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6 ‘Spooktacular’ Halloween Events from Around the World

Whether your thing is dressing up as Dracula, wearing a costume that resembles something out of the 70’s version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (hey – that movie is creepy as), or kicking back with a scary movie, let us bring you some golden nuggets of spooky inspiration with a guide to some of the best Halloween events taking place worldwide.

1. Visit Bran’s Castle in Transylvania

Wooden stakes and crucifixes at the ready, one mention of Transylvania and guarantee the first thing you think is: vampire! Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania is the world’s ultimate gothic icon. It’s generally accepted to be the inspiration behind Dracula’s castle in Bram Stoker’s genre-defining 1897 novel, and said to be the former home of Vlad the Impaler, nice guy.

If you’re going to visit on Halloween – be afraid, be very afraid…

 

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2. Go on a witch hunt in Salem, US

Think Salem and you probably think of the talking cat in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. However, it’s also a city in Massachusetts; home to the infamous Witch Trials and the deadliest place in the US to be a witch so no hocus pocus-ing while you’re here!

A visit is creepy at the best of times; if jars containing the bones of the victims aren’t enough to send shivers down your spine, time your visit to coincide with the spookiest night of the year and let the numerous Halloween-themed events do the job.

 

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3. Kawasaki Halloween Parade in Japan

Japan is on their a-game when it comes to costume, look at their cosplay alone. So you can bet your bottom dollar that they go all out for Halloween. The Kawasaki Halloween Parade in the largest and most famous parade in Japan.

Just outside Tokyo, it sees over 3,000 people march through the streets in all kinds of garb, we’re talking from the stereotypical zombie to a full-blown and eerily lifelike cow costume…

 

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4. Dia de los Muertos in the streets of Mexico

OK OK, Dia de los Muertos isn’t technically Halloween because it takes place on the 1st and 2nd of November, but hey, any excuse to continue the party, right?

This celebration originated in Mexico where families welcome and honour the souls of the dead. But woah, it’s no downer. These guys party like it’s 1979 with a carnival-like celebration. Don your sugar skull masks (we know you’ve been doing them for Halloween costumes) and hit the streets a la Bond in Spectre.

 

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5. Feast of the Dead in Dublin

Sounds terrifying right?! But don’t worry, you won’t be drinking blood or anything else positively vampiric. Nowadays the Feast of the Dead (thank the pagans for that one) is known as the Dublin Samhain Halloween parade and who doesn’t love a good parade?

Head to Parnell Square for the parade which ends in a fireworks display, check out the decked out pubs, join the walk through Marlay Park’s haunted forest or take a ghost tour. If that’s not enough to spook you then the autumn whether is guaranteed to give you a chill. Brrr.

 

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6. The Village Halloween Parade in New York City

Oh the iconic New York Village Halloween parade, where do we even begin?

This famous parade has been running since the 70’s (it’s a pretty big deal) and kicks off on Sixth Avenue with bands, dancers and all kinds of Halloween attire – seriously, you’re gonna have costume envy by the end of the night… Think Notting Hill Carnival, on acid.

 

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If you’re a dog lover, arrive a few days early for the annual Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade – yes, really. Previous years have seen man’s best friend dressed as Lady Gaga, a fire engine, and a peacock. Amazing.

 

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So whether you’re gonna get your creep on visiting one of the above, watching a bunch of scary movies and not sleeping for a week or dressing up for the night as a mouse (duh!), have a spooktacular time!

Happy Halloween Everyone!