THE DEEP 'N FOREBODING FOREST... is prime territory for most of our Halloween stories, and with fine reason: You're never sure if Bigfoot or a monster or a giant wererabbit is hiding behind a thicket of trees or in the shrubbery. We'd like to make an argument, though, for the desert, in terms of spooky tales told around campfires and during the autumn. True, there aren't as many objects for wererabbits to hide behind around the scrubby and elegantly arid landscape, but there is a chill to all of that vastness. So, where will you make your next Halloween, or pre-Halloween, getaway? You're thinking desert, yes? Then look to the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, which has a ghoul-cool package on for grown-ups who want a light touch of October with their pool-adjacent unwinding. Ah yes, it is worth mentioning that swimming is still very much a thing in Indian Wells, come the fall, so you can have your seasonal fun and swim a lot, too (not every place can make the same boast come the tenth month of the year). Intrigued, desert-loving, autumn-obsessed people? Then book the No Tricks, More Treats package, which is on throughout October at the resort.
DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS FOR TWO... are on the docket, and breakfast for two, too (a helpful addition, lest you and your special friend stay up too late telling ghost stories and need to grab a bite at the hotel after sleeping in). The Halloween-y addition comes from a pair of complimentary Bloody Marys. That's among the spookiest of beverages, at least name-wise, of course. The cherry on top of this pumpkin is that fall is really one of the loveliest times in the area. We know, we know, winter is all the rage, but the between times 'round Indian Wells take on a chiller mood. If you need more autumnal sights, consider swinging by the nearby Living Desert during your stay, where plenty of multi-legged, long-of-tongue beasties reside. And ponder if the sparer stretches of our California desert couldn't themselves star in a scary story or two. Forest lore, best stand aside; the deserts can be (delightfully) dastardly, too.