The spooky season is just around the corner! Halloween is a time of fun and fright that’s celebrated in so many ways, from carving pumpkins and dressing up in costumes for trick-or-treating to feeling the fear at haunted hotels and haunted houses.
To find the best ways to make the most of Halloween, we asked an expert panel to nominate their favorite places to go and things to do across seven categories, from haunted houses to pumpkin patches. Now, it’s up to you to select your top picks by casting your votes. Voting ends on Monday, September 18 at noon ET, and you can vote once per day, per category.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Escape Room
There are thousands of escape rooms across the United States, immersing players in adventures that range from escaping laboratories to unearthing secrets on archaeological dig sites. Whether you’re looking for a fun outing with friends or doing some team building, escape rooms are a great way to test your skills and have a blast at the same time.
An expert panel has selected these 20 game facilities as the best in the country for the quality of their experiences, and now it’s up to readers to choose the best. Which escape room would you most like to try?
Best Ghost Tour
Where there’s history, there are often haunts. These 20 ghost tours — nominated as the best in the U.S. by an expert panel — offer thrills and chills, but also a unique insight into the history of a destination and the notable people who’ve lived there (and maybe still do).
Which ghost tour would you most like to go on?
Best Haunted Destination
The United States is filled with purportedly haunted locations, each with its own ghost stories and spectral occurrences — ready for visitors to experience them firsthand and come out with their own stories. These haunted destinations have been selected by an expert panel as the best in the country for extraordinary reports of paranormal activity, but which one do you think is the best?
Best Haunted Hotel
Ghostly apparitions, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels, nominated by an expert panel as the best haunted hotels in the country. It’s believed that certain guests have checked in but never checked out. Which hotel would you most like to check into?
Best Haunted House / Attraction
Halloween is about fun costumes, scary movies, and celebrating all things spooky — and that includes having a live haunted experience. These 20 haunted houses / attractions have been nominated as the best in the country for the quality of their actors, set designs, and special effects, as well as value for money.
Which haunted house / attraction do you think is the best?
Best Pumpkin Patch
At these pumpkin patches — nominated as the best in the United States by an expert panel — you’re sure to find the perfect pumpkin for carving or decorating your dining table. Some even offer pie pumpkins for baking. Plus, there’s just something about visiting a pumpkin patch, many with hayrides and yummy treats, that puts you in the fall spirit.
Which pumpkin patch is your top pick?
Best Theme Park Halloween Event
Looking for a range of thrills this Halloween? You’re in luck because theme parks across the country host ghoulish events to celebrate the season. At these 20 theme park Halloween events — nominated as the best by an expert panel — you can enjoy haunted houses, mazes, and shows, and sometimes even your favorite rides and attractions in the dark.
Which theme park Halloween event are you most excited about?
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10best.com on Friday, September 29.