28 October, 2016

Halloween horrors

For some people Halloween is just as exciting a holiday as Christmas. I have many friends who put just as much effort into their scary costumes in October as they do when they're putting their tree up in December! There are various well known events around the world, such as the famous parade in New York, but I decided to have a look at some of the coolest (or creepiest!) places to celebrate this spooky holiday.

How about travelling to Transylvania? The country of Romania not only has stunning Gothic architecture but the impressive Bran Castle was said to be home of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. The castle is open to the public, and they do special Halloween tours!

Long beach California may not strike you as the most spooky place, but the cruise liner Queen Mary that docks here is. This is one of the most unique places to celebrate on Halloween. So-called 'Dark Harbor' starts on October the 1st and runs for a month, offering terrifying experiences for visitors! There are rides; live shows, and mazes haunted by spirits - many inspired by the actual ghosts that are said to haunt the ship. This is not suitable for young children!

Finally a three day celebration called Day of the Dead begins on October the 31st each year. It's a celebration that happens in many Catholic countries, but only in Mexico is it celebrated wildly with colourful parties. Plenty of ideas for you to travel and celebrate Halloween at the same time if that's your thing!

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