Halloween—the time of year when people celebrate the scary, delight in the dismal, and appreciate the unexpected. It’s not for everyone, but plenty of people are enamored with the holiday, especially in the boating industry. There are loads of Halloween boating events all over the country that include creepy cruises and haunted tours. But today, we’re highlighting some of the most mysterious, unearthly, spine-chilling boating locations that will surely pique your spooky senses.
Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana
Teeming with voodoo magic, Lake Pontchartrain sits just north of New Orleans and is rumored to be the home of a Cajun werewolf, voodoo priestesses, and massive river monsters. Monsters aside, large alligators do make the lake their home, and they’re frequently sighted in nearby communities. If you’re looking to fish in the area, you’ll find trout, largemouth and smallmouth bass, and seatrout.
Honda Point, California
Honda Point is the site of a maritime disaster in 1923 that involved seven U.S. Navy destroyers that ran aground on the rocky outcroppings of the Santa Barbara County coast. The wreck killed 23 sailors, and many locals believe that the men still reside on the jagged shores, appearing to the living as ghostly apparitions in the fog. Obviously fishing off of rocky shoreline isn’t a good idea, so we recommend a short trip southwest to the Santa Barbara Channel.
Santa Catalina Island, California
Even stunning Catalina Island is home to quite a lot of peculiar ghost activity. Virtually every old hotel in the area is said to be haunted. From dead Civil War soldiers and lonely widows to ghostly ships and phantom fishermen, this island is crawling with ghastly ghouls. We suggest taking one of the islands ghost tours before hanging out on your Crownline and enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Galveston Island, Texas
In 1900, a Category 4 hurricane brought death and desolation to Texas on a scale never before seen. Between 6,000 and 12,000 people perished in the storm and subsequent flooding. Many of the dead were not properly buried, leading to widespread reports of supernatural activity in the century since the disaster. And if that’s not enough, the area was a main port for famously ruthless pirates in the late 1800s and early 1900s, adding to the eerie legacy of the island.
Tombigbee River, Alabama
The Eliza Battle was a steamboat that caught fire on the Tombigbee River in the early spring of 1858. Cut off from lifeboats by the flames, many passengers and crew were forced into the icy river in the black of night. The blaze killed 33 and injured many more. Over the next 160 years, on cold, windy nights, there have been numerous reports of sightings of a ghostly ship engulfed in flames and the sounds of the passengers and crew screaming from the vessel. Yikes. Beyond the burning phantom ship, the area is known for great food, fishing and hunting.
Friday Harbor, Washington
Friday Harbor is an idyllic Pacific Northwest fishing town that’s a lovely destination for a weekend getaway. It’s also haunted. From specters that roam the streets to a woman who haunts a local bookstore, there’s plenty of unearthly activity to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Beyond the spirits, Friday Harbor is just a fun place to visit. Enjoy great boating, delicious food, and the beauty of the San Juan Islands archipelago.