Even further south, there’s Key Biscayne
Fotoluminate LLC/Shutterstock For a tiny little island—it takes up about one-mile square—there’s seriously a lot to do in Key Biscayne on Halloween. Not only is there an annual Howl-O-Ween party for humans and their canine companions, but there’s also an annual zombie crawl that invites zombies of all ages to descend from all different directions to create an ominous feel of the undead being lured to the location.
But those are just the “pre-game” events, taking place, as they do, in the days before Halloween. On Halloween, itself, Key Biscayne is considered “epic” for its beach-side trick-or-treating and its festival vibe (it is described by some as feeling a bit like the nightly sunset party at Key West). These 13 Halloween movies will scare you senseless.
Coosaw Creek in Charleston, SC
Sean Pavone/Shutterstock Lynn Maggio, mom of six (including three current trick-or-treaters), moved to this gated community this year, but is already up on all the buzz surrounding the Halloween traditions. These include themed activities at each house, golf carts to get from house to house, and special activities for the younger kids at the community clubhouse. “It’s truly a unique experience that only a tight-knit southern community can offer,” says Maggio, “and people plan for months in advance.” Maggio plans on having a palm reader (who will invariably tell the kids, “stay off your iPad because it’s rotting your brain,”) at her house, along with a popcorn machine, bobbing-for-apples, and, of course, “candy, scares, laughs, and chills!”
A haunted jaunt to Dallas
f11photo/Shutterstock Although Dallas actually made Zillow’s top-20 trick-or-treat cities, former Dallas City Council member, Ann Margolin, says that Dallas is also known for having some of the best haunted houses around. One of them, the Cutting Edge, is consistently ranked one of the largest and most terrifying haunted houses in the country. Located in an abandoned meatpacking plant, it boasts an “unnervingly realistic setup” that combines live actors with lifelike mannequins and special effects. “When my kids were little, we just did the walking the block trick-or-treat thing,” Margolin notes, but things have definitely changed since then. Here are some of the many other Halloween activities you can do in Dallas. Here are the 20 best haunted houses in America.