Tango Diva : Travel Stories for Women, by Women

Wooo-ha-ha-ha…it’s that time of year again, boys and ghouls, so make this Halloween a fright to remember! Let’s start with my own terror-filled tale. Just click to read about my recent trip to Transylvania!

Poe Museum: If that doesn’t boil your delicious blood, perhaps a trip to the Edgar Allen Poe Museum will. Although it should be located in a fearsome moniker like Lynchburg, it’s actually found in Richmond, VA. With a plethora of programs including Unhappy Hours, and a Poe’s Pumpkin Patch, this is a great way to kick off what may be your last season.

Literary Divas will want to follow a romp in the pumpkin patch with the Masque of the Red Death Halloween Party that night. Quoth the Raven, “Get your ass to Richmond!”

*Haunted Houses: Do you love Haunted Houses? Why not check out this list of 13 Haunted Houses That Will Make You Wet Your Pants. Hmmm…catchy title. And Haunted Attraction Magazine’s current issue goes behind the scenes at Salt Lake City’s Nightmare on 13th. Are you a voyeur? Do you like to watch freaked-out folks traipse LIVE through a haunted house via hidden cameras? Of course, we all do!

*Haunted Historic Hotels: Now America ain’t exactly the oldest country on the block, but we got our fair share of spectres and spooks. Our National Trust Historic Hotels has over 50 bone-rattling tales for you to check out and then check in to, if you dare! From the Menger Hotel in my home town of San Antonio, TX, to the sumptuous Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, ghostly encounters are de rigeur. Do you have the nerve to visit the Jekyll Island Club Hotel in Georgia? The 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas? Or the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee? Not me, sister. Not me!

*Haunted Museum, NYC: I was just watching a show about haunted New York (check it out for listings like Beardslee Castle in the Mohawk Valley, and the Billup House on Staten Island!), and I was fascinated to learn about a perfectly preserved brownstone-turned-museum a bone’s throw away from my old stomping grounds—Merchant’s House Museum at 29 East 4th Street at Bowery. It’s celebrating its big birthday this year, and this Halloween will be a hit with events like candlelit ghost tours, cemetery tours and a Halloween Open House. Fa-boo-lous!

*Haunted B&B’s: Bed and Breakfast.com have spared no US region to bring you a complete list of the hottest haunted properties. In their words,Keeping it Weird. Now, I like my undead to buy me dinner first, but you may have your own policy. Maybe they’re taking a cheap shot at your lover? How should I know? But I suspect that they are laying out their most fearsome four posters for your mortal enjoyment, encounters with the likes of the old gold miner, Lyle, at the Groveland Hotel. Or brave a spot on the Haunted Hoosier Trail in Indiana (loved that movie). And even bust ghosts in America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, FL.

I hope I haven’t SCARED you too much. Aren’t you just DYING to check out these terror-ific Halloween happenings?

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