5 Best Halloween Destinations In Europe

While the modern Halloween we’ve come to know has its roots in America, Europe has a far richer history of horror and supernatural, from folk and fairy tales to some of the most recognisable icons of spine-chilling literature like Dracula and Frankenstein. Combine it with the place that loves to party and you have a recipe for some thrilling destinations to celebrate the night of the year when the veil between the living and the dead is at its most tenuous. Let’s look at five of the best places to soak up the ghoulish atmosphere.

1. London

This ancient city is full of tales of horrors past, from the murder of the princes in the Tower of London to the gruesome Jack the Ripper murders in East London, still an unsolved mystery that has been attracting frenzied speculation for more than a century. It’s also one of the most iconic cities on Earth, with a world-class party scene. The city loves Halloween, full of themed parties and plenty of eclectic fancy dressers to be seen stalking public transport. Check out some fright-filled tours or themed nights out to get the most out of the celebrations.

2. Barcelona

Usually conjuring images of sunny Mediterranean fun, Barcelona none the less comes into its own at this time of the year. The city is full of spooky alleyways and grim Gothic architecture, such as the works of Antoni Gaudi like the imposing Sagrada Familia cathedral and the sinister House of Bones. The Spanish are also the last people to miss out on making the most out of a reason to party, putting on great street parties and even family-friendly events to help you enjoy the big night with freespins. Don’t forget to stick around for the November 1st celebrations of La Castanyada and the Mexican Dios de los Muertos for more horror-tinged street parties and amusements.

3. Transylvania

A country that needs no introduction for the seasoned horror enthusiast, Transylvania is, of course, famous for being the site of Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, based on the real-life tyrant Vlad Tepes. Beyond such marquee draws, this part of the world is dripping with tradition and folk culture. Villages that seem to have frozen in time dot hauntingly beautiful forests, making for a genuinely ethereal, fright-filled atmosphere and a more authentic Halloween experience.

4. Prague

Prague is at the heart of European Gothic, and, consequently, is a very atmospheric city to explore at any time. Take a trip through the city’s ghoulish history with visits to the Jewish cemetery, the Sedlec Ossuary, thrilling norske casino, and Torture Museum. Intrepid travellers can make the most of the winding medieval alleys, sinister backstreets, and fantastic architecture. Also, did we mention the beer?

5. Edinburgh

Edinburgh is steeped in an unbelievable amount of history and tradition for such a comparatively small city, but this can work in the traveller’s favour enabling them to get the run of the place in as little as a day. It’s a wonderfully atmospheric city that rewards night time skulks and abounds with Gothic architecture and spooky nooks and crannies. It’s also reportedly one of the most haunted places in Europe, teeming with local lore and unsolved mysteries.