Grab the pumpkin spice and unpack your scarves – fall has arrived. In order to make the most of the season, 10Best wanted to find the best fall activities, fall destinations, haunted hotels and haunted attractions. We invited a panel of family and travel experts to select 20 nominees in each category, and then invited our readers to vote for their favorites.
After four weeks of voting, the results are in.
Click on each category below to see the full winners list.
Best Apple Orchard: Milburn Orchards in Elkton, Maryland
Milburn Orchards named Best Apple Orchard of 2022 — Photo courtesy of Milburn Orchards
Millburn Orchards, a family-run farm, is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year and is proudly run by the fourth and fifth generations of owners. A wagon ride into the orchard starts an apple picking day where you can choose from different apples grown at Millburn Orchards. Group apple picking events are offered on the weekends in the fall and are perfect for a large outing with colleagues or friends.
Best Corn Maze: Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant, Maine
Maine is home to the Best Corn Maze of 2022 — Photo courtesy of Treworgy Family Orchards
Host to the largest continually running corn maze in the state, Treworgy’s Family Orchards' maze covers over 4 acres and consists of 60,000 corn plants grown to a height of 10 feet. Each year, family members design and plant a new maze using traditional surveying and drafting methods.
Best Destination for Fall Foliage: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Upper Peninsula of Michigan was voted Best Destination for Fall Foliage — Photo courtesy of @snaphappymichigan
Just about the entire Upper Peninsula puts on a display of fall color that peaks during the last two weeks of September and the first week of October. A favorite fall experience for leaf peepers is the drive on M-26 along the shores of Lake Roland and past the trees of Copper Country State Forest.
Best Ghost Tour: Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours in San Antonio, Texas
Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours voted Best Ghost Tour of 2022 — Photo courtesy of Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours
San Antonio began as a Spanish settlement in 1691, and it’s acquired its fair share of ghosts and restless spirits since. Sisters Grimm Ghost Tours take visitors inside the Menger Hotel (the most haunted hotel in Texas), one of the city’s first hospitals, the San Fernando Cathedral and the Bexar County Jail.
Best Haunted Attraction: Field of Screams Maryland in Olney, Maryland
Best Haunted Attraction of 2022? Readers selected Field of Screams Maryland — Photo courtesy of Heather Laura
Enter a horrifically terrifying world beyond imagination at the Fields of Screams in Olney, Maryland. A walk through the woods on The Haunted Trail and Trail of Terror leaves visitors scurrying away. Along their journey, guests are welcomed into 13 haunted houses, where they might find anything from dead bodies to clowns and butchers. Enjoy Body Bean Bag Pumpkin Toss, Zombie Brain Smash and other Carnival Town Games for a thrilling, competitive experience.
Best Haunted Destination: Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum in Las Vegas, Nevada
Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum named Best Haunted Destination of 2022 — Photo courtesy of Zak Bagans' The Haunted Museum
This quirky Las Vegas museum showcases original collectibles from supposedly haunted destinations around the United States in a 1938 property that is itself believed to be haunted. Explore more than 30 rooms filled with artifacts – and keep an eye out for spirits roaming the halls.
Best Haunted Hotel: Fainting Goat Island Inn in Nichols, New York
Looking for a spooky hotel stay? Check out the Fainting Goat Island Inn — Photo courtesy of Fainting Goat Island Inn
Guests of this former railroad hotel built in the late 1800s have reported numerous ghostly encounters, like being woken in the night by voices or seeing two women sitting for tea in the Fainting Room. Others report hearing footsteps on a staircase that doesn’t exist or finding a child-sized chair next to the bed in the Nubian Room.
Best Pumpkin Patch: Pumpkinville - Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Pumpkinville, the Best Pumpkin Patch of 2022, offers plenty of festive fun — Photo courtesy of Carl Shortt Jr.
Celebrate everything fall at Pumpkinville, a seasonal event hosted from October 7th to the 23rd at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Immerse yourself in the festive fun by participating in engaging activities, playing handcrafted games and exploring the unlimited rides on the carousel. In addition to pumpkin picking and special treats, families enjoy creative displays made from pumpkins, gourds, mums, haystacks and cornstalks.
Best Theme Park Halloween Event: Halloween Haunt at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio
Halloween Haunt at Kings Island offers plenty of spooky fun — Photo courtesy of Kings Island File Photo
Halloween Haunt at the legendary Kings Island near Cincinnati is back with evil creatures, frightening mazes, haunted attractions and night rides on The Beast, Banshee, Diamondback, Mystic Timbers and other thrill-inducing attractions. Special lighting and fog effects turn the 364-acre complex into a spooky experience you’ll never forget.
Congratulations to all these winners! Remember to visit 10Best.com daily to vote in our Readers' Choice Awards.