With Halloween fast approaching, the whole world seems to be getting in the mood for some hair-raising fun and frolics. If you’re in need of a break and want to escape this year’s trick or treating frenzy, why not take off on your very own Halloween-themed holiday. For inspiration, check out our top 10 spine-tingling worldwide destinations:
If blood-thirsty vampires are your thing, Transylvania is the ultimate Halloween destination thanks to its notorious vampire resident, Count Dracula. Tours lead you through the remote Borgo Pass region in the eerie Carpathian Mountains where lies the formidable Hotel Castle Dracula - complete with crypt and cemetery. In the evening, get gothed up for the Vampire’s Ball where you may even find yourself face-to-face with the insatiable Count himself.
The London Dungeon, England
For a spookfest, London boasts an impressive stock of spine-chilling attractions. The London Dungeon is one of the most famous, taking you on a formidable tour through the capital’s dark underbelly and the life of Jack the Ripper. The famously haunted Tower of London should also not fail to make the hairs on your back stand on end. Shudder…
Haunted House, Alaska
If you want to experience what it’s like to stay in a haunted residence, check into the Anchorage Hotel in Alaska. Two tragic deaths occurred here in the 1920s and guests have since claimed witness to such spooky sightings as ghostly silhouettes and quivering curtains. A guest ghost log has even replaced the traditional guestbook so visitors can share their creepy findings and forewarn others.
Village Halloween Parade, New York
Americans certainly know how to celebrate this most spine-tingling of holidays, so if spooky street parties are up your street, join the crowds for the ultimate Halloween extravaganza in the Big Apple – the Village Halloween Parade. As the nation’s largest annual Halloween celebration, the event is frequented by millions of costume-clad revellers year upon year with an electrifying atmosphere to match.
The Sea of Trees (Aokigahara), Japan
If you’re game enough to re-enact the infamous Blair Witch Project, visit the sinister Aokighara forest in Japan, where no shortage of paranormal activity has occurred. Believe it or not, more than 500 deaths have occurred here since the 1950s, but not only that, the eerie woods are reportedly home to the second largest suicide phenomena in the world, with a ‘body hunt’ held every year by local volunteers. Hmm, we’ve got the heebie jeebies just thinking about it…
America’s ‘witch capital’ is a haven for witch-obsessed fanatics and memorabilia, with popular attractions including the House of the Seven Gables, the New England Pirate Museum, and the Haunted Neighbourhood. The star of the show is the Witch Museum, which dramatically re-enacts the real-life witch trials of 1692 made famous in Arthur Miller’s iconic novel, The Crucible.
Sedluc Ossuary, Prague
Ossuaries can be found all over Europe, but the Sedluc Ossuary in Prague is of particular interest for those with a macabre fascination in all things skeletal. Effectively, an ossuary is a burial place for human skeletal remains, usually made up of a chest, building or well. Staggeringly, Sedluc houses the remains of about 40,000 - so not one for the faint hearted! Don’t leave without checking out the incredible ‘chandelier’ constructed entirely out of bones from the human body. Cripes!
Hill of Crosses, Lithuania
These hundreds of thousands of crosses which stand at the top of a hill in the small Lithuanian village of Siauliai are a formidable sight to say the least. As a national pilgrimage centre, people flock here in the name of Christian devotion and Lithuanian national identity, but we reckon it also makes a hair-raising Halloween destination.
Whitby Gothic Weekend, England
Believe it or not, the quaint little seaside town of Whitby (another legacy of Bram Stoker’s Dracula) is home to one of the world’s most popular gothic events – the famous Gothic Weekend celebration. This twice-yearly festivity, held over Halloween and April, attracts goth-lovers in all their glory hoping to soak up the Halloween spirit, as well as sample some of the best fish and chips in Yorkshire!
Leap Castle, Ireland
There’s nothing more typically ‘Halloween’ than an ancient haunted castle, and County Offaly’s offering in Ireland is about as spooky as you can get. Built as far back as 1250, the castle once hosted a number of imprisonments and executions whose ghosts have since, supposedly, haunted the grounds. One of the most terrifying is that of a hunched apparition who emanates a rancid stench to those in her wake. Enter if you dare.
As always if you know of any spooky halloween destinations to add to our list, then please tell us your suggestions in the comments below, and we will get them included.