By Molly O‘Brien -

Perhaps it’s flattering that even those who leave the living world don’t seem to want to leave these 12 towns behind. From iconic bewitched bearings such as Salem, Massachusetts, to the creepy encounters felt by locals and visitors in Randolph County, North Carolina, these vacation destinations can be described as “otherworldly” for more reasons than just the traditional adventures they offer their visitors.

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Randolph County, North Carolina

Randolph County might be best known for its famed autumn attraction, the Kersey Valley Spookywoods in Archdale, where design teams work year-round to create costumes, themes, and scary experiences. In fact, there are a whole host of haunted spots sprinkled throughout the area. The North Carolina Zoo is built on Purgatory Mountain, where there are stories of an awful manhunter turned angry ghost called “The Hunter,” who still haunts this hill with his massive hulking form appearing in the woods only lit by the phantom fire burning in his lifeless eyes. Those who seek an extra thrill can stay nearby at the Getaway Asheboro cabins and fare the evening outdoors at this luxury glampsite amongst the changing leaves.

INSIDER TIP: Kersey Valley Spookywoods also offers a seasonal corn maze.