America's 10 Spookiest Cities to Haunt this Halloween

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Halloween is the perfect time for a last-minute road trip—especially if you live within driving distance of one of America's spookiest cities. After analyzing 105 U.S. locations, the transportation company Flixbus compiled a list of the top 10 spookiest destinations in the country.

To determine which cities offer the most to Halloween lovers, Flixbus ranked them in three categories: haunted places, spooky tours, and Halloween parades. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the site of the pivotal battle in the Civil War, claimed the top slot with the most haunted locations and Halloween parades per capita. Coming in second was Saint Augustine, Florida—a historic city with a plethora of haunted spots and ghost tours.

Salem, Massachusetts, the site of the infamous 17th-century witch trials, and Savannah, Georgia, which has its own bloody history of war, fires, and disease, also made it into the top 10. You can check out the full list below.

1. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
2. Saint Augustine, Florida
3. Salem, Massachusetts
4. Savannah, Georgia
5. Des Moines, Iowa
6. Cincinnati, Ohio
7. Norfolk, Virginia
8. Chesapeake, Virginia
9. Jersey City, New Jersey
10. Richmond, Virginia

Major cities aren't the only places to seek out spooky thrills this time of year. If you're planning a Halloween road trip, make sure to check out these cemeteries and haunted locations (which can be terrifying to visit at any time of year).

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

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Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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United Airlines Now Has an Interactive Map to Keep Track of COVID-19 Restrictions While You Travel

It's getting easier to keep up to date on coronavirus travel restrictions.
It's getting easier to keep up to date on coronavirus travel restrictions.
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If you’re thinking of traveling for business, leisure, or to see family over the holiday season, you’ll quickly discover that different cities and states have different guidelines for entry to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. Some may mandate quarantines for travelers, while others require a negative test result or completed health forms.

Fortunately, there’s a way to navigate this slightly dystopian travel environment. United Airlines has released an interactive map of the country that allows visitors to see what each state and region requires for guests—or if it’s even open at all.

The map also allows users to drill down and see if their destination has restaurants and other non-essential businesses open as well as any mask policies.

New York, for example, is currently requiring many visitors to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival depending on the community spread in their point of departure. Oregon has no such restrictions but face coverings are required.

The map is updated regularly and can also be found on United’s mobile app.

[h/t Lifehacker]