Halloween weekend is upon us. But before you pull out that box of musty old costumes or purchase the requisite stash of last-minute Snickers, you might want to take a moment and consider getting away for All Hallows’ Eve. From luxury spa treatments to specialty cocktails, and every trick in between, these four places are scaring up some serious fun this haunted holiday.
Although Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are holidays that have grown synonymous with New York City, the Big Apple knows how to throw a good party on October 31, too. Typically, this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended escape plays the part of a sleek, energetic hotel, but through this fun-filled weekend, the 209-unit property will transform into Halloween Central with its Get Bewitched package, a promotion that includes a room, two Bloody Marys, continental breakfast and a trick-or-treat welcome bag filled with all sorts of sweets and snacks. Pack your costume along with your appetite for this deal because it also comes with access to a Halloween night party at Plunge Lounge + Bar or Gansevoort Park Rooftop.
Adults love a candy coma just as much as any kid. So, in addition to the 5th annual Costumes on the Woof contest for four-legged visitors, this Four-Star property will serve up some spooky spirits inspired by the candy beloved by centuries of trick-or-treaters. For the last weekend in October, head to the Midtown hotel’s stylish Bar Eleven and pick your poison: Up in the Scare is a terrifyingly tasty combination of Absolut Raspberri, Apple Pucker and cranberry that packs the liquid equivalent of a mouthful of Starbursts or gummy worms; Betwix’ed recasts a traditional martini with the flavor of the beloved Twix, using butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka, cream and a sea-salt rim.
The Five-Star Trump has unleashed custom cocktails at the hotel’s famed Rebar, including Graveyard Punch (light rum, blood orange, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice dram and bitters served in a caldron of steaming dry ice) and the Corpse Reviver (a cucumber-infused gin cocktail with aperitif wine, orange curacao, lemon and absinthe that served in a nitrogen-encased martini glass with lychee berry eyeballs). And to help alleviate any nightmares that might come from staying at the wrong place, the hotel is also offering the Room with a Boo package through November 2. The deal includes deluxe king accommodations, a Halloween-themed welcome amenity and continental breakfast at Five-Star Sixteen the next morning.
La Fonda On The Plaza, Santa Fe
La Fonda On The Plaza is a Santa Fe landmark with a remarkably haunted history. As the legend goes, back when the 179-room property was known as the Exchange Hotel, a foolish businessman lost his and his company’s total savings in a game of poker, and threw himself down the well, where he died. Today, the hotel’s signature dining room, La Plazuela at La Fonda, is situated just above that well and the staff says he still walks the floors. Visitors who brave those halls can also take the popular Ghostwalkers tour to learn even more about The City Different’s eerie past. Just make sure you make a reservation with a buddy; you’ll need someone’s hand to grab should you get spooked by any of the Wild West tales and Pueblo Indian folk stories along the way.