If you haven’t found the creepy yet unusual place to celebrate Halloween yet, here are some of the best destinations all around the world to consider. Do you know where the Halloween tradition came from? Most people are sure that this holiday was born in America, but this is not true! I thought the same way, but the first Halloween was in Ireland. So, enjoy learning about the best Halloween destinations you can visit on October 31 this year.
There are plenty of places to celebrate Halloween in the USA. You may want to visit Salem, the town known for witch hunting and general sin phobia. It celebrates Salem’s festival of the dead. A highlight of the festival is The Salem Witches’ Ball.
New Orleans is another mysterious place to celebrate Halloween this year. Above-ground cemeteries, voodoo and a great penchant for weird costumes make New Orleans a perfect place for Halloween. If you are a fan of the Originals, you know what I’m talking about.
Being home of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison hosts one of the most infamous annual Halloween celebrations, namely “Freakfest.” Are you brave enough to visit it?
The self-proclaimed Halloween Capital of the World, Anoka, Minnesota, celebrates Halloween with a big civic parade and a few other city-wide events.
If you are a creature of the night, why not go to the city that never sleeps? There are many Halloween events in NYC for each age and interest. Among them are the Procession of the Ghouls, visits to the haunted NYC hotels, buildings and bars, and Halloween events at NYC zoos and museums for the entire family. NYC also hosts the largest Halloween celebration in the United States, namely The Village Halloween Parade.
Chicago is another awesome place you can visit to celebrate Halloween. The city’s events include the Haunted Sanitarium, Chicagoween, and the Spooky Zoo Spectacular.
The entertainment capital of the US, Los Angeles is just packed with Halloween events. The most popular are the Adults Only Halloween Party and the Day of the Dead Celebration.
I have never thought about the Halloween celebration in Bangkok before, but now I’m planning to visit this place in October. We all know about “gay-force” here, and they usually organize a really impressive witching time. There are a lot of special areas that are built and decorated for the great Halloween street party.
Many people from Mexico, Spain and Latin America believe that all their dead relatives come back to them on Halloween and spend this holiday together. This event starts in October 31 and continues till the November 2. Halloween here is called “The Day of Death”(Spanish: Día de Muertos).
If you want to celebrate your Halloween here, you can choose some place in Mexico. Citizens of Aguascalientes organize the Festival of Skulls (Festival de las Calaveras) every year. In Mixquic you will be plunge in the procession to the cemetery, and you will see tons of lighted candles. People in the cortege tote a cardboard coffin to the vigil that usually happens in the lighted cemetery. Also, if you want more lively celebration, you should choose the Chiapa de Corzo colonial town, where you may see very colorful decorations all over the cemetery. Ribbons, candles and flowers combine with the live represent to dead citizens, which come there to be with families.
The interesting Day of the Dead ritual happens every year on Halloween in Janitzio. This small island becomes full of singing and dancing people, they go to the cemetery for chanting their dead relatives. It looks very solemnly and impressive, especially when you see some rowboats with a lot of lighted candles on the lake!
In Merida, Yucatan you will see very special ritual that is connected with “Feast for the souls” (Maya language: Hanal Pixan), when families cook in a pit chicken tamale in banana leaves. Also they organize some festivals on cemeteries and streets.
The Festival of Life and Death usually happens in the Xcaret Park. This place is located in the Riviera Maya. Welcome to the colorful markets in some villages near the Oaxaca. This city is very bright and beautiful on Halloween. There are many thematic altars, sand tapestries and Comparsas to discover.
As you already know, Halloween was born in Ireland, so here it’s known as “Samhain Night.” This event takes 5 days and everybody gets something special. There are breathtaking fireworks and dancing with fire. You can also look at haunted houses, get some ghost spooky tour and take a part in a Dragon Safari. Each family has some fun and no one feels boring. In the medieval Irish, this event meant the fact that the days became shorter and harvest went to the end. Also they celebrate with a fire and some spooky dead revisiting.
Put on your best mask and enjoy dancing the night away in the fabulous candlelight setting at a masquerade ball. Within the mysterious Georgian tunnels beneath the Strand, the Masque of the Red Death promises an evening of decadence and debauchery, with amazing live music, dancing and sweet treats.
You can also join crime historian Donald Rumbelow on a guided stroll around Jack the Ripper’s haunts in East London. Also, be sure to visit the Ten Bells, a pub at the corner of Commercial Street and Fournier Street, where, allegedly, two of his victims drank.
If you want to remember your Halloween celebration for years, spend the night in a Haunted Castle or attend a Psychic Supper. Explore Wookey Hole Caves in Somerset. You will creep around the witch’s kitchen, parlor and a big hall, drenched in neon color and echoing with the cackles and dull drips of the enigmatic river.
Take the Exbury Ghost Train through the pitch-black tunnels and be spooked by scarecrows, skeletons and other ghouls on route. The Napoleon Bone-aparte and Batty the Vampire will be on board to spook the whole family with scary stories and jokes. If you need to calm your nerves, be sure to take a look at some of Exbury’s mysterious trees like the Ghost Tree, the Chinese Coffin Tree, and the Devil’s Walking Stick.
The Stratford-upon-Avon Halloween Festival features a mass zombie walk, magic classes for budding witches, wizards, and numerous ghost stories.
Explore the ghostly side of the West Midland Safari Park in the scary, bat-infested Twilight Cave. Or, go on a spooky tour of a 14th-century castle at the Old Wardour Castle, Wiltshire.
Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge, Shropshire celebrates Halloween in a real morbid Victorian style. As dusk falls and the sun slips away, the street lamps cast strange and frightening shadows at each corner of this 19th-century town and plenty of ghostly figures replace the smiling shopkeepers and friendly townspeople.
Halloween festivities in Colombia are the result of the huge influence of American culture. The capital of the country, Bogota is the center of Halloween celebrations. Colombians like Halloween and go all out with amazing costumes. You may also want to celebrate Halloween in Cali, where during the Moto Halloween Party motorcycle enthusiasts dress up in their scariest outfits and ride around the city to celebrate Halloween.
7. Hong Kong
Known as the Halloween party capital of Asia, Hong Kong has 2 traditions. The first tradition involves the event “Yue Lan” or Festival of the Hungry Ghosts. The second, more commercialized event is celebrated by American or Canadian expatriates. Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park (Halloween Bash) host Halloween shows every year. Lan Kwai Fong bars annually throw Halloween parties.
8. The Middle East
Saint Barbara’s Day or Eid il-Burbara is a holiday very similar to Halloween and it is annually celebrated on December 4 among Arab Christians in Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. It’s celebrated in honor of the Christian Saint and Martyr Saint Barbara. Lebanese and Syrian Christians believe that Saint Barbara disguised herself in various characters to elude the Romans who were persecuting her.
One of the world’s oldest holidays, Halloween is celebrated around the world. Kids dress up in different costumes and go trick-or-treating, and awesome decorations including carved pumpkins adorn all the streets. Do you love Halloween? Where are you going to celebrate it?