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- Visit Dracula's Castle and other spooky places in Transylvania, Romania.
- Travel to spooky Salem, the most witchy town in the USA.
- Experience the mystical New Orleans at Halloween 2023.
- Celebrate Halloween 2023 in the spooky Burg Frankenstein in Germany.
- Go ghost hunting in Stratford-upon-Avon, UK.
- Visit spooky places and parties for Halloween 2023 in Hong Kong.
- Meet the scariest Halloween 2023 in mystical Bogota, Colombia.
On the night of October 31 to November 1, the eve of All Saints' Day, the world traditionally celebrates Halloween. And there is no better way to celebrate this holiday than by going to one of the most mystical places on the planet, where ghosts are rumoured to live and more. From Romania to Hong Kong, we invite you to explore seven scary destinations where you can celebrate Halloween 2023 in holiday style.
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If you want to spend your Halloween in one of the scariest places in the world, consider visiting Bran Castle in Romania, also known as Dracula's Castle. It attracts thrill-seekers as it is rumoured to be inhabited by vampires and ghosts. However, there is an opinion that Dracula’s real residence is not Bran, but Poenari Castle. Many historical documents connect this place with Vlad the Impaler, the historical prototype of Count Dracula. Hoia Baciu Forest is one of the most mysterious Halloween destinations in Transylvania. According to legend, at the beginning of the last century, the area, which had previously been unremarkable, for unknown reasons changed beyond recognition. Animals and birds left this forest, the tree trunks gradually bent at different angles, and the ground was covered with thick moss.
Transylvania hosts many Halloween parties. The loudest of them are in Bran Castle and in the mediaeval citadel of Dracula's hometown of Sighisoara.
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There are many spooky places to celebrate Halloween 2023 in the US. Salem is perhaps the most famous. Decorating the city for Halloween here begins in September, and themed attractions and exhibitions for the holiday run not just for one day, but throughout October. In Salem, on Halloween, visit the Witch Museum, which contains information about the infamous Salem Witch Hunt. The house of Judge Jonathan Corwin, who took part in the witch trials, and the witch village are also popular. In Salem, every self-respecting club, hotel or restaurant throws big parties from the first of October until the end of the month. During the holidays, there are tours, festivals and performances, so you won't be bored on Halloween.
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New Orleans is one of the most mystical cities in the USA. There are plenty of creepy places to celebrate Halloween here: the Museum of Death displays horrifying moments from the city's history, the LaLaurie Mansion has a torture chamber open to the public, and you can also experience thrills in the Scout Island Scream Park, the morgue and haunted houses. If you want to be in the centre of the action, head to the French Quarter. There are many festivals, parades and street parties held there on Halloween.
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Burg Frankenstein Castle is perhaps the most mystical place in Germany. Tourists are attracted by the creepy story of one of the owners of the Burg. Joseph Conrad, the same "von Frankenstein", was a scientist and alchemist. In the basement of the castle, he created a laboratory where he conducted his experiments. This man tried to create an elixir of immortality from blood and body parts, bones of animals and people. One day he suddenly disappeared and was later found dead in a laboratory with an incredible amount of scattered human body parts. Although Frankenstein was buried, they say that the alchemist’s soul never left the castle walls and wanders there in the form of a ghost. Every year the castle hosts the scariest Halloween party, which locals often throw for tourists.
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Stratford-upon-Avon is world famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare. This town is home to the Falstaff Experience, an ancient house dating back to the 14th century that once belonged to William Rogers and was the inspiration for Shakespeare's character Sir John Falstaff. Today, the house is rumoured to be haunted by more than 40 ghosts. During the daytime excursions are organised here, and at night the place becomes one of the most popular in England for encounters with ghosts. During Halloween, real séances are held here. Halloween in Stratford-upon-Avon also includes a zombie parade, magic classes for budding witches, wizards and numerous ghost and Tudor stories.
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Hong Kong is known as the 2023 Halloween party capital of Asia. The city has a number of "scary" places to celebrate: Nam Koo Terrace, tucked away in a quiet corner of trendy Ship Street where ghost sightings have been reported numerous times, and the infamous High Street Haunted House. At the same time, Lan Kwai Fong traditionally hosts a monster party, Tsim Sha Tsui Avenue hosts a street party, and the Yue Lan Hungry Ghost Festival takes place throughout the city. You can celebrate the scary Halloween 2023 with your children at Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park, where a themed program is presented annually.
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Halloween celebrations in Colombia are a result of the influence of American culture. The main creepy place in Colombia is the house of José Raimundo Rusi and Bolivar Square. Locals say that the ghost of Rus', who was executed for murder, haunts these places to this day. Another scary place is the Casa Samano Museum. It is said that the vengeful spirit of Colombia's most hated historical figure, the Viceroy of New Granada, Juan Samano, still resides here. Bogota is undoubtedly the best place to celebrate Halloween in Colombia with mega parties and competitions.
Usually on holidays, public transport is crowded, and taking a taxi from the airport can be overpriced. Closer to one in the morning, buses and subways stop operating altogether, and it is difficult to call the right car from local taxi services. If you arrive at the airport at the height of a holiday and, in addition, some squares and streets are already blocked, the best solution is to book a holiday transfer online in advance. This way you will be sure that you will not have to wait for a car for hours and you will go wherever you need even on a holiday or at night. Book a holiday transfer and celebrate your scariest Halloween 2023 without the hassle of transportation!
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