Cities That Go Crazy For Halloween, Plus the Best Scary Movies to Watch to Get in the Mood

Halloween is quickly becoming one of the most popular holidays in the United States. Roughly 179 million Americans spent $9.1 billion on Halloween candy, costumes (stolen from celebrities or otherwise), and decorations in 2017, according to The Balance.

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The cities that go crazy for Halloween take it more seriously than others. | Universal Pictures

Some places in the United States are more serious about the holiday than others. If you get excited for Halloween, then you might want to visit these cities that go crazy for Halloween.

The cities that go crazy for Halloween

A study by Redfin looked at dozens of resources to come up with the cities that go crazy for Halloween based on a mix of activities and genuine spookiness in each location. Spoiler alert: Despite its famous Devil’s Night tradition, Detroit doesn’t make the list.

12. Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville is one of the best cities for Halloween for one main reason: The Waverly Hills Sanatorium, which bills itself as a paranormal hotspot.

11. San Diego

The Whaley House, Horton Grand Hotel, and Hotel Del Coronado are all chock full of supernatural happenings.

10. Savannah, Georgia

Cities that go crazy for Halloween.

The Spanish moss on the trees makes Savannah extra spooky around Halloween. | iStock/Getty Images

The Spanish moss hanging from Savannah’s trees add to the overall spooky vibes from all the haunted places in town.

9. Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park inspired Stephen King to write The Shining. Another hotel in town, Elkhorn Lodge, is reportedly haunted, too.

8. New York City

Washington Square Park in Manhattan is a former burial ground, and the Kreischer Mansion on Staten Island is a hub for paranormal activity.

7. San Francisco

Alcatraz. Need we say more? The ghost of infamous criminals Machine Gun Kelly reportedly roams the grounds.

6. Los Angeles

The City of Angels turns sinister around Halloween, helped in part the haunted Queen Mary, a cruise ship that’s now a hotel.

5. Portland, Oregon

A smattering of spooky destinations helps make Portland one of the cities that go crazy for Halloween.

4. Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary, which is just a short walk from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is supposedly one of the most haunted sites in America. It ups the ante with an after-hours haunted house each year.

3. Chicago

Exterior of the International Museum of Surgical Science

Visit the museum if you’re interested in surgery’s gruesome history. | International Museum of Surgical Science Facebook

Chicagoans look forward to October 31 every year, and it has several spooky attractions for fellow Halloween lovers. One of them is the International Museum of Surgical Science, is one of the creepiest museums you can visit to get in the Halloween mood.

2. Salem, Massachusetts

The town that put dozens of witches on trial in the late 1600s, and it’s one of the cities that go crazy for Halloween every year.

1. New Orleans

New Orleans is one of the cities that go crazy for Halloween

You might meet a few ghouls after dark in New Orleans. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images

Redfin states that New Orleans is one of the most haunted places in the United States, and the city embraces it around Halloween.

Scary movies to watch to get you ready for Halloween

If you can’t make time to visit any of these cities that go crazy for Halloween, then watch some scary movies to get in the mood for October 31.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas can help you get in the mood for Halloween. | Disney

The Nightmare Before Christmas, the first A Nightmare on Elm Street movie, and the original Halloween movie are some of the best Halloween movies of all time. Plus, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime stream some great horror movies directly to your TV.

However, not all scary movies are worth your time. Make sure you avoid Trick or Treat (starring Ozzy Osborne and Gene Simmons), The Wicker Man, and Troll 2, which are some of the worst Halloween movies you’re going to find.

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