Hotel Halloween Traditions


Halloween and the Fall season are quickly approaching. Many guests are already preparing for this year’s big costume party or masquerade ball. For those already traveling, or simply looking for a unique holiday experience, Halloween-themed hotel events can be especially thrilling. Architectural features and historical context can enhance a guests’ Halloween hotel experience. Unique, October-themed activities and decor provide hair-raising evenings for children and adults alike. This week, I want to feature a variety of hotel destinations providing their guests with a wickedly delightful Halloween Bash.

The Hay-Adams (Washington D.C.)

Nestled in the heart of our nation’s most iconic institutions, the historic Hay-Adams hotel provides guests with a uniquely remarkable October stay. The hotel not only overlooks the White House, but also offers stunning views of Lafayette Park and St. John’s Church. This historically relevant location embodies elements of modern Halloween customs in colonial America. The history and accommodations of this luxurious 5 Star Boutique hotel make it a top destination this Halloween.

For the right price (roughly $3,000 per night), guests can enjoy a Halloween weekend stay like no other. The hotel’s “Transylvania Suite” provides guests with frightfully luxurious accommodations. The room reflects a classically chic aesthetic and overlooks the historic Lafayette Square. A collection of horror movies, cobwebs, spiders, and skeletons adorn this elegant presidential suite. Your stay in this ornately spooky, haunted suite includes a Halloween-themed dinner, and spooky desserts and cocktails.


The High Line Hotel (New York City, NY)

The High Line is an urban park situated on an abandoned, elevated rail track. Proximity to the park makes The High Line Hotel a prime NYC destination. The hotel’s annual Pup Costume Parade is the highlight of its Halloween festivities. The parade allows pet lovers to participate in a costume contest dedicated to their furry friends. The two-day Halloween Spooktacular takes place in the hotel’s front courtyard and is packed with costumes, ghouls, pumpkin carving, face painting, and tasty treats. Hotel guests and neighborhood residents alike are encouraged to attend this annual celebration.


Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center (Boston, MA)

Trick-or-Treating isn’t always just for the kids. Boston’s annual Halloween on the Harbor in Seaport is a Halloween bash you won’t want to miss. The Seaport Hotel’s contemporary TAMO Bistro & Bar hosts the festival’s kick-off dinner party. Guests will enjoy local Boston cuisine and a chic New England influenced interior. From here you are able to walk (or ride on provided DUCK boats) to participating Halloween on the Harbour locations. The festival is strictly 21+ and guests will be provided with spooky treats and cocktails at each stop. There is a $5 entry fee benefitting area kids programming.


Tropicana Casino & Resort (Atlantic City, NJ)

Enjoy the Ultimate Halloween experience in Atlantic City at the Tropicana Casino & Resort. The resort’s celebration includes a day packed with Halloween-themed activities and live music. Guests can participate in a “Thriller” themed dance party, followed by multiple costume parties with cash prizes. Tombstones, spiders, and zombies create a chilling atmosphere to enjoy the resort casino and all Atlantic City has to offer.

Hawthorne Hotel (Salem, MA)

The town of Salem, Massachusetts is synonymous with all things Halloween. For over 20 years, Salem’s Hawthorne Hotel has hosted one of the largest Halloween celebrations in the region. The 2017 party theme is “Hollywood Horror.” Party themes vary each year, but the festival always includes food, costumes, and live music. Other activities like psychic readings are also available. A cash prize is awarded to the guest with the best themed costume. Be sure to plan accordingly. The event regularly sells out, and traffic throughout the region is more congested during the month of October.

The end of October signifies an official transition from summer into Fall and warns of the coming Winter. Modern guests seek pleasure in these holiday traditions and view a Halloween themed hotel stay as an escape the mundanities of daily life. Check out our Pinterest boards and Instagram posts for Halloween and other holiday design inspiration