If you’re lucky enough to be travelling the world over the Halloween period, you need to check out the spooky festivities in your location.
Here are a few of the best:
- Dracula’s Castle
If partying in the shadow of Dracula inside an ancient castle sits firmly at the top of your must-do list – and how could it not? – then the all night party in the grounds of Bran Castle, Transylvania is the Halloween event for you!
What could be more exciting than getting a night tour of the medieval fortress by Vlad the Impaler and watching a horror movie on a giant screen before partying the night away to the tunes of a legendary DJ.
Prepare for your Instagram following to go through the roof…..
- New Orleans Vampire Ball
For a more formal twist to your Halloween celebrations, you need to check out the Endless Night: New Orleans Vampire Ball.
At this interactive event, every guest is treated like royalty. Black tie attire is frowned upon while fangs, masks, formal vampire wear, and elaborate baroque costumes are highly recommended.
But don’t worry if you don’t think you’ll get to New Orleans this year – you’ll also find Endless Night events in Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and London.
- Kawasaki Halloween Parade
For over 20 years, visitors from all over the world have flocked to the city of Kawasaki in Japan for the Kawasaki Halloween Parade.
It starts at 2.30 in the afternoon and runs until 4pm – leaving you plenty of time to refuel, reapply that Halloween makeup and get ready for the night ahead!
Entry for participation is limited and there are prizes for the best dressed but happily, you – and thousands of other spectators – can watch the parade for free!
- The New York City Village Halloween Parade
Halloween might have originated in Ireland but no one does the spooky season quite like America – and especially the Big Apple!
The New York City Village Halloween Parade is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, featuring a mile-long stage with thousands of attendees all wearing the most amazing weird and wonderful, spooky, and colourful outfits you could imagine.
A word of warning – It’s strictly costume only so don’t even think about attending if you’re not going to get involved!
- The Salem Witches’ Ball
Salem is one of the most famously spooky places in the world so it’s no surprise that there’s a Salem Witches’ Ball held there every year at Halloween!
Taking place on October 26th, attendees will experience ghoulish chills with Witch Doctors hosting rituals and ceremonies in one area while another room will be dedicated to psychic readings.
All you have to do is summon up the courage to find out what your future might hold….
- Halloween in Hawaii
Hawaii might not sound like the perfect destination to celebrate the scariest time of the year but did you know that Lahaina Town in Maui hosts one of the largest Halloween parties in Hawaii?
Often dubbed the “Mardi Gras of the Pacific”, Front Street closes off all streets to traffic, allowing costumed visitors and residents the chance to walk freely down the street and enjoy the many events held throughout the evening.
Sounds like the perfect blend of fun and terror to us!
- Madame Tussauds
If you happen to be in London between October 19th and November 3rd, be sure to stop by Madame Tussauds.
This year you can experience Alien: Escape, where you have to navigate your way through a trail of gore and danger to try and find a way out.
For even more of a scare, head to the basement for Tales from The Chamber to encounter genuine artifacts and original possessions of the monsters behind some of history’s most chilling murders – made all the more scary with actors immersing you in the true stories.
- The Harry Potter Halloween Experience
Do you dare explore the Dark Arts this Halloween season? From October 27th to November 10th, the Warner Brothers Studio in London will play host to a family friendly Halloween event featuring Death Eater duels and even a Halloween feast!
The iconic Great Hall set will be decorated with more than 100 floating pumpkins (just like in the film!), and tables will be laden with apples, pumpkins, and cauldrons of lollipops.
You can brush up on your wand moves in an exciting live duel with Death Eaters, then see the real costumes used in the film up close, before getting hands-on and seeing just how the production team created all the incredible special effects!
- Halloween in LA
Los Angeles goes all out for Halloween and if you happen to be there at that time of year, you’ll be SPOILED for choice when it comes to great parties to attend!
One of the best is Wenzdays Party which takes place at Bar Sinister on Wednesday October 30th. Party goers must be 21 and over and, when it comes to costumes, they must follow the strict Gothic, industrial and fetish dress codes provided!
Guests can enjoy the covered patio, the vampire lounge on stage, or the dark dance floor with DJs spinning sounds Goth, deathrock, and industrial bands.
- Lisbon Halloween Festival
If you want your Halloween to have a cool musical theme, look no further than the Lisbon Halloween Festival.
After a summer of open air parties, Lisbon party-starters LX Music head back indoors for their annual spooky celebration.
Taking place on October 31st in the Pavilhao Carlos Lopes, the event will feature a lineup of underground house and techno DJs, uniting established names with newer talent from Lisbon and across Portugal.