropped into an episode of The Walking Dead or the movie From Dusk Till Dawn.” Other popular attractions featured at the theme park include Bayou of Blood, Dollhouse of the Damned and Roanoke – Cannibal Colony. Those willing to face their fears can also enter, at their own risk, the Halloween house for a face-to-face meeting with Michael Myers, the iconic masked slasher from the movies. 960 1280

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Festival of the Dead (Salem, MA)

Festival of the Dead (Salem, MA)

Salem, MA, is historically known for the 1692 Witch trials that left 20 people executed. This year’s Festival of the Dead includes 2 weeks of events and parties designed to bring out your inner Witch. Attend a séance to speak with the dead, share your stories with others at the Mourning Tea, pick up new ghost-hunting techniques or learn about death’s macabre customs and strange rituals. Finish the festival with the Official Salem Witches’ Ball on Oct. 31, and you’ll leave this town spellbound. Author, TV personality and paranormal expert Jeff Belanger says, “This town will cast a spell on you.” 960 1280

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Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)

Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA)

The Queen Mary was built in the early 1930s as a luxury trans-Atlantic ocean liner, but it was pressed into military service to carry troops during World War II, when hundreds died in and around the ship. This Halloween, the haunted ship is offering its Dark Harbor tours with 4 new attractions: the Soulmate maze, the B340 maze, Voodoo Village and Monster Midway, which features a freak show, a mechanical monster and a new ride, the Sinister Swings. “Keep your eyes open, because those ghostly apparitions you see may not just be another special effect,” says Jeff Belanger. And before you go, make sure you check out the Ghost Adventures’ lockdown and investigation of the Queen Mary. 960 1280

  

Fan Favorite: Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Louisville, KY)

Fan Favorite: Waverly Hills Sanatorium (Louisville, KY)

We asked and the majority of the people who responded on Twitter and Facebook told us that Waverly Hills Sanatorium, in Louisville, KY, should be the fan favorite pic for Travel’s Best Halloween Attractions 2014. Built in 1908, the original building was designed to accommodate up to 50 tuberculosis patients. Today, it’s the site for paranormal investigations, tours and creepy sightings. Add it to your must-see spooky spots on Halloween. 960 1280

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The 13th Gate in Baton Rouge, LA, appeals to every imaginable phobia with zombies, serial killers and more. 960 1280

The 13th gate Haunted House  

Drew Colthern is just 1 of over 100 actors who perform each night at the 13th Gate Haunted House. 960 1280

the 13th gate Haunted House  

Creepyworld in St. Louis, MO, is a one-stop shop for creepiness with zombies, graveyards and the Dominion of the Vampire. 960 1280

Creepyworld  

At Creepyworld, guests encounter a chainsaw-wielding bride and a bloody bathtub scene straight out of a horror flick. 960 1280

Todd Ferren, Creepyworld  

The senses are assaulted at Forth Worth's Cutting Edge with pumping music, heavy fog and horrific sights. 960 1280

Cutting Edge  

Pass through a giant skull to the world's largest walk-through haunted house with zombies, vampires and gothic ghouls. 960 1280

Cutting Edge  

All aboard the Ghost Town Express, a haunted train ride into the deep dark Spookywoods in Greensboro, NC. 960 1280

Spookywoods  

Spread out over 55 acres, Spookywoods has a creepy cornfield, a twisted maze and, of course, a haunted house. 960 1280

Spookywoods  

The Beast, in the old John Deere headquarters, pairs real-life horrors with classic haunted-house attractions. 960 1280

The Beast   

Actors and real animals, like alligators and a 220-lb. anaconda, add extra thrills to the Beast in Kansas City, MO. 960 1280

The Beast  

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Toronto Zombie Walk
Toronto Zombie Walk

Toronto Zombie Walk

A participant in Toronto’s annual Zombie Walk enjoys a tasty hand sandwich. This year the walking dead attempted to break a world record and learn to save a life with CPR training by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As they put it, “zombies need to plan for the future too!” 960 1280

JWJensen through the Flickr Creative Commons License  

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

Pittsburgh Zombie Fest

The West End Village is flooded with the undead on “World Zombie Day.” Free to the public, zombies were asked to donate non-perishable food items for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank. In 2007, Pittsburgh had a Guinness World Record-breaking attendance of 1,028 attendants. 960 1280

Angela Rocco Photography c/o Clownhouse Productions  

San Francisco Zombie Walk

San Francisco Zombie Walk

An innocent “victim” is set upon by bloodthirsty zombies during San Francisco’s annual zombie walk. Each year the community has one goal: “Absolute zombie domination.” 960 1280

Brian Schulman through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Chicago Zombie March

Chicago Zombie March

These zombie walkers in Chicago’s annual parade seem pretty cheerful for undead people. Over the summer, the fifth annual zombie march took place in Millenium Park starting at The Bean. 960 1280

Eric Ingram through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Zombie Walk Detroit

Zombie Walk Detroit

“World Zombie Day” takes place every October in Detroit’s Greektown neighborhood. The fifth annual Walk Against Hunger returns to Grant Park in Royal Oak, thanks to the “bloody-the-lawn-all-you-want” policy. 960 1280

Technochick through the Flickr Creative Commons  

London Pub Crawl

London Pub Crawl

For the Brits, celebrating World Zombie Day takes place in the form of a pub crawl through central London ending with a midnight screening of “Shaun of the Dead” at the Leicester Square theater. 960 1280
Philly Zombie Prom

Philly Zombie Prom

This handsome couple found true zombie love at Philadelphia’s 2009 zombie walk. Looks like they should be vying for the title of Zombie King and Queen at the annual Halloween prom. 960 1280

SapphireBlue through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s Red, White & Dead

Seattle’s annual zombie walk has become one of the world’s largest, with over 2,405 participating in the Fremont flash mob this past July. 960 1280

Russel Bernice through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Stiges Zombie Walk

Stiges Zombie Walk

Sponsored by Jack Daniels, this event has become a highlight of the Stiges Film Festival in Spain. 960 1280

Rumikel through the Flickr Creative Commons  

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Stockholm Zombie Walk

Zombie walks have become a worldwide phenomenon. The Swedish capital’s streets are flooded with blood and guts during the annual zombie walk. 960 1280

Pelle Sten, flickr   

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico’s Zombie Walk

Mexico City broke the world record for the largest zombie gathering in 2011, when Guinness officially counted 9,806 participants, surpassing the previous record-holder Asbury Park, NJ. 960 1280

Munir Hamdan, flickr  

New Jersey Zombie Walk

New Jersey Zombie Walk

“Rise and walk” to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the apocalypse in Asbury Park, NJ. Since its inception in 2008, the event has nearly tripled in size. 960 1280

Bob Jagendorf, flickr  

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Brisbane Zombie Walk

Trying to top past success, this year’s event will be a Zombie Festival in Victoria Park in Spring Hill, Queensland and hopes to raise more than $24,000 for Brain Foundation. 960 1280

Mark C-F, flickr  

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