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Tips & Advice for the Seasoned and Armchair Traveler Alike! 

October 23, 2007 

It's Halloween again. Kids everywhere are buying their   
costumes, carving their pumpkins and planning their Trick 
or Treat routes.   


Just because you're middle-aged and responsible doesn't 
mean you can't go Trick or Treating. 

You just bring a suitcase instead of a goodie bag. 

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Believe it or not, there are many types of Halloween 

First, Bed & Breakfasts all over the country suddenly start 
acknowledging that the owners think they're haunted. Often,
they are in historic areas filled with ghost stories, or 
towns filled with local events like Halloween parades, ghost
walks or haunted hayrides.   

Second, there are places in the world with a reputation. 
Some are the alleged landing sites of visitors from another 
planet. Others are near allegedly monster-infested lakes or 
Sasquatch-friendly forests. Still others are in places 
linked - by fact or fiction - to spooky events. Visits to 
these locations are often undertaken by serious "ghost-
busters" who hope to catch a few orbs with their digital 

Third, there are the theme parks and seasonal haunted houses
- some of which go to incredible, Hollywood-worthy lengths
to impress visitors.

So, which kind of Halloween traveler are you? Here are some 
hints on where to go on the 31st, regardless of your 
preference. Kudos to About.Com for helping me pull the 
information needed for this newsletter. 

Let's start with a sampling of the B&Bs:   

* What could be more appropriate for Halloween Adventurers 
raised on "Friday the 13th" movies than the actual home of 
America's most famous acquitted killer (No, not O.J.) - 
Lizzie Borden.   

The Lizzie Borden B&B (http://www.lizzie-borden.com) lets 
you spend the night in the Victorian Home in Fall River, 
Mass., where Lizzie allegedly chopped up her family with an 
axe. A couple of the victims are reportedly still hanging 
around, so bring that digital camera. 

* Green Mountain Inn, Vermont   
(http://www.greenmountaininn.com) is offering Ghoulish 
Getaway from Oct. 20 to 31. It includes two nights and two 
breakfasts, a "choose your own" pumpkin from a nearby farm, 
and a special night on Friday Oct. 27 featuring Joseph A. 
Citro, author of "Green Mountain Ghosts, Ghouls and Unsolved 
Mysteries". Guests will carry lanterns through the streets 
of the historic village, hearing stories about Stowe's own 

* The Charleston Battery Carriage House Inn 
(http://www.batterycarriagehouse.com)  bills itself as 
Charleston, S.C.'s most haunted inn. It's Ghost Adventure 
package includes two nights in a potentially haunted room, 
an evening ghost walking tour, a copy of the book, "Ghosts 
of Charleston," a tour of the haunted Aiken-Rhett house, and 
a bottle of champagne. 

To find a B&B that might give you the heebie jeebies, 
explore the BedandBreakfast.com Website 
(http://www.bedandbreakfast.com)   Click on "Advanced 
Search", then "Choose Special Packages", then "Halloween 

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If your looking for a wider range of Halloween  
possibilities, go to HauntFinder.Com   
(http://www.hauntfinder.com/), plug in a state, and get a 
list of ghost walks, corn mazes, haunted houses and other 
events. The happenings are generally marked when they're 
too scary for the kids.   

* The poster child for Halloween destinations with 
historically haunted links is the town of Salem, Mass., 
notorious for hanging suspected witches and inspiring "The 

This burg has its own Halloween Website 
(http://www.salemweb.com) From now until Oct. 31, the place 
is filled with parades, psychic fairs, costume balls and 
tours of allegedly haunted houses and historic sites. Salem 
has half a dozen different ghost walks, including one that 
highlights witchcraft and one through the second-oldest 
cemetery in the country.   

* If you're up for crossing the Atlantic, Europe's got 
centuries and centuries worth of ghosts. And Scotland, for 
some reason, seems to have more than its share. Edinburgh 

A forgotten city lies beneath Edinburgh's South Bridge - an 
underground maze of chambers and tunnels where thousands of 
people are thought to have lived in darkness. Many of them 
are said to live there still. Go to Mercat Tours 
(http://www.mercattours.com) for details.   

* Halloween is also a good time to visit the UFO capital of 
the world, Roswell, New Mexico. 

Yeah, the actual legend of a crashed alien spaceship and 
government cover-up have been overtaken by kitsch and 
consumerism. But it's fun. There's an official UFO museum, 
tours of the alleged crash site, and - of course - 
restaurants, motels and gift shops all trying to make a 
buck off the town's dubious claim to fame. 

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Theme parks offer a wide variety of spooky fun. The 
standards like Universal Studios and Disney pull out all 
the stops, while special, made-for-the-holiday haunted 
houses, hayrides and mazes seem to pop up like mushrooms 
as the holiday draws near.   

Here are some of the ones you probably haven't thought of: 

* Shocktoberfest. This 30-acre haunted theme park in an 
abandoned industrial park just outside of Reading, Penn. 
(a short drive from Philadelphia) is seriously scary. It 
includes Prison of the Dead - a 50,000-square-foot indoor 
and outdoor special effects experience - to the Monster 
Midway and the Biohazard Haunted Hayride. Check out its 
Website at (http://www.shocktoberfest.com) 

* Universal Studios. Halloween Horror is intended for teens 
and is definitely too scary for children. It features seven 
haunted houses, several scare zones and incredible special 
effects. Check the website for details 

* Hershey Park in the Dark. Chocolate Town USA goes all out 
for Halloween. Events in October include Hersheypark in the 
Dark and Hershey's Trick-or-Treat Adventure. Talk about the 
best place in he world to score Halloween candy. Grownups 
can also get some post-Halloween chills at A Chilling Day 
with Poe on Nov. 4. About.com has a page devoted to it at 

Well, that's it for this week, group. Thanks again for 
reading, and please keep those comments, complaints and 
questions coming in. 

You can send me an e-mail message at: Email Pierce

Until next week, thanks for reading.   

Your Tipmeister,   



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