Forget pumpkins and dressing up as ghosts, the following best places to visit for Halloween are another level of scary! From witch museums in America to spending the night underground with millions of dead bodies in Paris, there’s more to trick or treating this Halloween!
If you happen to be heading to the US over Halloween, The Salem Witch museum in Massachusetts is a must visit!
Many years ago, twenty-six people were tried and put to death in the town of Salem because they were accused of being witches.
Salem hosts Halloween events throughout October including tours of hanging spots and trial and hanging re-enactments. They also have fireworks and parades to mark their most haunted event of the year. The Salem witch museum is the only building left in Salem which is directly linked to the Salem witch trials making it the perfect location for a spoooooky Halloween!
The Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition started in Mexico where it has been celebrated for many years. In Oaxaca they hold an enormous street festival for the celebrations and locals pay to visit the cemeteries in the town dressed as sugar skulls.
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Bois de Bologne might be considered the most romantic of landmarks but on Halloween the city of light gets a little more creepy…
The Paris Catacombs contain the bones of millions of Parisians. The tunnels seem to go on forever with bones from floor to ceiling. As a super special Halloween treat, Airbnb are offering a nights stay with the skulls and bones where you’ll have your own room, dinner and a scary story told before it’s lights out… Fancy it? Find out more here!
The Sleepy Hollow cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the US and is where Washington Irving is buried.
The headless horseman is one of America’s most notorious ghost stories and people even report sightings of the headless horseman at cemeteries throughout the year…
The cemetery offers tours by day or night so have your lanterns at the ready!
The city of the dead is a deserted village dotted with tiny abandoned houses. The houses represent tombs belonging to Ossetian families and the family members were buried along with their possessions. Apparently, if you peer inside you’ll see skulls and bones as proof.
Hill of crosses, Lithuania
The hill of crosses is exactly that, a hill of over 100,000 jumbled up crosses perched on a hill. Although it resembles a graveyard, there have been no burials. The reason they came to be is uncertain although thought to be because after the November Uprising against the Russian empire in 1831, relatives of the deceased had no bodies to bury so they put symbolic crosses in place instead.
Have you been to any of these terrifying destinations? Let us know if you have in the comments below!