Immerse yourself in the "spirit" of the season with fall activities that are rich in history while designed to give you a fright:
1. Attend a live storytelling of the The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, in Sleepy Hollow.
Set to spooky organ music, Washington Irving's classic tale is told at the burial ground which inspired the author's Headless Horseman. In addition to the many historic sites in the town of Sleepy Hollow and surrounding area, visitors can experience The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze, cemetery tours, harvest fests, and other activities.
Sleepy Hollow, New York (http://visitsleepyhollow.com/)
2. Spend a night at a haunted hotel.
If you're a ghost hunter, The Logan Inn in New Hope, Pennsylvania may be the place for you. Established in 1727, the Logan Inn is one of the oldest inns in America, with a history dating back to the Revolutionary War. There have been reports of ghosts, strange sounds, and poltergeist activity. Make note of Room 6 when planning your visit.
The Logan Inn, New Hope, Pennsylvania (http://loganinn.com)
3. Give a toast to Poe at his grave.
For over seventy years, a mysterious, rarely seen person known as the "Poe Toaster" would visit the grave of Edgar Allan Poe on his birthday, toasting him with a glass of cognac, then leaving three roses and the unfinished bottle of cognac. Fans of Edgar Allan Poe can check out the gravesite in Baltimore, as well as the lectures and tributes to the poet, organized through the Edgar Allan Poe Society. At the Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia, diehard Poe followers may be interested in the many artifacts honoring this master of macabre literature.
Edgar Allan Poe Society, Baltimore, Maryland (http://www.eapoe.org)
Poe Museum, Richmond, Virginia (http://www.poemuseum.org/)