Do You Take Halloween as Seriously as These Towns?

Halloween is so much more than just a holiday. It's the one time of year you can literally be anything you want.

If you happen to favor this holiday over all the others, we've got just the thing for you.

These seven towns across the U.S. take Halloween very seriously, so if you want to have a frighteningly good celebration this year, these are the places to be.

Anoka, Minnesota

Deemed the Halloween Capital of the World after being the first city to host Halloween activities organized by community leaders, the people of Anoka go all out for the holiday. They host tons of Halloween-inspired events all throughout October, including pumpkin carving contests, haunted houses and a real-life Monster Mash.


New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is one of the most haunted cities in America, so this is the place to be if you want to socialize with some grim grinning ghosts. The city offers a ton of ghost hunting excursions and even a music festival, but the biggest draw is their Krewe of Boo Halloween parade every year.


Sleepy Hollow, New York

The site of Washington Irving's Legend of Sleepy Hollow short story, Sleepy Hollow has a lot of expectations to live up to. Luckily, it exceeds those expectations. Not only can you go on the scariest Horseman's Hollow tour, you can even visit Washington's grave on their cemetery tour. Some creepy stuff happens in this town.


St. Helens, Oregon

If you didn't already know, St. Helens served as the backdrop for the beloved DCOM Halloweentown. Every year, the city participates in the Spirit of Halloweentown celebration, which kicks off with a pumpkin lighting ceremony. Plus, stars of the DCOM have even been known to make an appearance at the festival. Booking a ticket now!


Salem, Massachusetts

As the site of the notorious Salem Witch Trials, this city is all about providing a hauntingly good time for its visitors. You can learn all about the history of Salem with witches, ghosts, goblins, werewolves and vampires.


Waxahachie, Texas

This Texas town boasts its very own theme park dedicated to Halloween. Screams Park hosts a ton of terrifying attractions that aren't for the faint of heart. Even the bravest of souls might be terrified by their mazes.

A post shared by Screams Park (@screamspark) on


Chicago, Illinois

Chicago hosts an enormous Halloween parade every year to celebrate the holiday. People from all over flock to the Northhalsted Halloween Parade in some of the most outrageous costumes. But that's not all the city has to offer. You can tour the city's most haunted buildings or catch a horror movie screening around town. The possibilities are endless.


Need some out-of-the-box jack-o'-lantern ideas? Check out THESE unique designs that are sure to help you win this year's pumpkin contest.