In the spirit of Halloween, gather round as I, your eerie guide, recount the tales of the ten most enchanting and best Halloween hotels in the US. These are not merely places to lay your head for a night, but realms where the boundaries between our world and the spooky beyond grow thin…
1. The Alfond Inn, Winter Park, Florida
Dive deep into southern charm with a haunting twist at The Alfond Inn. Close to the mysterious Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, this abode offers more than just a southern-style cuisine restaurant. Winter Park, shrouded in historical tales, remains a must-visit for those craving an authentic Halloween experience in Florida. Did you know? Winter Park boasts more than a dozen historical sites, making it a captivating place to uncover secrets of the past.
2. Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando
For those enchanted by the world of wizardry, this Caribbean-inspired resort is the portal to magic. With early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park, one feels as if they’ve stepped into a spellbinding tale. And as the sun sets, the nearby Orlando streets come alive with Halloween festivities unknown to most.
3. The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado
Whispered as one of the most haunted hotels in the nation, this dwelling is not for the faint of heart. Its haunting tales inspired the spine-chilling narrative of Stephen King’s “The Shining.” Throughout October, spirits of old come alive with events such as the Boo Bash and Masquerade Party. Venture nearby, and you’ll discover Estes Park’s haunted history that dates back to the early settlers.
4. Great Wolf Lodge Resorts
When the moon is high, join Wiley and Violet, the mascots of the Great Wolf Lodge, as they lead a procession of ghouls and goblins during the annual Howl-O-Ween celebration throughout October. Kids can join in a costume parade with the Great Wolf Lodge mascots, paint pumpkins, participate in other crafts and attend a monster-themed dance party at the end of the night. This resort ensures an unforgettable Halloween celebration for all ages.
5. Hotel del Coronado, Coronado Island
With over a century of tales, this hotel is home to a resident spirit that roams its halls. As Halloween approaches, guests are invited to partake in the Hallo-wine & Spirits Party, where the living and the dead mingle. The island itself, with its rich naval history, holds many stories waiting to be unearthed.
6. The James Hotel, New York
In the heart of the city that never sleeps, The James Hotel has conjured up a witch-in-residence program, making it a nexus of supernatural activity during Halloween. The city’s alleyways and hidden corners are rife with forgotten tales and mysteries.
7. The Wayfarer DTLA, Los Angeles
For a touch of elegance with your eerie, The Wayfarer DTLA offers a chilling high tea & highballs experience. Los Angeles, with its star-studded history, hides many secrets in its shadows, especially during the witching hour.
8. Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach, California
Shrouded in mystery, this resort holds its Halloween secrets close to its chest. Only those who dare to visit will uncover the spectral surprises that await.
9. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Anaheim, California
Where dreams come true, Disney crafts a Halloween spectacle like no other. With tricks and treats around every corner, it promises a Halloween escapade that will remain etched in memory.
10. Bellyard Hotel, Atlanta
In the heart of Atlanta, the Bellyard Hotel concocts its own brand of Halloween celebrations. With the city’s rich history, a stay here during Halloween is bound to be spellbinding.
As the evening shadows lengthen and the night draws near, remember, dear traveler, these are not just hotels, but realms of Halloween wonder. Venture forth if you dare, but be warned, for once you’ve tasted the Halloween delights these hotels offer, ordinary life will never seem the same.