With Halloween fast approaching, a lot of people are planning to hit the highways in their rental cars to seek out the supernatural. VroomVroomVroom has compiled a list of popular spooky road trip ideas guaranteed to send chills down your spine.
Journey to New Zealand’s Forgotten World
Let’s begin the road trip to a spooky place in New Zealand called Tangarakau, popularly known as Ghost Town. Just 90 minutes drive from Stratford and Taumarunui, signs to the town is accompanied by goat skins hung up on the fence. Expect to see a campground surrounded by rolling hills on this abandoned section of the Forgotten World Highway in the North Island. An approximately 1,200 people used to live here since the tunneling and railway days … now, well, it’s a ghost town.
Visit the haunted St John’s Orphanage in Goulburn
St. John’s Orphanage aka the Goulburn Boys Orphanage can be found in Goulburn, just north east of Canberra in Australia. First opened by the Sisters of Mercy About in 1912, the orphanage housed an approximately 2,500 boys until its closure in 1978. According to reports, those housed there during the war years have gone through some difficult times and were often punished.
California’s abandoned ghost towns
See towns forever frozen in the 1800s in the desert of California. A road trip through these isolated towns provides plenty of thrilling Halloween experiences. One of the more popular ghost towns is Bodie. The town is in the Bodie Hills east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. There are no services in Bodie, giving visitors the true sense of isolation. The empty general store and the slowly decaying buildings are great for exploring. You can learn the haunting stories of the families that once lived in the town.
See the sights of the Salem witch trials
There are sights all over Salem in Massachusetts where you can experience the history of the supposed witchcraft in the area. Visit the Salem Witch House, see a re-enactment of the 1692 witch trial at the Witch Dungeon Museum. Take one of the in-depth tours to experience the history of Salem. If you’re planning on a road trip to Salem this Halloween, you will find the city about 40 minutes north of Boston.
Watch out for aliens on Nevada’s Extraterrestrial Highway
The highway that started rumours of UFO sightings and numerous conspiracy theories is a quirky way to spend Halloween. Explore the sights of the highway as it lines the fringes of the mysterious Area 51. In the town of Rachel, Nevada, visitors will be able to fully immerse themselves in the alien theme. Enjoy a meal at the Little A Le Inn, which serves up alien burgers.
Ontario’s Creepiest Tunnel
The Blue Ghost Tunnel in St. Catharines Ontario is said to be haunted by the ghosts of those who died from fatal accidents during its construction in 1876. The abandoned tunnel is dreaded for its urban legend stories such as buried cemetery and rails accidents. Visitors have claimed to experience some paranormal events while inside the passageway also called as the Merritton Tunnel.
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