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The Best Places to Celebrate Halloween around the World

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Kelly Johnstone
Day of the Dead in Mexico

Halloween is often associated with ghosts, ghouls, and witches, but it can be a perfect opportunity to travel. If you’re up for a unique adventure, consider putting a seasonal spin on your trip and visit some of the world’s spookiest destinations. We’ve listed a few to get you in the Halloween spirit:

Derry, Ireland

With Ireland being where Halloween originated, you’d almost expect it to be one of the best places to celebrate! Although it known as ‘Samhain Night’ – this medieval Irish festival marked the end of harvest, bringing the ‘darker half’ of the year.

Derry City is the place to be to for all things spooky this Halloween. The Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival is a 4 day celebration like no other – filled with frightful fun for all the family.


Nowhere celebrates ‘the dead’ better than Mexico. “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead), is a three day celebration that begins on October 31st every year.

Each town and city celebrates Day of the Dead in their own unique way.  In Oaxaca you will find intricate sand tapestries and altar displays of skulls, skeletons and flowers. The main square is where the biggest party happens with an abundance of food, drinks and dancing. Alternatively, if you head to the island of Janitzio, you will find elaborate street parades which include folk dancing, local rituals and rowboats beautifully lit with candles.

New York, United States

New York – the “city that never sleeps” – offers no shortage of costume parties, festive Fall street fairs, haunted houses and spooky events at museums and zoos for the whole family.

The Village Halloween Parade is New York’s biggest party. Thousands parade up Sixth Avenue dressed in the scariest and most inventive costumes. Take in the spectacle from the sideline or join the parade (but note you must be in costume to march!)

Transylvania, Romania

The region famously associated with Dracula – Transylvania is well worth discovering if you’re looking for a Halloween with a difference. Dotted with medieval castles, elegant palaces, Saxon fortress-churches and crumbling ruins, take a journey back through the country’s eerie past.

With plenty of tours available, you can trace the footsteps of the “Vlad Dracula” and explore the dark history of the famous Bran Castle. Set deep in Romania’s Carpathian Mountains, it’s certainly a place where only the brave might venture.