The countdown to the witching hour has begun! And you don’t have to travel far for a good fright night…
While the US has long enjoyed the rituals of Halloween, in recent years, the celebration has grown in popularity across Europe and in the UK. 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 is full of a dark and disturbing history that’s waiting to be discovered on the scariest night of the year…
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.
Alton Towers, Staffordshire
The Alton Towers Theme Park in Staffordshire is great fun for families throughout the year, but the thrills really get going during the Scarefest events in October. The park stays open late and offers some unique attractions, including live Halloween-themed shows, a House of Monsters, and elaborately costumed employees.
But of course, Scarefest is best known for its scary mazes, where guests must try to navigate their way out of a twisting labyrinth – all while fending off monsters, ghosts, and other scary creatures. This year the selected dates Scarefest will run are:
5th – 6th, 12th – 13th, 18th October – 3rd November
Alton Towers can be a lot of fun, but it’s not always appropriate for younger children. If you’re looking for a more age-appropriate theme park to visit this Halloween, consider Legoland in 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 the month of October. One of the more impressive activities is the Big Build, during which park guests come together to build an enormous Lego Minifigure skeleton.
Considering a Getaway in Europe?
The city of Amsterdam has fallen in love with Halloween, celebrating it over a three-day period annually with the Halloween Festival Amsterdam.
There’s so much to do, you’ll be spoiled for choice. There’s 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.
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!
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. The festivals offers theatrical performances, live music, movie screenings, a parade, and many other ways to celebrate the Dracula writer.
In It for the Long Haul?
Mexico City, Mexico
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.
Feeling a Little Lazy?
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 – or maybe play the trick on them this time!
We hope you enjoyed our Halloween guide!