From New York City to Los Angeles, thrill seekers are searching for the scariest Halloween destinations. Discover some of the most frightening experiences to explore in NYC, Los Angeles and New Orleans as well as Salem, Massachusetts. From haunted houses to historical frights, there is something for everyone who wants to feel the fear for Halloween.
Blackout Elements was recently featured on the Travel Channel. People must be 18 or older to enter and have to go alone. There are strict rules and a waiver to sign before taking this chilling tour. People must wear protective masks and carry flashlights as they walk along the marked path and do exactly as they are told. During the experience there is fog, strobe lights and total darkness as well as physical contact, water and violent and sexual situations. Tourists can scream but not speak as the climb stairs, crawl and hear loud noises. Visit the Blackout Haunted House in NYC from September 7 through November 10 at 164 Eleventh Avenue.
Halloween enthusiasts on the West Coast can visit Blackout Elements from October 4 through November 10 at 940 South Figueroa, near W. Olympic Boulevard in Los Angeles. LA Insider Tours also offers a Haunted Hollywood ghost tour through the Los Angeles area. The five-hour tour of the city takes tourists to see the locations of the Manson murders and O.J. Simpson events as well as the Melendez house. Tourists view the locations where Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin and Marilyn Monroe died as well as graves of Hollywood stars. There is also a stop at a haunted bar in Hollywood that is alleged to be the place where the Black Dahlia had a final drink.
According to USA Today, New Orleans is known as one of the 10 most haunted city in America. Because the town is below sea level, there are tombs sitting above the ground in 42 area cemeteries. It is rumored ghosts from the War of 1812 are still drifting through the French Quarter. There are also stories the ghost of pirate Jean Lafitte still hangs out in the French Quarter at Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop. Some of the best Halloween costumes are seen on Bourbon Street. Many locals and international tourists stay at the famed Lafitte Guest House and Art Gallery, a beautiful mansion dating back to 1849.
Known as Halloween City, Salem is another destination with a wide variety of titillating experiences. Many of them are historical such as The Witch House on Essex Street with direct ties to the witch trials of 1692 and the House of the Seven Gables on Derby Street that inspired Nathaniel Hawthorne to write the novel of the same name. Another eerie Halloween site based on popular literature is the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in NYC, located in the Bronx at Kingsbridge Road and the Grand Concourse. From the East Coast to the West Coast, there are many spine-tingling experiences awaiting Halloween fanatics.