With Halloween approaching, the time is definitely right for a Fall road trip. When it comes to Halloween, there are a number of areas that take this holiday to a whole new level. No Fall adventure would be complete without steering your motorhome rental in the direction of one of these cities, where major parades and other festivities take over the streets. If you’re into Halloween or just looking to observe the action, then you should definitely schedule one of these destinations, or all of them, into your trip. No matter which region you may be traveling in, you can find the perfect place to spend your Halloween.
New York City
When it comes to Halloween, NYC certainly does it best. You just haven’t seen a Halloween parade until you’ve experienced the annual parade in the West Village. This massive and diverse parade is recommended as much for its audience as for the parade itself. Each year thousands of revelers crowd the streets in costume, ducking into bars and making their way along the route. This is definitely a decadent scene, not to mention a tradition that has been going on for decades. If you’ve never experienced it, then you should definitely put NYC on your list of places to hit this Halloween.
There is plenty of other Halloween influenced things to do around NYC during this season, including a number of haunted houses all throughout the city that are definitely worth checking out. Set in old churches, entire tenement buildings, and community centers in every borough, some of these haunted houses are known as the best in the nation with much funding and work going into them each year.
Speaking of parades, the Halloween parade in San Francisco is the west coast equivalent of the NYC parade, featuring a massive amount of floats and thousands of reveling spectators. This is an all-night celebration, so make sure to strap in for the long run when you hit the San Francisco parade. All of the bars and restaurants along the route will be filled with people in costumes having a great time, and you can join them if you hit this parade this Halloween.
Just like in NYC, the party goes well beyond the parade in San Francisco. Each year there are dozens of Halloween-themed nightlife events going on all over the city, not to mention themed nights in bars, event spaces, and private parties. Make sure to do your research and pick out the spots you want to hit beforehand, because there is so much going on here it can definitely be overwhelming.
Although the Crescent City is mostly known for Mardi Gras when it comes to parties, New Orleans doesn’t skimp on Halloween either. In a city that always seems like a costume party and that features many colorful residents, you can imagine that Halloween would be an interesting time in this city. There are dozens of parties that happen each year, and lots of people simply take to the streets and enjoy the crisp southern air and a nice drink. There are a good number of haunted houses on offer, plus cemetery tours and other local sights that just seem made for Halloween. If you are anywhere in the South for your Fall trip you should definitely time it so that you hit New Orleans on Halloween.
During the Halloween season it cannot be argued that New Hampshire is the most beautiful region in the country, featuring the bright foliage and crisp air that comes sweeping into this area in the Fall. You also have a number of Halloween inspired features to hit no matter which New England state you may be in at the time. For example, upstate New York is the scene of the Headless Horseman and you can take a tour of the area and learn about the history of this dark legend. There are also many local haunted hayrides, cemetery tours, haunted houses, and more throughout the region, with the weather and foliage forming the perfect Fall backdrop for a nice Halloween road trip. Taking a motorhome rental on the road in New England in late October is an absolute must for any dedicated traveler.
One of the fastest growing and most diverse cities in the Nation, Atlanta boasts an incredibly rich Halloween scene with dozens of events taking place the entire week all across the city. Everything from neighborhood parades to themed parties in various establishments to haunted houses takes place during the Halloween season in the ATL. Should you find yourself in close proximity on your trip, make sure to head into Atlanta’s city limits to experience some Halloween fun.
Although the above destinations are known as Halloween hotspots, you can find Halloween action all across the country each year. So load up your motorhome rental and hit the road this Fall.