As the nights draw in, the ghosts and ghouls come out to haunt you! We take a look at some of the best destinations for a spooktacular time.
Scotland has to be one of the world’s spookiest places for Halloween, when the day is all about the supernatural, witches, spirits and fire.
Halloween’s origins go back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhuinn (summer’s end) which marked the beginning of the dark, cold winter and the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead.
The Celts lit bonfires to keep away the evil spirits, and relit their house fires from the bonfires to ‘cleanse’ the property of evil spirits.
Nowadays, pumpkin lanterns are used to ward off the spirits. Young children, dressed as witches, ghosts and every imaginable type of scary creature go ‘trick or treating´ around the houses, where they are usually offered sweets or money.
The home of fun with a capital F, Orlando is the perfect location for some Halloween fun. At Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures, you can enjoy Drive-By Trick-or-Treating, a scary Haunted Drive-Thru with Live Performers, Haunted Airboat Rides and more with their “Scream n Stream” event.
LEGOLAND’s ‘Brick or Treat’ runs every weekend in October, so you can celebrate the spookiest time of the year with trick-or-treating and exclusive character meet and greets.
Romania should be high on your list of ‘places to go’ for Halloween parties and morbid fun.
Dedicated parties and huge events take place in the bars and clubs of Bucharest. Play all sorts of scary games, dress up like a vampire (what else in Romania) and cast the evil spirits away with great music, frightening costumes and horror stories.
Dracula fans will love the chance to stay at Bran Castle, the vampire’s famous residence, sleep in a velvet coffin or down some black vodka with the witches and bats!
Spain celebrate All Saints’ Day on the 1st November, followed by All Souls’ Day on the 2nd November. This is annual time to honour the lives of the Saints who died for their Catholic beliefs, as well as the souls of dead family members.
All Saints’ Day is a national holiday in Spain and people leave fresh flowers on the graves of departed loved ones to keep their memory alive and on those of complete strangers – adorning the cemeteries with colourful floral displays.