Cemetery tourism surges in October
By Aimee Heckel
First, the shocker: Cemetery tourism is a thing. In fact, the entire website CemeteryTourism.com is dedicated to the topic.
Second, the obvious: Tombstone tourism surges in October, just in time for Halloween and Day of the Dead.
If you’re looking for a spooky vacation idea this month, you may need to look no farther than your local graveyard. Or plan a vacation around some of the nation’s top cemeteries.
Here are two few graveyards absolutely worth the drive:
1. Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Terrytown, NY, where the legend lives on.
Sleepy Hollow offers plenty of Halloween events, including cemetery tours, blazing pumpkins and, of course, the Headless Horseman. Lantern-lighted cemetery tours through the winding roads and past the headstone of author Washington Irving are offered through November. Enter a Gothic vampire crypt — if you dare. One-hour tours start at $9.99.
Tip: Sign up for a special themed tour, such as Murder & Mayhem, which brings you to the final resting places for some of the cemetery’s “fallen angels.” Or take the Original Knickerbocker tour, which traces the footsteps of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” character Ichabod Crane.
2. Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, Calif., “one of the world’s most fascinating landmarks,” the website claims.
Here, you can find the graves of Hollywood’s founders and a long list of stars, famous writers, directors and more. Here, you can pay tribute to Johnny Ramone, Douglas Fairbanks and hundreds of other Hollywood names. Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Nov. 2.
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Looking for a Halloween costume that fits the Hollywood Forever Cemetery theme? How about the Hollywood Starlet costume at Sears, $46.74? Or of course you could go with the classic Marilyn Monroe costume, $23.86 at Sears.
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