Halloween may be a bigger deal in the US, but it actually originates in Europe and there are some great spooky places where you can enjoy this most haunted of days all over the continent. Here are four of the most seriously spooky places where you can enjoy Halloween in style.
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh has long been known for its haunted history which has provided plenty of stories of ghosts over the years, and the ancient setting of this picturesque city is perfect for any Halloween experience.
The best place in the city if you really want to get spooked is Mary King’s Close, a series of ancient passages underneath the city. It opened up to tourists a few years ago, and has since been responsible for a good collection of paranormal stories and sightings. It’s a creepy place to visit at any time, but a trip here at Halloween is surely only for the very brave.
2. Paris, France
There are a number of places in Paris where you can experience an atmospheric Halloween. First head to the cemetery in Paris, the Père Lachaise. This large cemetery provides an eerie backdrop to explore, and watch out for the ghost of Jim Morrison who is buried here.
But the scariest place in Paris has to be the city’s catacombs. This underground cemetery opened in the 18th century and consists of a network of tunnels and caverns which are lined with the bones of six million people. Not all of the catacombs are open to tourists, but the part you can see is enough to give you the creeps.
3. Dracula’s Castle, Romania
There cannot be many better places to head to at Halloween than Dracula’s Castle, or Bran Castle to give it its real name, on the Transylvania and Wallachia border. Made famous by the book by Bram Stoker, the imposing castle is perched high up on a hill and is enough to give anyone the shivers.
You’ll also find lots of Halloween parties in Transylvania and in nearby Sighisoara if you want to enjoy some of the festivities.
4. Dublin, Ireland
Halloween is big in Ireland because this was where it first originated. Samhain, meaning the end of summer, was a celtic festival celebrated in autumn, and it is this which is thought to be the precursor to Halloween.
Perhaps the spookiest place on the whole list is the Church of St Michael in Dublin. This 16th century church may not be anything special in itself, but head underground to the vaults and you’ll see a sight to make the blood curl.
The open coffins in the vault deep below the church display mummified bodies, complete with missing limbs and arms and legs poking out from inside. Some of the galleries for the coffins are sealed whereas some are open, and four caskets have their lids removed to reveal the mummified bodies within. Of course, the real mystery is as to why they have not decomposed over so many years.
This is certain to provide the ultimate Halloween backdrop, but if it’s all too much then head back above ground into the streets of the capital to enjoy the parade and festivities.
Discover The Spookiest Places in Europe
These are just a few of the spooky places in Europe where you can spend Halloween. All of them are certain to provide an unnerving experience even for the bravest of visitors, but you’ll certainly experience a Halloween to remember.