Ready for a gourd time? Google Maps guide to Halloween
Where are my ghouls at? With Halloween coming, it’s time to carve out some time for fall fun. We’ve rounded up top searched destinations for spooky haunts, pumpkin patches and corn mazes across the U.S. that you’re sure to die for!
Go big or gourd home
Autumn leaves and pumpkins please? On Google Maps, there’s a 375% increase in pumpkin-related searches between September and October — with the most popular search being “pumpkin patch,” which increased nearly 470%. So whether you’re looking to spice up your fall decor or carve the spookiest jack-o-lantern, here’s some of the top-searched spots to find the best pick of the pumpkin patch.
Here are some of the top-searched pumpkin patches on Google Maps in the U.S.:
- Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard, Pingree Grove, IL
- Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm and Fall Fest, Glen, IL
- Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm, Wheatland, CA
- Bob’s Corn & Pumpkin Farm, Snohomish, WA
Boo-ya! Halloween haunt spots
If you got it, haunt it! Pumpkin patches aren’t the only frequented destinations during Halloween season. Nationally, searches for corn mazes increase 270% between September and October, and haunted house searches spike more than 500%.
Check out these top-searched destinations for spooky season activities on Google Maps in the U.S.:
- Buford Corn Maze in Buford, Georgia
- Field of Screams in Mountville, Pennsylvania
- Piedmont Avenue Pumpkin Patch in Oakland, California
- Howl-O-Scream in Tampa Bay, Florida
- Greenspot Farms in Mentone, California
- Texas Pumpkin Fest in Leander, Texas
- Netherworld Haunted House in Stone Mountain, Georgia
- Cornbelly’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Fest in Lehi, Utah
- Rutledge Corn Maze in Olympia, Washington
- Pennhurst Asylum in Spring City, Pennsylvania
Local Guide Kimbra Kasch knows haunted houses well — especially since she grew up in one in Portland, Oregon! Today, she combines her affinity for the paranormal and her writing talents to share detailed reviews of spooky spots and ghost tours on Google Maps. Check out the video below to learn how Kimbra shares information about her favorite haunted houses, and join her for a haunted tour around Portland — we know we’re dying to!
Here are Local Guide Kimbra’s top five favorite haunted places in the U.S.:
- Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, Oregon. From the shore, you can see “Terrible Tilly '' which is the nickname for Tillamook Rock Lighthouse. It’s said to be haunted because it’s seen so many shipwrecks on its rugged coastline. Bonus: Part of the Goonies was filmed here!
- Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery in Midlothian, Illinois. Some people consider this the most haunted cemetery in the world. If you’re looking for a scary spot in the middle of the woods where you can search for spirits, visit Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery. When Kimbra visited she felt a cold chill run through her body.
- Cedar Grove Cemetery in Notre Dame, Indiana. This cemetery is across the parking lot from Notre Dame University’s bookstore and is supposedly haunted by a student who died on the stairs of one of the resident halls.
- City Methodist Church in Gary, Indiana. Similar to the haunted churches across old Europe, the City Church in Gary, Indiana was once a spectacular structure but it has long since been abandoned and forgotten.
- The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This hotel is famous for where Jeffrey Dahmer, a serial killer, picked up some of his victims. Kimbra had a ‘strange experience’ while visiting this haunted site.
Maybe this fall you want to trick or treat yourself to a night in. We can help with that, too! Dive into more spooky Search trends here — included top-searched costumes, movies and how you can virtually explore the filming locations of cult classics on Google Earth.