The 13 Best Halloween Wedding Venues

Throw one of life's most special celebrations inside one of America's spookiest wedding venues.
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
Taylor Carson
Taylor Carson - The Knot Contributor.
Taylor Carson
The Knot Contributor
  • Taylor writes wedding venue roundups for The Knot.
  • Taylor was formerly the Assistant Managing Editor at Philadelphia magazine, and she continues to freelance for Philadelphia’s lifestyle and wedding verticals.
  • She received her degree in journalism, with a minor in English, from Temple University.
Updated Sep 09, 2021

If Halloween is your favorite holiday, why not throw your big day on or around October 31 and add a little spook to the special occasion? Halloween-themed weddings can be scary-good, especially when they are held at a wedding venue inside one of America's most haunted hotels and event spaces. For those who delight in a bit of fright, haunted wedding venues are great because you get all the elegance of an average venue blended with the intrigue of the ghost stories that started inside the walls of the facility.

A Halloween wedding may be the road less traveled, but by embarking down this path, you're guaranteed to hold an event like no other. Whether your mind is made up on a Halloween wedding venue or you're curious to learn more, continue below to discover 13 of the United States' most haunted places, their backstories and, most importantly, what they have to offer you on your wedding day.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel is a 140-room hotel with over 14,000 square feet of space. Notably, this hotel inspired Stephen King's The Shining. Today, you can stay in several "spirited" rooms: 217, 401, 407 and 428. What's more, the Stanley has been featured on Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. Aside from being a supernatural wonderland, the hotel is also a spectacular Rocky Mountain wedding destination boasting many venues for a ceremony and a reception. The Pavilion is particularly striking as it overlooks a private pond. The Lodge at the Stanley is a 40-room building available for buyouts. The main hotel can host up to 200 guests, and it contains the following venues: the Front Lawn, the MacGregor Ballroom, the Music Room and the Pinon and Billiard Rooms.

1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa in Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The 1886 Crescent Hotel & Spa calls itself America's most haunted hotel, and it has a storied past dating back to—you guessed it—1886. Today, the hotel hosts nightly ghost tours, during which visitors can learn more about the Crescent's legendary ghosts, including Michael, Theodora, the ghost in the morgue, the nurse, the girl in the mist and the Lady in the Victorian lingerie. The venue's ghostly past makes it a spooktacular Halloween wedding destination. Hold your wedding in the age-old Crystal Ballroom featuring crystal chandeliers, high ceilings and hardwood floors. Other historical options include the Conservatory, the Fountain Garden and the East Lawn. The newest venue, made for outdoor weddings, is the Wedding in the Woods. For a more unique nature experience, host an intimate wedding in one of the Crescent Hotel's treetop cottages.

Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, Massachusetts

Salem's Hawthorne Hotel is a Historic Hotel of America. Like the haunted city it's located in, the hotel is no stranger to strange happenings—such as moving furniture, ghost sightings and unexplained noises. Bewitched and Ghost Hunters have filmed at the Hawthorne, and, on the 64th anniversary of Harry Houdini's death, the hotel held a seance in its grand ballroom in an attempt to summon the magician. From black magic to love story magic, the hotel is an incredible place to say "I do" around Halloween. Hold your event in the exquisite grand ballroom, have your wedding guests stay the night in the hotel's 93 guest rooms, and enjoy a comprehensive wedding package inclusive of everything from a wedding coordinator and your wedding cake to floral centerpieces and a private room for photo sessions.

The Queen Mary in Long Beach, California

The Queen Mary isn't your average Halloween wedding venue because, first and foremost, it's a hotel on an ocean liner dating back to the 1930s. What makes it fit the bill for a seasonal celebration is its eerie atmosphere; according to the website, the spirit of an engineer, a "lady in white" and various ghostly children reportedly still hang around. The Queen Mary has been hosting Southern California weddings for over 50 years, and there are options for weddings of all sizes. You can exchange vows on the Sun Deck Gazebo or the Harbor View Deck or inside the wedding chapel—all with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. For wedding receptions, the ship has 14 Art Deco ballrooms featuring beautiful details like wood paneling, original light fixtures, etched-glass doors, murals and carved golden onyx fireplaces.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana

Before the Bourbon Orleans Hotel was the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, it was a historic ballroom and theater and then a convent. Accordingly, the spirits who are rumored to occupy the hotel today—a Confederate soldier, children, nuns and a dancer—span different eras. When you choose to wed at Bourbon Orleans, not only might you have some interesting wedding guests, you'll also have professionals at your disposal to help you execute your dream event. Plus, the hotel is steps away from the nation's oldest cathedral, the St. Louis Cathedral, making it even more desirable for those hoping to say "I do" in a religious setting before getting the party started.

The Sagamore in Bolton Landing, New York

The Sagamore on Lake George is absolutely picturesque. It's a AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort, and it was named by Conde Nast one of the Top 25 Resorts in the Northeast in 2020. Photos alone are enough to make anyone want to get married here, and if you love Halloween and all things scary, you'll be happy to hear it's known for being haunted, too. (Reported sightings on the golf course and inside the resort include ghost children, a fighting couple and three women.) Sagamore wedding packages include the Classic Wedding Package and the Intimate Wedding Package for events of 75 guests or less. Each package includes a wedding cake, an open bar, a two-course plated dinner and then some.

Graduate Providence in Providence, Rhode Island

The interiors at Rhode Island's Graduate Providence, formerly the Providence Biltmore, are opulent. In addition to historical glamour, the landmark hotel exudes an otherworldly energy that can be attributed to its long history and supernatural sightings. It opened in 1922, and during Prohibition, the basement operated as a speakeasy that was frequented by the mob. For your big day, you can host up to 500 people in the Capital Ballroom; other on-site venues include the Parkview Terrace, the Summit, L'Apogee and the Biltmore Ballroom. The creative team will help you build a custom menu suited to your taste and guest count, and you'll be provided with a list of trusted vendors for everything from entertainment to transportation.

The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, California

The Hollywood Roosevelt dates back to May 1927. With nearly a century behind it, the Los Angeles hotel has been frequented by many stars over the years, including Marilyn Monroe, whose ghost was spotted by a maid in the mirror Monroe used to use. With a legendary past and a legendary location, the Hollywood Roosevelt is a one-of-a-kind Halloween wedding destination. The hotel boasts 25,000 square feet of event space and can accommodate weddings ranging from 10 to an astounding 1,500 guests. With multiple wedding locations (the Blossom Ballroom, the Historic Lobby, the Academy Room, the Rooftop) and two packages (the Marilyn Package, the Gable & Lombard Package), there is something for all couples at this luxurious landmark and Halloween wedding venue.

Jekyll Island Club Resort in Jekyll Island, Georgia

Those who love the coast will love Georgia's stunning Jekyll Island Club Resort. Those who love a good haunt will also love Jekyll Island Club Resort. Why? Because the island on which the coastal Southern wedding venue sits—and the venue itself—has its fair share of spooky stories. (There's a myth about a hotel bellman who dresses in 1920s attire and delivers suits to grooms' guest rooms.) The event spaces at the resort are breathtaking. At Crane Cottage, your wedding ceremony and reception will take place outdoors overlooking the Jekyll River, a reflecting pool, an interior courtyard and a sunken garden. Other venues include the Cherokee building, the oak tree-filled Riverfront Lawn, the Morgan Center Ballroom, the Grand Dining Room and three Jekyll Ocean Club venues: beach, rooftop deck or Eighty Ocean Kitchen + Bar.

Chase on the Lake in Walker, Minnesota

What's the haunted history behind Chase on the Lake, a Minnesota resort on Leech Lake? Back in 1898, when the location was home to Pameda Hotel, its basement was used as a morgue for soldiers during the Battle of Sugar Point. Some soldiers' spirits reportedly still hang around. According to Haunted Journeys, employees have told other scary stories that will fright and excite you during your Halloween wedding weekend. Chase on the Lake's comprehensive wedding offering includes affordable rates, space for 40 to 400 guests, all-inclusive ballroom amenities, on-site catering services, lodging discounts, a menu tasting, wedding planning assistance and a private security officer. Chase on the Lake couples are also provided with a list of preferred vendors.

Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa in Bedford, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania's sprawling Omni Bedford Springs Resort & Spa checks off all the wedding weekend criteria: It has a spa, a golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, 216 guest rooms, nine wedding venues, 36,000 square feet of event space and capacity for up to 220 guests. For Halloween lovers, the hotel was also named one of America's 24 most haunted hotels by Reader's Digest in 2021. Travelers and staff have claimed to encounter several ghosts over the years, including soldiers and small children. The spirituality of the resort is often attributed to its history (it was built in 1796) and its location—according to Reader's Digest, "the resort's former grounds were sacred healing grounds of Iroquois and Shawnee tribes."

Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, South Dakota

Hotel Alex Johnson is one of South Dakota's most haunted hotels, and even the Ghost Hunters team has stopped by for a supernatural investigation. The most popular ghost story from the hotel is that of the Lady in White, a young bride who fell from the window of room 812 in the 1970s. (Rumor has it that she wanders the hotel's eighth floor in her wedding dress searching for her murderers.) Search for the Lady in White during your wedding weekend at Hotel Alex Johnson. The full-service hotel has a salon and spa, a Starbucks, a sky bar and an Irish Pub that you can enjoy during your stay. For the main event, your nuptials, Hotel Alex Johnson has multiple packages—Classic, Luxury and Royal—that, at minimum, include a wedding coordinator, a champagne toast, a six-hour reception, setup and teardown.

Punderson Manor in Newbury, Ohio

Punderson Manor is an English Tudor-style lodge in Ohio's Amish country, with an eerie past that makes it perfect for a Halloween wedding. Among those who are said to wander Punderson Manor today are former owner W.B. Cleveland, 1920s millionaire Karl Long and children who died in a fire across the lake in the late 1800s. During your wedding weekend, you can investigate the supernatural for yourself while also delighting in Punderson's many amenities: golfing, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, playing tennis and more. The hotel and Halloween wedding venue can also handle your rehearsal dinner and a post-wedding brunch. Food packages start at $40 per person, and private rentals start at $500.

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