Help us choose the best things to do in autumn

Cast your vote for the nation's best apple orchards, corn mazes, escape rooms and Halloween attractions

By 10Best Editors,

School's back in session and autumn is fast approaching. Things like fall foliage, corn mazes, the apple harvest and Halloween come to mind. Help us create the ultimate autumn attraction guide by voting for your favorites in nine categories. You can vote once per day in each category until polls close on Tuesday, October 2 at noon ET. 

Click on each category below to vote:

Best Apple Orchard

An apple a day keeps the...pumpkin spice latte away? — Photo courtesy of iStock / S847

The first apple orchard in the U.S. was planted in 1625 near Boston's Beacon Hill. Today, more than 7,500 growers are producing apples in all 50 states (according to the U.S. Apple Association). That's 240 million bushels of apples each year. Since each individual apple must be handpicked during the autumn harvest season, many orchards open their gates for visitors to come and pick their own, often with added autumn entertainment. Which of these 20 apple orchards is your favorite? 

Vote: Best Apple Orchard »

Best Corn Maze

Corn mazes are one of the ultimate autumn activities — Photo courtesy of iStock / emholk

Each autumn, farms across the United States transform their cornfields into interactive mazes, perfect for a fall family outing. There are more than 500 of these mazes across the nation, but 10Best Local Experts and Editors have narrowed it down to 20 of the most exemplary, both for the quality of the maze itself and for the wealth of other activities on offer. 

Vote: Best Corn Maze »

Best Destination for Fall Foliage

Shades of autumn are already taking over in some parts of the nation — Photo courtesy of iStock / DenisTangneyJr

The kids are back in school, temperatures are starting to drop and Mother Nature's gearing up for her annual spectacle of fall color. 'Tis the season for leaf-peeping, and USA TODAY 10Best Local Experts and Editors have selected their 20 favorite destinations. 

Vote: Best Destination for Fall Foliage »

Best Escape Room

Escape rooms will put you to the test – mentally, physically and emotionally — Photo courtesy of iStock / TeerawatWinyarat

Since the first escape room opened in Japan in 2008, the escape room craze has taken the world by storm. Today, there are thousands of these physical adventure games around the globe. We asked a panel of escape game bloggers to nominate their favorite game facilities in the U.S., and now we need you to help us crown a winner. 

Vote: Best Escape Room »

Best Ghost Tour

Chills and thrills await on top ghost tours — Photo courtesy of iStock / sleepyfrogdesigns

Where there's history, there are often haunts. Ghost tours offer thrills and chills, but also a unique insight into the history of a destination and the famous people who've lived there (and maybe still do). With the help of our Local Experts, we've picked out 20 tours from coast to coast as nominees for Best Ghost Tour.

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Best Haunted Attraction

Can you make it out of these haunted attractions while keeping your cool? — Photo courtesy of iStock / inhauscreative

Halloween means costumes, horror movies, haunted houses and a celebration of all things scary. It's that time of year for terror, and 10Best is on a mission to find the best haunted attractions in the U.S. These 20 haunted houses, selected by 10Best Local Experts and Editors, offer the best actors, set designs, special effects and value for money out there. 

Vote: Best Haunted Attraction »

Best Haunted Destination

Which haunted destination gets your vote? — Photo courtesy of iStock / buto

The United States is filled with supposedly haunted locations, each with their own ghost stories and paranormal occurrences. Which of these haunted destinations wins your vote?

Vote: Best Haunted Destination »

Best Haunted Hotel

Some hotel guests never leave... — Photo courtesy of iStock / Mlenny

Ghostly apparitions, faucets turning off and on, flickering lights, and eerie sounds are just a few of the things you may encounter at one of these hotels, where certain guests have checked in but never checked out. 

Vote: Best Haunted Hotel »

Best Theme Park Halloween Event

Theme parks get into the spooky spirit of the season — Photo courtesy of Busch Gardens Tampa

Looking for a scare this Halloween? Head to the nearest amusement park! Theme parks across the country are hosting ghastly, ghoulish events to celebrate the season, and you're invited. We asked a panel of theme park experts to pick their favorite Halloween events, and now we need you to choose a winner. 

Vote: Best Theme Park Halloween Event »

Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on on Friday, October 12.