The crisp, cool air of Fall is swiftly approaching, and Halloween is coming soon.  One of the most exciting holidays of the year, Halloween is the time to enjoy the fun of pretending.  Spooky spots and costume parties play host to a gathering of ghouls in creative costume garb.

What better time to plan a themed vacation for friends or family?  Check out this quick look at a few of the spookiest travel destinations America has to offer for your haunted Halloween needs.

Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts is the location of the infamous Salem Witch Trials.  The Haunted Happenings Festival is dedicated solely to the spooky memory of all the women who were wrongfully murdered during the trials of 1692.

A town with such an angry history has got to have plenty of haunted happenings, right?  Salem is host to the Salem Witch Museum, Frankenstein’s Laboratory, and the Old Witch House (which used to be the home of one of the most prominent witch trial judges, Judge Corwin).

San Diego, California

The Scream Zone in San Diego, California is one of the nation’s largest and scariest haunted attractions.  The accommodations in San Diego are second to none, and the nightlife is lively for traveling adults looking to have a good time.

Halloween is the spookiest time to visit San Diego, but the city is gorgeous all year round.  Do not be hesitant to add this California destination to your travel plans, start building memories.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Head down south to the Big Easy, and find the Halloween vacation of a lifetime.  The most theatrical expression of Halloween customs, New Orleans is the ultimate party.  This is not the most family friendly destination, so plan a trip for adults.

The city is home to an array of above ground cemeteries and visitors are welcomed to tour the creepiest of locations.  You cannot forget to visit the haunted French Quarter and Vieux Carre neighborhoods, as simply the thick influx of culture will leave a lasting impression on your memories.

Savannah, Georgia

One of the oldest cities in the south, Savannah has a haunting history.  Rumor has it that some areas of downtown were built atop old cemeteries, provoking the spirits of the dead who reside below.  The city of Savannah lights up for Halloween.

Halloween night will produce dim lit streets full of locals in ghoulish costume.  Visit the Mercer Williams House, as it is the site of a real-life murder story, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Tombstone, Arizona

Wyatt Earp and the happenings at the O.K. Corral, in 1881, occurred just days before Halloween.  Blood was spilled, and the Old West saw one of the most prolific battles of the century.  Tombstone has since been labeled, “The Town Too Tough To Die.”