America's Best Towns for Halloween
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 Annual Halloween Bash. It’s the kind of celebration that comes naturally to a town that prides itself in a lively music scene and wild parades.
When locals set up paranormal-searching equipment at the B&O Museum in Oakland, Maryland, they heard footsteps. And voices. “Is this hell?” the voice asked.
“None of the volunteers work in the museum alone at night anymore,” says B&O’s chairman, Terry Helbig. The haunted railway museum is just one of the reasons Oakland reserves a spot on the list of one of great American towns to spend Halloween. (For what it's worth, the area also has great Halloween hayrides and an annual autumn festival.)
But there are many, many other towns that boast some amazing Halloween festivities, including pub crawls, pumpkin beer on tap, and late-night shows. Others take a more low-key, kid-friendly approach, hosting costume competitions for pets or autumn festivals with corn mazes and apple-wine tastings. Read on for the best places to celebrate, from Colorado to Tennessee.