We all know that business travel can sometimes feel like a chore. But one of the perks of corporate travel is that you are able to visit and experience new places all over the country. With the rising popularity of bleisure travel and Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to extend your business trip, grab your pumpkin spice latte, and make time for some of the best Halloween travel destinations!
Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery — Midlothian, Illinois
So you’re called to Chicago for a business conference and extended your stay for an extra day. You’ve already seen all the sights and sounds Chicago has to offer and want to do something festive for fall.
Midlothian is a short jaunt from the Windy City, so if you’re looking for something different and a good haunt while in Chicago, Bachelor’s Grove will certainly fit the bill. While you won’t get a formal tour by anyone living, you might just find yourself accompanied by some otherworldly tour guides when visiting Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Midlothian, Illinois. This cemetery has been deemed one of the most haunted cemeteries in America by a variety of sources. Want to find out if it lives up to the hype? We dare you.
Ah, your monthly business trip to Boston. We’ve got you covered. There’s no single destination listed for this one, but that’s because the entire city of Salem goes all out for Halloween. Home to the colonial era Salem Witch Trials, Salem, Massachusetts pays homage to its dark past but also adds a fun and festive aspect to their Halloween celebrations, witch (pardon the pun) is both educational and spooky. Visit Salem Haunted Happenings to learn more about what is offered.
New Orleans, Louisiana
Big business meeting in the Big Easy? Perfect timing. Another great city that offers loads of spooky entertainment is none other than New Orleans, Louisiana. Experience street parties, haunted tours, and festivals, such as the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. You can also visit the historic cemeteries and numerous ghost cities located within the French Quarter. There is truly too much to list, which makes New Orleans a spooktacular Halloween destination.
Eastern State Penitentiary — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Time to head to Philly for a project site visit which leaves you with lots of down time. We’ve got the solution. Listed as one of the most haunted places in America by National Geographic, the Eastern State Penitentiary located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania offers daily tours of the 1800s prison. In the fall you can visit and experience Terror Behind The Walls, which takes this haunted prison up a notch in the scare department. We won’t give away all the details, but if you like to be scared, check this one out.
Alcatraz — San Francisco, California
You’re the lucky employee that has to go meet a client in San Francisco during the middle of fall. While you’re there, here’s what we recommend to get into the Halloween spirit – Alcatraz. The infamous island prison gives haunted tours, even at night, which is a perfect Halloween haunt. Learn about the history of the prison, as well as stories of the time Al Capone spent at Alcatraz. Well known for its other-worldly residents, Alcatraz is a perfect Halloween destination. The creepy echoes over the water will be enough to give you chills.
The Spooky Travel Season Has Its Perks!
Traveling for business during the Halloween season is a surefire way to satisfy your spooky senses while taking advantage of the lower fares and smaller crowds. This list just scratches the surface with a few hot-spot destinations that business travelers enjoy visiting during Halloweentime business trips, and we hope it gives you some inspiration for your next extended fall business trip.
Written by: Stephanie I.