Europeans do not celebrate the festival of Halloween with the same fanfare as that of the Americans. But it doesn’t mean that Europe isn’t a good place to celebrate Halloween, Europe with all its fascinating Old Continent, with its long and tempestuous history, frightening legends, and century-old castles, is a perfect place to celebrate 31st of October. Halloween is the world’s second commercial holiday after Christmas and a good opportunity to travel the world, visit frightening places, learn about other nations’ cultures and traditions, and, why not, to have fun and indulge yourself in the local delicacies. Following is a list of possible tourist destinations for spending Halloween complied by Travel nice.
- London, England
London is the capital of England and the center of the British rule, frequented by visitors throughout the year seems to be a good Halloween spot as well. With all its bloody past, obscure dungeons, ancient buildings, chilling backstreets, and memories of the world’s most infamous serial killer – Jack Ripper, has been often regarded as one of the world’s most haunted cities. Halloween in the city associates a lot of mystery and ghostly attractions, with the event being celebrated throughout the city. From spooky tours and themed dinners to flamboyant parades and posh club events, London certainly knows how to thrill its visitors on October 31st.
- Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania is the most beautiful region in Romania and an ideal place to spend Halloween. Besides the quaint Bran Castle and the world-famous legend of Dracula, which has its roots here, this place boasts a startling collection of citadels and frozen-in-time villages, where the present is twisted with legends and long-lasting traditions. All these make Halloween in Transylvania not only a creepy, one-of-a-kind experience but also a great journey back through the country’s mind-blowing past.
- Dublin, Ireland
Just like Edinburgh, Dublin has a special charm when Halloween comes around. Maybe it’s the custom of carving Jack O’ Lanterns, which springs from the Samhain carving of turnips, or perhaps the myriad of events which take place all around Ireland during this time of year, but Dublin has a cool, sexy, flamboyant way of celebrating Halloween, and it always does this with huge parades, carnivals, traditions, and all sorts of captivating events suitable for all tastes.
The birthplace of Renoir and the renowned Limoges porcelain, the medieval city located in the Limousin region is probably the best place in France to spend Halloween. While this is not one of the country’s customary holidays, Limoges seems to have happily embraced this tradition ever since 1996, when it hosted its first Halloween spectacle.
Nowadays, at the end of October, Limoges comes to life with a plethora of events, including street shows, themed fairs, costume parades, storytelling festivals, and colorful parties. And the 50,000 annual visitors seem to cherish them more and more every year.
- Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, the Gothic fairytale of Europe, with its stunning architecture, winding medieval lanes, macabre corners, and mysterious allure, is a place that gives you chills up the spine whether it’s Halloween or not. And although the Czechs are not exactly crazy about this holiday, the city itself seems to have been designed especially for such kind of celebrations.