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

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

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

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.

Courtesy of Friends of Animals Utah

America's Best Towns for Halloween

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