It’s shoulder season again, which is a boon for travel bargains—in October, value on hotels and flights is often unbeatable. Of course, it’s also Halloween, another excuse to take an adventure to experience fright night somewhere new. Here are our picks of the best destinations for October travel—check out more ideas here:
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    Why we love it: For a counter-culture Halloween, head down to Key West. For much of October, the Conch Republic is deeded over to a ten-day extravaganza, Fantasy Fest, which started in 1979. It’s an adult-aimed carnival with a sexy, satirical edge (though recent tightening of regulations has tamped down some of the more outré events).
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    Why we love it: Where better to spend Halloween than in the city considered America’s most-haunted? It’s even more appealing when you realize that October is the month when New Orleans, prone to damp spells even in high summer, is at its driest.
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    Why we love it: Even diehard San Franciscans would admit the weather there is its Achilles heel, often cycling through all four seasons in a single day. September and October are exceptions, though, when the weather usually remains reliably warm and dry—the ultimate Bay Area Indian summer.