Halloween is around the corner, and to some, it’s the best time of the year. For one major reason, it’s the start of low seasons for traveling. What does that mean? Lower flight fares, cheaper hotel rates, and fewer tourists to distract from your vacation. If you happen to have some time off, be sure to check out some of these places to get yourself into the Halloween spirit!
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Romania is a country very few tourists visit to begin with. It’s struggling to find it’s ground as a tourism country, but one Halloween horror keeps people coming year round: Bram Stoker’s Dracula.
Though Bram was an Englishman and hadn’t actually stepped foot into this lovely eastern country, his story was heavily inspired by Vlad the Impaler who actually ruled the country for six years. Six years is very small for a reign, but he was sure to leave a horrifying impact on history.
A short day trip away from Brasov can take you to Brans Castle where Bram Stoker’s Dracula resided (though Vlad had only stayed only a night or two there). You can even take a few tours around the country to learn about the real Vlad the Impaler and his cunningness to trick the Ottoman Empire.
Though any budget will cringe at the thought of a trip to London, Halloween is definitely a time you should consider visiting. It’s streets are haunted to the brim with ghosts and is one of the birthplaces of the holiday itself (including Ireland and northern France). Plus with plenty of free museums, you can easily be entertained during the day and during the night without hurting your wallet too much.
One of the most haunted places in the world is the Tower of London where Henry the VIII sentenced most of his wives to death. People say that the ghosts of Anne Boleyn still haunts the towers with a few other mischievous spirits. Unfortunately the tower’s gates close at 5:30 with a ceremony of keys during October, but there has been times that a few twilight hour tickets pop up for an exclusive nighttime visit.
Not all hope is lost for a spooky afternoon however. One of the most famous murders around the world has stalked the streets of London during his reign. Jack the Ripper tours can be booked almost nightly for as low as 10 pounds, one of the cheaper things to occupy yourself with. You can discover where his victims were found and hear theories of who it still might be.
After living here for about one and a half years, I can definitely attest to it being one of the most haunted places in the United States. It’s southern charm coupled by it’s past makes is a brilliant choice for a close-to-home vacation.
My favorite thing about this city is how it transforms for each holiday (Christmas, Halloween) and it’s worth seeing if you are an American Citizen. The Trolley Tour companies will host exclusive themed tours or you might fancy a walking tour. I’ve done my fair share and have to say you can’t go wrong with either of them.
During the day you can relax in the variety of coffee Shops, explore Forsyth Park, and shop along Broughton Street. Imagine Amsterdam meets New Orleans’s French Quarter when you step into this lively and creative city. You will never be bored when you’re there.
A list about the best Halloween’s travel destinations without Salem should be illegal. The home to the infamous Salem Witch Trials sits in the northeastern part of the United States. This city really takes celebrating to the next level, with plenty of events going around all month
You can go to Haunted Happenings website to just get an idea of what goes on in this bustling city. It’s an amazing website that provides all the events to celebrate this holiday that are all (or mostly) kid friendly and fit for the family.
Walking (ghost/history/witch) tours, parades, face paintings, and even Halloween movie marathons. I beg you to find a city in the United States that celebrates this holiday more than this lovely city.
What are some of your favorite Halloween destinations? Do you have anything on your Halloween bucket list?