Halloween is just around the corner and the spooky spirit of the season will soon start to creek in. Whether you are a kid going trick-or-treating for candies or you are an adult dressing up in crazy outfits, Halloween is perhaps the scariest and funniest holiday out there. With no further introduction I will let the following words and images inspire ideas about where you could spend Halloween this year.
Salem, Massachusetts is famous for putting people to death for witchcraft in the past and during Halloween this town celebrates the witches in the most important night of the year. The entire month of October is filled with events like tours of supposedly haunted houses and famous sites, re-enactments of the trial of the witches, parades and many others.
Of course, I couldn’t write this list without including Romania because let’s face it the greatest ‘vampire’ of all times comes from there. The famous Bran Castle is a very popular destination for tourists, especially during Halloween, and I must say, the grey landscape of October in the mountains of Transylvania does add to the spooky effect.
Paris is also an interesting destination choice for Halloween. Although slightly more romantic than other places, during the spooky holiday you might want to consider skipping the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre and head over to Pere Lachaise Cemetery and the Paris Catacombs. The cemetery is famous for having mile after mile of tombstones and is said to be haunted while the terrifying Paris Catacombs displays the bones of long-dead Parisians; the place is very haunting and they represented an inspiration for Edgar Allen Poe.
New Orleans is another place without which this list could not exist. Known for its famous French Quarter and famous cemeteries, this city is said to be haunted in almost every corner. Halloween is a very big deal in New Orleans as it’s the second most celebrated event after Mardi Gras. Also, if you find yourself there during Halloween and you are in for a good scare consider going to the northwest of the city to the Manchac Swamp.
Oaxaca, Mexico is famous for celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). During Halloween, the Mexican city becomes an enormous street festival celebrating ancient Aztec and Mayan legends. People dress up and visit the local cemeteries, but beside the creepy activities, food, drinks and parties are also involved. So you will have a guaranteed great time.
The Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica is famous for the ghost of the Great White Witch. Annie Palmer is said to have been the pretty young wife of a plantation owner in Montego Bay who was a cruel witch practicing voodoo and torturing slaves. The tours of the Rose Great Hall focus on these stories and I can’t think of a better night to visit this place than Halloween. Be aware, you might see the ghost of the witch.
Another interesting destination for Halloween is the Christ Church in Barbados. The Chase Vault, located high on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea is one of the most chilling mysteries there. The creepiness of the place is nothing compared to the sunny and cheery island but the site is said to be haunted so the tomb makes for an interesting spooky stop during Halloween.
Back in North America, having a late night drink at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park is quite thrilling. The hotel is situated right near the Rocky Mountain National Park and it famous for being the inspiration for Stephen’s King’s novel “The Shining”. And considering the spookiness and creepiness of the movies, I honestly wouldn’t want to find myself spending Halloween there. But hey, it’s up to you!
New York City is the best city for celebrating any holiday in the world, that’s a fact. And Halloween makes no exceptions. The Greenwich Village hosts amazing Halloween Parties every year with dancers, costumes and huge parades. Of course, spending Halloween in New York City is not really meant to be scary but rather entertaining, however you can go under the Cathedral of St. John the Divine or take the ghost tour through the Village.
One of the oldest cemeteries in the United States, the Old Dutch Burying Ground and the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery take us to the last, but not least, place on our list. The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow is one of the most famous American ghost stories. This Hudson Valley village is famous for its legend and believe it or not, there are still reports of headless horseman around the area. There are tours presenting the stories but if you choose to go during Halloween, book it in advance as it is very popular and you could find yourself without a place in it.