10 Best Halloween Destinations - Spooky Getaways
Planning a spooky getaway? Check out these creepiest vacation ideas to celebrate Halloween in style. Here are the best halloween destinations you must go for a party-.
1. Salem, Massachusetts:
Right next to the Old Point Cemetery in Salem, Memorials for the 20 people who were hanged and one that was pressed to death for being witches. Seeing the slabs with names boldly engraved of the witches hanged in Salem points out the unmistakable reality of the hangings of those found guilty of witchcraft. It is one the most spooky destination to spend Halloween. During the month of October, Salem host different tours of these haunted and infamous spots with trail and re-enactments with fireworks and parade.
2. Dracula's Castle, Romania:
Few names have cast more terror into the human heart than Dracula. Bran castle is more popularly known as Dracula’s castle. This castle is been the inspiration of Bram Stoker for his countless horror movies and bloodcurdling tales of vampires. The prince of Wallachia Vlad the Impaler, is believed to be the real Dracula on whom the fiction character is based on. Vlad the Impaler was famous for his cruelty and torture; he supposedly killed thousands of his enemies and left their bodies to rot. Various tales have been associated with the castle and Vlad the Impaler.
3. Mexico celebrates day of the dead:
According to Spanish belief, dead relatives come back to them during Halloween and spend the holiday with them. This is celebrated as The day of the Dead (Día de Muertos). Various ceremonies are held from 27th Oct to 2nd Nov. In Mexico, people have picnic lunches on the graves of their relatives. As this is a day of remembrance, happiness and celebration. Candies and bread are made in shape of skull and skeletons. People celebrate by bonfire, set firecrackers and hand lanterns to guide the spirits.
4. New Orleans:
Known as the most haunted city in America, New Orleans has numerous haunted guided tours that bring strong hearted souls in light with the other dimension. Halloween is the second most celebrated time in the city, after Mardi gras. The main halloween party is held at Faubourg Marigny neighbourhood. The party is wild and crazy with booze flowing freely alongside ludicrously fashioned party goers.
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As many of us know, Halloween was born in Ireland; which is known as 'Samhain Night' here. This 5 days event is celebrated in style. Ireland's capital city, Dublin hosts ‘Samhain’ in typically flamboyant style with a huge parade from Parnell Square along O'Connell Street and concluding in Temple Bar. This carnival is ghostly and frightening. At Malahide Castle, ghost tours are organised in Ireland's oldest inhabited castle, which is believed to be haunted by five spectres. The ghost tours of the 800 year old castle draws many a captivating tale to entertain all the family. There are breathtaking fireworks and dancing with fire. Also they celebrate with a fire and some spooky dead revisiting.
6. Rose Hall Great House, Jamaica:
The legend surround its infamous owner, Annie Palmer; who was called the "white witch". She bemused three husbands and countless slave lovers. Her acts include being quick with the whip and supposedly tortured slaves for her own entertainment. Annie, the White witch of Rosehall has believed to have killed her three husbands and eventually one of her lovers killed her. Her tombstone lies outside the great house. Stroll this place if you are brave hearted, and you might capture a glimpse of the White Witch. The Rose hall haunted tour is a must for visitors to Montego Bay. To conclude this enthralling adventure, you can visit the dungeon which is now transformed into a pub called Annie’s Pub.
7. Waverly Hills, Louisville:
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Not many are familiar with the stories revolving Waverly Hills. Waverly Hills Sanatorium is an old TB Hospital that has seen thousands of deaths in its day. This Sanatorium has been featured on World’s Scariest Places. This place has it all cold spots, disembodied voices, and ghosts roaming the halls. Sitting on top of a hill, this place is full of dark history of mass death of patient abuse in the time when it was a hospital. It is believed that doctors threw the bodies into the valley to cover up the deaths. There are also rumors that satanic rituals took place within Waverly’s walls. The building alone is frightening and you can feel the chill even before you step a foot inside. The most notorious and frightening room of all is believed to be The Nurse’s Station. Supposedly people have jumped to their deaths from this room. There are tours which you can book for an incredibly eerie experience. For a true spine tingling experience, go to Waverly this Halloween season.
8. New York:
New York’s Village Halloween party is been entertainming tourists and pople around the world since 1974. This party is held with dancers, costumes and a huge parade with gigantic puppets. The public is welcome to join the march (with costumes), the one mile parade is custom made as per a theme which changes every year. Alternatively you can visit Cathedral of St John the Divine for one of the after-dark Crypt Crawl.
9. Sleepy Hollow, New York:
October there's something for everyone at Sleepy Hollow Halloween: haunted hayrides, Gothic mansions, blazing pumpkins, farmers markets, live music, street fairs. This place is famous for the legend of the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving. There are guided tours of the haunted Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the resting place of Irving, as well as the crypt of vampire Barnabas Collins. If, you looking for something spooky then Sleepy Hollow should be on your list. For the month of October, the 300-year-old Philipsburg Manor transforms into a fearsome landscape ruled by vampires, witches, undead soldiers, ghouls, and ghosts, all serving the Headless Horseman himself!
Halloween is coming and there are numerous reason why you spend Halloween in Scotland. Scotland being regarded as one of the Spookiest places because of its dark history, legends and myths. From numerous events taking places across the Country, you can choose from discovering ghosts and grave robbers in Dumfries & Galloway to the chance to join a ‘Feast of the Dead’ at a traditional Celtic Samhain Festival (like in Ireland) in Perthshire. But if you are more faint-hearted, then perhaps visit to one of Scotland’s very own Pick Your Own pumpkin farms.
So give yourself a fright this year and choose from these spooky Halloween destinations to spend your.
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