Why not do something a little bit different for your next holiday and have a theme, a spooky theme. Plan a spook-tacular holiday this Halloween!
Salem, Massachusetts, USA
Salem is a place to intrigue and to scare; thousands flock to this city for the full Halloween experience and revel in the events which take place. Salem is infamous for the Salem Witch Trials of 1692, where twenty six people were tried and put to death for being witches. Visit the Salem Witch Museum and learn more about this tragic event, or attend the Salem Witches Halloween Ball, which is held annually on 31 October and is a night of fancy dress, fun and dancing. If you’re a TV and movie fan, then embark on the TV and Movie Sites Tour of Salem. Hocus Pocus was filmed on location in the city, as was the long running TV series, Bewitched. Salem also worked its way into Hollywood as numerous films and TV programmes referenced the witch hysteria in the city.
Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania
Where better to visit on Halloween than the home of the legendary character, Dracula? He may be fictional, but Bran Castle was once home to Vlad the Impaler, Prince of Wallachia, who was known for the brutal punishments he imposed during his reign and his cruel actions were the inspiration of Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula. The castle is now open to the public and you can book a special tour over Halloween to discover the truth behind the terrifying myths, a fang-tastic destination for vampire lovers.
Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA
This charming little village is widely associated with the Headless Horseman in the tale The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving. It has now become one of America’s most iconic ghost stories. During October, there are tours through the historic Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, where you’ll visit the final resting place of Washington Irving himself. On the tour, you’ll also visit Philipsburg Manor, which is transformed into a haunted house during Halloween.
The best way to experience the medieval city of Edinburgh is by booking a place on one of the many ghost tours across the city. Tours guide you through the narrow, cobbled streets of the old town and ghost stories are retold. Beware as thrills and shocks are guaranteed. On some tours you will be led through the Edinburgh Vaults, where the poorest lived when the Industrial Revolution took hold of Britain and where it is said serial killers used to hunt their victims. For something more family friendly, delve into Edinburgh’s horrible history at the Edinburgh Dungeon, which is based on the real history of the city, the tour is brilliant fun and sometimes scary.
Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is such a beautiful city but has lots of hidden stories. The famous Charles Bridge was once the site of executions in the 1600s and it has been said that the bridge is haunted by the men who were killed there. It is also said that the grounds of the Prague Castle are haunted by two governors who were thrown out of a window of the castle. Halloween has become increasingly popular in Prague in recent years and numerous themed parties are held over the weekend. So get on your best Halloween costume and party the night away.
Orlando, Florida, USA
Orlando’s world famous theme parks become dark and eerie, which makes it the perfect Halloween holiday destination for families. Walt Disney World is put under a spell when ghouls and goblins gather for Mickey Mouse’s Not So Scary Halloween event. Guests of all ages are asked to don their favourite Halloween costume and have fun trick-or-treating around the Magic Kingdom. For the teenagers, their worst nightmare can be found at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, when the park is transformed for the event. This is definitely the place to be for the ultimate Halloween holiday experience.