Where to go on Halloween: offers and tips for a weekend in Europe

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Joel Fulleda

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Who said Halloween is only celebrated in America? Europe is now ready and prepared to celebrate the "trick-treat" day. So if you want to live a unique experience not too far from home, here are some tips!
Mysterious and legendary destinations such as the Transylvania region, capitals suitable for young and old like Paris and London, and even some surprises in Italy: here are some perfect destinations for the Halloween weekend.

1 - Transylvania

Transylvania is the region of Romania linked to the legend of Count Dracula. So if you want to spend the Halloween weekend in a place with a "terrifying" atmosphere, this is the place.

Here you can visit Bran Castle (fast-track ticket from € 19,00), whose architecture exactly coincides with that described by Bram Stoker in his book. In addition to the house of Vlad the Emperor, you can visit and discover villages, towns and manors that seems to have frozen over time.

For the most terrifying night of the year, you could choose to have fun in one of the many Halloween After Parties organized in the main clubs in the area.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 320,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 55,00 per room -

2 - Dublin

It seems that the origins of Halloween and the commemoration of All Saints are to be attributed to the pagan festival of Samhain which dates back to the Celts.
This holiday celebrates the end of the harvest season and the arrival of winter. In Dublin, on the occasion of this celebration, young and old alike flock to the street dressed as witches and monsters participating in a annual parade that passes through the topical places of the city.
Along Parnell Square via O'Connell Street to Temple Bar goblins, dancers and ghosts dance to the sound of scary music.

If you decide to celebrate Halloween right in the capital of Ireland, you just can't miss the Samhain parade. In addition, in the same period the Bram Stoker Festival is celebrated, a kermesse during which horror film screenings, scary shows and walking tours through the macabre streets of the capital are organized.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 365,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 72,00 per room -

3 - Berlin

Berlin is full of things to see and do, making it a destination for everyone, great to visit at any time of year.

But if you want to discover it just on the occasion of Halloween, get ready for activities capable of combining thrills and fun. For example, you can wander around the Spreepark in the dark abandoned funfair in the heart of Berlin; or visit the huge ruined military hospital that once housed Adolf Hitler; or even reach the "devil's mountain" Teufelsberg where there is aformer Soviet spy station now abandoned. In short, they are all perfect experiences for those who love tension.

If you prefer to spend Halloween in a more ordinary way, you just have to choose one of the many legendary clubs where themed parties are organized, to dance to electronic music until late.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 320,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 65,00 per room -

4 - Paris

Paris is not only the city of love but it is the perfect destination to visit even on Halloween because it hosts many places shrouded in mystery.
One of these is the immense Père Lachaise cemetery where the graves of famous people such as Chopin, Edith Piaf or Jim Morrison and who has the reputation of being bewitched.

Another unmissable place with a disturbing atmosphere are the ancient ones underground catacombs which house hundreds of skulls, and which you can visit on a tour with audio guide and priority access.

For those with children, however, the ideal place to spend Halloween in Paris is Disneyland Paris (day ticket from € 89,00).

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 350,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 75,00 per room -

5 - London

Thanks to the gray sky and fog, London on Halloween is always shrouded in an air of mystery.

In addition to the main attractions of the British capital in this period we suggest you retrace the places where the crimes of Jack the Ripper took place via an organized walking tour. Another terrifying alternative could be the tour of places haunted by spirits and ghosts, among which the Tower of London and the various city cemeteries stand out.

If you are traveling with children, absolutely take part in the tour of the Harry Potter sites, or in one of the many parades and masked events organized in the city.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 5 nights from € 390,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 76,00 per room -

6 - Edinburgh

A ghostly place, characterized by a cold and desolate moor, ghost-haunted castles and shrouded in fog: this is Scotland.
Its capital Edinburgh, then, is the perfect place to visit on Halloween when the autumn weather makes its narrow streets around the castle eerie and suggestive at the same time.

In this period the shows at the Royal Mile, the big stage where ghost stories are told in the dark of the night.
And do not miss a visit to the dungeons of Edinburgh, built in 1645 to wall the people suffering from the plague alive.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 400,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 72,00 per room -

7 - Venice

If you want to visit a beautiful city not too far away and learn about the stories of haunted houses, Venice is the ideal place to spend Halloween.
Many of its palaces and residences hide mysteries and secrets and one of the most famous places about it is Cà Dario, a beautiful historic building overlooking the Grand Canal where all the owners or tenants died of a tragic, violent or sudden fate (including the financier Raul Gardini and the bassist of Who John Entwistle).

Do not miss the tour among the legends and ghosts of Cannaregio, a walk that begins as soon as the twilight gives way to the night, during which you can hear stories about the ghosts of the region and much more.

  • Flight + hotel: Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 290,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 82,00 per room -

8 - Stockholm

In Sweden, Halloween is not celebrated by carving pumpkins and dressing up as witches, but by organizing intimate and suggestive ceremonies in memory of the dead.
In Stockholm, people take night tours of the city's cemeteries by participating in traditional vigils in memory of the dead.

After sunset, the graves of loved ones are decorated with garlands and small candles and thousands of candles make the atmosphere authentic and suggestive.
Do not miss night guided tour in the historic Skogskyrkogarden the "Cemetery in the Woods", a World Heritage Site on the first Saturday of November.

If you want to enjoy a different weekend discovering parks, canals, design and architecture, immerse yourself in the magic of Stockholm, and get ready to discover the many things to see.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 303,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 95,00 per room -

9 - Palermo

If the Sicilian capital is often associated with baroque beauties, the sea and the sun, not everyone knows that this city also hides dark and slightly macabre corners. The Catacombs of the Capuchin Friars of Palermo host 8000 mummified bodies, many of which are still perfectly preserved, including that of the little Rosalia Lombardo.

Around the city you can visit the Carini castle, to hear the terrible tragedy of Baroness Laura Lanza and maybe run into the ghost of the same. And again, in the village of Cefalù you can visit the abbey of Thelema, once inhabited by the esotericist Aleister Crowley, a controversial and disconcerting character, considered by some to be a source of inspiration for Satanism.

Palermo in October could prove surprising. Don't expect sun and sea, rather get ready to appreciate the more historical and cultural side of the city. For example, thanks to events such as the Vie dei Tesori, you can participate in excursions and visit historic buildings usually closed to the public.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 280,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

10 - Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic it is considered the city of esotericism since it has numerous places shrouded in mystery.
According to the legend, the Holy Wenceslas left his sword to behead his enemies right on the famous Charles Bridge.

In the Jewish quarter, however, legend has it that the Golem was built with mud to protect the community, where the famous ghosts of the Strangolatrice or Dancing Jewess live.
Prague is so proud of its ghosts that it even built the Iron Man statue, the ghost of Jachym Berka, the man who killed his wife more than 100 years ago and has been wandering the streets of Platnerska ever since, waiting to be redeemed. The best way to discover all the legends of Prague ghosts is to join the spooky tour in the Old Town.

  • Return flight + 4 days / 3 nights from € 280,00 per person -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -

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