Top Halloween Destinations in the US

By MIA TAYLOR / Posted on October 14, 2017

What’s your idea of a perfect Halloween?

Does it include some combination of fun costumes, trick-or-treating and haunted houses? Or perhaps a visit to a pumpkin patch?

If traveling to find the ideal Halloween experience is part of the plan, then you’re in luck. RewardExpert released a report identifying some of the best Halloween cities in each region of the country.

The travel rewards website studied the 20 most populous areas in the Midwest, South, West and Northeast in order to identify the top Halloween vacation destinations for each region. The ranking is based in part on Halloween activities in each city, but also heavily factors climate, safety, price and ease of transit.

Based on that criteria, the report named St. Paul, Minnesota as the best Halloween city in the Midwest; Austin, Texas is the best choice in the South; Portland, Oregon ranked highest in the West; and Bridgeport, Connecticut is the place to be in the East.

“There’s no better time to travel after the leaves have changed than Halloween. It’s an exciting holiday, and cities throughout the country pull out all the stops for citizens and visitors to have a spooky good time,” states the report.

Here are the top five Halloween cities in each region of the country, according to RewardExpert.


St. Paul, Minnesota

St. Paul offers crisp autumn weather, it’s an easy city to get around and there’s much for visitors to do. The RewardExpert report recommends experiencing some hair-raising fun at the Wabasha Street Caves—a haunted mobster hideaway.

Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln is a trick-or-treater’s paradise thanks to high walkability and bikeability scores. It’s also the third-safest city in the region. As for Halloween specific activities, there’s plenty of hayrides and corn mazes for group family outings.

Cleveland, OH

The Rock and Roll city of the Midwest, Cleveland offers temperate autumn weather and great walkability. Concert venues throughout the city host Halloween shows and, for an alternative to candy and costumes, check out the Cleveland Beer Week.

St. Louis, Missouri

If you’re a runner in search of a good Halloween destination, RewardExpert recommends St. Louis. The Go! St. Louis Halloween race offers everything from a 5K to a half marathon.