5 Best Cities for Halloween

Eastern State Pen. by Tom Bernard

There’s nothing scarier than a First Class Acela car that’s out of coffee. We’re kidding. There’s plenty of more frightening things just in the Quiet Car alone.

When you want to have a little fun with your fright, there are a few awesome destinations you need to check out. Luckily, we have compiled a list of the top five best Halloween places to visit this year!

1. St. Louis, Mo.
The haunted Lemp Brewery has more than boo’s (pun intended). Each Halloween, it hosts terrifying tours that tell the venue’s real-life story of “ruin, maddness and death.” What’s so scary? Well, there’s been just one too many deaths on the grounds of the brewery, including one family member who literally worked himself to death. Haven’t you been meaning to take a vacation?
Routes: Texas EagleMissouri River Runner, Illinois Service

2. Orlando (yes! really.)
Head to the Haunted Mansion inside the Magic Kingdom for some kid-friendly frights complete with “Doom Buggy” rides and even a leaky tomb (We’re intrigued). Disney promises there’s no gore and only mildly frightening experiences for kidd-o’s.
Route: Silver ServicePalmetto

3. Philadelphia
The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site in Philadelphia was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but it stands today in ruin. That makes it the perfect destination for Halloween-goers looking for some real life frights and maybe even a few ghosts. Sign up for the Terror Behind the Walls experience to see the haunted halls inside a real prison.
Route: Northeast Regional

4. Kansas City
This city is extra special because it has a whole area built specifically for haunted houses! In fact, there are four in the KC West Bottoms area: The Beast, The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe, Macabre Cinema and “the granddaddy of ’em all,” The Edge of Hell. Yikes!
Route: Southwest Chief 

5. San Jose, Calif.
The Winchester Mystery House is no joke. Built by the Winchester Rifle heiress after she moved from Connecticut to California, this massive Victorian mansion has 160 rooms and (of course) a few secret passageways. According to legend, Mrs. Winchester traveled through her house in a roundabout fashion to confuse any mischievous ghosts that might be following her. And you thought your neighbors were weird.
Route: Capitol Corridor, Coast Starlight