Do you believe in ghosts? Even if you don’t, the mere fact that some people claim to have seen hauntings in the following destinations make these nine cities eligible for the scary attractions list, while fall deals to these destinations put them squarely on the cheap flights list.
Listen as airfare expert Rick Seaney offers spine-tingling tips:
9 Ghostly Halloween Cities with Cheap Flights
#1. Baltimore: Edgar Allan Poe’s final resting place is in Baltimore’s Westminster Burial Ground where there have been numerous sightings of his ghosts (and it appears to be a wandering spirit, since locals claim to have seen the writer in several locations).
- Fly to Baltimore: The airport, called Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall (BWI), is served by all major U.S. carriers and low-cost airlines AirTran, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest and Spirit (plus a smattering of international airlines).
#2. Boston: Ghosts have been allegedly seen all over the city from Boston College to Boston Commons (which is reputedly absolutely infested with spirits). Want more? Spooky Salem is just 16 miles away.
- Fly to Boston: Boston’s Logan Airport is served by several international carriers, all the big U.S. airlines and several discount carriers including JetBlue, which lists Boston as a focus city.
#3. Chicago: You may catch the ghost of 30’s gangster Al Capone out and about in the city or at his grave site at Mt. Carmel Cemetery just west of Chicago.
- Fly to Chicago: O’Hare is a huge airport which usually means the cheapest flights, but don’t overlook smaller Midway since it’s a hub for Southwest.
#4. Denver: Look for ghosts at the old Brown Palace Hotel (it opened in 1892) or Cheesman Park, the site of the city’s first cemetery.
- Fly to Denver: Lots of competition has turned Denver International into a great place for cheap flights (and this is also true for Colorado Springs).
#5. Las Vegas: Name a hotel, old or new, and chances are someone’s seen a ghost there – celebrity ghosts allegedly include Liberace (at his museum before it closed – not clear where he wanders now) and Bugsy Siegel at his old stomping grounds, the Flamingo.
- Fly to Las Vegas: The town’s conveniently located McCarran International is served by all major U.S. airlines including the low-cost carriers plus several international airlines including British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
#6. Los Angeles: Plenty of movie star ghosts are said to stalk this town, but a good place to start is Hollywood’s Roosevelt Hotel, where locals swear they’ve seen Marilyn Monroe and Montgomery Clift.
- Fly to Los Angeles: The main airport, LAX, generally has the cheapest flights, but Burbank to the north often has deals and JetBlue’s big presence at Long Beach is a huge plus. Close to Disneyland: Orange Co. airport in Santa Ana.
#7. Madison, Wis.: There are plenty of ghost tours of Madison, but the big draw is the annual State Street’s Halloween gathering where you can celebrate Oct. 31 with several thousand of your closest friends.
- Fly to Madison: Served by American, Delta and United and all can be competitive but don’t forget to check out prices on the city’s lone low-cost carrier Frontier.
#8. New York: The Big Apple boasts a lot of ghosts – the literary-minded should check out the venerable White Horse Tavern for supposedly frequent appearances by the shade of Dylan Thomas (“Do not go gentle into that good night”).
- Fly to New York: Take your pick among JFK, LaGuardia and Newark – compare prices for the best deals.
#9. Orlando: We’re not sure about ghosts but they do have one heck of a Halloween celebration at Disney World.
- Fly to Orlando: This tourist magnet offers loads of competing airlines which bring airfare prices down to deal level.