Places to Be On Halloween
Much like New Year or Easter, Halloween is a spectacular holiday that is celebrated in several different places across the globe. Some places get even spookier than others when it comes to getting festive for this freaky occasion.
If you want to keep things close to home, here in the United States one of the best places to be for Halloween is New Orleans, Louisiana. This city is known to be a bit creepy all year long due to its ties to vampires, voodoo, ghosts, and above-ground cemeteries. If you’re up for it, a haunted mansion tour in the French Quarter would definitely put you in the Halloween spirit. One famous tour is to the LaLaurie Mansion where Madame Marie Delphine LaLaurie hosted luxurious parties with gruesome scenes upstairs.
Although the celebration is not technically for Halloween, Mexico’s Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead is a two-day festival celebration where Mexico commemorates its deceased. The most notable symbol for this celebration is the calavera or skull. Travelers to Mexico can purchase sugar Calaveras during their trip.
2,000 years ago, Halloween originated in Ireland’s County Meath so it is only right to celebrate in such a place. There is a time-honored Celtic festival known as the Spirits of Meath Halloween Fest that starts in mid-October and goes until early November. You can enjoy bonfires, Irish delicacies, and fortune telling. There are also a few mystifying paranormal tours you can attend along with parades that feature the county’s best elaborate costumes.
If you are interested in taking a pilgrimage to Romania you can retrace the steps of good old Count Dracula. In Turda, Romania a horror themed meal called “Dinner with a Bite” is held for travelers who come to marvel at the monument of Vlad the Impaler which is said to have been the inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yes, here Halloween is a celebration of all spooky things but most importantly it is about honoring the dead. Cemetery tours that do both are offered here, such as a tour of Mercy Cemetery where colorful crosses that include poems written on them can be seen.
Finally, Amsterdam is definitely where the party is at during Halloween. From Halloween themed raves, costume parties, and kid-friendly activities, Amsterdam has a variety of events to offer its visitors during this holiday. Amsterdam’s annual Halloween festival is full of gore and holiday lore. There is trick-or-treating and face painting for the children and adult-only costume parties leading up until the day of Halloween.