Study ranks Georgia as fifth scariest state to visit this Halloween
The history of Halloween.
The origins of Halloween are believed to date
back to the ancient Celtic celebration of Samhain. .
Samhain marked the transition from the growing
season into winter and was widely celebrated with
animal costumes, bonfires and superstitious tales. .
After the Romans conquered the
Celts in 43 AD, Samhain evolved into
the Nov. 1 religious holiday of All Hallows.
Because of this, Oct. 31 was
marked as All Hallow’s Eve, which
is also known as Halloween.
From there, Puritan immigrants arrived
in America and brought the various
traditions of the holiday with them. .
All Hallow’s Eve became a time to host
“play parties” in celebration of the harvest, many
of which included costumes and scary stories.
In the 1800s, Irish immigrants arrived
in America and introduced the tradition
of tricking people on the holiday. .
The concept of treats was reinforced later on
in the 1930s, in order to control the “tricks” and
create a more family-oriented form of celebration. .
Candy companies began to fully capitalize
on Halloween in the 1950s, inventing the candy
we know and love even to this day.
If you’re a fan of Halloween and love to seek out all things spooky, then it may come as a bragging right to know you live in one of the scariest states in the country.
Georgia comes in as the fifth scariest state according to MyBaggage.com, which conducted the study into the most terrifying haunted houses across the U.S. Only Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania and Kentucky ranked higher.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Netherworld is a multi-story, multi-attraction haunted house, notorious for its realistic special effects and terrifying live actors. This year’s featured haunts are Rise of the Netherspawn and Return To Planet X in 3D. Also worth checking out are the escape rooms, the House of Creeps Monster Museum, laser tag and food trucks.
Bonus: There are plenty of photo opportunities with characters along the way. Ticket prices vary depending on the experience you choose, and all are timed and dated. Parking is free. Reserve your timeslot here.
About the Author
Avery Newmark writes and produces stories about health, travel, lifestyle and entertainment. She also coordinates coverage and promotion of Private Quarters, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's real estate and interior design section. A native of Atlanta, she enjoys film photography and live music in her free time.