Thirteen Thrilling Places to Spend Friday the 13th

If you suffer from Triskaidekaphobia (the fear of the number 13), or even more specificly, Paraskevidekatriaphobia or Friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of Friday the 13th), this post is not for you.

However, if you love Friday the 13th (I don’t know what that’s called), then this post is for you.

Here’s 13 places to enjoy all the day has to offer.

Some celebrate the movie that made the day more famous (infamous?). The rest are just neat, spooky things happening on Friday the 13th if you’re brave enough to partake in them. (Such as ghost hunts.)

1. Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, a.k.a the Real Camp Crystal Lake

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco is a real-life Boyscout Camp in Hardwick, New Jersey that doubled as the setting for the fictional Camp Crystal Lake in the original 1980 Friday the 13th.

On October 13, 2017, the camp is hosting a public tour for fans of the iconic horror movie.

However, you need a ticket and the only way to have gotten one is to have received an email announcing their sale. (Either by having purchased something in their store or by being on their mailing list.) Tickets were limited and went fast.

2. Blairstown, NJ

Want to see Jason Vorhees roaming the streets? Apparently every Friday the 13th that’s what he can be found doing in this small New Jersey town.

You see, portions of the original movie were filmed here. You can eat in the Blairstown Diner, which had a “cameo” (not sure that’s the right word, but let’s run with it) in the film.

You can also watch the movie in Roy’s Hall which, along with other landmarks, apparently was “prominently featured in the film and audiences go wild whenever they appear.”

3. Ghost Hunt at The Oman House

David Oman’s home was built right near where Sharon Tate and five others were murdered in 1969 at the behest of Charles Manson.

David experienced activity in the house from the moment he started building it and it has continued to this day. Once in a while he even opens his home up for investigations.

He’ll be hosting one for Friday October 13, 2017.

For more info, visit:

4. South Bend Para Rally

We used our Paracons & Horror Fests listing to see what events were taking place on Friday the 13th. This was one of them. (Actually this one through #7 is from that listing.)

Hosted by Sacred Crow Paranormal, the South Bend Para Rally will take place on October 13 and Saturday October 14. They’ll have vendors, lectures, and even an investigation at the Apple Road Theater, which the entire event is actually a fundraiser for.

For more info, visit:

5. Little Traverse Bay Parafest

Presented by The Terrace Inn and Bumps in the Night Paranormal, the Little Traverse Bay Parafest takes place in Petoskey, Michigan on October 13-14, 2017.

They’ll have guest speakers, including headline names like Dustin Pari and John Zaffis. (Both of whom will be leading paranormal investigations, except both of which have already sold out.)

For more info, visit:

6. Old Fort Paranormal Convention

This convention is taking place from October 13-15, 2017 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

They’ll have speakers, psychics, and vendors, along with a Fright Night Halloween Costume Party on Friday the 13th. Great way to boogie the night away!

For more info, visit:

7. Halloween in the Catskills

Held at the Blackthorne Resort in East Durham, New York, Halloween in the Catskills is really more of a Halloween vacation. It takes place on two weekends in 2017: October 13-15 and again on October 20-22.

For $150 per person, you get:

  • Five gourmet meals, including a Halloween ball – Friday buffet, Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday brunch!
  • Accommodations for both nights
  • All the entertainment
  • Unlimited Haunted House time (This year it’s a neat looking Steampunk Haunted House)
  • Wonderful vendors
  • And all manner of Halloween delights (Like a bonfire. Hopefully with s’mores?)

For more info, visit:

8. Old Paulding Jail Overnight Ghost Hunt

This is a Ghost Hunts Weekend event. (Actually, this one through #10 are, all of which we snagged off of our Ghost Hunting Events page.)

This Ohio jail was opened in 1876 and closed in 2007. It’s now permitting small, private groups, like Ghost Hunts USA, to host investigations.

You can choose from two types of experiences: investigation-only, or an “overnight, sleep with the ghosts” one.

For more info, visit:

9. The Old South Pittsburgh Hospital Overnight Ghost Hunt

Another Ghost Hunts Weekend event, spend the night inside this very active former hospital in Tennessee. (Been there. It’s incredible!)

This is an overnight “indoor style camping” hunt, which includes light snacks and drinks, fully guided tours of the Hospital, ghost hunting training by the Ghost Hunt Weekends Crew, and investigating as long as you can keep your eyes open.

For more info, visit:

10. The Thomas House Overnight Ghost Hunt

The Ghost Hunts Weekend crew rounds out its trio of Friday the 13th investigations with another active Tennessee location, this time a spooky stay.

Not only do you get to spend the night in the haunted hotel, you get to investigate it too. Two buffets are also included: a Midnight Snack Buffet and a Breakfast Buffet.

For more info, visit:

11. Grand Canyon Caverns Haunted Lockdown

Orange County Ghosts and Legends presents “The Deepest, Darkest and Largest haunted location in the world.”

The Lockdown actually happens on Saturday October 14, but there’s a bonus special VIP Friday the 13th investigation of the original cavern entrance, upstairs restaurant, and curio shop that won’t be covered on Saturday night.

If you’re a fan of Ghost Adventures, this was one of the locations the GA crew visited.

For more info, see their Facebook event:

12. The Haunted Chronicles Friday the 13th Special

This is a shameless plug for the radio station our show is on, ParaMania Radio.

Fellow host Jimmy Petonito, or Mr. Haunted as he’s affectionately called, has diligently solicited favorite scary movie theme songs from listeners. Dr. Dave will be in charge of spinning the chilling hits. So if you want to add some spooky atmosphere to your night, tune in!

13. Your Couch

I think your Horror Movie Lover’s card gets revoked if you don’t watch Friday the 13th every Friday the 13th, doesn’t it? (Not sure. But I’m superstitious. I don’t want to invite any bad luck –or get my card revoked– by not watching.)

It’d be great to watch Friday the 13th with others who loved it too. Even better to watch where it was filmed (and even take a tour of the camp used as the setting for the one in the movie).

But what if you can’t make that happen? And what if you don’t own a copy of the movie?

You can still watch it thanks to streaming. Here’s all the places it’s available on:

  • YouTube
  • Amazon Video
  • Vudu
  • Google Play
  • iTunes

Happy Friday the 13th!

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