Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re anything like us, then this is a holiday you get very excited about. From fancy dress parties to as much candy as you can eat, how about taking a trip and visiting some of the spookiest places in Europe. We have all seen the movies but are these places really as aerie as we think? These destinations are certainly not for the faint-hearted. Although as American’s we have turned Halloween into an exciting family holiday, it has a wealth of history dating back to Europe’s first castles and all of it gory medieval details.
Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania
There couldn’t be another place more suitable for the top of this list, well, of course, it’s the home of the Count Dracula himself. Located a 3.5-hour drive from Bucharest, it isn’t such an easy place to escape from. Surrounded by villages that look as though they have been long forgotten this is a truly spooky experience. Putting on something special for the holiday, guests can enjoy a Halloween Monster Party set deep into the Romanian woods around the castle. Resting on top of a cliff, as you arrive at the castle, you may think twice about the stay.
South of San Marino, this town dates back to the medieval era and the townspeople truly honor all hallows eve. Hosting an event to honor those who were once criminalized in the town, locals, and travelers can enjoy The Witches Festival which sees the area magically transformed to a haunted maze with everybody and anybody getting involved. This tiny town sure knows how to celebrate this holiday in spooky style. It’s a Halloween hotspot!
London is a city known for its crime and punishment after all the infamous Jack the Ripper once caused mayhem here on those very streets. The holiday sparks endless events across the city including huge Halloween parties, parades, spooky ghost walks into the night and travelers can also visit the underground dungeons. If you are feeling particularly brave, why not visit the Tower of London and see if you can encounter Ann Boleyn’s wandering ghost.