If you’re looking to take your Halloween experience up a notch, this list of 5 Epic Places to Spend Halloween Around the World should give you some serious Halloween destination inspiration.
While Halloween can be fun just about anywhere, some cities take their celebrations a bit more seriously than others. If you’ve never traveled over the Halloween holiday before, you’re in for a real treat.
1. New Orleans
New Orleans knows how to party and they know how to do holidays right. If you’re looking for a good time out on the town, head to the French Quarter in New Orleans.
You can enjoy cocktails and music on Bourbon and Frenchman Streets, take a river cruise head to the Garden District for trick or treating and beautiful decorations, or take a cemetery and ghost tour.
Copenhagen, Denmark is perfect for those looking to enjoy Halloween in Europe. The city of Copenhagen is home to the Tivoli Gardens amusement park, which takes Halloween decorating to the next level.
The entire amusement park is decorated with ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins. You can also find Halloween inspired souvenirs and treats. Tivoli is especially cool at night when all the Halloween decorations light up.
Besides Tivoli, Copenhagen is beautiful in the fall. The summer crowds are long gone and the city’s parks are covered in bright fall colors. Copenhagen also has an epically good food and restaurant scene.
In my opinion, Mexico is one of the best places for Halloween in North America. It’s both affordable and easy to get to, especially for travelers from the United States.
Instead of celebrating Halloween, the country of Mexico celebrates Dia de Los Muertos, or Dia de Muertos.
This three day holiday takes place yearly from November 1st to November 3rd and is a celebration of the lives of those that have died. It’s an absolutely beautiful holiday celebrated with colorful flowers. Katrinas (skeletons), offrendas, candles, and more.
Both Oaxaca and Mexico City are two popular places to visit this time of year, but the holiday is celebrated in areas throughout Mexico.
In recent years, Mexico City has even held a Dia de Los Muertos parade in the city center. Though this event is not a traditional part of the celebration and is mostly for tourists. That being said, it is quite the spectacle and worth your time if you’re in town.
For the Disney fans out there, you know Disneyland goes all out for everything, especially holidays. Well Halloween is no different.
Visitors to Disneyland at Halloween time can expect the park to be decked in Halloween decor from top to bottom. Several of the rides are even updated to celebrate the holiday.
Park guests can also indulge in special holiday treats, both savory and sweet. There are also special gifts and souvenirs available that are only sold during this time of year.
Similar to Tivoli in Copenhagen, the park is best experienced at night when the Halloween decorations are lit up.
I saved the best for last.
For a truly authentic Halloween experience, head to Ireland. The Halloween holiday actually originates from Ireland and the Celtic holiday of Samhain.
The Samhain holiday marked the end of the summer harvest and beginning of winter. It was believed that on the night of October 31st, the ghosts of the dead returned to earth.
Today, nobody does Halloween like the Irish. For the biggest and best celebration, head to Derry – Londonderry for the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe’en Carnival.
This 5 day festival draws thousands of visitors every October with live music, street performances, costumes and specialty markets.
If you’re in Dublin, you can also join in on the Bram Stoker festival which runs for four days from October 28th to October 31st.
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