Best places to celebrate Halloween
Halloween, All Hallows’ Eve or All Saints’ Eve – its history goes back to the traditions of the ancient Celts of Ireland and Scotland, but today it is celebrated in all English-speaking countries, and not only!
We decorate our homes with cobwebs and mugs of frightening evil trolls, witches and ghouls; we arrange parties or go to a club with friends where everyone wants to stand out with his scary costume. If you want to diversify the celebration of such an event as Halloween for the next year, I would like to offer you a list of places where you can truly feel the spirit of this holiday, to penetrate into this atmosphere to the fullest and never forget the impressions of this day.
Salem (Massachusetts), United States
It must be the most famous place for Halloween celebration. Here you are sure to feel the spirit of this mystical celebration! Everything in this city is full of colorful and scary clothes already from the end of September. You will see how many people really enjoy the holiday, pacing in a variety of costumes, masks or with special fearful make-up. The best horror movies, haunted houses and witches’ parades are waiting for you!
On the eve of Halloween all the city is ready to the massive celebration. You may meet witches, mummies and pretty girls-cats or vampires in all cafes, restaurants, clubs and squares! You should definitely visit Silom Soi 4. But do not forget to choose a costume, something awful and frilly!
This is a real classic! Homeland of Count Dracula, is not it the best place to celebrate a day fear and horror?! Visit the town of Sighisoara, the streets of which have not changed much since the childhood of this character. Now there is a restaurant in the house where the famous vampire was born, and where guests can enjoy the peculiar cuisine of Dracula. Here, everything will seem mysterious and fascinating for you. Especially on Halloween night!
Since this is one of the most mystical places in the world, it is great for Halloween! The Celts, who lived on the territory of modern Ireland and England believed that on the night of Halloween the line between world of the living and the dead disappeared. Trying to protect themselves from evil spirits, the villagers laid out various goodies on the streets, and the Celtic priests offered sacrifices near the fire. Sometimes one could see exhumed corpses that were placed around the city for the same purpose. Exactly after that the myths about zombies have appeared.
This place is often referred to as “the European Salem.” Around the 16th century it was the center of a witch hunt in France, where many innocent women have suffered. It is worth at least once in a lifetime to visit the famous festival of witches Fete des Sorcieres – the French name of the holiday similar to Halloween. It is held every year. Fashion Show of “evil forces”, a competition for the best witchcraft make-up, as well as the procession of witches with songs and dances along the city streets – tourists are happy to take part in the festival! It’s really cool!
Naples is very rich in traditions and legends about the world of the dead. On October 31 there are even special excursions, which are accompanied by scary stories. In the light of only one lantern the tourists cautiously walk through the narrow streets, afraid of every suspicious sound. Can you imagine the scale of celebration to be so frightened?
Mexico City, Mexico
Mexicans have a quite relaxed attitude to this holiday and to death in general. On the Day of the Dead children receive rather strange gifts: sugar skulls with their names, chocolate coffins and toy skeletons. It’s more like a memorial day – people visit their loved ones in the cemeteries, bring them flowers. Street processions and parades take place on the second day of the festival. Halloween in Mexico is simultaneously a creepy and a heartwarming holiday. The town of Patzcuaro and shrouded in the mist islands of the same name may seem especially magical.
The most massive Halloween celebration is held every year in the town of Derry. Here you can visit the exhibition of owls, evenings of ghosts stories, to watch horror movies in the Nerve Centre Cinema. And all this continues for a whole week! You can take a vacation and paint the town red!
A wide variety of theme parties, celebrations for any taste, people dress up in the most terrible and intricate costumes. Having arrived in Berlin, you will find a place on every corner where to celebrate Halloween noisy and brightly – the club, the old library or the park. All is steeped in horror!
A famous Capela dos Ossos is located in this city. This Chapel consists of bones of 5,000 people and its eerie view is no less impressive than the Cemetery Church of All Saints with the Sedlec Ossuary. It was built in the XVI century and is located near St. Francis Church. At the entrance there is an inscription: “We, the bones that are here await yours”. On the roof you will read: “Better is the day of death than the day of birth”. “we await your bones” – creepy, is not it?