8 scary USA Halloween experiences!

America always goes to town at Halloween, whether you’re looking for harmless fun for littles one, or searching for a serious scaring with movie-quality terror at a theme park. Here are eight of our favourite ways to give yourself a fright in the USA this Halloween!



Freak out in Philadelphia’s petrifying prison

Dare you take a scary tour of Eastern State Penitentiary eerie cellblocks by night, left? This jail which once held notorious gangster, Al Capone, was abandoned in 1971 and is now a National Historic Landmark. At Halloween, scare actors lunge from dark corners in five spine chilling areas for their ‘Terror Behind the Walls’ nights. £15 ($19) per person.

Get spooked in Salem

Famous for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, Salem is full of Haunted Happenings during October from witches balls to haunted house experiences and family film nights on Salem Common. Join the ghostly candlelit walking tour through the town and graveyards at the Salem Wax Museum’s Haunted Neighbourhood, or check out the free events run by Festival Of the Dead





Follow the Jack O’ Lantern in Detroit

More than 1,000 jack-o’-lanterns light the mile-long path through the Halloween celebrations at the Henry Ford in Detroit, Michigan, right. Expect dancing skeletons, witches and wizards, sword-swallowing, fire-breathing, death-defying stunts and a Headless Horseman launching out of the shadows of Firestone Farm’s fields.  

Join the blood bath in Illinois

Expect to freak out from the moment you step out of your car at the Realm  of Terror Haunted House in Illinois, and are immersed in the grisly sounds and sights of this nightmarish maze. Visit on November 4 for the truly immersive Blood Bath experience - $10 off if you wear all white! Located in Round Lake Beach, between Chicago and Milwaukee, no wonder it was named top Haunted House in the state by!

Stroll San Francisco's most haunted streets

You'll visit Downstown San Francisco's creepiest corners and most murderous houses on one of Wild SF's Halloween walking tours. This terrifying trip through the city's darkest tales of famous ghosts and scandalous murders. Children not allowed. 

Disney treats for little kids

For an experience that's more fun than scary, younger kids can get into the Halloween spirit at the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney’s Magic Kingdom Park. Guests get dressed up as the theme park turns into a Halloween wonderland with special shows, themed decoration, trick-or-treating, and Happy HalloWishes Fireworks.  






Redrum! Relive The Shining

The most terrifying moments of iconic horror movie The Shining are recreated in macabre new mazes at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. Guests creep through the menacing Overlook Hotel and come face to face with ghoulish entities while trying to escape crazed caretaker Jack Torrance. The nightmarish mazes are part of Halloween Horror Nights, where streets are turned into different themed ‘scare zones’, turning guests into victims inside their own horror film, left. 

 Experience your own burial

Find out what it’s like to be buried alive in this extreme horror experience at two-storey horror house Mortem Manor, Florida’s only year-round haunted experience. At the 'Last Ride' burial simulator in Kissimmee Old Town, Florida, you experience your death in complete darkness from inside a sealed coffin, hear the sounds, feel the motion, smell the dirt as you’re taken to your final resting place.   
Posted on: 09/09/2017

Sign up here to receive USA Travel News, the regular Visit USA e-mail newsletter with the latest news and information