Oct. 19, 2012 at 10:41 AM ET
Whether you prefer an innocent jack-o-lantern carving competition or an overnight at the hotel that inspired "The Shining," we've got the Halloween-themed getaway for you.
Captain Fairfield Inn, Kennebunkport, Maine
This classic 9-room inn a block from the Kennebunk River is hosting a pumpkin carving contest this Halloween. Pick up a pumpkin at nearby Patten’s Berry Farm and take it to the pumpkin carving station. The pumpkins will be displayed on Halloween night, when a panel of judges will select the winner. The prize is a free night’s stay to be used anytime between Oct. 2012 and the end of April 2013. Doubles from $159/night.
The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colo.
The inspiration for Stephen King’s The Shining, this hotel has an on-staff paranormal investigator who will take you on a five-hour ghost hunt—if you’re brave enough. There is a range of other ghost and history tours available, and the hotel puts on a Murder Mystery Dinner on Friday, Oct. 26, and a Shining Ball on Saturday, Oct. 27 ($89 per person). Doubles from $169/night.
Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Orlando, Fla.
Book this package for a 3-night stay at Loews Royal Pacific Resort (on-site at Universal Studios Orlando), a 2-day ticket to both Universal Orlando theme parks, early park admission to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and one night admission to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal, where you can experience mazes and haunted houses featuring “The Walking Dead: Dead Inside,” based on AMC’s series, and “Welcome to Silent Hill,” based on the video games and film franchise. From $609/adult ($203/night per adult).
Virginia Hotel, Cape May, N.J.
A restored 1879 landmark building just a half a block from the beach, the Virginia Hotel has cottages as well as rooms in the main house. Its Creepy Cape May package includes continental breakfast, two drinks at the on-site Ebbit Room, special Fat Witch treats and a Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour through the town’s Victorian streets—with a guide who will relate the paranormal findings of ghost writer Craig McManus along the way. Doubles from $140/night.
The Orlando on Third, Los Angeles
A recently renovated 95-guestroom boutique hotel near Beverly Hills and West Hollywood, The Orlando offers a “Holly-ween” package. It provides Bloody Brunch for two at the on-site restaurant, The Churchill, a personal fitting at costume store Trashy Lingerie, two tickets to the “Dia De Los Muertos Festival” at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Oct. 27 for anyone who books for Halloween night, and late-night transportation to and from the West Hollywood Halloween Festival. From $289/night.