Hello lovelies, how’s everything going? Halloween is here! 👻🎃 I am extra excited about it! Today’s post is about 10 awesome places to celebrate Halloween in Europe. Of course, there are so many more amazing places but I narrowed down the list to the most known places mixed up with my favorites.
The history of Halloween stretches back further than you might expect, with the celebration finding its early roots with the Celtic festival of Samhain.
It was, in fact, the Irish that took their traditions to the United States with the waves of immigration in the nineteenth century, popularizing many of the indispensable Halloween activities, such as pumpkin carving and trick or treating.
Today, Christmas is the only festival that surpasses Halloween in terms of global popularity. via wimdu.co.uk
Here are 10 best places to celebrate Halloween in Europe:
1. Transylvania, Romania
The name itself is enough to send an icy chill down the spine of even the most fearless adventurer. Now imagine being there, in person, when the clock clangs midnight… on Halloween!
At odds with its creeptacular reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe’s most charming and underexplored regions, beguiling visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture, enveloping forests, and friendly people.
But as idyllic as it is by day, the real fun happens at night – particularly Halloween, when we’ll treat you to a costume party in an authentic castle.
Think you’re not afraid of the dark? You will be. via gadventures.com
2. Derry, Northern Ireland
Taking place over four spooktacular days, Northern Ireland‘s Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival completely transforms the vibrant city from Thursday 25th to Monday 29th October.
Every year, the festival is a huge success, drawing in thousands of visitors from all over the globe who want to experience the true magic and excitement of Halloween.
It is easily Europe’s biggest and best Halloween celebration and you are guaranteed to be blown away by the spectacle! via bandbireland.com
3. Prague, Czech Republic
The Trans-Atlantic community is relatively substantial in Prague, where Halloween has a particular importance. You can buy and personalize your pumpkin at the Botanical garden of Prague 7 or at the Bykos farm.
On October 29th, there will be the Halloween walk, the biggest costumed walk in the heart of Prague.
On October 31st, from 7:00pm, participate at the Zombie Night Run, a 5km run through the region of Žižkov and the Vitkov hill. Special bonus, the courageous runners’ nerves will be put to the test with lighting effects, enchanting music and… zombies’ attacks!
By the evening, many nightclubs turn into haunted houses. Don’t miss the well-known Sexy Halloween Party at the Karlin Forum, with like every year, the election of the most frightening costume! via hippocketwifi.com
4. Venice, Italy
Venice might not be your usual Halloween destination, but it is one of the most romantic, mysterious, and beautiful places in Europe.
This jewel of a city in northeastern Italy has a permanent eerie atmosphere, a disturbing past, lots of shadowy corners, and mind-blowing legends about sea monsters.
Add to all these the city’s stunning architecture, the sensual Venetian masks, and the spectacular masquerade balls, and you’ll probably have the most sophisticated Halloween of your life. via travelaway.me
5. Paris, France
A genuine labyrinth in the heart of underground Paris, the Catacombs of Paris or The Parisian Underworld were fitted out in the galleries of former quarries.
Twenty meters underground, the ossuary houses the remains of approximately six million Parisians, gradually transferred between the end of the 18th century and the mid 19th century, as the capital’s cemeteries were closed for health reasons.
Along with a tangle of dark galleries, visitors discover a presentation of death with bones arranged in a romantic macabre decor.
This unique site is a moving testimony to the history of Parisians and invites visitors on a timeless journey. via tripadvisor.com
6. Amsterdam, Netherlands
On 2018 the Amsterdam Halloween Festival will only last 1 day, unlike the previous 18 years which lasted a week.
The festival will take place on the theatre Paleis van de Weemoed and consists on a Halloween Dinner Show and afterward a party. via edreams.com
7. Oravsky Hrad, Slovakia
If Dracula’s Castle is not scary enough for you, why not visit Nosferatu’s castle in Slovakia, one of the scariest places to spend Halloween in Europe.?
“Nosferatu” a silent film by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau was made in 1922 and was inspired by “Count Dracula”. In 1925 a judicial decision was made to suppress all the copies of the film, but fortunately, it was protected. via europeanbestdestinations.com
8. Salou, Spain
Port Aventura dresses up and adds special horror events and rides to their program every year from September 22 to November 18. It’s every horror movie lovers dream! via edreams.com
9. Berlin, Germany
Located just outside of Berlin, the Filmpark Babelsberg is an immense film set/theme park.
During Halloween season, their special Horrornächte event will take you into an alternate reality with scenes of Halloween horror, props, actors and performances for the ultimate Halloween movie experience! via wimdu.co.uk
10. London, England
See a scarier side to London this Halloween, with our guide to the spookiest things to do in the capital on and around 31 October.
From haunted venues and bone-chilling attractions to special Halloween tours and gripping family events, plan your Halloween in London with our roundup of gory ideas and horrifying activities. via visitlondon.com
Halloween events in London
- Explore museums and galleries after dark with Museums at Night‘s Halloween-themed activities.
- Look out for spooky goings-on at the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, as these Historic Royal Palaces usually host Halloween-themed events.
- Join a very mortal talk, tour or workshop, including visits to London’s most famous cemeteries, during the London Month of the Dead.
- Dare to enter one of the Fright Nights live action scare mazes at Thorpe Park.
- Enjoy a spectacular Halloween boat trip on the Thames.
That’s it for today’s post, I hope you enjoyed this post and see you on my next post 😍 Many exciting surprises are planned ahead, so stay tuned 🔜
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