3 Fun Historic Halloween Celebrations

Headless Horseman Rides in a Halloween festival in Sleepy Hollow, New York | James Kirkikis

There are hundreds if not thousands of Halloween celebrations that happen sometime during the month of October across the United States and the rest of the World. In some cultures, the celebrations are called the Day of the Dead as a way of paying respect for loved ones who have gone before us. Other people love to get scared on Halloween and visit scary places knowing they are fine and are not going to be harmed in any way.

Many towns go all out for these celebrations, especially if the town has a history of someone infamous or infamous happenings in its history. In Romania they have Count Dracula. In London, there are several characters which they choose to highlight in October, and in Hollywood, just imagine the characters from various horror films that come out of the shadows. Here, we are going to discuss three places and their celebrations. Sleepy Hollow, The Queen Mary, and Salem, Massachusetts. Each is unique and equally scary and fun. Enjoy.

Jack O’Lantern from Sleep Hollow, New York during Halloween | Felix Lipov

Sleepy Hollow, New York is the home of the Headless Horseman and even today they know how to keep up with the best in Halloween celebrations! You can visit Sleep Hollow any time during October and participate in one of several ghost tours. The first stop, of course, has to be at the famous 300-year old Phillipsburg Manor is one of the most favorite of Halloween events as it is transformed into a fearsome landscape that features vampires, witches, ghosts and state-of-the-art special effects.

Then to include the younger full family in a tour, go to Lyndhurst Castle where a guide will take you to meet the spirits of the Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Phantom of the Opera. Also found in Sleepy Hollow are haunted hayrides, parades, lantern tours, and an old Dutch Burial ground that you do not want to miss. The Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is also nearby where Washington Irving is buried. This is a great cemetery to visit for historical value as well as it is one of the oldest in the United States.

A barn is decorated for a Halloween Ghost Dance, in Sleepy Hollow, New York | James Kirkikis
Phillipsburg Manor, a recreated 18th Century Colonial farm in Sleepy Hollow, New York | James Kirkikis
Cherry blossoms bloom on a misty spring day at the Lyndhurst Manor, former home of Jay Gould, in Tarrytown, New York | James Kirkikis
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery | Bri Adventures

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California is a docked ship that is thought for years to be haunted. This is supposed to be one of the scariest places to visit in October and is not for young children at all. Dark Harbor promises to offer terrifying experiences to those who dare to visit. This event features six mazes haunted by more than 200 spirits and ghosts, many inspired by the actual spirits that are said to haunt the ship. Visitors should also expect rides, more monsters, live shows, food and beverages.

Night view of the famous Queen Mary near Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach, California | Kit Leong

Salem, Massachusetts, of course is the home of the Salem witch trials. And what better place to visit during the month of October than Salem? It was in Salem that twenty-six people were once tried and put to death for being witches and Halloween is when the town celebrates witches in a more fun way than that.

Detailed view of the entrance to a popular witch trial museum seen in a period, gothic styled building in early fall. | Nick Beer
The Judge Jonathan Corwin House: Black old historical house, is the only structure still standing in Salem with direct ties to the Witchcraft Trials of 1692. | Ksenia Ragozina

Visitors here should expect guided tours of haunted and infamous spots, fireworks, parades and a witch’s circle. Don’t miss out visiting the Witch House Museum, which was once home to Judge Jonathan Corwin, one of the judges in the trials and one of the remaining buildings left in Salem that has direct links to the trials.  On the night of Halloween there are magic shows, witches balls, séances, fireworks and more activities for young and young at heart.

Terror of the Wharf car. Salem, Massachusetts

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