Americans love Halloween. After Christmas and Thanksgiving, this is the biggest party in America. In fact, according to The Balance, last year, Americans spent a record $ 9.1 billion on Halloween with 179 million people celebrating the holiday!
But what about Halloween on the other side of the pond? Well, with countless cities dating back many centuries, each with enchanted squares, cobbled streets and its own sordid history, Europe offers the perfect backdrop for Halloween.
So, if you’re looking for a spooky destination to celebrate Halloween in Europe this year, here are our recommendations:
1. London, England
Whether it’s the cobblestone streets, the old churches, or the old Roman past of the city, London is a spooky place.
London is the home of Jack The Ripper, the most infamous serial killer who committed his atrocious crimes in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.
Other sites include The Towers of London where it is said that the ghost of Anne Boleyn chases, Hampstead Heath, where there have been several notices of sightings of ghosts, including that of Dick Turpin, and Bank Station, where there have been sightings of “The Black Nun ”
There are also a few supposedly haunted hotels in London. Room 333 of the Hotel Langham has many reports of paranormal activity, as does the Hotel Savoy, the latter where it is said that the wandering ghost of Oscar Wilde moves between rooms 346 and 362.
Do not miss out on a Jack the Ripper walking tour, where you can follow in the footsteps of the infamous serial killer, or take one of the many other ghost tours that will take you through the streets, cemeteries and old alleys of London .
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
In Edinburgh, the Edinburgh Vaults (also known as the South Bridge Vaults), are considered one of the most haunted places, not only in the United Kingdom, but in the world.
The Edinburgh Vaults are a series of cameras completed in 1788 under the city of Edinburgh. The vaults are famous for ghost hunters and thrill seekers around the world, and has also been the subject of several television documentaries.
There are innumerable stories of paranormal activity and sightings in the vaults and even beliefs that the serial killers, Burke and Hare, used the vaults as a storage place for the bodies that they later sold to the medical schools. Do not forget to book your Halloween tour!
Other essential elements of Halloween in Edinburgh include the Samhuinn Fire Festival, a Celtic festival and pagan celebration that marks the end of the harvest season and the arrival of winter. The 400-year-old passageways and homes of The Real Mary King’s Close, whose inhabitants were implicated in the infamous witch trials in Edinburgh.
3. Transylvania, Romania
Some say that Transylvania sits on one of the strongest magnetic fields on Earth and that stories of the supernatural have been part of Romanian folklore for many centuries. The real attraction of Transylvania is that it is the home of the world’s most famous vampire, Dracula.
The fictional character of Count Dracula, created in 1897 by the Irish writer Bram Stoker, was inspired by one of the best-known figures in Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, or better known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler on several occasions, between 1456 and 1462.
In addition to an amazing Halloween masquerade dance, there are many great Dracula tours including Bran Castle (commonly known as Dracula’s Castle) where guests can spend the night, as well as literary tours that explore the sites of Bram Stoker’s novel .
So, where will you celebrate Halloween this year?