October is such a fun month! I love mythology, old folk tales, witch stories, etc. and this is the month that I let myself get tooootally caught up in the spooky feeling. That being said, this month’s edition is going to be all about the embracing the spooky and the mystical here in the United States.
I think the first key to setting the mood for a spooky road trip (or whatever trip) is music. My go-to October album forever will be Dead Man’s Bones. It’s actually Ryan Gosling’s band and they’re like love songs for monsters along with other spooky things. Below is one of my favorites from the album and I think you should play it to finish out this post. Ya know, just for fun!
SLEEPY HOLLOW  This old fashioned American tale is set in Sleepy Hollow, NY and this Tim Burton adaptation will leave you scared, but still strangely make you want to pack your bags to see this spooky town for yourself!
HOCUS POCUS  This is a Halloween tradition for many, and it has always been one of my very favorite seasonal movies! I would love to visit Salem to see all the witchy things and learn more about the history behind the witch trials and the women in the area, and I love getting all sneak peaks of Salem in this film.
Haunted Destinations ✈︎
EUREKA SPRINGS, ARKANSAS – This beautiful, historical town in the Ozarks is said to be full of haunted spots and the most famous of them is the Crescent Hotel. The Crescent was the location of a hospital where a man was supposedly curing cancer with odd techniques and many of his patients and former guests of the hotel, still haunt the hotel to this day – they even offer ghost tours!
STANLEY HOTEL, ESTES PARK, COLORADO – Matt and I just got back from a trip out to Colorado and stopping at Estes Park meant that we had to check out the Stanley Hotel. We stopped here for dinner with my uncle and I have decided that the next time we’re in Colorado we’re staying on the ultra-haunted 4th floor! If this looks familiar, that’s because the inside is where The Shining was filmed.
SAINT LOUIS CEMETERY, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – I mean, any cemetery is a creepy destination, but I think that there’s something extra-creepy about these above ground tombs in the voodoo capital of the U.S.. In fact, the third photo is the Voodoo Queen’s tomb! I highly recommend taking a walking tour of this cemetery because you’ll learn all kinds of info about this cemetery.