Top 5 places to celebrate Halloween

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Fancy something a bit different than a night in waiting for trick or treaters this Halloween? Look no further than our guide to where you can celebrate in style!



Orlando, Florida: Your worst nightmares will become reality at the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights that take place in Universal Studios in Florida. It is an after-hours event with haunted houses, live shows and terrifying street experiences. It entices people from all around the world and is the ultimate Halloween experience. Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom also hosts Mikey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for little ones!

Salem, Massachusetts: The town famous for witch hunting hosts a Halloween party to remember as it celebrates Salem’s Festival of the Dead. The highlight of the festival is the Salem Witches’ Ball, which involves live performances, rituals, dancing, a laser light show and a delicious feast.



Janitzio: The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that takes place between the 31st and 2nd of November and is celebrated to commemorate the dead. The tradition is remembered in style on the island of Janitzio where there is music, folk dancing and people gathered in the cemetery to spend the night chanting and singing.

Oaxaca: Here there are Day of the Dead altars set up throughout the town, a night-time carnival and rituals performed at various cemeteries.



In the very place where Halloween originated there are elaborate celebrations to mark the holiday. The largest one organised is the Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival in Londonderry, which takes place between the 27th and 31st of October. These five days are allocated to a festival of all things scary. There are many activities to get involved in including: horror-story telling, workshops, scary movies, a dragon safari and ghost tours. Other highlights are the firework show, parade, haunted houses and fire dancing.



London: Prepare for the scariest night of your life with a trip to the London Dungeon. The interactive museum hosts a variety of terrifying experiences including spine-chilling live shows, 2 thrilling underground rides and cutting edge storytelling. You can also tour the dungeons in a unique walkthrough experience - it will have you screaming and in fits of laughter all at the same time!

Surrey: Thorpe Park gets revamped into a super-scary setting for Halloween Fright Nights in October and November. Prepare for fear beyond your imagination with live action horror mazes and thrilling rollercoaster rides in the dark.



Hong Kong is renowned as being the Halloween party capital of Asia. The Hungry Ghost Festival is a tradition that has been celebrated for over 100 years and is an opportunity to give gifts to spirits of the dead. Parks and Piazzas across Hong Kong are occupied by people burning incense, offering free food and performing live Chinese operas. It is an interesting display of Chinese culture with people burning faux money, mobile phones and furniture as offerings for their ancestors to use in the afterlife.

Hong Kong’s Disneyland hosts an annual Haunted Halloween night throughout October. There is a glow in the dark parade, a Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular, a Halloween-themed Animation Academy and much more!


Written by: Bryony Whitlock


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