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Salem, Massachusetts, USA

In Salem, twenty six people were once tried and then killed in Salem for being witches. Today, the town of Salem is one of the best Halloween holiday spots for its celebration of witches on their most important night of the year. 

You can visit Salem anytime during the month of October and get the full Halloween experience here, including tours of haunted and infamous spots, trial and hanging re-enactments, witches circles, fireworks, and a parade. Don’t miss out visiting the Witch House Museum, which was once home to Judge Jonathan Corwin, one of the judges in the trials and one of the remaining buildings left in Salem that has direct links to the trials.

Dracula's Castle, Transylvania, Romania

The entire country of Romania has a spooky reputation, with is stunning Gothic architecture and enveloping forests. But it is the impressive Bran Castle that draws most visitors here, as it was once said to be the home of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula. The castle is where tens of thousands of enemies were impaled on stakes, Vlad leaving their bodies to rot. Today for brave visitors the castle is open to the public and nothing seems creepier than touring through here on the night of Halloween, learning the truth about the terrifying legends. Today, the castle is open to the public and you can book a Halloween tour and learn the truth behind the terrifying legends.

Oaxaca, Mexico

On Halloween, the streets of Oaxaca become an enormous street festival for the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebrations. Day of the Dead is a celebration of the dead and it is believed that spirits return each year on these three days to spend time with their loved ones. Each city and town offers a different way of celebrating Day of the Dead. If you head to the small island of Janitzio you will find elaborate rituals which include folk dancing, fishermen in their rowboats with torches and a gathering of families in the cemetery at night to sing and chant. In Oaxaca, near Acapulco you will find the streets transformed into a huge street festival where costumed people visit cemeteries and the town gets decorated with skulls, skeletons and flowers. The main square is where the biggest party happens with an abundance of food, drinks and dancing all night long.

Derry, Ireland

Ireland is where Halloween originated and still remains one of the best places to celebrate it, although it known as Samhain Night here. This medieval Irish festival originated when it marked the end of the harvest, which brought shorter days and the dark half of the year. It was this time that the dead are believed to revisit the mortal world. Derry City is where visitors will want to head for the best Halloween celebrations in the country. The Banks of the Floyle Halloween Carnival runs nine days and celebrates everything spooky. Count on parades, fireworks, ghost tours, haunted houses, workshops, scary movies and even a Dragon Safari, A slew of family-friendly programs also go on all festival long. Visit the origin of Halloween for one unforgettable experience.

Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving is one of the most iconic American ghost stories. Set here in this Hudson Valley village, there are still reports of the Headless Horseman at cemeteries all around the area. Halloween can be discovered here throughout the entire month of October. The 300 year old Phillipsburg Manor is one of the most favorite of Halloween events as it is transformed into a fearsome landscape that features vampires, witches, ghosts and state-of-the-art special effects. For a more family friendly tour head to the Lyndhurst Castle where a guide will take you to meet the spirits of the Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Phantom of the Opera. Other activities in this town include haunted hayrides, live music, street fairs, parades and lantern tours. Don’t miss out on visiting Old Dutch Burying Ground, one of the oldest cemeteries in the United States and of course the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery where Washington Irving is buried.

New York City, New York, USA

New York City’s Greenwich Village hosts an amazing Halloween party every year, with dancers, costumes and a huge parade with giant puppets. The Village Halloween Parade literally shuts down lower Manhattan and draws visitors from all over the world.
Anyone in a costume is welcome to participate in this event and those wanting to watch should show up early to grab a spot along 6th avenue. The city is overflowing with haunted hotels; bars and buildings and even the museums and zoos go all out for this annual celebration.

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