Halloween (Oct 31) is a celebration observed in many countries on the eve of All Saints Day (Nov 1).
Scientists cannot agree on how exactly Halloween came into existence. Some say it has the roots in Celtic harvest festivals – thus having pagan roots -, while others say it has begun as a Christian holiday.
While the American version is very well known across the pond and many of its activities have been imported – such as costume parties and pumpkin carving -, Europe does Halloween totally different.
Just in time for the upcoming holiday, the team at Looknwalk.info has put together a list of some spooky and interesting Halloween destinations in Europe. Want to come visit?
Romania doesn’t lack scary and spooking places, but Transylvania takes the cake as one of the best Halloween destinations in Europe. We can thank Bram Stoker for this, as he set his Dracula novel in this part of the world.
While Dracula was based on Vlad the Impaler, a real historical character, the ruler doesn’t have a real connection with Bran (aside from a brief imprisonment). He was born in Sighisoara, a superb medieval fortress still inhabited, and had his Poineri Castle, perched high atop the mountains.
Yes, Halloween parties are quite abundant and, especially at Bran, they are done for the foreign travelers. But you can always avoid them and visit some of the really spooky places, such as Sighisoara or Baciu Forest (in Cluj Napoca).
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Crypts and Halloween go well together. If you are looking for a creepy way to celebrate, the Capuchin crypt under the church called Santa Maria della Concezione die Cappuccini will do the trick. The skeletons of 4,000 monks have become ornaments and you bet they are going to make your hire rise.
And even if you prefer to skip the crypt, many of Rome’s old churches have a very weird and spooky feeling anyway.
Called Samhain Night, the festival originated as a way to celebrate the harvest and, yeah, it was when the dead were coming to revisit the mortal world. Nowadays, it is one of the best Halloween destinations in Europe, with various parades, scary movies, ghost tours and fireworks.
A torture museum, some very creepy statues on Charles Bridge and the setting of “The Witch of Prague” by Francis Crawford, Prague is not disappointing when it comes to the creepy feeling and can easily be one amazing Halloween destination.
If you are looking for a costume party, yes, they have it. Bloody Sexy Halloweekend is the biggest in town.
How about a trip to Jack the Ripper’s playground? After all, London is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Europe. On top of the many dungeons and creepy places to visit, there are a ton of parties ready to spook you for eternity.
Remember that history bit in which I mention the Celts? Right. Edinburgh remembers them every year, making the Royal Mile and the castle a very interesting and creepy place to be for Halloween.
Even outside of the Halloween celebrations, all you need in the city is some fog and the eerie feeling is guaranteed.
If you are in a party mood then Amsterdam’s Halloween Festival is the place to be. Three days of fun and super interesting workshops and, of course, quite a lot of parties.
A walk on the streets on the night of Halloween ensures quite a lot of spooky costumes spotting.
Sedlec Ossuary , Czehia
The Church of Bones is located in Sedlec and, looking at it from outside, you really cannot tell how creepy it is. But, once inside, you see the bones. Remains of 40,000 skeletons are here. Don’t forget to look up to see the impressive chandelier of bones.