Halloween Hiking Guide

The scariest trails, spookiest tales, and tastiest recipes for October backpacking.
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The scariest trails, spookiest tales, and tastiest recipes for October backpacking.

11 Haunted Trails

This trail is so haunted that Big Ridge State Park went ahead and named it accordingly.  Hikers near the historic Hutchinson compound still claim to hear the panting of an approaching dog (though none can ever be found). Even spookier still, the ghostly silhouettes of family are said to appear in any photographs taken at the family cemetery. [image: Dieter Weinelt / Flickr]

This trail is so haunted that Big Ridge State Park went ahead and named it accordingly. Hikers near the historic Hutchinson compound still claim to hear the panting of an approaching dog (though none can ever be found). Even spookier still, the ghostly silhouettes of family are said to appear in any photographs taken at the family cemetery. [image: Dieter Weinelt / Flickr]

The Best Ghost Town Hikes in the U.S.

Browsing moose have replaced teams of loggers on Hobo Creek, but artifacts remain to tell the cultural history of the area. Hikers can see a steam donkey, ruined splash dams, and old logging camp foundations on the 2-mile Hobo Historical Trail. [image: Kendra Schotzko/Flickr]

Browsing moose have replaced teams of loggers on Hobo Creek, but artifacts remain to tell the cultural history of the area. Hikers can see a steam donkey, ruined splash dams, and old logging camp foundations on the 2-mile Hobo Historical Trail. [image: Kendra Schotzko/Flickr]

3 Spooky Cemetery Hikes

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Chaco's Pueblo Alto (Photo by Jim Spadaccini)

The Lost Boy of the Ozarks

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Illustration by Tomer Hanuka

Terror in the Trees

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(Illustration by Jackie McCaffrey)

How to Tell a Great Ghost Story

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(Photo by Anthony Cerretani)

What Are You Afraid Of?

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Illustration by Dushan Milic

Bloodthirsty Creatures of the Night

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Illustrations by Dushan Milic

Delicious Backcountry Pumpkin Pie

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Photo by Justine Bailie

Warm Up With Spicy Hot Chocolate

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