Halloween may be known as a typically American holiday, but this doesn’t mean it can’t be celebrated everywhere around the world. Moreover, you will be shocked to discover some of the popular cities for the big night of October 31stand their Halloween spirited hype in the weeks before. Below, we compiled a list of some of the best cities to celebrate the Halloween season in 2019.
1. Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Amsterdam is probably one of the coolest cities in the world – no exaggeration. And during the Halloween season, believe it or not, it gets even cooler! From themed events at clubs and museums, through ghost city tours, to an all-night marathon of scary movies, this place definitely knows the charms of spookiness. Some of the most popular attractions are Amsterdam-style Obscene Halloween, or, for those more in favor of family-friendly options, the legendary Monster Ball.
2. Transylvania, Romania
For many, the sound of Transylvania sounds fictional, but this beautiful region in the center of Romania is a real place. If you’re sure you can put up with some real spookiness, the mysterious land of blood-sucking vampires, howling wolves and creepy castles, also known as Transylvania, is your cup of tea for the Halloween season. What better place to play trick-or-treat than the city with the most fascinating and sinister reputation in the world. From men turning into a flock of birds to cursed castles and hills with eyes, Transylvania is sort of a Halloween paradise.
3. Salem, Massachusetts
Actually, any time during the year is good to visit Salem for some dose of spookiness, since this is the famous Salem Trials place. For those of you who have no clue about the Trials, super-short crash course on witch hunt history – Salem is the place where twenty-six people were once tried and sentenced to death for being witches. Besides the year-long sights like the Witch House Museum and guided tours of haunted spots, for Halloween, you have a chance to attend the trial and hanging reenactments, magic shows, a parade, and plenty of other events. So put on your costume and those amazing Halloween contact lenses and go to a witch ball.
4. Sleepy Hollow, New York, USA
If you got the chills from reading Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, imagine what it’s like to be in this very place, especially on Halloween! And if you regret not having met the greatest American storyteller, who lived his last few years in a cottage near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Edgar Allan Poe, there’s a chance you’ll run into his ghost, according to the popular rumor about him rising from the dead for an evening of mystery and macabre. Halloween is a month-long event here, and thanks to its haunted attractions, such as Horseman’s Hollow, Ichabod’s schoolhouse and creepy lantern tours, it’s the perfect place to get spooky this year.
5. Venice, Italy
If you’re looking for a more sophisticated type of Halloween partying, Venice is your October destination. This unique and enchanting city situated in northeastern Italy has a rich and disturbing history, with an abundance of spooky sea monsters and stories and legends, retold and reused around the night of October 31st. Combine romance and spookiness with a boat ride in the middle of the night to the beautiful island of Lido and cycle to its isolated lighthouse in the middle of the Adriatic sea. With sensual Venetian masks and fancy masquerade balls, you’ll have the most spectacular Halloween experience of your life.
In addition to good old trick-or-treating, carving jack-o’-lanterns, and the telling of ghost stories, there are plenty of events and cool places that can make sure your Halloween experience is the best possible. Additionally, Halloween is a good excuse to travel the world, so pack up your costumes, pick up your courage and prepare for a scary Halloween time at one of the destinations we listed above.
About the author:
Diana Smith is a full-time mom of two beautiful girls interested in home improvement and the latest DIY topics. In her free time, she enjoys exercising and preparing healthy meals for her family.