America's Best Towns for Halloween
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.
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.