Feel like shaking up your Halloween tradition of handing out Hershey’s miniatures to sullen-faced teens in between taking bites of your dinner? You might want to consider taking a little trip—and checking into an especially spooky hotel for trick-and-treat packages that range from city ghost tours to over-the-top costume balls Just be sure to leave some candy on your doorstep, and prepare for a fright night like no other.
This historic property—one of Austin’s most haunted, particularly room 525—offers the All Hallows’ Eve package, from Oct 28–Nov 3, with accommodations, specialty cocktails, “trick-or-treat turndown” with local bakery treats, special access to the local Halloween hotspot 6th Street, and preferred reservations to a Mad Scientist dinner on the 31st. From $279 nightly.
The luxury hotel—housed in the former Charles Street Jail and designed around a locked-up theme—is spooky-chic (and, some say, haunted) every day. But on Oct 27, the The Birds Halloween Package throws in tickets to The Birds Halloween soiree, a couple of Bloody Marys, and free parking along with your accommodations. Plus find a special all-fowl menu, “The Birds,” at its CLINK eatery. From $599.
Cape May, NJ
Congress Hall Hotel
The Phantom Ball Package, available Oct 26–28, gets you two nights of elegant accommodations, $20 breakfast vouchers at the property’s Blue Pig Tavern, a pair of tickets to the Friday night Phantom Ball, and two tickets to a Saturday ghost tour of Victorian Cape May. From $284 nightly.
Chapel Hill, NC
The Carolina Inn
Already considered one of the country’s most haunted historic hotels, the Room with a Boo package, offered throughout October, gets you a night in room 256 (home to friendly ghost Dr. William Jacocks), plus dinner for two set for—you guessed it—three. From $480 a night.
Wild Dunes Resort
Scare yourself in myriad ways with the Charleston Chills and Thrills package, including a ghost tour of haunted Charleston, a parasailing adventure 600 feet above the Atlantic, and accommodations. From $349 nightly based on a 3-night minimum stay.
The Curtis: A Doubletree by Hilton
A Nightmare on Curtis Street, available on Saturday Oct 27 only, has plenty to offer at the city’s “pop-culture hotel.” In addition to a room on the 13th floor, you’ll get “haunted welcome” food upon arrival, and a bottomless Bloody Mary or mimosa Disco Brunch. From $220.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
From Oct 26–Nov 3, the family-geared No Tricks Just Treats package invites you to check in for great accommodations, trick-or-treating throughout common areas, and activities including a Halloween obstacle course, mask and costume making workshops, themed arts-and-crafts and cookie making, and a movie “drive-in” on Halloween day. From $319 nightly.
Hotel ZaZa Houston
Along with your room, the Halloween package, offered now through October 27, gets you two drinks from the Witch’s Cauldron, a pair of tickets to the Bone-Appetit Pumpkin Sculpting with chef Jonathan Jones on Oct 27, and two tickets to the Oct 27 Halloween party with DJ Lady Bunny. From $299.
New York, NY
This Meatpacking District hotspot has a Halloween package, on Oct 31, with a room, continental breakfast for two, free entry for two to the holiday bash at Plunge Rooftop Bar & Lounge, and free costume accessories. From $545.
New York, NY
Sanctuary Hotel New York
This Big Apple inn brings you the Haunted Hotel Package, available Oct 29–Nov 4, with accommodations, an in-room basket of sweets from the famed Dylan’s Candy Bar, a ghost tour of the city (conducted from within a hearse!), and a classic horror-film screening in the lobby on Halloween Eve. From $554 nightly.
San Diego, CA
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
In addition to accommodations of your choice, you’ll get a pair of tickets to the in-house 3-story, 15-DJ dance/costume party blowout, with headliner Chris Lake, on Saturday Oct 27. From $369.
Tarrytown House Estate
This historic inn features two October packages: For families, the Blaze Package, including accommodations, breakfast for two and two tickets to the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.The scarier Horseman’s Hallow package replaces the jack o’lantern field trip with tickets to Horseman’s Hollow at Historic Phillipsburgh Manor. From $304 for the Blaze
By Beth Greenfield, Contributor. Forbes 10/16/2012