Top 5 Halloween Inspired Holidays


Halloween Pumpkin By 3268zauber (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

With Halloween fast approaching for this year, I thought we would look at our top 5 spooky inspired holidays for going away over this chilly time of year! These include visiting Dracula's Castle in Transylvania; visiting Mexico for the Day of the Dead Festival; being scared witless at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights; taking part in New York's Halloween Parade in the Village; and staying in a haunted Scottish Castle.


1) Halloween in Transylvania

Holiday for Halloween to Dracula's Castle Transylvania

Transylvania. The name itself is enough to send an icy chill down the spine of even the most fearless adventurer. Now imagine being there, in person, when the clock clangs midnight… on Halloween! At odds with its creeptacular reputation, Romania ranks as one of Europe’s most charming and underexplored regions, beguiling visitors with its stunning Gothic architecture, enveloping forests and friendly people. But as idyllic as it is by day, the real fun happens at night—particularly Halloween, when you’ll be treated to a costume party in an authentic castle. Think you’re not afraid of the dark? You will be.

2) Mexico's Day of the Dead

Holiday to Mexico and Day of the Dead Festival

One of the great festivals of the world, the Day of the Dead is both a celebration of ancestors and a huge party. From candy skulls and colourful parades to family picnics in historic cemeteries, the Day of the Dead is a party like no other. If you’re culturally curious or slightly ghoulish, visit Oaxaca—Mexico’s artistic heartland—for a truly different perspective of the country at its most exciting. And with incredible ruins and fantastic landscapes all around, you don’t need to be Wednesday Addams to get into the macabre spirit of this incredible celebration. 

3) Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Florida


On select nights from September 19 - November 1 (2014 dates), your worst nightmares will take shape as Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights®. See if you can survive all-new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows, and more. There's no better way to "end" your day at Universal Orlando® than with the winner of Amusement Today's "Best Halloween Event" Golden Ticket award. Halloween Horror Nights annually draws hundreds of thousands of horror fans from around the globe. Tony Timpone, Editor of Fangoria Magazine, said, "After visiting scream parks all across the U.S. for the last 20 years, I can easily say that Universal’s is the best in the business… Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween experience." Some of the attractions - the names just sound scary - include:

  • Dracula Untold - Reign of Blood
  • Dollhouse of the Damned
  • Roanoke - Cannibal Colony
  • The Purge: Anarchy
  • Bayou of Blood
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show

4) New York Village Halloween Parade

New York Halloween Parade

Started by Greenwich Village mask maker and puppeteer Ralph Lee in 1974, the Parade began as a walk from house to house in his neighborhood for his children and their friends. Today the Parade is the largest celebration of its kind in the world and has been picked by Festivals International as “The Best Event in the World” for October 31. The Parade draws more than 60,000 costumed participants and spectators estimated at 2 million and has won an Obie Award and been recognized by the Municipal Arts Society and Citylore for making a major contribution to the life and culture of New York City. If you dress up, you can even take part!

5) Stay in a Haunted Castle

Halloween in a haunted castle Scotland

Well there are plenty all over the world but closer to home, how about a lovely old haunted Scottish Castle that also happens to be a luxury hotel! It is reportedly haunted by a whole plethora of ghouls - including a ghost dog, children and former maid! But on the more likely outcome of not seeing a ghost, you can instead relax in one of the 125 bedroom and suites both in the Castle and the Hotel, including six junior suites, three four poster suites and a master suite. Bold yet unobtrusive, with warm furnishings and finishes, and stunning countryside views, these rooms simply invite you to relax and unwind, with sumptuous linens and a down duvet enfolding you in softness.



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