Let’s travel the world to find some #SpookyLocations to celebrate Halloween. Perhaps we’ll never go there, but these locations are still fun to read about and imagine what it might be like to walk darkened streets in the light of the pale moon. Here are some places you might not think are particularly spooky, but considering their history, will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
Yes, it’s a real place. This location was once the home of Vlad the Impaler, who became the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s fictional Dracula. Due to this overwhelming popularity, Halloween has become quite a big deal in this town. Bran Castle, one of the site’s biggest tourist draws, holds midnight tours of “Dracula’s Lair”. There’s even a restaurant themed entirely for Dracula. Transylvania has embraced the lore that was borne out of its legend. Perhaps you’ll want to visit one of these days.
We’ve all heard about the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600’s, where innocent women met their demise being accused of witchcraft. This town holds a month-long festival known as the Festival of the Dead. Get your fortune read at the Psychic Fair or visit the Witch Museum. The Hawthorne Hotel throws a fabulous gala called the Salem Witches’ Ball, which is a must-see if you’re ever in town on Halloween.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
You might be surprised to hear this is a real place, but it is. The town embraces the legend behind its famous name with haunted hayrides, various parades, even street fairs. If you’re brave enough to venture out during their evening lantern tours, which winds its way through the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, then perhaps you’ll get a glimpse of the Headless Horseman himself. If you’d like a more family-friendly option, Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities is where you’ll want to go.
Derry, Northern Ireland
This city, which calls itself the “City of Bones”, hosts the largest Halloween parade in all of Europe. This celebration, which begins in the evening on Friday and lasts all throughout the weekend are obnoxious and bright, but amazingly fantastic. USA Today voted this celebration as the best Halloween attraction in the world. Fireworks and neon lights abound, and for an entire weekend, Derry itself becomes the embodiment of a Halloween carnival. The Irish do it right.
Halloween began in Scotland a long time ago, believe it or not, with Samhain, pronounced sow-in, a Celtic festival which recognizes the change of the seasons from summer to winter. This festival is aimed to recognize the battle of demons between both seasons and continues to be celebrated to this day with what is known as the Samhain Fire Festival. If you’re ever in Scotland around Halloween, try to be in Edinburgh and witness this otherworldly celebration for yourself. Or if you’re especially adventurous, come spend the night in the underground vaults, which have long been believed to be haunted. It’s your choice, but if you go into the vaults, you might never emerge the same again.
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