Low hotel rates over a holiday weekend? Now that’s something to scream about. Late October is still shoulder season for a lot of U.S. cities, meaning low prices during Halloween weekend at some major destinations. Many of the below cities are purportedly haunted themselves, meaning you’ll have plenty of scary sights to seek out this Halloween without spending too much on your hotel.
Philadelphia is said to be haunted by scores of Revolutionary-era ghosts, and you can stay at a brand-new, 4-star hotel in the center of all the history. The 4-star Hotel Monaco Philadelphia, a Kimpton Hotel is steps from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Ben Franklin National Memorial. Rates start from only $169 per night throughout the fall, and $199 per night over Halloween weekend. Enjoy the stylish modern décor and upscale onsite dining, then venture out for a good scare at some of America’s scariest haunted houses, like the Fright Factory in a century-old South Philadelphia Warehouse, and Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted house set up in the Eastern State Penitentiary, a 19th-century prison that was transformed into one of Philly's coolest performance spaces.
Halloween is second only to Mardi Gras for wild celebrations in spooky New Orleans, where the locals don outrageous costumes. The Voodoo Experience, a music festival featuring acts like Jack White and Green Day, takes place over Halloween weekend. Hotel rates throughout the city have unsurprisingly skyrocketed, but we still found rooms at the boutique Prince Conti Hotel for as low as $218 per night. The hotel sits just around the corner from Bourbon Street and is situated amongst the voodoo shops and haunted mansions of the French Quarter. Its creole restaurant, the Bombay Club, is allegedly haunted with the ghost of a Storyville madam who sits at the bar every night.
Despite its reputation as a city that values "the new," Los Angeles can't help but be haunted by the ghosts of old movie stars and celebrities. Stay at the center of it all the upscale Hotel Angeleno for $188 per night. The stylish hotel is five miles from Beverly Hills, home to dozens of purportedly haunted houses, including the previous homes of Old Hollywood idols like Jean Harlow, Lucille Ball, Marilyn Monroe, and Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Nearby theme parks like Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm, Six Flags Magic Mountain, and Disneyland also host horror nights, Halloween parties, and fright fests throughout the month.
Not a fan of the haunted holiday? Escape to spook-free, sunny skies in Florida, and take advantage of incredibly low rates at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Ft. Meyers. Rooms at this waterfront hotel are only $109 per night over Halloween weekend, which is about as far from scary as you can get.