The 10 Best Small Towns to Visit for Halloween

Celebrate the spookiest time of year in these quaint villages and small towns across America.

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Sure, big city Halloween festivals are great and all, but in our opinions, no one handles holiday festivities quite as well as small town residents do — they just know how to take seasonal celebrations to the next level with their quirky, charming traditions! Check out our list of the best small town destinations for both this October.

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St. Helens, Oregon
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You may recognize this town from the iconic Disney movie Halloweentown, since many of the scenes were filmed here. In addition to St. Helens' annual giant pumpkin lighting event, visitors can get in on the local fun by attending all of the various "Spirit of Halloweentown" Festival events. This year is extra special, since

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Romeo, Michigan
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While some towns create over-the-top Christmas , this Midwestern town likes to get all gussied up for its annual "Terror on Tillson Street" Halloween event. During the month of October, local homeowners create spooky and seriously detailed displays on their front lawns. Why pay for a haunted house frights when you can simply walk around the neighborhood and get the same experience for free?

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Estes Park, Colorado
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This mountainside village is home to the , which was the inspiration behind Stephen King's chilling novel The Shining. Visitors can get into the Halloween spirit by attending the hosted at the hotel. Also fun: On Halloween night, everyone in the community skips door-to-door visits and heads to Main Street for trick-or-treating.

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Anoka, Minnesota
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Known as the "Halloween capital of the world," this lively community has made it it mission to provide everyone in town with fun ways to celebrate the holiday since the 1920s. Special events were originally planned to , but nowadays, troves of volunteers organize scarecrow contests, balls and parties, scavenger hunts, runs, bonfires and parades galore. 

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Salem, Massachusetts
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Back in 1692, the infamous Salem witch trials were held in this tiny New England town. Hundreds of years later, the area's witchy ties still draw herds of visitors — especially around Halloween. The community hosts hundreds of spooky events every October including festivals, balls, and tours  —you can get more information at .

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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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There are oh-so-many ways to celebrate Halloween in the hometown of Washington Irving's Headless Horseman legend. Visit the 300-year-old , which gets an epic makeover for the every year, tour the historic or take a walk around the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Washington Irving rests.

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Telluride, Colorado
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Every year locals have a wicked good time in this sleepy Colorado mountain town at the film festival,  and town parade. 

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Ceredo and Kenova, West Virginia
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Not just one, but two small towns in West Virginia team up every year to host the which includes bake-offs, festivals, tractor shows, and more fall fun. But the  best part is definitely the 3,000 jack-'o-lanterns put on display at famous "Pumpkin House."

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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This scenic seaside town is known for its annual "" event. Every October, townspeople create fun and quirky pumpkin creations to display on the greens. The Cape Cod town also hosts its very own Oktoberfest event with foodie fun and activities on the Saturday before Halloween. 

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Laconia, New Hampshire
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This New England town attracts more than 40,000 visitors every October, and for good reason. Get ready for plenty of haunted attractions, festivals, food events, and more at this small town's famous "."

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