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How to Make Any Road Trip Spooky

If you're a fan of spooky things like me, then you probably love adding an eerie touch to anything and everything. So why not keep those spooky sensations going for your next road trip?

Whether you’re a spooky connoisseur, or simply love the adrenaline rush that comes with a good scare, turning an ordinary road trip into a spooky adventure can be a fun and exciting way to explore new destinations and keep your heart pounding.

In this blog, I'll share some tips and tricks on how to make any road trip spooky, from choosing eerie destinations to creating a spooky atmosphere for the ride and everything in between. So buckle up and get ready for a spine-chilling ride! Here’s how to make any road trip spooky.

Create an Eerie Atmosphere

  • Travel at night: Driving in the darkness is an easy way to create a spooky atmosphere on any road trip! Be sure to plan ahead though. Make sure to get plenty of rest beforehand and bring plenty of snacks.

  • Listen to scary music or podcasts: Prepare a spooky playlist before your trip with your favorite horror movie soundtracks, or pick out a few true-crime podcasts that will add a creepy vibe to your road trip.

  • Decorate the Car: The night before your trip, deck out the car with some Halloween decorations. You can put up some fake cobwebs and spiders, or put a skeleton in the back seat. Just be sure not to block any of the driver’s views.

  • Take a scenic route through a forest or woodsy area: Driving through woodsy areas can be eerie, especially if it happens to be foggy or misty out.

Bring on the Goosebumps with Spooky Games

  • Create a spooky scavenger hunt: During trip prep, create a list of spooky items to find along the way. Look for things such as a black cat, a broken mirror, a spider web, bats, or a cemetery sign.

  • Tell scary stories: Add simple scares to the car ride by creating and telling spooky stories or sharing urban legends.

  • Try a creepy game of "what if?": Discuss hypothetical scary scenarios that could happen along the way, such as running out of gas in the middle of nowhere or encountering a hitchhiker with a dark secret.

  • Add a spooky twist to a game of "Would You Rather?": Ask each other scary "would you rather" questions, such as "would you rather be trapped alone in a haunted house or in the middle of a forest?" You can also try this with horror movies and slasher icons.

  • Play a game of "Ghost Story Mad Libs": Before leaving, create a few mad libs games where you fill in the blanks to create a spooky ghost story. See who can come up with the scariest tale.

Stop for Spooky Sensations

  • Haunted attractions: A lot of tourist areas run some sort of “haunted house” or “haunted mansion” year-round for an easy thrill.

  • Cave tours: If there is any kind of public cave tour/stop along your route, I highly recommend stopping to check it out. Caves are a great source of naturally spooky splendor that feel like portals to other times and places. Plus, bats!

  • Take a detour to a haunted location: Research haunted locations in the areas you will be passing through or staying at and take a detour to visit them.

  • Book a stay at a haunted hotel: Look up haunted hotels or inns along your route and book a stay for a thrilling and spooky experience.

  • Visit a historic battlefield: If you're passing by a historic battlefield, you can stop to learn about its history and maybe even experience some spooky sensations. Some battlefields are said to be haunted by the spirits of soldiers who lost their lives there.

  • Stop at a public graveyard: Visiting a graveyard or cemetery can be a spooky and haunting experience. You can even bring along a flashlight and explore the grounds.

To add an even spookier atmosphere to these stops you can try playing with a ghost-hunting app that claims to detect paranormal activity around you.

Parting Words

Adding a spooky twist to your road trip can be a great way to create unforgettable memories. From exploring haunted sites to sharing spooky stories, the possibilities for making your road trip extra eerie are endless.

So why not give it a try on your next trip and see where the road takes you? Just remember to always stay safe, avoid anything dangerous or illegal, and be aware of your surroundings, especially when venturing into unfamiliar territory. Haunting travels, spooky friends!

Was there something I missed? Let me know in the comments if there’s something you think belongs on this spooky road trip list!

~Ash. L.

Thank you for reading and be sure to browse through our website and follow us on social media for even more spooky fun! All images in this blog are taken or created by Ashes' Art Shoppe.

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