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8 spooky destinations for a Halloween holiday

Written by: Russell Wallace | Travel Insurance Expert
Last updated: 13 May 2024 | Created: 24 October 2019
8 Spooky Destinations For A Halloween Holiday

While we’ve all had to miss out on many Halloween activities in the last few years due to Covid-19 related restrictions, we can now once again celebrate the spookiest of festivals. So don your costumes, stock up on sweets, and treat yourself to one of these fangtastic trips!

Looking for a UK Trip with the family?

London Attractions

London is full of a dark and disturbing history that’s waiting to be discovered on the scariest night of the year…

Why not test your nerves with a chilling Jack the Ripper tour, they even offer virtual tours for those who don’t fancy leaving their homes or are having to self-isolate over Halloween. 

You could also go down to the London Dungeons to learn about the city’s deeply distressing past? They’ve updated their cancellation policy since Covid.. If your plans change, you can cancel 24 hours prior to arrival so that you can book with confidence.

There’s a lot of activities on offer as the city truly embraces the Halloween spirit with bars and parties looking to give all of your family a frightfully entertaining night.

Legoland, Windsor

Every year during October, the theme park invites kids to dress up in costumes and celebrate “Brick or Treat.

Besides getting to explore Legoland’s usual array of rides and attractions, Brick or Treat adds a number of Halloween-themed activities throughout October. One of the more impressive activities is the Big Build, during which park guests come together to build an enormous Lego Minifigure skeleton.

8 Spooky Destinations for a Halloween Holiday: Lego figure handing from Halloween pumpkin

Considering a getaway in Europe?

Amsterdam, Holland

The city of Amsterdam has fallen in love with Halloween, celebrating it over three days with the Halloween Festival Amsterdam.

There’s so much to do… A costume party, professional make-up workshops, horror movie marathon and ghost walking tours.

Make a weekend of it by relaxing in the trendy coffee shops by day, taking in pretty canal vistas, and indulging your tastes for all things creepy at night.

Transylvania, Romania

There’s possibly no better location for a teeth-chattering Halloween than Dracula’s Castle in Romania.

Located in the woods of Transylvania, Bran Castle is the perfect place to explore the lure of vampires that have saturated our culture in recent times.

Book a hotel near the castle and take advantage of the numerous guided tours available. Make sure to visit the adjoining tourist town that fully embraces its vampire-filled reputation and maybe pick up some garlic – just in case!

8 Spooky Destinations for a Halloween Holiday: Bran Castle, Transylvania, Romania

Dublin, Ireland

With its twisting, spindly streets and numerous haunted locations, Dublin can be a spooky destination at any time of year. But during Halloween, the city’s dark side is put on full display.

Perhaps the most prominent example of Dublin’s Halloween spirit is the Bram Stoker Festival, celebrating the life and legacy of one of Ireland’s most notable writers. Although the Bram Stoker Festival’s crypt remains closed this year, it’s one to add to the diary for 2022.

In it for the long Haul?

Mexico City, Mexico

As of the 11th of October, Mexico was removed from the ‘Red List‘ and is now categorised as ‘Low risk’ for Covid.  So, If you’re not opposed to a bit of international travel for Halloween, few places in the world can rival Mexico City during Dia de los Muertes.

While there’s certainly an element of fun during Dia de los Muertes, the holiday also carries personal significance for many Mexicans as they honour their deceased relatives and loved ones.

Because it’s more than just an excuse to collect free sweets, Mexico City elevates the festivities of Dia de los Muertes to a level not seen in the UK. Elaborate costumes are the norm, and many create beautiful sugar skulls (just don’t eat them though! They’re purely a decoration). Best of all: Dia de los Muertes celebrations last for 3 full days.

8 Spooky Destinations for a Halloween Holiday: Day of the Dead parade in Mexico City

Your sofa, at Home

Okay, okay, we admit that this isn’t a proper travel destination. But the truth is, you don’t need to travel far to enjoy Halloween. It’s a major holiday for the younger generation in particular, and a great excuse to get everyone in the family together! So invite your loved ones over, watch a scary movie, and hand out sweets to Trick-or-Treaters.

We hope you enjoyed our Halloween guide!