America's Best Towns for Halloween

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween:

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    Celebrate Halloween in these small towns, where a bloody good time is guaranteed.

    From October 2013 By

    When locals set up paranormal-searching equipment at the B&O Museum in Oakland, MD, they were in for a fright: they heard eerie footsteps and a spooky voice inquiring, “Is this hell?”

    “None of the volunteers work in the museum alone at night anymore,” says B&O’s chairman, Terry Helbig. This haunted railway museum, along with Halloween hayrides and an annual autumn festival, helped land Oakland in the top 20 towns for Halloween, according to T+L readers.

    For T+L’s first America’s Favorite Towns survey, we asked our fans, followers, and editors to nominate their favorites with the hashtag #TLTowns—and then to vote for the small towns in categories including best parades, most historic B&Bs, and vibrant Main Streets.

    For some of the winning Halloween towns, the holiday is an excuse to party, with pub crawls, pumpkin beer on tap (Beaver Creek, CO), and late-night shows. Others take a more low-key, kid-friendly approach, hosting costume competitions for pets (Bar Harbor, ME) or autumn festivals with corn mazes and apple-wine tastings.

    The festivities can stretch from mid-October into November, so if you want to avoid alienating the locals, do your homework before showing up in town in your ghastliest costume.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Lake Placid

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    No. 1 Lake Placid, NY

    The zombies are coming! Each Halloween, this 19th-century town in the Adirondacks transforms to make way for the 5K Zombie Run. Main Street closes to traffic so that kids can trick-or-treat, while later on, adults on the Trek-n-Treat pub crawl slink through three bars, each giving out costume competition prizes. There are ghosts to be spotted on tours of Fort Ticonderoga, and performances of The Rocky Horror Show with prop bags so that the audience can play along.

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  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Snowmass Village

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    No. 2 Snowmass Village, CO

    Skeletons and bones litter this Rocky Mountain town, specifically, the 150,000-year-old bones, teeth, and tusks from mastodon and mammoth fossils on view at the Ice Age Discovery Center. As you stroll down Divide Road, listen for the howls of wolves—or more likely, the sound of 250 mixed-breed huskies and malamutes employed by Krabloonik, a restaurant that offers dogsled rides. Voted the No. 1 town for family vacations, Snowmass Village also drew high marks for its friendly—and attractive—locals. Mingle over drinks at Zane’s Tavern.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Park City

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    No. 3 Park City, UT

    Squirrels, bees, sheep with Bo Peep, and bratwursts with mustard on buns: these are a few of the elaborately costumed dogs that march with their decked-out owners in “Bark” City’s Howl-o-Ween street party. It’s part of the bewitching charm of this old silver-mining town east of Salt Lake. Park City Ghost Tours takes visitors hunting for spirits while sharing ghastly tales of their lives and deaths.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Chatham

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    No. 4 Chatham, MA

    Pumpkin People in the Park turn up to haunt Kate Gould Park each October. Look for pumpkin heads and bodies dressed as lobsters, knights, scarecrows, pigs, pilgrims, brides, and even as the protagonist of Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream. The Saturday before Halloween, musicians join them for an Oktoberfest event complete with donuts, pumpkin bowling, and apple bobbing. When you head back to one of Chatham’s B&Bs—voted No. 2 in the survey—just be sure to check under your bed before turning out the lights.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Ludlow

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    No. 5 Ludlow, VT

    In 1788, the Golden Stage Inn was a stagecoach stop; once it was converted into an inn, owners spotted a ghost in the attic—a ghost that doesn’t want to leave. The current owners have noticed lights, televisions, and stove burners going on and off, and contractors and housekeepers say they’ve heard ghostly footsteps. To stay in the spirit, ahem, of the season, the innkeepers decorate the B&B as a friendly haunted house. It makes a convenient base for skiing at Okemo Mountain or picking up some 18th-century-like skills at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Princeton

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    No. 6 Princeton, NJ

    Where do you prefer to meet ghosts: on an ivy-draped university campus, in a historic neighborhood, on a battlefield, or in a cemetery? The Princeton Tour Company supplies tools to both skeptics and believers on its various ghost hunts: electromagnetic-field meters, dowsing rods, thermal meters for sensing heat, and instructions on how to “take orb shots” using camera phones. For a more kid-friendly take on Halloween, stop by Princeton’s Terhune Orchards for pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, and the Barn of Legends and Lore.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Aspen

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    No. 7 Aspen, CO

    Halloween is as good an excuse as any to party in this resort town, which counts about 80 bars in a six-block area and claims the survey’s second-place title for attractive residents. It’s the one night that the private Caribou Club opens its doors to all comers—at least those in costume. Or you could spend the night out with Aspen Walking Tours, which offers Walk with the Dead and Ghosts, Murder & Mayhem tours.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Harbor Springs

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    No. 8 Harbor Springs, MI

    Harbor Springs made it into the survey’s top 10 towns for a family vacation, and it’s easy to see why come Halloween. Wanda the Magic Witch leads festivities at the Community Halloween Party where kids “Trunk-or-Treat” among parked and registered cars. The fun starts a week and a half earlier at the annual “End of Season” Halloween Bash with blues music and costume contests. Then there’s the Halloween Children’s Parade, the Pier Halloween Party, and the American Legion Halloween Party—none overlap, so fanatics can join them all.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Bar Harbor

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    No. 9 Bar Harbor, ME

    This town has nearly as many ghost stories as there are coves around Mount Desert Island. The white shapes of eight missionaries killed in 1613 are said to haunt Jesuit Springs; an orb of white supposedly materializes in a corner of the town’s funeral home; and ghosts of two women are rumored to slam doors and throw vases in a local inn. Even pets can get in the spirit thanks to Acadia Veterinary Hospital, which hosts a Halloween party with prizes for the best-costumed cats and dogs.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Stowe

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    No. 10 Stowe, VT

    A classic New England church steeple towers over this Green Mountain town, where ghost-seekers carry candle-lanterns while listening to haunted tales on Stowe Lantern Tours each fall. At the Green Mountain Inn, for instance, legend has it that Boots Berry—who was born on site in 1840 and died falling off the top—now tap dances on the roof. And the ghost of a young woman jilted on her wedding day still roams Gold Brook Bridge. T+L readers voted Stowe No. 5 in the historic inns category and also appreciated its sense of adventure.

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  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Delray Beach

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    No. 11 Delray Beach, FL

    There’s no autumn crispness in the air here, but that makes it all the easier for children to show off costumes at the Halloween Parade and in Trick-or-Treat Along the Avenue. Afterward, families head to Kidsfest in Veterans Park for food, crafts, bounce houses, and live entertainment to complete their “spook-tacular Halloween.” It’s the kind of laid-back fun that attracts tourists to the beach town of Delray, whatever the season (T+L readers voted it No. 2 for Christmas).

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Winter Park

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    No. 12 Winter Park, FL

    With a No. 5–rated Main Street, Winter Park is one of central Florida’s most historic towns. It embraces Halloween with events like Pumpkins and Munchkins in Shady Park, with bounce houses, games, a costume contest, and a Trick-or-Treat Trail. Rollins College holds an annual Halloween Howl featuring haunted houses, carnival games, arts and crafts activities, and of course, a costume contest. But the real howling may be at the Park Avenue Pet Costume Contest, with both large- and small-dog categories.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Skaneateles

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    No. 13 (tie) Skaneateles, NY

    This town in the heart-shaped Finger Lakes region won over T+L readers for its locals’ hometown pride and the quaint B&Bs. At Tim’s Pumpkin Patch, visitors get lost in a corn maze and a hay fort and, if they find their way out, pick pumpkins. Kids can also pet and feed farm animals like piglets, calves, chickens, and rabbits—no vampire bats, though. Pair it with a visit to Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard, where you can pick 15 fruit varieties and your poison of choice: hard cider, apple wine, apple vodka, or apple gin.

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    No. 13 (tie) Telluride, CO

    Tiptoe over to the outside amphitheater of the Telluride Historical Museum, flashlight in hand, to hear ghost stories. Then, once you’re prepped for the paranormal, take the lamplight museum tour through the dimly lit masonry building, originally built as Hall’s Hospital in 1896. Next stop: the costume contest at radio station KOTO’s 38th Annual Halloween Bash at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon. It’s the kind of celebration that comes naturally to the town voted No. 1 for music and No. 2 for parades.

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    No. 15 New Hope, PA

    Located along the Delaware River, the artsy town of New Hope attracted T+L readers for its antique shopping (rated No. 4) and music (rated No. 8). At Halloween time, the main events are The Rocky Horror Show at the Bucks County Playhouse and the Zombie Prom DJ Dance Party, which rocks out at the Havana Restaurant. Should you decide to enter the High-Heel Drag Race, remember it’s strictly B.Y.O.H. (bring your own heels). Even local businesses dress the part; the scariest and most-originally decorated storefronts win prizes.

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    No. 16 Traverse City, MI

    Traverse City ranked No. 8 for parades like the daylight Halloween Walk starring cute kids in costumes trick-or-treating at stores downtown. The Zombie Run ups the ante with its motto of “the more blood and guts, the better!” Costumed participants in the race have included beauty-pageant contestants, Elvis, and Village People zombies. And with vineyards, breweries, and beaches in close proximity to this hip lake town, there’s plenty to do long after the zombies have beaten their retreat.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Oakland, MD

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    No. 17 Oakland, MD

    Guests on the Halloween Hayride at Broadford Park ride on flatbed trailers pulled by trucks along the lakefront, passing 16 scenes of live zombies and ghosts—if you can call zombies and ghosts “live.” Local merchants decorate parking meters in all manner of Halloween getups. And nearby, the former B&O Railroad Station (now the B&O Museum) is rumored to be haunted. Scenic trails, a Main Street complete with an old-time soda fountain, and an annual Autumn Glory Festival add to the appeal of Oakland, rated No. 1 overall for fall travel.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Franklin, TN

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    No. 18 Franklin, TN

    The past isn’t dead in this historic town south of Nashville. Consider the actor-led cemetery walking tour Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones or the Ghosts of the Battlefield tour that visits the 1858 Lotz House. Those with young kids will dig the annual Pumpkinfest featuring pumpkin painting, a chili cook-off, arts and crafts booths, and bounce houses. It’s also an easy way to get to know this century’s Franklin residents, voted seventh friendliest by T+L readers.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Beaver Creek

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    No. 19 Beaver Creek, CO

    Pumpkin beer on tap flows and Halloween “horror d’oeuvres” will be served during the Halloween party at the Crazy Mountain craft-brewing company just outside of town. Also on this year’s Halloween agenda: a performance of 1980s songs by Motet at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center. Local merchants have been known to open their doors to trick-or-treaters in this family-friendly destination. T+L readers liked Beaver Creek even better in warm weather, voting it the No. 7 town for summer.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: St. Augustine

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    No. 20 St. Augustine, FL

    St. Augustine is America’s oldest permanent European settlement, and it has the forts, Spanish colonial architecture, and legends to prove it. It’s crawling with creepies, especially at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, where alligators with glowing eyes are the main attraction of the Creatures of the Night event. Lighthouse Haunted History Tours fill visitors’ heads with tales of the paranormal while they wander out into the darkness by the sea using only glow sticks for light. Practical-joking ghosts supposedly wedged a man under a bed at one of St. Augustine’s No. 1–rated historic inns.

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  • America's Best Towns for Halloween:

    When locals set up paranormal-searching equipment at the B&O Museum in Oakland, MD, they were in for a fright: they heard eerie footsteps and a spooky voice inquiring, “Is this hell?”

    “None of the volunteers work in the museum alone at night anymore,” says B&O’s chairman, Terry Helbig. This haunted railway museum, along with Halloween hayrides and an annual autumn festival, helped land Oakland in the top 20 towns for Halloween, according to T+L readers.

    For T+L’s first America’s Favorite Towns survey, we asked our fans, followers, and editors to nominate their favorites with the hashtag #TLTowns—and then to vote for the small towns in categories including best parades, most historic B&Bs, and vibrant Main Streets.

    For some of the winning Halloween towns, the holiday is an excuse to party, with pub crawls, pumpkin beer on tap (Beaver Creek, CO), and late-night shows. Others take a more low-key, kid-friendly approach, hosting costume competitions for pets (Bar Harbor, ME) or autumn festivals with corn mazes and apple-wine tastings.

    The festivities can stretch from mid-October into November, so if you want to avoid alienating the locals, do your homework before showing up in town in your ghastliest costume.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Lake Placid

    No. 1 Lake Placid, NY

    The zombies are coming! Each Halloween, this 19th-century town in the Adirondacks transforms to make way for the 5K Zombie Run. Main Street closes to traffic so that kids can trick-or-treat, while later on, adults on the Trek-n-Treat pub crawl slink through three bars, each giving out costume competition prizes. There are ghosts to be spotted on tours of Fort Ticonderoga, and performances of The Rocky Horror Show with prop bags so that the audience can play along.

    Vote in the America's Favorite Places Survey

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Snowmass Village

    No. 2 Snowmass Village, CO

    Skeletons and bones litter this Rocky Mountain town, specifically, the 150,000-year-old bones, teeth, and tusks from mastodon and mammoth fossils on view at the Ice Age Discovery Center. As you stroll down Divide Road, listen for the howls of wolves—or more likely, the sound of 250 mixed-breed huskies and malamutes employed by Krabloonik, a restaurant that offers dogsled rides. Voted the No. 1 town for family vacations, Snowmass Village also drew high marks for its friendly—and attractive—locals. Mingle over drinks at Zane’s Tavern.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Park City

    No. 3 Park City, UT

    Squirrels, bees, sheep with Bo Peep, and bratwursts with mustard on buns: these are a few of the elaborately costumed dogs that march with their decked-out owners in “Bark” City’s Howl-o-Ween street party. It’s part of the bewitching charm of this old silver-mining town east of Salt Lake. Park City Ghost Tours takes visitors hunting for spirits while sharing ghastly tales of their lives and deaths.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Chatham

    No. 4 Chatham, MA

    Pumpkin People in the Park turn up to haunt Kate Gould Park each October. Look for pumpkin heads and bodies dressed as lobsters, knights, scarecrows, pigs, pilgrims, brides, and even as the protagonist of Edvard Munch’s painting The Scream. The Saturday before Halloween, musicians join them for an Oktoberfest event complete with donuts, pumpkin bowling, and apple bobbing. When you head back to one of Chatham’s B&Bs—voted No. 2 in the survey—just be sure to check under your bed before turning out the lights.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Ludlow

    No. 5 Ludlow, VT

    In 1788, the Golden Stage Inn was a stagecoach stop; once it was converted into an inn, owners spotted a ghost in the attic—a ghost that doesn’t want to leave. The current owners have noticed lights, televisions, and stove burners going on and off, and contractors and housekeepers say they’ve heard ghostly footsteps. To stay in the spirit, ahem, of the season, the innkeepers decorate the B&B as a friendly haunted house. It makes a convenient base for skiing at Okemo Mountain or picking up some 18th-century-like skills at the Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Princeton

    No. 6 Princeton, NJ

    Where do you prefer to meet ghosts: on an ivy-draped university campus, in a historic neighborhood, on a battlefield, or in a cemetery? The Princeton Tour Company supplies tools to both skeptics and believers on its various ghost hunts: electromagnetic-field meters, dowsing rods, thermal meters for sensing heat, and instructions on how to “take orb shots” using camera phones. For a more kid-friendly take on Halloween, stop by Princeton’s Terhune Orchards for pick-your-own pumpkins, a corn maze, and the Barn of Legends and Lore.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Aspen

    No. 7 Aspen, CO

    Halloween is as good an excuse as any to party in this resort town, which counts about 80 bars in a six-block area and claims the survey’s second-place title for attractive residents. It’s the one night that the private Caribou Club opens its doors to all comers—at least those in costume. Or you could spend the night out with Aspen Walking Tours, which offers Walk with the Dead and Ghosts, Murder & Mayhem tours.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Harbor Springs

    No. 8 Harbor Springs, MI

    Harbor Springs made it into the survey’s top 10 towns for a family vacation, and it’s easy to see why come Halloween. Wanda the Magic Witch leads festivities at the Community Halloween Party where kids “Trunk-or-Treat” among parked and registered cars. The fun starts a week and a half earlier at the annual “End of Season” Halloween Bash with blues music and costume contests. Then there’s the Halloween Children’s Parade, the Pier Halloween Party, and the American Legion Halloween Party—none overlap, so fanatics can join them all.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Bar Harbor

    No. 9 Bar Harbor, ME

    This town has nearly as many ghost stories as there are coves around Mount Desert Island. The white shapes of eight missionaries killed in 1613 are said to haunt Jesuit Springs; an orb of white supposedly materializes in a corner of the town’s funeral home; and ghosts of two women are rumored to slam doors and throw vases in a local inn. Even pets can get in the spirit thanks to Acadia Veterinary Hospital, which hosts a Halloween party with prizes for the best-costumed cats and dogs.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Stowe

    No. 10 Stowe, VT

    A classic New England church steeple towers over this Green Mountain town, where ghost-seekers carry candle-lanterns while listening to haunted tales on Stowe Lantern Tours each fall. At the Green Mountain Inn, for instance, legend has it that Boots Berry—who was born on site in 1840 and died falling off the top—now tap dances on the roof. And the ghost of a young woman jilted on her wedding day still roams Gold Brook Bridge. T+L readers voted Stowe No. 5 in the historic inns category and also appreciated its sense of adventure.

    Vote in the America's Favorite Places Survey

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Delray Beach

    No. 11 Delray Beach, FL

    There’s no autumn crispness in the air here, but that makes it all the easier for children to show off costumes at the Halloween Parade and in Trick-or-Treat Along the Avenue. Afterward, families head to Kidsfest in Veterans Park for food, crafts, bounce houses, and live entertainment to complete their “spook-tacular Halloween.” It’s the kind of laid-back fun that attracts tourists to the beach town of Delray, whatever the season (T+L readers voted it No. 2 for Christmas).

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Winter Park

    No. 12 Winter Park, FL

    With a No. 5–rated Main Street, Winter Park is one of central Florida’s most historic towns. It embraces Halloween with events like Pumpkins and Munchkins in Shady Park, with bounce houses, games, a costume contest, and a Trick-or-Treat Trail. Rollins College holds an annual Halloween Howl featuring haunted houses, carnival games, arts and crafts activities, and of course, a costume contest. But the real howling may be at the Park Avenue Pet Costume Contest, with both large- and small-dog categories.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Skaneateles

    No. 13 (tie) Skaneateles, NY

    This town in the heart-shaped Finger Lakes region won over T+L readers for its locals’ hometown pride and the quaint B&Bs. At Tim’s Pumpkin Patch, visitors get lost in a corn maze and a hay fort and, if they find their way out, pick pumpkins. Kids can also pet and feed farm animals like piglets, calves, chickens, and rabbits—no vampire bats, though. Pair it with a visit to Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard, where you can pick 15 fruit varieties and your poison of choice: hard cider, apple wine, apple vodka, or apple gin.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Telluride

    No. 13 (tie) Telluride, CO

    Tiptoe over to the outside amphitheater of the Telluride Historical Museum, flashlight in hand, to hear ghost stories. Then, once you’re prepped for the paranormal, take the lamplight museum tour through the dimly lit masonry building, originally built as Hall’s Hospital in 1896. Next stop: the costume contest at radio station KOTO’s 38th Annual Halloween Bash at Fly Me to the Moon Saloon. It’s the kind of celebration that comes naturally to the town voted No. 1 for music and No. 2 for parades.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: New Hope

    No. 15 New Hope, PA

    Located along the Delaware River, the artsy town of New Hope attracted T+L readers for its antique shopping (rated No. 4) and music (rated No. 8). At Halloween time, the main events are The Rocky Horror Show at the Bucks County Playhouse and the Zombie Prom DJ Dance Party, which rocks out at the Havana Restaurant. Should you decide to enter the High-Heel Drag Race, remember it’s strictly B.Y.O.H. (bring your own heels). Even local businesses dress the part; the scariest and most-originally decorated storefronts win prizes.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Traverse City

    No. 16 Traverse City, MI

    Traverse City ranked No. 8 for parades like the daylight Halloween Walk starring cute kids in costumes trick-or-treating at stores downtown. The Zombie Run ups the ante with its motto of “the more blood and guts, the better!” Costumed participants in the race have included beauty-pageant contestants, Elvis, and Village People zombies. And with vineyards, breweries, and beaches in close proximity to this hip lake town, there’s plenty to do long after the zombies have beaten their retreat.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Oakland, MD

    No. 17 Oakland, MD

    Guests on the Halloween Hayride at Broadford Park ride on flatbed trailers pulled by trucks along the lakefront, passing 16 scenes of live zombies and ghosts—if you can call zombies and ghosts “live.” Local merchants decorate parking meters in all manner of Halloween getups. And nearby, the former B&O Railroad Station (now the B&O Museum) is rumored to be haunted. Scenic trails, a Main Street complete with an old-time soda fountain, and an annual Autumn Glory Festival add to the appeal of Oakland, rated No. 1 overall for fall travel.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Franklin, TN

    No. 18 Franklin, TN

    The past isn’t dead in this historic town south of Nashville. Consider the actor-led cemetery walking tour Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones or the Ghosts of the Battlefield tour that visits the 1858 Lotz House. Those with young kids will dig the annual Pumpkinfest featuring pumpkin painting, a chili cook-off, arts and crafts booths, and bounce houses. It’s also an easy way to get to know this century’s Franklin residents, voted seventh friendliest by T+L readers.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: Beaver Creek

    No. 19 Beaver Creek, CO

    Pumpkin beer on tap flows and Halloween “horror d’oeuvres” will be served during the Halloween party at the Crazy Mountain craft-brewing company just outside of town. Also on this year’s Halloween agenda: a performance of 1980s songs by Motet at Beaver Creek’s Vilar Performing Arts Center. Local merchants have been known to open their doors to trick-or-treaters in this family-friendly destination. T+L readers liked Beaver Creek even better in warm weather, voting it the No. 7 town for summer.

  • America's Best Towns for Halloween: St. Augustine

    No. 20 St. Augustine, FL

    St. Augustine is America’s oldest permanent European settlement, and it has the forts, Spanish colonial architecture, and legends to prove it. It’s crawling with creepies, especially at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, where alligators with glowing eyes are the main attraction of the Creatures of the Night event. Lighthouse Haunted History Tours fill visitors’ heads with tales of the paranormal while they wander out into the darkness by the sea using only glow sticks for light. Practical-joking ghosts supposedly wedged a man under a bed at one of St. Augustine’s No. 1–rated historic inns.

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