I have spent the last year (and longer) dreaming of travel. I crave a view outside of my living room and am a huge Halloween fan. I love scary movies, the decorations, the candy, the leaves falling, the cool crisp air and sweater season. Put all of these things together and I have created a list of places to travel to for Halloween. Whether you are traveling with the family or for an adults only getaway these places have something for everyone.
There are a variety of events daily to experience. Events include yoga at a satanic temple, movie marathons, a psychic fair, broom making classes, magic shows, good witches tea parties for children, witch trial exhibits at a local museum, seances, and more!
If you are a fan of Disneyland than you will want to visit in the Fall. The magic that Disneyland offers with a chance to meet all your favourite villans. The park is fully decorated for Halloween starting in early September throughout October. They also offer a ticketed special Halloween party, the Oogie Boogie Bash, that happens throughout the month. They offer G-rated fun for all ages. There a variety of Halloween treats sold throughout the park and downtown Disney as well.
Sleepy Hollow, New York
Travelling to Sleepy Hollow could mean attending haunted hayrides, farmers markets, ghost tours, street fairs and even a 5k run with costumes encouraged. Annually visitors can look forward to the The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze where more than 7000 hand carved illuminated pumpkins get set against Van Cortlandt’s Manor. They also have tours of the Sleepy Hollow cemetery.
St. Helen’s, Oregon
Halloween is a month long event in this Pacific Northwest town. The Disney classic Halloweentown was filmed here which helped spark the town’s Halloween spirit. Events include Lighting of the Great Pumpkin, bonfires, parades, street performances, haunted tours, treasure hunts, pony rides, pumpkin carving contests, a paranormal convention, hot rod hearse rally, tarot card readings, tractor rides and more!
New Orleans, Louisiana
It is rumored to be the most haunted city in the United States. For families they have the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and Storyland, Boo at the Zoo, Krewe of Boo Halloween Parade, and the Audubon Butterfly Garden has Crawloween. For adults they have The Zombie Run and Voodoo Music & Arts Experience. They also offer cemetery tours, carriage rides, ghost tours, and pub crawls.
You will want to plan to visit October 31st to November 2nd. The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) festival is celebrated throughout Latin America. The celebration is to represent the veil between the living and the spirit world is lifted so deceased loved ones can travel back to visit. Oaxaca has some of the most spiritual traditions.
Halloween or Samhain is one of the most celebrated holidays in Ireland. They have the Bram Stoker Festival where they pay homage to the Irish writer by throwing the festival in his name and the Samhain Festival which offer fun for the whole family. There is also the Addams Family Halloween Dinner, Dracula’s Castle Museum, and the Horror Expo of Ireland to explore.
There are a variety of Halloween tours that you can book to visit Dracula’s birth place. Attractions include Snagov Monastery (Dracula’s alleged burial site), Corvinesti Castle, Sighisoara Citadel and the Bran Castle. Events include parties in the castle, dinners in the dungeon, magic shows, vampire huntings and more!
Vancouver, British Columbia
There are many Halloween events in Vancouver including Potter’s House of Horror’s, Fright Nights at Playland, Haunted Village at the Burnaby Village Museum, Halloween at Maan Farms, Halloween at Flyover Canada and VanDusen Glow in the Gardens. There are many local farms with pumpkin patches to visit. For adults there are the Forbidden Vancouver Ghost Tours or for families can solve a crime with the Vancouver Mysteries Tours. They even offer movie nights in the Vancouver Morgue. There are family friendly trains at Stanley Park in Vancouver and Bear Creek in Surrey.
London offers some of the best walking tours in the world. Some of the options include the Jack the Ripper Tour, Midsomer Murder Tour, Eltham Palace and Gardens Halloween Tour or the Fright Nights in London. There are several scary attractions to visit like the London Dungeon, Tower of London, and London Bridge Experience. There are several family friendly options as well like the wizard suite at the Georgian House Hotel, Kew Gardens, the ZSL London Zoo, Warner Brother’s Studio Tour, and Covent Garden.
Let me know in the comments where you would like to travel to for Halloween?