Places and Events

Sleep No More
You might have seen my post a few years back about haunted houses in NYC most of which are annual events that are still occurring. Well this year I had the pleasure of attending
Sleep No More.
Definitely the most theatrical of the haunted house experiences, Sleep No More is a surreal performance art piece that turns the abandoned McKittrick Hotel into a haunted experience that channels Shakespeare's Macbeth, in a light (or darkness) that you have never seen before. Put on your Venetian carnival style mask and hold your tongue while you follow characters through various ballrooms, hospitals, and nurseries as they dress, kill, and try to wash out all that blood.
The McKittrick Hotel 530 West 27th Street (between 10th and 11th avenues); 212- 904-1883.
Now through February 2015. 7 days a week. Check the site for times.
$80 and up.
*Review: This was one of the most incredible events I have ever been to. It is the perfect mix between eerie and mysterious. I was also incredibly fortunate to be chosen for an individual experience. The elevator operator stopped on a dark floor and asked me to lead the group off the elevator only as I turned around he shut the doors with the rest of the group (including my husband) remaining inside. I had no choice but to move forward by myself down a dark hallway where a nurse waited for me. She put me in an old wheelchair and started wheeling me down another dark hallway and well I will let your imagination take care of the rest. If you live in or are planning a visit NYC you MUST check this out! Knocked my socks off!
I also highly recommend dinner in The Heath before you go to get you in the spirit.

Salem, MA
Famous for being the center of the Witch Trials of 1692 this town is one of the best places to go for spooky historical tours and festive Halloween fun. Their are plenty of tours, museums and costume balls to attend. if Stay in the historic downtown area so you can walk everywhere. And Salem in the Fall couldn't be more beautiful. The leaves start changing mid month so book your trip accordingly.
You can check out Salem's Haunted Happenings website for all the information you'll need. 
Where to stay
Hawthorne Hotel
The charming historical Hawthorne Hotel is in the center of it all and usually books up almost a year in advance so you have to start planning long before your trip. They are a pet friendly hotel which you can't beat. And they throw a Halloween Ball every weekend throughout October in their Grand Ballroom.

Home Away
We prefer to stay in one of the locals beautiful apartments and homes when we visit. Check Home Away for fantastic options right in the city's historic center. 

Another fantastic option to rent a home or condo in the historic Salem area. Check out airbnb for availability.

Walt Disney World
Disney's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a great event to share with your kids. The Magic Kingdom is transformed into a Halloween village with parades, fireworks, trick or treating, and all you and your kid's favorite characters dressed in costume. 
Starts mid Sept through October. 
Disneyland throws a similar event for all of you on the west coast.

Screams is the world's largest Halloween Theme Park with four haunted houses, a maze of the macabre, ghoulish graveyard, and trail of terror. There is also rides, games, fortune tellers, and face painters. Located just outside Dallas.

Halloween Horror Nights
Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando has won best Halloween Event in '06, 08', '09, and '10. Along with Universal California both put on the best in haunted entertainment. From over the top haunted houses, scare zones, roaming creepy actors, parties, and rides. Not for kids or the faint at heart.

NYC Village Halloween Parade
All those in costume are welcome to join hundreds of puppets, 53 bands, dancers, artists, and thousands of New Yorkers in costumes of their own creation in the
Nation's Most Wildly Creative Public Participatory Event in the Greatest City in the World!
Click here for more info.

Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses
Creating nightmares for 21 years! In 2013 guests travel on a one-mile hayride journey witnessing their futures unveiled as a fortune teller reads from a cursed deck of Tarot Cards. The haunted attractions also include: The Lunar Motel, Glutton's Slaughter House, The Root Cellar, Dark Harvest Corn Maze, Nightshade Greenhouse, Dr. Dark's Black Spider Sideshow, The Feeding, Dahlia Blood's Manor, and a magic/illusion side show. It has been rated the World's Best Haunted Hayride by AOL News, voted America's Scariest Haunted House in the Northeast by MTV, #1 in America two consecutive years by HauntWorld Magazine, named #1 on the Planet by New York Daily News, named #1 Outdoor Attraction by American Airlines, named #1 Scream Park and Hayride in America by HauntWorld Magazine, and in the top 10 in many more publications.
Click here for more info.