Ghouls, goblins and ghosts: oh my! Halloween is upon us and if you’re twiddling your thumbs trying to figure out what to do, why not take a spooky weekend trip out-of-town! And no, I’m not talking about some grand vacay out of the country, the good ‘ol U.S. of A. is home to some of the scariest places worldwide. (in a good way)
I’ve compiled a list of seven of the best cities in the nation to celebrate Halloween!
Los Angeles, California
The greater Los Angeles area is home to some of the best scary theme park attractions in the nation. Book a quick trip here for the weekend and you can squeeze them all in! This year, Universal Studios Hollywood annual “Halloween Horror Nights” is themed after the hit show “The Walking Dead.” Knott’s Berry Farm in Anaheim is notorious for it’s Halloween transformation where ghouls and ghosts that chase you through the park as you get on rides and then there’s my personal favorite and sure to be heaven for rollercoaster enthusiasts: Fright Fest at 6 flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.
I know this city rings a bell from high school history class! Salem, Massachusetts aka Witch City! Okay so I may be the only one who calls it that, but in the late 1600’s, Salem became infamous for its witch trials, where women who were feared to be witches were burned at the stake. Well, Salem’s once shameful past has been embraced by the city’s current inhabitants and from October 2nd to November 2nd of every year, they have a festival with witch trial reenactments, pumpkin picking and a candlelit ghostly tour, and more.
Estes Park, Colorado
If you think you can handle it, a weekend stay at The Stanley Hotel will be sure to make your skin crawl. Most famous for housing Stephen King and inspiring him to write his horrifying masterpiece “The Shining,” rumor has it the hotel is haunted by three people, and when you’re in the billiards rooms, it’s not uncommon to see one of them!
New Orleans, Louisiana
The city’s reputation for voodoo already creates a supernatural and spooky feel anytime of the year, so when you throw Halloween into the mix, this city really knows how to put on a show! Stay in the French Quarter and partake in its informative and creepy Haunted History tours. The next day, visit the Manchac Swamp aka “The Haunted Swamp” and take a stroll through their famous and visually striking cemeteries.
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Celebs Tweet Their Thoughts About #JusticeForSandraBland
1. Jesse Williams
#SandraBland's treatment while attempting to travel freely on HER public roadways has been acknowledged as unlawful. She is already dead.
2. Taraji P. Henson
"SAY HER NAME #SandraBland"
3. Ava DuVernay
"'Why are you arresting me?' Because you know your rights. Because I can. Because no one'll believe you. #SandraBland"
4. Kim Kardashian
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!
5. Jussie Smollet
"A loss 4 words. #SandraBlandMatters #BlackLivesMatter 👈🏿tell me this should change once the nation shows that we do. "
6. Snoop Dogg
🙏🌹. Sandra. Rip. 🌹🌹
7. K. Michelle
R.I.P to this queen. This could've been any of us. My prayers go out to her family. #sandrabland https://instagram.com/p/5fvlO_AhCf/
8. Gabrielle Union
SAY HER NAME!!! #SandraBland #SandraBland #SandraBland #SayHerName
"We must get to the cause of #sandrabland death because this CANNOT happen again #deathorfreedom"
10. David Banner
"When will we fight back. A man's duty on earth is to protect women and children. Where are the gangsters? Preachers? We need you. Please."
11. Nicki Minaj
"Rest In Peace #SandraBland"
12. Talib Kweli
"We the people ask @LorettaLynch to investigate #SandraBland #KimberleeRandleKing RETWEET "
Signs. Signs. Signs all around us. The Message is Here. #SandraBland
14. Missy Elliot
"When I look at the #SandraBland traffic video it brings so many emotions😳😢😡😡😤!"
15. Jessie J
"God bless your soul Sandra | #sandrabland | Change needs to come |Justice needs to be served | Heart… https://instagram.com/p/5fV79mQ0aw/ "
16. Jackee Harry
"It's time y'all, it's time.." #SandraBland #BlackLivesMatter
"In memory of #SandraBland these things don't make no kinda sense "
18. Holly Robinson Peete
I really don't look forward to having ANOTHER difficult conversation w my kids tonight...but here we go again😧💔 #SandraBland #SayHerName 😢
19. Jeffrey White
Sadly, doesn't matter by whose hand she died. Unjustified arrested set the outcome in motion. The state murdered her. #JusticeForSandraBland
Sandra could have been your mother, sister, aunt, friend or if she wasn't killed the community outreach advisor A&M. #SandraBland
21. Joan Smalls
"My heart is broken. Sending my deepest condolence to her family and friends. May you find Strength, Peace and Justice. When will this stop? #EqualityForAll #RIP #Why #SayHerName
22. Gladys Knight
Sandra Bland.... #SayHerName #SandraBland
23. Cara Delevigne
Things need to change NOW #SANDRABLAND #Justice #Equality
24. Meek Mill
"Rip to that young lady that lost her life about a traffic stop! 🙏 ima make sure I pray for her and her family! 🙏😄😄😄"