Halloween is quickly approaching… It’s time to dress up, take the kids trick or treating and enjoy a night carving portraits into pumpkins. Aside from the usual orange and black decorations and costumes, you might be looking for something a little different this Halloween. In some countries around the world, Halloween is a cause for a huge celebration and tradition. So, if you fancy taking a trip elsewhere this Halloween, check out our cheap holidays and take a look at our top 5 places to celebrate the spooky festivity!
Mexico has been known to be a top destination when it comes to Halloween. Specifically, for its Day of the Dead celebrations which occur shortly after Halloween on 2nd November. Halloween in Mexico is hailed as a children’s event, with the Day of the Dead being the main attraction a couple of days after. Mexico’s Day of the Dead tradition looks to bring people and communities together in order to celebrate the lives of those that have passed away. However, it’s not all doom and gloom as it may sound. In fact, the streets are bursting with people, parades and colourful decoration. Stalls sell sugar skulls and altar ornaments, whilst others paint bright, multicoloured skulls on their faces.
New Orleans, USA
Another long-haul destination that is worth visiting for Halloween is the USA’s New Orleans. Known for its famous Mardi Gras parades and celebrations, New Orleans keeps up the show for Halloween too. The city puts on a Halloween parade down Bourbon Street boasting thoughtful costumes and a variety of colours. On the other hand, you can head to Frenchmen Street for live music, bars and restaurants. Why not go on a ghost tour during your Halloween celebrations in New Orleans? It is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the USA after all!
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New York, USA
Staying within the US, New York is yet another city which knows how to put on a show when it comes to Halloween. Expect lower Manhattan to shut down in order to host New York City’s Village Halloween Parade. Attracting a huge number of visitors from all over the world, the parade features towering puppets, dancers and numerous costumes. So, whether you wish to participate or just stand by and watch, you’ll no doubt be in the Halloween spirit. Looking for something a little spookier? Head out on a ghost walk or a haunted themed museum!
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There’s no better place to celebrate Halloween than in the home of the most famous vampire of all time, right?! If you’re looking for a real horror show during your Halloween trip abroad, Transylvania is for you. The Romanian region hosts a range of events and activities for those who wish to immerse themselves in an unnerving experience. Embark on the Count Dracula Circuit where you can discover the sets from Bram Stoker’s classic novel. October 31st brings about huge events in Romania, including the Halloween celebration in Sighisoara and the masked ball during the Death Festival at the Bran Castle.
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Believe it or not, London is one of the most frightening places to celebrate Halloween. Thanks to several attractions available around the capital, you’ll be in for a scary experience. Visit the London Dungeons which put on their SCREAMFEST event. Guiding you through London’s deepest and darkest tales throughout history, be prepared for the thrills and scares. On the other hand, participate in the Jack the Ripper Ghost walk, leading you through the streets that Jack the Ripper walked all those years ago. Or, have an old fashioned drink in one of London’s most haunted pubs!
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