Ready to say "I do?" Are you the type of couple who enjoys a good ghost tale or loves Halloween? Then why not turn your "I do" into "I boo" with a haunted Halloween wedding?
Not only has Halloween become a favorite holiday for adults, it's also become a day many couples decide to tie the knot. Some couples go for Halloween-themed weddings with skull and pumpkin decorations, and a masquerade reception. Some couples hire companies to come in and turn their weddings into "Murder Mystery" events. Many couples, though, take Halloween weddings one step further, having their weddings at spooky venues, or locations which are supposedly haunted. If you'd like to push the envelope for your Halloween wedding, here are a few avenues you might consider:
The Queen Mary – Long Beach, California
The Queen Mary is an Art Deco wonder, once cruising the high seas, now permanently berthed in Long Beach, California as a tourist attraction and hotel. Some say it's also haunted, with reports by employees, guests and visiting psychics of paranormal activity. The Queen Mary also offers wedding packages in the Queen Mary's Chapel or on the deck, and, for over 12 years has hosted an annual "Halloween Terrorfest," with "terrifying mazes" and dance parties from Oct. 5 through Halloween night.
Thayer's B & B – Annandale, Minnesota
Thayer's B & B is the perfect place for your haunted wedding or honeymoon. This B & B is an Old West Victorian mansion just minutes from the Twin Cities, offering weddings every day of the year, as well as a "Haunted Honeymoon Package" which includes a one-hour Couple's Psychic Reading, a 1/2-hour of private ghost hunting instruction, and a disposable camera to photograph the many ghosts that inhabit Thayer's B & B.
Want the ultimate in Spooky Halloween Weddings? Head over to Salem, Massachusetts, just north of Boston, and site of the infamous Witch Trials in the early 1690s. During the trials many people were accused of being witches and executed, with many more being imprisoned. Today Salem is a tourist attraction, with such "scary" sites as the Witch Dungeon Museum, the Salem Wax Museum of Witches & Seafarers, the New England Pirate Museum and the House of Seven Gables. Salem is particularly popular during October, with month-long Halloween celebrations featuring tours of haunted houses, a narrated stroll through Salem's oldest graveyard, séances, costume balls and street fairs.
You might want to consider having your wedding at The House of Seven Gables, the oldest surviving 17th century wooden mansion in New England, and which was the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of the Seven Gables." The mansion's Seaside Lawn can accommodate 200 guests located for dinner, including a dance floor.
The Myrtles Plantation – St. Francisville, Louisiana
If you want your wedding in a haunted venue, then why not go for "One of America's Most Haunted Homes?" Located on US Highway 61, 30 miles north of Baton Rouge, the mansion was built in 1796, by General David Bradford, and is now a tourist attraction and Bed & Breakfast. Considered on of the most haunted houses in America, The Myrtles Plantation has been featured in the New York Times, the Oprah Show, The History Chanel, and National Geographic Explorer. And, it can feature in your wedding plans, as it is also available for weddings and receptions.
Whichever spooky location you choose for your Halloween wedding, do be sure to make plans well in advance of the date, as venues at Halloween tend to fill up quickly.
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