Love a good thrill? Then it’s your time of year. Yes, once again, it’s October. Not only does the month greet travelers with a slew of bright autumnal colors, but it also adds a little spook to the norm.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Just an hour outside Manhattan, travelers can go to the site where Washington Irving’s Headless Horseman resides—Sleepy Hollow, New York. For 15 nights during October, the Horseman’s Hollow evokes mayhem as Philipsburg Manor’s villagers transform into vampires, witches, ghosts and other haunted creatures who all serve the Headless Horseman. Visitors can also attend dramatic performances of Irving’s classic tale featuring not only the Horseman, but also other favorites like Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones, and go on a featuring not only the Horseman, but also other favorites like Ichabod Crane and Brom Bones, and go on a Haunted Hayride in the Forest O’Fears on October 27–28.
SeaWorld Orlando takes October’s best-known holiday to the next level by dressing the park up as an underwater “fantasea” during its Halloween Spooktacular. Costumed guests will be entertained with spooky and silly live shows, trick-or-treating, arts and crafts, colorful creatures and more. The party runs every weekend from September 23 through October 29 and is included in the park’s admission.
Park City, Utah
Dress up and go trick-or-treating along Main Street in historic downtown Park City. Business owners open their doors to hand out treats to local and visiting ghosts and goblins on October 31. A highlight of the annual event is the Howl-O-Ween parade, when four-legged furry friends march in their holiday best, too!
Traveling with Hilton Grand Vacations Club over Halloween? Make sure to check your resort’s event calendar for October-themed events during your stay.
*The scarecrow photo featured at the top of this article is one of many festive Halloween decorations visitors will see while visiting Sleepy Hollow. Photo by Daniel Mennerich, Flickr.