America's 11 Spookiest Halloween Destinations

PHOTO: Spooky Halloween Colonial Williamsbug

Halloween this year falls on a Saturday night meaning a long weekend of goulish celebrations for all and the travel industry is taking full advantage.

offering up a number of activities from ghost tours to special drinks all to celebrate the holiday.

"Halloween is an extremely visible holiday," said Gabe Saglie, senior editor at travel deal site Travelzoo. "With the onset of fall, it's the next opportunity to come up with creative marketing."

Bill Miller, senior vice president of operations at travel site CheapOair.com, said that there are some good deals for Halloween this year and that more and more people are pegging their trips to some type of activity.

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"We're seeing more of a trend towards event travel. Flying to go to sports games or surrounding trips around a major event or holiday is becoming more popular," Miller said. "Halloween over a weekend allows for a full itinerary over two to three days."

Most Halloween travelers tend to stay within a few hours of their home, according to Sadlie.

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"I don't think you are going to find a lot of people hopping on a plane and traveling across the country to stay at a paranormal hotel," Saglie said.

But for travelers looking to take advantage of some holiday getaways this year, here is a list of some of the spookiest Halloween destinations.

Jack O'Lantern Spectacular: You've never seen pumpkins like these. Each year the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, R.I., transforms is wetlands trail into a Halloween landscape with the glow of 10,000 pumpkins. A team of 30 pumpkin carvers works to create the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular. Admission for adults is $12; seniors are $10; children ages 3-12 are $9.

Stephen King's "The Shining:" The spine-tingling book, later turned into a Jack Nicholson movie, "The Shining" tells the story of a man and his wife and son who spend the winter as the caretakers of an isolated Colorado hotel and struggle with freaky visions, insanity and fits of violence. So how did King get his idea for the book? He stayed in room 217 of the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo. Today the hotel offers ghost tours to highlight its spooky past.

Join the Stanley's experienced tour guides on a spooky sojourn through time. Enjoy stories highlighting the history of the hotel, the hotel's connection to "The Shining," hear about ghost stories and visit the most haunted places in the hotel. You can even tour the hotel's underground tunnel. The tour costs $13 per person.

Spooky Halloween Get-Aways

Ghosts Amongst Us When the sun goes down, Williamsburg, Va., has a haunted history to tell. Colonial Williamsburg: offers a one-hour walking tour of sites known for their supernatural inhabitants. The $12 tour is available Mondays through Saturdays through Nov. 26, but is not appropriate for young children.

There are several other spooky events in Williamsburg this season. During the Cry Witch program,, guests can question witnesses, weigh evidence and determine the guilt or innocence of the "Virginia witch," Grace Sherwood, who was tried for witchcraft in 1706.

In another program called Crime and Punishment, guests can step back in time and meet three people from the past who are intimately familiar with the crimes and punishments of colonial justice. Guests hear of sentences handed down from 18th-century Virginia courts and decide for themselves how effective they were.

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