Mapquest Pinpoints Local Ghosts
By Ann Shields
In the mood for a thrill ride? Mapquest has modified its maps for Halloween. Go to the map for your destination city, then click the shrieking ghost icon on the right-hand tool bar to display all the haunted houses, creepy corn mazes, and ‘screamparks’ open for business through Halloween. You’ll find happenings like Austin House of Torment, Cleveland’s 7 Floors of Hell, or the haunted house at Pennsylvania’s de-commissioned and ultra-skeevy Eastern State Penitentiary.
Mapquest’s creepy content comes from its partnership with HauntWorld.com, a site that compiles links to Halloween events and sponsors haunted house trade shows. (Check Hauntworld’s list of the top 13 Haunted Houses in America here to see if there’s one near you.)
Keeping up with the additions to the Halloween ghoul finder feature could become an annual holiday ritual like checking the official NORAD Santa Tracker before bedtime on Christmas Eve. For more info, check out the MapQuest blog or LA Times.
Ann Shields is an online senior editor at Travel + Leisure.