It’s nearly that time of year again, where grown adults dress like vampires and children eat enough sweets to keep the tooth fairy in business for the next few years. Yes, Halloween doth approach!
All across the world, from Mexico to Paris, people are getting ready to celebrate this spooky holiday. So, if you’re looking for the perfection scarecation this year, we’ve got some great suggestions!
Where better to spend Halloween than in a city notorious for its spooky past? Salem is perhaps most famous for the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, and now draws thousands of tourists every year eager to learn more about the city’s unique history.
Visit during October, when the city hosts various Halloween events, including spooky city tours and street parades. A visit to the Salem Witch Museum will also set the scene for a truly frightening Halloween!
Amongst traditional Halloween fiestas, Barcelona also celebrates La Castanyada, a popular All Saints’ Day festival. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some seasonable delicacies, such as chestnuts and traditional marzipan cakes.
When the sun sets, Barcelona’s bars and clubs come alive, promising a Halloween you won’t forget in a hurry. Get dressed up, stick your best vampire fangs in and dance the night away to themed music and live entertainment.
Although Halloween is celebrated by children in Mexico, it is often overshadowed by the Day of the Dead.
This long-standing festival sees people all over Mexico gathering to remember their lost loved ones, and to celebrate their passage into the next life. During this time the streets come alive with market stalls selling traditional sugar skulls, delicious foods and decorations for shrines; there’s also plenty of lavishly dressed altars and parades of people with their faces painted.
For a lively Halloween holiday, look no further than London. All over the city, bars and clubs come alive to celebrate, with many people dressing up and getting into the spooky spirit.
There are plenty of activities during the day to keep even the most diehard Halloween enthusiast satisfied. Dress up for London Comic Con which takes place 27-29 October or head to the London Dungeons, where you’re guaranteed a good scare!
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans knows how to have a good time, especially during Halloween. After all, it is said to be the most haunted city in America!
From horror movie marathons to haunted houses, New Orleans dresses itself up for Halloween to give its visitors a good fright. The annual New Orleans Halloween parade in particular is truly a sight to behold. Crowds gather in the streets to watch magnificent floats pass by, with festivities stretching on well into the night.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re travelling with the kids or fancy being a big kid yourself, Disneyland Paris is always bucket loads of fun – especially during Halloween. Disney’s Halloween festival runs from 1 October-2 November, with a spectacular Halloween Party on the 31st.
Keep your eyes peeled for some of Disney’s most notorious villains, including Maleficent, Jafar and Captain Hook!