Halloween is just around the corner and whether you celebrate it or not, it is an acceptable excuse to go on a short holiday. If you’re wondering where to go, take a look at the list below. We chose a selection of destinations that combine historic and thematic places, luxurious hotels to stay in, festivals and fantastic parties.
London is an amazing destination all time of the year, but for Haloween in particular, it becomes even more special. There are numerous hotels where you can stay, even some that are said to be haunted, like the Langham Hotel. When it comes to what to do in London during Halloween, there are plenty of activities to choose from: you can go to the Old Operating Theatre on St. Thomas Streets, join a Halloween Party (if you’re looking for something more refined and fun at the same time, consider the party inside the Savoy Hotel, whose restaurant has a spectacular view of the Thames) or plan a tour of a musem – several museum will stay open late for the Halloween Museum at Night festivities from October 25-27.
Whichever activity you choose, there is one that shouldn’t be missed – the Twilight Tour of the Tower of London.
There isn’t a better place to spend Halloween other than Transylvania, home of the fictional Count Dracula and the Bran Castle – a 14th century fortress sitting atop a hillside in the Carpathian Mountains. The region itself is beautiful and filled with character and lots of stories and legends. During this time of the year there are special costume parties and castle tours at midnight, hosted by the Count himself.
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Travel Tip: While you are here, choose a day to explore nearby medieval town of Brasov. Wander the cobble-stoned streets, visit the gothic style Black Church, explore the Brasov History museum, or indulge in nature with a hike or bike ride in one of the area’s national parks.
Canada’s Fairmont Banff Springs is a dramatic place for the perfect Halloween celebration. The property is over 130 years old and it’s reportedly home to several ghosts and apparitions, including the Ghost Bride and Sam the Bellman. If you feel courageous you can sleep in a specific room, know for its paranormal activity.
Boston is believed to be one of the best places to spend Halloween. You should start your trip by checking in at the luxury boutique hotel The Liberty, that was once a prison. Visit the Granary Burying Ground, Boston’s third oldest cemetery and the resting place of Samuel Adams of John Hancock. Finally, go trick-or-treating through the neighborhood and enjoy the view of all houses properly decorated for the holiday.
If you have a few hours to spare, Salem, Massachusetts, home of the Witch Trials and the House of Seven Gables is only 45 minutes away from Boston.
In Edinburgh people celebrate the ancient Celtic Samhuinn Festival, a pagan celebration that marks the high point of the harvest season, as well as All Hallows’ Eve, the night before the Christian celebration of All Saints Day, on November 1. All across the country you will find ghosts tours, haunted mansions or theme parties. In the Old Town of Edinburgh there is the Samhuinn Fire Festival, one that should not be missed. Other attractions include a tour of the Blair Street Underground Vault or the Macbeth Trail.