Ghosts, goblins, and goodies—oh my! There isn’t any other month like October, and no travel nurse has truly celebrated the spooky season without visiting some of the best Halloween locations while completing a travel nurse contract—they know how to have a scarily good time!
“Spooky” is probably not the word travelers would use to find their next travel nurse assignment, but this month is the exception. Each state has its traditions, but some definitely stick out from the crowd. From scary haunted houses to parades that will get you into the Halloween spirit, there’s really no wrong way to observe the most ghoulish time of year.
To give our travel nurses some well-deserved chills and thrills, here is our list of the best travel nurse destinations with Halloween celebrations to (figuratively) die for!
4 Killer Travel Nurse Locations For Halloween
1. New Orleans, Louisiana
Known as the most haunted city in America, New Orleans is guaranteed to give even the most levelheaded travel nurse a fright or two. Only second to Mardi Gras, Halloween in the Big Easy takes the celebrations up a notch with costume parties, balls, zombie runs, and, of course, a parade.
New Orlean’s official Halloween Parade, the Krewe of Boo, is a chance to see vampires, zombies, spirits, and other ornate costumes flood the streets of this unique city during this rolling party through the French Quarter. Visitors can enter voodoo and costume shops for a transformational experience. For a more paranormal adventure, explore the Cities of the Dead—the above-ground cemeteries—with a group tour or alone. Travelers with kids can also enjoy family-friendly events, like the Museum Mash, with fun games at the Louisiana Children’s Museum and the Halloween Spooktacular Family concert.
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2. Sleepy Hollow, New York
Everyone knows the legend of the Headless Horseman, so why not visit the place of its origin?
Travel nurses can hear the 200+-year-old retelling of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and participate in other spooky events, including haunted hayrides, street fairs and farmers markets, and a Halloween parade. Don’t miss the Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze, a breathtaking display of more than 7,000 illuminated jack o’ lanterns, all intricately designed and hand-carved on-site.
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3. Laconia, New Hampshire
If you’re all things pumpkins, Laconia is the travel nurse destination for you. The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival offers an assortment of events, such as a pumpkin pancake breakfast, pumpkin cook-off, and zombie walk during its two-day run. Not located in an extraordinarily large town, this festival attracts upward of 40,000 visitors, the crown jewel being a tower of at least 20,000 Jack O’ Lanterns 34 feet high, showcasing the impressive gourd handiwork. Other attractions include the Pumpkin Beer Festival Garden, corn hole and other lawn games, hayrides, Pumpkin Dump Derby, and pumpkin lighting—all the pumpkin your traveler’s heart desires!
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4. Salem, Massachusetts
Notorious for the Witch Trials of 1692, modern-day Salem embraces its spooky atmosphere for visitors to enjoy. During October, Salem Haunted Happenings hosts a Halloween festival with family-friendly events, bonfires, and trick-or-treating. Travel nurses can travel back in time with a tour of historic sites from the Witch Trials and understand the original perceptions of witchcraft, interpretation of witches, and the “witch hunt” phenomenon.
Partake in the festive fireworks, haunted houses, ghost tours, and even psychic readings during the Festival of the Dead, one of the main events in Salem. Travelers will surely find a unique sense of adventure in this mysterious town.
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When deciding where to head this Halloween, it helps travel nurses to know more about what kinds of fall festivals and spooky events you’re in for. No matter where you go, there are plenty of seasonal activities to pique your interest.