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The spookiest night of the year is almost upon us. Luckily, Halloween this year falls just after the October Bank Holiday weekend, so you can book a last-minute weekend break, have a spine-tingling time there, and still be home in time for trick-or-treating. Here are five suggestions for places to enjoy Halloween in Europe:


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1 – London

You don’t have to go very far to find a city full of ghostly tales. London is just a short flight away – and has plenty of them.

Head for Whitechapel to take a ‘Jack the Ripper’ tour along narrow cobblestoned streets. Visit The Tower of London to hear tales of hauntings by unfortunates who were beheaded there in centuries past. Or take a London Ghost Tour to visit many other haunted spots, ranging from street corners and dark alleys to theatres and even pubs.


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2 – Edinburgh

Staying in the UK, consider visiting Edinburgh. It’s a great city at any time of year, so Halloween is a great time to visit too.

Edinburgh Castle is reputed to be the most haunted castle in the world. Take a ghost tour there to hear about its long and bloody history, filled with tales of torture and injustice. There’s also the Mary Kings Close area – a warren of hidden streets that has been frozen in time since the 17th century, when the plague struck there worst of all. The area was closed down, and nobody was allowed to leave. Some say the plague victims have never left, as their spirits are still there. Are you brave enough to find out?


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3 – Prague

Prague takes Halloween more seriously than most Eastern European capitals. If you happen to be there on the night itself, there’ll be an unforgettable spectacle to enjoy. A 5km ‘Zombie Run’ will take place through city streets, with up to 5,000 zombies taking part. Watch out there aren’t any real ones in amongst the fancy dress!

There’ll be a more sedate pace to the traditional Halloween Walk, which will start from the Botanical Gardens on Sunday October 29th. It typically attracts 10,000 people or more, all in frightening costumes. Feel free to join in yourself, or just enjoy the spectacle.


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4 – Paris

Although Halloween is not actually a major event in France, Paris is still a great place to have a spooky time. The catacombs beneath city streets house the bones of more than six million people – as macabre as can be!

Ghosts galore are said to stalk the area around Place de la Concorde (formerly known as Place de la Revolution), where the guillotine did its thing during the French Revolution. The city also has a fascinating history of vampire folklore, which is explored at The Vampire Museum.


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5 – Transylvania

It may be a little too far for a weekend break, and a little harder to arrange getting to than our other suggestions, but where better for a horrific time than the homeland of Dracula himself?

The Dracula legend really comes into force around the end of October. Bran Castle, which was home to Prince Vlad III (otherwise known as Vlad the Impaler, and upon whom the Dracula legend in based), hosts the undoubted highlight of the Halloween season. It’s a Masked Ball at the chillingly-titled Festival of Death. It may not be for everybody, but it would certainly be memorable!


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