How to Plan a Spooky Getaway: 5 Tips

Need a break from the office, or from daily life in general? Have you considered terrifying yourself into relaxation? Being frightened tricks our brains into forgetting about stress and gives many people a huge mood boost — it's why we love horror flicks. Here are five ideas for a fun, creepy vacay.

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Need a break from the office, or from daily life in general? Have you considered terrifying yourself into relaxation? Being frightened tricks our brains into forgetting about stress and gives many people a huge mood boost — it's why we love horror flicks. Here are five ideas for a fun, creepy vacay.

Image: Richie Diesterheft via Flickr

Airbnb

Lucky for ghost enthusiasts, Airbnb now has a curated list of haunted homes. Feel like bunking with a the ghost of a New Orleans specter, or renting out an entire cursed castle in Moscow? Just click and reserve your scary stay.

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Hotel Staycation

Spooky stories have encircled hotels for ages, especially in film (Psycho, The Shining, 1408, the list goes on). Most major cities have at least a few supposedly supernatural places to check in — The Algonquin in NYC, The Alexandria in LA — so do some research and wander the halls of your local bewitched inn at, say, midnight.

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Stick to the Classics

Places like Salem, MA and Sleepy Hollow, NY might be a bit touristy this time of year, but you'll find tons of history and more than a few supposedly paranormal sites. Plus, you can check out shooting locations for films like Hocus Pocus.

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Go Camping

Blair Witch scared everyone out of their pants for a reason; woods are generally eerie, especially at night, or if it's Halloween, or if the ghost of an old woman with no hands or feet floats through the trees searching for limbs to steal.

But really, any old forest will do (whether it's riddled with spirits or not).

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Transylvania

Seriously—flights from New York are below $900 (during Halloween weekend, no less). Sup, Dracula.

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