6 Spooktacular Destinations in the U.S.
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) As the scary season approaches, you might find yourself looking for ways to enjoy a bit of bone-chilling fun. If you're able to plan a getaway, might we suggest visiting some of the country's spookiest towns and cities? From Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., the setting of Washington Irving's famous tale of the Headless Horseman, to Gettysburg, Penn., where the deadliest Civil War battle took place, these supposedly haunted locales play up their creepy reputations with thrilling ghost tours and other eerie activities. Here's what you need to know about six destinations that are sure to send shivers down your spine without hurting your wallet.
Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.
Immortalized in Washington Irving's classic tale "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," this historic village located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River in Westchester County, N.Y., offers loads of ghoulish amusement during the fall season.
Learn about the area's creepy and legendary past on the Ghosts of Tarryhollow , a two-hour walking tour led by guides from the local historical society that will take you through the villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. The tour starts at Patriots Park at the very spot where British spy John André was captured during the American Revolution, and legend has it that Andre's ghost still haunts the vicinity (reservations required; $19.99 per person). Visitors can also take a guided tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery , the resting place of Washington Irving, Andrew Carnegie, Elizabeth Arden and William Rockefeller ($9.99 for a one-hour daytime tour; $19.99 for a two-hour daytime tour; $24.99 for an evening guided tour).
Or if you come to Sleepy Hollow on October 25 or 26, you can hop onboard a haunted hayride that follows Ichabod Crane's flight from the Headless Horseman ($20 each in advance; $30 on the night of the event for adults; $15 on the night of the event for Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown students under 18).
Although Sleepy Hollow is just 25 miles north of Manhattan, you might feel inclined to turn your visit into an overnight stay. The Courtyard Tarrytown Greenburgh Hotel in Tarrytown, N.Y., offers rooms from $139 per night. For something a bit more romantic, stay at the Alexander Hamilton House , a bed-and-breakfast located on a cliff overlooking the Hudson River located 10 miles north of Sleepy Hollow in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y. (rooms start at $130 per night).
When not enjoying jazz, Cajun cuisine and late-night partying, visitors of the Big Easy can learn about the local spirits that have helped the city earn a reputation as one of the most haunted places in the America. If you're a history buff with a tolerance for gruesome stories, sign up for a guided walking tour offered by Haunted History Tours , which takes you to several different sites in the French Quarter connected with actual documented hauntings. One of the spookiest spots is the LaLaurie Mansion, where many have reported seeing the ghost of a little girl jumping from the balcony ($25 for adults; $18 for seniors, students and military members; $14 for children under 12).