Top 3 Spookiest Halloween Destinations In Europe
What are the top Halloween hotspots in Europe? If you're after a spooky thrill, look no further than this article!
Americans love Halloween. Next to Christmas and Thanksgiving, it´s the biggest holiday in America. In fact, according to The Balance, last year, Americans spent a record $9.1 billion on Halloween with 179 million people celebrating the holiday!
But what about Halloween across the pond? Well, with countless cities dating back many centuries, each with haunted squares, cobbled laneways, and their own sordid history, Europe really offers the perfect backdrop for Halloween.
So, if you´re looking for a spooky destination to celebrate Halloween in Europe this year, here are our picks:
1. London, England
Whether it´s the cobbled streets, old churches, or the city´s ancient Roman past, London is one spooky place.
London is home to Jack The Ripper, England´s most infamous serial killer who is believed to have carried out his atrocious crimes in the Whitechapel district of London in 1888.
Other sites include The Towers of London where the ghost of Anne Boleyn is said to haunt, Hampstead Heath, where there have been several reports of ghost sightings including that of Dick Turpin, and Bank Station, where sightings of “The Black Nun” have been commonly reported.
There are also more than a few allegedly haunted hotels in London. Room 333 at The Langham Hotel has many reports of paranormal activity, as has the Savoy Hotel – that latter where the wandering ghost of Oscar Wilde is said to drift between rooms 346 and 362.
Be sure to participate in a Jack The Ripper walking tour where you can retrace the steps of the infamous serial killer, or take one of the many other ghost tours which take you through the streets, graveyards and old alleyways of London.
2. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh is home to what´s considered one of the most haunted sites, not just in the UK, but in the world – the Edinburgh Vaults (also known as the South Bridge Vaults).
The Edinburgh Vaults are a series of chambers completed in 1788 beneath the city of Edinburgh. The vaults are famous to ghost hunters and thrill-seekers across the globe, and it has also been the subject of several TV documentaries.
There are countless stories of paranormal activity and sightings in the vaults and even beliefs that serial killers Burke and Hare used the vaults as a storage place for the bodies they then sold to medical schools. Be sure to book your Halloween tour of the Edinburgh Vaults!
Other Halloween essentials in Edinburgh include the Samhuinn Fire Festival - a Celtic festival and pagan celebration marking the end of the harvest season and arrival of winter – and, the 400-year old passageways and homes of The Real Mary King’s Close whose residents were implicated in the infamous Edinburgh witch trials.
3. Transylvania, Romania
If you like being outdoors, autumn is a treat for all the senses. From hiking through the woods, apple picking, boating through calm waters or strolling through parks covered in yellow, orange, and red leaves, autumn is a beautiful, picturesque and unique time of year.
Take a road trip or rent a cabin in the woods or mountains and bask in the beauty of autumn.
Some say that Transylvania sits on one of Earth's strongest magnetic fields and tales of supernatural have been part of Romanian folklore for many centuries. The real drawcard for Transylvania is that it´s home to the world´s most famous vampire, Dracula.
The fictional character Count Dracula created in 1897 by Irish author Bram Stoker was, in fact, inspired by one of the best-known figures of Romanian history, Vlad Dracula, or better known as Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler), who was the ruler at various times from 1456-1462.
In addition to an incredible Halloween masquerade ball, there are many great Dracula tours including Bran Castle (commonly known as Dracula´s Castle) where guests can stay overnight, as well as literary tours which explore visits the sites of the Bram Stoker novel.
So, where will you celebrate Halloween this year?
Happy Halloween from Ferratum Money!
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