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Ghost Tours & Black Dinners: 13 Halloween Hotel Events

Locations in this article:  Denver, CO Fort Lauderdale, FL New Orleans, LA New York City, NY

Looking for some haunting spots for Halloween? Many hotels are offering their own unique take on spooky activities and ghostly events that are suited for the entire family. We’ve rounded up 13 Halloween hotel events you won’t want to miss this year.

Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana

Le Salon - Tea

The Windsor Court Hotel, located right next to New Orleans’ famous French Quarter, is hosting its annual Halloween Tea in Le Salon. Le Salon, which is in the lobby of Windsor Court, serves an elegant afternoon tea with 26 different kinds of loose-leaf teas to choose from and delicious Halloween-themed treats. Adults and children alike will have the chance to meet the creepy, crawly creatures of the Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium. For seating times and prices, visit

Curtis Hotel’s The Purge in Denver, Colorado


The Curtis Hotel in Denver is holding its 5th annual Purge on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 5  p.m., and only the bravest guests are invited. The horrific event will take place, appropriately, on the 13th floor of the hotel. There are 24 rooms on that floor, and in each one, visitors will find masks to conceal identities, inflatable toy weapons for protection, a mysterious Purge appropriate in-room amenity, brunch for two (for those who survive), and overnight valet parking. Guests will also be invited to imbibe in Halloween-themed libations at the Happy Hour of Cannibal Cocktails.

The Hilton Columbus Downtown in Columbus, Ohio


Columbus is the fashion capital of the Midwest and hosts one of the most anticipated Halloween events for those who love costumes, couture, and creativity. HighBall, known as the “nation’s fiercest costume party,” will take place right outside of the Hilton on High Street in the blocks connecting the famed Short North Arts District to the Arena District and Downtown Columbus. Featuring local and national costume designers, the festivities include electrifying stage shows, intriguing street performances, public costume contests, muralists, and more. The Hilton is offering two different packages for HighBall attendees, starting at $229 a night. To book, visit the website.

Viceroy Zihuatenejo in Playa La Ropa, Mexico


El Dia de los Muertos is a colorful and exuberantly festive holiday that celebrates and honors loved ones who have passed. Instead of spooky and ghostly themes, this day is filled with lively art, dancing, and food. From October 31 to November 2, Viceroy Zihuatenejo, a posh resort on one of the country’s most beautiful and pristine beaches, is partnering with a local art gallery, GALART, to host its Day of the Dead Program. Internationally-known Mexican artist Jose Antonio Madrazo will be displaying his special collection of pieces in remembrance of Nelson Mandela. Pre-Hispanic and contemporary dancers will be performing at the resort and a Day of the Dead altar and themed sand sculptures will be created. Resort guests will also be served traditional, homemade pan de muerto as part of the complimentary morning in-room coffee service. The beachfront al fresco restaurant, La Villa, will be serving a special Day of the Dead menu along with a variety of “bloody good” cocktails.

Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown, New York

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For a real scare, book a stay at the 105-year old Otesaga Resort Hotel on the southern shore of Lake Otsego. The resort used to be an all-girls school, and guests and staff have reported hearing voices and children playing in the halls, as well as seeing and hearing other apparitions. The Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tour leads guests through the eerie rooms of the resort as well as surrounding locations  that are all said to be haunted, like the Christ Episcopal Church graveyard, the houses of Byberry Cottage, Greencrest, and Pomeroy Place. The Autumn Harvest Package starts at $349 and includes accommodations, breakfast each day, tickets to the Farmers’ Museum, and other coupons.

1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas


The 1886 Crescent Hotel has been dubbed “America’s Most Haunted Hotel,” complete with hundreds of spirits who still frequent this historic hotel, long hallways, serpentine staircases, and a “morgue.” Every night of the year, tour guides lead stalwart souls through the hotel on the Crescent Hotel Ghost Tour. Many guests have experienced paranormal phenomena on these tours, from smelling mysterious pip tobacco to seeing an orb enter a boy’s head. On Halloween night, the hotel is hosting a special two-hour performance by cast members of Intrigue Theater. Starting at 10 p.m., illusionist Sean-Paul Fay will demonstrate some of his newest mysteries, and highly respected medium Julianne Fay will call upon spirits residing in the hotel during a séance.

Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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At the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, the Halloween celebration is geared mostly toward the kids. From October 31 to November 1, the hotel is bringing spooktacular supervised, “no-parents zone” events to the on-site kids’ Surf Club. There will be themed group games and crafts, including DIY Jack-O’Lantern, a Skeleton Scavenger Hunt, and a Mummy Relay for kids ages 5 through 12. Parents will also have a great time by the pool as kids enjoy these events.

Allegiance Bed and Breakfast in Finger Lakes, New York

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Not only will visitors enjoy the Finger Lakes for its fall foliage, but also for its history of ghosts, zombies, and other supernatural phenomenon. The Allegiance Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored circa-1838 mini-White House mansion that is featured in the Haunted History Trail of New York State. The name of the hotel honors Francis Bellamy, the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, but it is not he who often visits. Karen, the granddaughter of the mansion’s builder, and Ray, who is known to be chatty, are ghosts who have been spotted by visitors over the years. Be sure to say hello if you see them!

Hotel Matilda in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

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To celebrate the Day of the Dead, Hotel Matilda is hosting a “Black Dinner with Sorcerers, Witches, and Some Magical Potions.” Martha Ortiz, Mexico’s internationally acclaimed chef and cookbook author, will be directing this culinary Day of the Dead themed extravaganza. The dinner will be held at the hotel’s Moxi restaurant at 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 and will cost $1,800 pesos ($135 USD). The Patricia Conde Gallery will also be presenting its artists’ Day of the Dead work in a photography exhibit.

Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida


At the Sandpearl Resort, the children of guests will have a chance to experience a spooky ghost crab hunt on the beach at night, go trick-or-treating around the property as staff members pass out candy, or decorate their own chocolate-dipped Oreos and Ghost S’mores by the fire pit. Families can also watch Halloween-themed movies by the pool all weekend long.

El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico


For those who enjoy live DJs, El Conquistador Resort, a Waldorf Astoria Resort in Puerto Rico, will be holding their BACARDI Triangle event featuring Ellie Goulding, Calvin Harris, and Kendrick Lamar. Palomino Island, the resort’s 100-acre private island, will host more than 1,500 guests for its Black Pearl themed Halloween party, complete with live mermaids, voodoo shacks, tribal food huts, and global DJs. For three nights, BACARDI will take over the entire island.

Westin Times Square in New York, New York


The Westin at Times Square is celebrating the spooky season with savings for guests throughout the month of October. Rates will be starting at $259 a night, and Halloween-spirited guests who arrive in their costumes will receive an extra $25 food and beverage credit that can go toward cocktails, mocktails, or a scrumptious dessert in Bar 10 or Shula’s Steak House in the hotel. During the Halloween weekend, there will be events galore all over New York City, including the 41st Annual Village Halloween Parade on October 31. Costumes are a must for participation! Reservations for the Westin can be made online or by phone, and be sure to mention the promo code HALLOWN5 to get the best available rates.

Casa Palopó and Sumpango, Guatemala

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Casa Palopó, a boutique hotel with spacious rooms decorated with contemporary and indigenous artwork, has locations in Lake Atitlan and Antigua. The town of Sumpango, which  is between the two locations, celebrates the Day of the Dead with a kite festival. Locals showcase homemade gigantic kites made of tissue paper and balloons, the designs commonly containing a traditional message about Mother Earth. Casa Palopó will offer an “All Saint’s Day” package that includes one night in Antigua, a walking city tour of Antigua, three nights at the main hotel on Lake Atitlan, private transportation, welcome snacks and cocktails, a boat tour around the lake, and an excursion to the Sumpango kite festival. Package rates start at $523 a night.

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