Halloween is one of the most exciting traditions of the year! The multi-faceted holiday truly offers something for everyone; from great parties, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin carving, to horror movies and haunted houses, to real ghosts and historic stories. Celebrating Halloween can be fun for history buffs, ghost hunters, thrill-seekers, and folks of all ages. Here are just a few of the great places around the world that go all-out to celebrate Halloween.
New Orleans should be on every Halloween-lover’s bucket list. The city truly has it all; raging costume parties, haunted and historic tours, VoodooFest, parades, haunted houses, and so much more! New Orleans is all about everything spooky 12 months of the year, so be prepared for it to kick it up a notch (or ten) around Halloween! Halloween is the city’s second biggest celebration (the first, of course, is Mardi Gras). As one of the most haunted (yet lively) cities in the United States, New Orleans is the perfect destination to spend Halloween.
Bran Castle, Transylvania
Bran Castle is often referred to as “Dracula’s Castle.” While there is little evidence to support the idea that Dracula, or rather, Vlad the Impaler, lived in Bran Castle, the castle is nonetheless pretty creepy. Like many castles and structures of its time (1377), Bran Castle boasts the notorious gothic architecture that makes even skeptics believe in vampires. Aside from being a creepy fortress that may have once been the home of a famously cruel king, Bran Castle is the perfect Halloween destination for another reason; the castle hosts an incredible Halloween tour guided by the Count himself and an incredible after-party. The entire event is Medieval themed with theatrics that are sure to impress. While the two-day party comes at a fairly steep cost (upwards of €350.00 which doesn’t include your flight to Romania), the ticket does include English translators, hotel-stay, transportation from the hotel to the castle, two meals a day, and a Halloween celebration you’ll never forget!
More on the Vampires of Transylvania here.
Who wouldn’t want to spend Halloween following Jack the Ripper’s ghostly steps on a haunted walking tour through the streets on London? Not to mention the many parties, haunted houses, exploring the many haunted and creepy places in London (like the London Dungeon or the London Bridge and Tombs), spooky plays and musicals (like Phantom of the Opera and the Woman in Black), and other Halloween-themed events happening all across London. Also, Halloween at Hogwarts. Need I say more?
Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast
Located in Hope Bay, Fall River, Massachusetts, the home of the infamous Lizzie Borden is a bed and breakfast and tourist attraction. For those of you who don’t know the song (Lizzie Borden had an axe, she gave her father forty whacks!), here’s a little refresher: Lizzie Borden was tried and acquitted for the murder of her father and stepmother in 1892. However, with no other suspects, Lizzie was always assumed to be guilty.
The bed and breakfast is set up with replica furniture that closely resembles the original décor. The house is also a museum with crime scene photographs and artifacts. Tours are lead by paranormal investigators as the house is commonly known to be haunted – so, stay the night… if you dare!
Phantom Farm, Port Hope Haunted House
If you’re looking for somewhere somewhat local, there is no better haunted house than Phantom Farm. Although it is located in the middle of nowhere, it is well-worth the drive to Port Hope. Once there, you can spend an evening getting scared out of your mind all evening. Phantom Farm offers thrill-seekers a terrific haunted house and a somewhat less terrifying (but still fun) haunted hayride. Both attractions feature boogeyman from your favourite scary movies and some new ones you’ve never seen (but won’t forget).
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