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Ready for a gourd time? Google Maps guide to Halloween

by Jacques Lantern on Oct.07, 2021, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

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.:

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.:

Spook-tacular recommendations

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!

A video about Google Maps Local Guide Kimbra Kasch, who explores and reviews haunted houses
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Here are Local Guide Kimbra’s top five favorite haunted places in the U.S.:

  1. Ecola State Parkin 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!
  2. Bachelor’s Grove Cemeteryin 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.
  3. Cedar Grove Cemeteryin 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.
  4. City Methodist Churchin 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.
  5. The Pfister Hotelin 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.

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Welcome to spooky season

by Jack O'Lantern on Oct.07, 2021, under 3D Models, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, California, Denmark, England, Germany, Google Earth News, Google Earth Tips, Google Sky, Google maps, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Natural Landmarks, Netherlands, Sightseeing, Street Views, USA

The smell of pumpkin spice is in the air, which means it’s about time to bust out the costumes, stock up on some candy and carve a pumpkin or two. If you need a little inspiration, look no further than these spooky Search and Maps trends we collected.

Pumpkin to Search about

Whether you plan on spending the day watching Halloween classics or trick-or-treating in a clever costume, we’ve got Search trends to give you some ideas. (Be sure to also check out our annual Frightgeist for the most-searched Halloween costumes across the U.S.)

Most-searched Halloween movies over the past week in the U.S.

  1. Halloween (1978)
  2. Friday the 13th
  3. Hocus Pocus
  4. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  5. Halloweentown

Already seen these? Grab the popcorn (or the candy corn) and virtually explore the filming locations of your favorite cult classics on Google Earth.

Moving on to costumes! Picking the right outfit — whether it’s just for you, a group or your furry friend — is important. Here are the costume searches that have been trending this week in the U.S.

Trending Halloween costumes:

  1. Squid Game
  2. Gorilla
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Carnage
  5. Venom

Trending couples costumes:

  1. Trixie and Timmy Turner
  2. Bonnie and Clyde
  3. Skid and Pump
  4. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
  5. Cosmo and Wanda

Trending dog costumes:

  1. Squid Game
  2. Race car
  3. Vampire
  4. Donkey
  5. Lobster

If you still aren’t sure what to wear, you can ask Google Assistant for some last-minute costume ideas, too. Just say "Hey Google, what should I be for Halloween?”

Maybe you’d prefer to boo-rowse aisles IRL without a crowd. We checked the most popular times on Google Maps to visit costume shops across the U.S. and found they’re at their busiest on Saturday and Sunday around 2 p.m., and least busy before 2 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

But, beware! Last-minute shoppers might be in for a scare. Google Maps searches for costume stores in the U.S. peaked on Halloween day last year — nearly doubling from the week before, and nearly tripling from October 10th. So get your costume and accessory shopping done early for the best chance of finding what you’re looking for.

For those interested in refreshments or snacks to follow all that trick-or-treating, you can see which Halloween drinks are being searched for by state. And of course, everyone has to know what their state prefers: candy corn or M&Ms?

Map of the United States showing what the uniquely searched Halloween drinks trends are per state.
Map of the United States showing what the most searched Halloween candy is per state, with Candy Corn being the most searched in the majority of states.

What unlocks a haunted house? A spoo-key

Of course, Halloween isn’t only about get-togethers and candy — some of us enjoy a little scare. Head over to the Google Maps guide to Halloween and check out Local Guide Kimbra Kasch's favorite spooky spots. And Kimbra should know: She grew up in a haunted house in Portland, Oregon!

Google Maps’ guide also has plenty of other places to discover for the fall festivities, so be sure to take a look.

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