7 cities with the best Halloween experiences in the world: The Celts in Ireland celebrated Samhain on October 31 more than 2,000 years ago, when the dead returned to earth before the start of a new year. Old flames were put out, and new ones were started. When millions of Irish people came to America in the late 19th century during the potato famine, Halloween surged in popularity on the other side of the Atlantic.
Around the world, Halloween is observed in a variety of ways. The following are some of the greatest cities to visit on Halloween:
1. Londonderry (Ireland)
Derry-Londonderry, the totally walled city in Ireland and the United Kingdom, has hosted the Celtic-inspired event for 35 years and is often referred to as Europe’s largest Halloween party city and the world’s greatest Halloween destination.
This year, the city’s gleaming waterfront will be turned into the Whispering Wharf, where sencha (storytellers) will recount the tallest of stories. The City of Bones will perform a magnificent aerial installation in the heart of the city, filling the night sky with daredevil acrobatics, as the spirits of Walter de Burgh and his forefathers haunt Guildhall Square and the city gates. There will be a Halloween Hay Trail as well as some bizarre fancy dress.
2. Corinaldo (Italy)
Corinaldo transforms from Italy’s most picturesque village to the national capital of Halloween in the last week of October. Since 1998, the historic center of town has been converted into a dark, frightful location with candles, cobwebs, pumpkins, intriguing scenery, and men/women dressed in terrifying costumes on Halloween.
Over 60,000 people visit the town’s Witch Festival, which includes virtual terror experiences, bizarre photographic portraits, the “Transformer Towers,” alchemy, trick or treating, and evenings of madness and insanity. During the ceremony, ‘Miss Witch,’ the most beautiful witch, is also chosen.
3. London (England)
See the scarier side of London on and around October 31. Explore eerie locations, experience bone-chilling attractions, and take special Halloween excursions in search of tricks and treats. Here are the top ten things to do in London for Halloween, according to visitlondon.com:
Step into the terrifying world of the Dark Arts as Warner Bros. transforms the Harry Potter film studios for Halloween. During The London Dungeon’s Halloween takeover, delve into grisly tales with the scary spectacle The Surgeon. Hear stories of torture and incarceration, and see the Tower of London’s Bloody Tower. On the Shark Walk at Marine Life London Aquarium, go up close to some of the world’s most feared animals and hear creepy stories from the deep as you come face-to-face with terrifying sea creatures. Climb onboard the London Eye river cruise for some eerie cruising while sipping blood orange gin. Visit the London Bridge Experience and London Tombs, both of which are horrifyingly haunted. In Madame Tussauds’ Alien: Escape experience, run for your life across the Covenant vessel and come face to face with a lethal line-up, as all six James Bond actors’ figures return with a fury. A Halloween-themed Thames Rockets speedboat excursion will blow away the cobwebs. Visit Clink Prison Museum, one of England’s oldest and most notorious jails, to witness torture equipment. At Thorpe Park’s terrifying Fright Nights, go on a mind-numbing voyage through horror.
4. Oaxaca (Mexico)
It is not known as Halloween in Mexico. Locals spend the day/night in local cemeteries to greet the souls of their ancestors and deceased loved ones on Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). They prepare their favorite dishes. Yes, tequila is present. Women in zombie bride costumes roam the streets, their faces painted in the characteristic ‘La Catrina’ motif, which is symbolic of the Day of the Dead holiday, and flowers in their hair.
People walk through villages, led by a loud brass band, stopping to dance, sing, and drink beer before moving on to the next settlement. Dia de Muertos is so important that it was listed to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2008.
5. New York (USA)
Halloween is a yearly preoccupation in New York. One of the spookiest and coolest Halloween events is the Village Halloween Parade in Greenwich Village. There will be demons, devils, witches, and sprites at The McKittrick Hotel’s Witches’ Ball; you may walk down the street with ghouls, engage in Crypt Crawls, or attend Collective and Matte’s masquerade party. The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor (Hudson Valley) and the Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage, as well as the Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, are not to be missed. Join the Scavenger Hunt or watch the Pumpkin Flotilla in Central Park.
6. Transylvania (Romania)
Tales of haunted castles, vampires, and werewolves abound in Transylvania, the mythical Romanian area eternally linked with Bram Stoker’s Dracula. On October 31, the village comes alive with all-night costume parties and zombie parades through the town’s dark medieval alleyways. Don’t expect to see any adorned pumpkins or Jack O’Lanterns. Instead, attend the greatest Halloween party at Bran Castle, commonly known as Dracula’s Castle. This spine-tingling Gothic fortification, located in a little village near Brasov, is the site of a Halloween party that includes dinner and a tour of the castle. Allow a few hours to visit Sighisoara, Dracula’s birthplace and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
7. Salem (Massachusetts, USA)
Salem Haunted Happenings is an annual Halloween extravaganza that takes place from October 1 to October 31. A Grand Parade, the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and spooky theatrical performances are among the events.
The inaugural Salem Haunted Happenings Festival was held during Halloween weekend in 1982 by the City of Salem (also known as the Witch City). Members of the modern Pagan and Witch groups that have made Salem their home share their beliefs and festivities with both residents and visitors who travel to Salem to celebrate Halloween.
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