Calico Ghost Town was established in 1881 during the silver strike. They have their yearly Calico Ghost Haunt on October 17 – 19 and 24 – 26. During their Ghost Haunt, you can carve pumpkins, see ghosts (costumed staff) walking through Calico, enter a costume contest, live music and magic performances, and take a spooky walk through Maggie’s Haunted Mine. Admission for adults is ten dollars, kids 6-15 is five dollars and children under 5 are free. They do have a two day pass available. Calico Ghost Town has a campground so you can either camp there or rent a hotel nearby in Barstow. Calico Ghost Town is located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, around 10 miles north of Barstow. This event is appropriate for the entire family. Calico is a childhood favorite of mine and I really think you’ll have a wonderful time if you go here.
Top 10 U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #2: Jermone, Arizona
AzJermone.com proudly boasts that Jermone is “the largest Ghost Town in America.” The website continues to say that Jermone was “once known as the wickedest town in the west, Jerome was a copper mining camp, growing from a settlement of tents to a roaring mining community. Four disastrous fires destroyed large sections of the town during its early history, resulting in the incorporation of the City of Jerome in 1899.” With a history like that, going to Jermone for a Halloween vacation would be a great choice, especially because they have a Halloween event around that spooky time of year. Jerome Historical Society runs the Ghost Walk one day in October on a Saturday (usually the middle of the month) and there is a Halloween Dance Party a week or two after that. The Ghost Walk is a recollection of spooky things that really happened in Jermone in the past. The Tourism Council website says that “actors in period costume dramatize shootouts, drownings, murders and séances-some spine-chilling; others merely creepy or supernatural,” so you may not want to have younger children attend the Ghost walk as they may get scared. Ticket prices range from $6 to $12 dollars, depending on age (adult or child). The Halloween Party is held at Spook Hall (the nickname for Lawrence Memorial Hall) and is more appropriate for adults. The party starts at 9 PM and ends at 2 AM. There is a cash bar, costume contests and more. It costs $10 dollars at the door. Jermone has Inns and Bed and Breakfasts that you could stay at, right in the town. Kids and adults alike would surely enjoy exploring the town and attending the Halloween festivities. For more information, call (928) 634-1066.
Top 10 U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #3: Peppersauce Ghost Town
Back in the day, Peppersauce was a railroad town. Today, it is a graveyard of deserted buildings that brings tourists who want to explore and see some of the past history. On October 25th, there will be a Halloween Ghost Town tour in Peppersauce. 45 minute tours will be between 5 PM and 9:40 PM. There will be costumed cast dressed as locals of the past, talking to each Trolley Car or Hay Rack that goes by. Tickets will be $5 dollars and you can buy them in advance or at the event. Peppersauce is located in Calico Rock, Arizona 72519. This event would be good for people of all ages. Call (870) 297-4129 for additional information.
Top 10 U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #4: Red Mountain
Red Mountain is located in the San Bernardino valley in California. Red Mountain has a general store that is actually still in use, old mining buildings, as well as old houses that inhabit some of the Ghost town’s few residents. They do not have a Halloween event but it still would be fun to visit with your family.
Top 10 U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #5: Oatman, Arizona
Oatman was a mining tent camp in the 1800’s and quickly become a popular site for gold hunting. Today, tourists come to visit the active Ghost town to enjoy the local flavor and catch glimpses of the past. Wild Burros wander through town and you can buy carrots fro local vendors to feed them. During the year they do have activities on holidays, including Halloween. Oatman is sure to be enjoyed by your entire family, old and young alike. If you’d like to know a little more about Oatman and see pictures of some of the things there, click here.
Top 10 U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #6: Pioneertowne, California
Pioneertowne isn’t technically a ghost town. It wasn’t built during mining times, no gold was found here. Instead, it was built in 1946 to serve as a movie set for westerns. Several old time western stars walked their spurs down the roads of Pioneertowne and you can too. Today it’s a tourist attraction and it is a Ghost town in its own right. They have lodging that was built to sleep the western stars and you can rent a room there. They also have horse stables where you can house your horse. The sets and props would make an excellent (and safe) Ghost town Halloween Vacation for everyone in your family.
Top 10 U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #7: Randsburgh
Randsburgh is located in the Mojave Desert in California and is a remnant of the gold mining days. Today, it is an active Ghost Town that has a cozy Inn you and your family can stay at. You can also visit the Saloon, Antique shops, Opera House and Café, Post Office and the Historic Museum.
Top U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #8: Colton, Utah
Colton was a railroad mining town back in the day. Today it is home to a few residents and has a few buildings left standing. They do not have a Halloween event but it would still be fun to take your family to (though younger children may get bored) and listen to stories of the past from local residents. Many people have discovered old and rare bottles and Colton. If you decided to visit, maybe you’ll find one of your own by doing your own digging.
Top U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #9: Gold Point
Gold Point is a Ghost Town located in Nevada. There are two good reasons to take your family here to visit. The first being is that it would make a stellar Halloween vacation by seeing the ruins and restored buildings and two; any money you spend at the Ghost Town is put into restoring other parts of Gold Point. If you’d like to find out more about visiting Gold Point, call (775) 482-4653.
Top U.S. Ghost Towns for a Halloween Vacation #10: Virginia City, Montana
Virginia City is located in Montana. This would make an excellent location for a Halloween Vacation because it’s like a step back in time. The website states that “this historic city provides one of the best-preserved examples of the many mining camps of the American West.” Virginia City was established in 1863 when gold was discovered. It wasn’t long before miners flocked to Virginia City to try to make their own fortune. Today, there are 200 historic buildings that you can visit. You can even try to find some of your own gold if you’re so inclined. This would be a wonderful way to spend Halloween as a family.