Because of Oktoberfest, a lot of travel writers are going to recommend Munich as the top city for you to visit in October. Not this one. This is because it’s more useful to you, reader, to read about destinations that haven’t already occurred to you, and not at all because my one Oktoberfest experience ended in police custody -- something to do with fighting strangers barefoot in traffic -- and a still-unpaid fine that I’ve been successfully avoiding for the last four years through the canny strategy of not going back to Germany. You may think this reflects poorly on me, but I haven’t yet told you the most important detail, which is that none of it was my fault. And anyway, Oktoberfest is more of a season-long thing, not even really specific to October, which happens to be a pretty great month to travel. Summer surge pricing has given way to off-season discounts. The air is finally crisp in the places it was previously swampy, but not yet too cold. And fall festivals -- pleasant or otherwise -- are in full swing. It is time to travel somewhere new. Here are a few of the most cheery, spooky, ~autumnal~ places to be right now.