13 spooky cabins in the woods

By Kyomi Wade

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We have unearthed 13 of the most goosebump-inspiring cabins in the woods to inspire you this Halloween season. From an abode in the lands of Dracula to woodland cabins near Sleepy Hollow, New York, this collection of glamping sites is perfect for those who crave adventure this Halloween!

1. The Saint Louis Cemetery, New Orleans

This is an ideal retreat for two brave romantic souls looking to escape from all things that go bump in the night. Saint Louis Cemetery in New Orleans is nearby, where you can walk among the dead and their unique above-ground vaults.

Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans, also lives here, and it's said that if you follow the instructions to wake her from her slumber, she'll grant your wish. With no TV distractions—and only some solar power for simple lighting and phone charging—take shelter from the dark spirits outside with a cozy stay in this rustic cabin.

2. Sleepy Hollow, New York

Situated deep in a quiet forest, this woodland cabin should be on our list based on its supreme seclusion alone, but it's also only a stone's throw away from the town that inspired The Legend of Sleepy Hollow!

Around the time of Halloween, there are many thrilling events put on by the town, and with your base in Carmel, you can visit them easily and return to your for a good night's sleep. Lifelong adorers of spooky stories can feel close to the action while enjoying a peaceful, scare-free slumber.

3. Mount Hood, Oregon

If you've ever watched the horrifying classic that is "The Shining," this may send a chill down your spine. Contrary to popular belief, the movie was shot almost entirely in Hertfordshire, England, but the exterior of the solitary Overlook Hotel was based on the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Oregon.

Book this cabin and prepare to embrace your own seclusion in the Hood River area of Northern Oregon. Spending an evening around the cozy, indoor fireplace, while watching the world-renowned thriller inspired by the region, is the definition of a perfect Halloween night.

4. Narrowsburg, New York

Though there are no well-known spooky stories set around the town of Narrowsburg, New York, this rustic cabin is sure to inspire any passionate storyteller. If you listen closely, you can hear the woodlands whisper their benevolent secrets.

We suggest an itinerary of cozying up with scary movies with a big blanket after a day of exploring. With an antique-style kitchen and a wood-burning fireplace inside, as well as a spacious fire pit and riverfront access outside, every spot on this property serves for both inspiration and respite.

5. Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

This secluded glamping getaway has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, making it perfect for are cozying up to your partner any time of day. From majestic mountains in the distance to pitch dark skies dotted with shimmering stars, it's an ideal place from which to prepare terrifying tales to share while admiring the surrounding scenery.

The nearby forests also boast endless hiking trails, so you should be sure to ask the area's guides and historians about any mysterious local legends that would make for an interesting outing before nightfall.

6. Accord, New York

In this fast-paced society, many of us crave solitude when vacationing, and this remote glamping rental, nestled near the Mohonk Preserve in New York, is ideal for those wanting to take a peek back in time. Far removed from city life, it's easy to enjoy the property's rustic farm life, rugged terrain, and antique furnishings.

You can even head into town to ask questions about the local history. Meanwhile, the homey, antique atmosphere is sure to inspire even the most reluctant guests to imagine that they've time-traveled to a different world overnight.

7. Minneapolis, Minnesota

We invite you to venture into the trees and stay at this upscale tree house on an old farm. The rental is surely luxurious, but if its walls could talk, it would surely want to share stories about the surrounding woodlands and farmland.

Settled in the late 1800s, this region of Minnesota is rich with history that speaks volumes in the small-town feel, paired with many museums and cultural sites. While reflecting on a busy day exploring over a glass of wine or hot chocolate, you can share a scary story or two that you learned in town to set the mood for an unforgettable night sleeping in the trees.

8. Monteagle, Tennessee

Paranormal fanatics can gather the crew and get ready to investigate "the most haunted location in Tennessee." This is the terrifying statement made by the website of the infamous Old South Pittsburg Hospital. The best part? It is 20 minutes away from this tree house cabin in the woods of Monteagle, Tennessee, so those not intending to scream are a safe distance away. Whether you're looking forward to adventuring to the hospital deep into the night or de-stressing in the private hot tub, this tree house cabin has it all.

9. British Columbia, Canada

Fall can be considered the most beautiful time of year, and with the cool, crisp air, the atmosphere becomes mysterious as the moon rises. Inside this cozy cabin in British Columbia, you will truly feel as if you are escaping from the outside world.

The moody, mid-latitude rainforest surrounding the cabin sets the perfect tone for slowing down and appreciating the surrounding views. Watching the morning mist rise from the forest floor while enjoying a coffee will stimulate the imagination of any ghost story enthusiast.

10. Misiones, Argentina

Just you, the one you love, and your own personal slice of rainforest is enough to tempt anyone to embark on a tropical escape. Where neighbors consist of native species who you can hear communicating during nightfall, this Argentinian escape boasts many opportunities to get close to nature. A relaxing outdoor shower, swinging hammocks, and a private deck allow you to experience all the unknown mysteries the rainforest has to offer from the comfort of a secure accommodation.

11. Transylvania, Romania

Do you dare enter the home of Dracula and head to Transylvania? Tread with caution, as it's easy to get caught up in the tale! This countryside cottage sleeps six, allowing for the perfect spot for history buffs to congregate and share their experiences. Infamous legends of evil kings and vampires are synonymous in this region of Romania, but this property couldn't be any more secure.

You can leave your bulbs of garlic at home while looking forward experiencing guided tours of Bran Castle, where the mythical Dracula was born, and other local towns, churches, and fortresses that are rich with history.

12. Vancouver Island, Canada

"The Cabin in the Woods" is more than just a famous horror film—it's also this accommodation on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Fans of the movie may relish in the idea of a modern-day reenactment with friends—or simply appreciate the luxurious, eco-friendly amenities provided indoors. Sleek furnishings, a warming fireplace, and a modern kitchen will allow even the most easily-spooked to feel at ease.

13. Essex, England

With a rich history that dates back centuries, England boasts plenty of spots for Halloween-enthusiasts. This stately barn can be found in the countryside of North Essex, near Colchester, one of the oldest towns in British history. With enough room to accommodate a group of fear-loving friends, the location is perfect for seeking out spooky excursions.

You'll find yourselves close to the haunted mansion of Borley Rectory—the most haunted mansion in Britain, due to its ghost stories that span over one hundred years. The property is also only 30 minutes away from the Tower of London, one of the U.K.'s most petrifying locations.

Which of these cabins in the woods will you visit this Halloween? Let us know on our social media platforms!

Best Halloween destinations in Europe

By Eric Wright

If you're looking for a fright fest on All Hallows' Eve, consider heading to Europe for some spine-chilling scares. From the birthplace of Dracula and vampire balls to macabre dungeons and abandoned insane asylums, these 10 unnerving destinations are sure to give you a bloody good time this October!

1. Dublin, Ireland

With its ancient Celtic traditions, Ireland is actually one of the birthplaces of Halloween, as 2,000 years ago, the pagan inhabitants celebrated the end of their pastoral year at the festival of Samhain. The mysterious druids would ceremonially extinguish and relight the flames of old fires while evil spirits were released from the Otherworld to be seen by mankind for one night of terror.

Nowadays, the Samhain Parade begins at 7 p.m. in Parnell Square, and the enormously popular spectacle sees the streets filled with horrific creatures, frightful monsters, eerie ghosts, and colorful dancers. At the end of the parade, ghouls and demons alike can enjoy a spectacular fireworks show.

2. Transylvania, Romania

As the native home of the most famous vampire of all time—Bram Stoker’s Dracula—this Halloween destination will send a shiver down the spine of even the most daring adventurer. The world renowned bloodsucker is mostly inspired by the aptly named Vlad the Impaler. During the 15th century, he struck fear into the hearts of his enemies and subjects alike after holding a banquet in which he had all of the guests savagely stabbed and then impaled on spikes and left to twitch to their untimely ends.

Today, those with the courage to visit the infamous region can enjoy a remarkable Halloween party at Dracula's birthplace, the medieval citadel Sighișoara, or experience the chills of the underworld at the Halloween monster party on the October 27 at the absolutely stunning Bran Castle.

3. Edinburgh, Scotland

Even though the Scottish capital is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, it hides a harrowing and grisly past. During the 17th century, the cities overwhelming rat population spread a deadly plague throughout its inhabitants.

The belief at the time was that the infected were damned, and for this reason, over 300 helpless residents of St Mary's Close in the Old Town were entombed alive until the lethal epidemic had passed. Present-day visitors to the city can take a tour of these now subterranean lanes and hear the nightmarish tales of the doomed Scots.

Those looking to combine thrills and chills can head out on a tour of the haunted pubs on the Royal Mile before checking in at Frankenstein's bar for a night of hair-raising partying.

4. London, England

As the prior hunting grounds of one of the most infamous serial killers in the world, Jack the Ripper, the cosmopolitan capital of England has a long and gruesome past of macabre dungeons, bubonic plagues, and unnerving back streets.

During Halloween, brave visitors can take a chilling tour to the sites where Jack the Ripper brutally murdered five of his victims; experience the pure terror of the London Dungeon with its blood-curdling torture devices; or watch a show at the world's most haunted theater, Drury Lane, where the menacing soul of the Man in Grey is said to stalk the upper circle to this day.

If spine-chilling scares are what get your blood-pumping, London is sure to give you one heck of a time this Halloween.

5. Derry, Northern Ireland

As the Samhain moon draws near, the creatures of the night flock to the one-of-a-kind festival in Derry. Originally a fancy dress party in a local pub three decades ago, the event has mutated into an extravaganza with tens of thousands of people enjoying a uniquely chilling experience.

The celebration contains over 100 events in 40 venues across the city, with an action packed schedule of music, food, arts, and cultural and contemporary entertainment. Ghouls, witches, banshees, and vampires flood the city's streets and 17th century walls before the wild festival culminates in a truly magical fireworks show by the River Foyle.

6. Venice, Italy

Fabled as a city full of shadowy lanes, mysterious canals, and secretive masked balls, it goes without saying that the City of Bridges is one of the most unforgettable places in Europe to spend Halloween.

Visitors looking for a real fright can tour the abandoned island of Poveglia, which is full of tragic history. During the Roman Empire, it was the place plague sufferers were taken to die. More recently, the insane asylum on the grounds was home to the screams of tortured souls, resulting in wide-spread rumors from the mainland of heinous experiments carried out by disreputable scientists and doctors.

For a night of horror on the water, a Halloween party on a haunted galleon is sure to do the trick. Party the night away on a phantom vessel surrounded by zombies, skeletons, witches, and vampires.

7. Paris, France

Although a global center for fashion, the arts, culture, and gastronomy, the City of Lights hides a dark and disturbing past. Deep below the wide boulevards and Gothic cathedrals lie the bodies of more than 6 million Parisians.

The macabre Catacombs of Paris date back to the 18th century, when the overused inner-city mass graves were cleared out to stop the decaying stench from poisoning the air any further. It's said that the rotten flesh from the bones was even stripped from the bodies and used to produce local soap, but the memory of the gruesome acts has never been washed away.

If the tombs don't satisfy your bloodlust, the Halloween Vampire Ball at Pachamama is the location for the insatiable vampires of France to leave their sorrowful castles for one sinister night of excess. Attend the frightful ball at your own risk!

8. Amsterdam, Holland

Renowned as one of the most progressive cities in Europe, Halloween in Amsterdam is the place to be for visitors looking for debaucherous parties, blood-curdling costumes, and spooky ghost tours.

Those seeking some gory history can make the visit to the Amsterdam Dungeon, which has thrilling shows, amazing special effects, and over 500 years of Amsterdam's dark past. The party animal of the group will be drawn to the terrifying costumes at Obscene Halloween, which showcases a real horror extravaganza. Visitors tough enough to last the night will encounter everything from pagan sex gods to satanic burlesque vampires. Whatever your darkest fantasy may be, you're sure to find it here.

9. Berlin, Germany

As the resting place of the the Brothers Grimm, it's no surprise that the capital of Germany is filled with fairy tales and folklore. Tierpark is one of the hot spots during Halloween, as the gorgeous park is transformed into an enchanting forest filled with winding paths, dark shapes, and daunting figures. The park's extravaganza is growing in popularity and this year's festivities will be more terrifying than ever!

The children of the night will definitely want to gaze upon the incredible laser show at Schloss Friedrichsfelde, while the intriguing Berlin Dungeon show will sweep you away to the dark world of the The Grimms' Fairy Tales.

10. Prague, Czech Republic

As a city steeped in Gothic fantasy, walking through the foggy narrow streets and around the winding medieval lanes is sure to fill any visitor with a sense of wonder and awe. The stunning architecture and imposing statues, however, are also the base for many ancient legends and local ghastly ghost stories.

The main Halloween attractions in this complex city include the Torture Museum with its harrowing instruments; the somber church of Sedlec Ossuary made from the bones of over 40,000 human skeletons; and the Old Jewish Cemetery, which contains more than 100,000 bodies buried beneath medieval headstones, many of the graves containing multiple lost souls stacked up to 12 deep.

When darkness falls, the city center puts on a wide variety of fiendish parties and events and anyone wondering the creepy roads at night is sure to find some freaky fun with fellow terror lovers.

Want to see Glamping Hub take a stab at giving the Brothers Grimm a run for their money? Read our best spooky Halloween stories here!

Scary fireside stories to tell this Halloween

By Neil Graham

When days grow short and nights get cold,
And autumn trees turn red and gold,
Halloween will soon be here,
When every soul will quiver with fear.

We dare you to read these scary fireside stories,
Full of blood, guts, and evil laboratories,
They may be false, they may be true,
Find a trick, or a treat,
For you...

The No-Show

'Twas a chilly winter's night, and the wind was particularly strong when Mrs. Turner opened the curtains to see if she could see any sign of her guests arriving. It was The Turner's 13th booking through Glamping Hub, and there had never been any issues in the past. Perhaps they were lost? Or worse!

Mrs. Turner called the Support Team at Glamping Hub, who assured her that her guests had just called to say they had arrived. She rushed outside to the yurt to find no one there. As she stepped inside, her breath was visible in the crisp air, and the fireplace she had on to warm up the yurt had been put out. Each time she tried to relight the fire, a cold gust of wind would quickly quell it. As darkness fell, the guests had still not arrived...

The next day, she went back to the yurt, which had been locked, to find all the beds unmade, all the cabinet doors pulled out, and the dreamcatchers tossed around. She rushed back to reception with the intention to call the police when she noticed that the guestbook was open. She turned the book around and, to her dismay, an elegantly, handwritten review had been left that simply read: "We felt invisible the whole time."

The Time Traveler's Wi-Fi

Jess hated being without her cell phone, and she hated everything about the countryside—the smell of farm animals, the dirt, and especially the lack of Wi-Fi. She worked in Public Relations and relied on social media for fashion and anything current. It was her husband's birthday; he loved the great outdoors, and they were glamping as a birthday treat. Jess squealed as her feet squelched in the muddy field while she carried her things towards the tipi.

That night, Jess found it extremely difficult to sleep. The ground was hard, and her husband was snoring loudly. She decided to go outside for a walk. To her amazement, she started receiving text messages all at once. She had one bar of Wi-Fi! Jess decided to try and follow the source to see if she could get a full signal.

She tried several different directions before the signal started getting stronger and stronger with each step. However, it also started to get colder and colder. It got so cold that Jess couldn't go any further. As she decided to walk back to the tipi, she noticed the Wi-Fi signal had completely disappeared. Spooked, she ran all the way back.

She climbed into the tipi as fast as she could, and when she got inside, there was blood everywhere and no sign of her husband! Suddenly, she got a full signal again and started receiving messages. Two were from her husband. One read, "Hey Jess, where r u?" The second message simply read, "Get help." It was then that she noticed the name of the Wi-Fi connection: "YOU ARE NEXT."

The Lost Hiker

A man was walking through the forest, as it was starting to get dark, when he noticed a young woman looking lost. He asked her what her name was and told her to follow him back to the cabins. She thanked him profusely and started to walk with him. They tried to make polite conversation. After a few minutes, the girl fell silent. The man asked which cabin she was staying in, but when he turned around, the girl was gone. She had completely vanished! When he reached the cabins, he tried to tell the host about her. The host didn't know of any girl...but her own daughter was killed in the woods many years ago, hiking in the forest at night...

The Keyhole

As they followed the host outside towards their pod, the youngest of The Campbell's noticed one pod away from the others that had been boarded up and heavily padlocked. Without little Matthew having said a word, the host turned to the family and said "No one is allowed in there; it's just a store room, and it is off limits." She reminded the family of this several times before letting them in their pod for the night.

The next night, Matthew sneaked outside in the middle of the night, and he saw a small flickering light coming through the boarded up windows from within the mysterious pod. He tried the handle of its front door, and sure enough, it was locked. He bent down and looked through the wide keyhole. What he saw was an old mattress on the floor, and in the corner, there was a woman whose skin was incredibly pale. She was leaning her head against the wall, facing away from the door.

The next day, he returned to the door and looked through the wide keyhole. This time, all he saw was redness. He couldn't make anything out besides a distinct red color. Perhaps the guests of the pod knew he was spying the night before and had blocked the keyhole with something red.

At this point, Matthew went to the front desk, embarrassed that the pale guest had known he was spying. "Did you look through the keyhole?" the host asked. Matthew told her that he had, and she said, "Well, I will tell you the story of what happened in that pod, but you mustn't tell anyone else." Matthew nodded and she continued, "A long time ago, we had a guest there, and whenever she stayed, all of the other guests would get terrible, vivid nightmares. But one day, she disappeared without a trace. She was not ordinary. She was white all over, except for her eyes...they were red!"

Lovers of the Silver Stream

Humphrey and Gwyneth were celebrating their engagement with a romantic adventure in the Hocking Hills of Ohio. It was a particularly pleasant afternoon when they finally reached the charming little town of Moffat, where they had booked a stylish vintage Airstream for the weekend. They were laughing and making eyes at each other as they were sipping on coffees in a cute café downtown.

The locals were extremely friendly, and everyone stopped to welcome them. The hollow-eyed waitress asked them where in town they would be staying. When Humphrey mentioned the Airstream, the waitress stopped him abruptly. "Be careful, you two..." whispered the waitress. "Do you know about Frederic and Laura?" she asked quietly, as she looked around to see who else was listening. Humphrey and Gwyneth shook their heads. "Meet me out back in five minutes," begged the waitress.

They stood in the parking lot and the waitress told the story. In July 1947, a dazzling Hollywood actress named Laura Freemartins was last seen in her brand-new Airstream trailer on the set of an untitled Halloween film. Her disappearance was disturbing to all and shocked the town of Moffat. The film was never finished, and the set remained untouched. Some theories blamed Frederic, Laura's husband, for the death, as there were rumors that he was involved in a cult. He was tall and gaunt and later became a recluse on his desolate property...

Before the waitress finished, the customers from the café were all gathered in the parking lot, all staring eerily at the three of them. "Rosie!" one of the older customers shouted, before quickly changing her tone and smiling towards the couple. "We must apologize for Rosie; she has a flair for the dramatic." A younger customer chipped in, "You are going to have the best time at Frederic's." Another gave out a dreamy sigh: "It is so romantic!" Rosie gave the couple one last look before walking away.

One could tell the grounds were once extravagant and luxurious; however, it appeared bleak and lifeless as the couple pulled up to the Airstream. There was a faded, muddy newspaper mixed in with the leaves on the floor. Gwyneth noticed the headline: "FREEMARTINS’ DISAPPEARANCE STILL A MYSTERY." Maybe Rosie was telling the truth?

Frederic's maid checked them in and opened the Airstream. In contrast, the interior was elegant and glamorous, with red velvet furniture and gold furnishings. The couple felt reassured. They were easily lulled to sleep.

During the night, both experienced nightmares, and the couple simultaneously awoke from a sudden jolt. As they peeked through the curtains, they saw everyone from the town standing around the Airstream, including the customers from the café, as well as Frederic and his maid. Terrified, the couple tried to open the door to find out what was happening. It had been locked...from the outside!

The elderly maid removed her hood; she looked familiar. Humphrey recognized her. It was Laura Freemartins! It was her! She was alive! The elderly maid breathed on the window and started writing in the condensation...L A U R A F R E E M A R T I N S. The couple shrieked as the letters started to move around...A I R S T R E A M F U N E R A L.

Your friends may be scared to death, but don't let them starve to death. Make them some of our favorite fall campfire snacks!

Still not scared? Check out our best Halloween destinations in Europe for one heck of a time!