America's Best Towns for Halloween
Traverse City, Michigan
Traverse City gets accolades for its 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.
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.)
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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.