Imagine spending Halloween wandering around dusky castle grounds while listening to Czech ghost stories or exploring the unnerving underground tunnels beneath the streets of Edinburgh. These are but a few of the spooky activities you could partake in throughout Europe making it the perfect place for a memorable Halloween. Europe is packed with haunting locations each with their own blood-chilling legends and mysterious goings-on. With this in mind we've compiled a list of 10 Halloween destinations that are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine!
Prague is the perfect city to visit during Halloween. Its gothic charm will cast your mind back to the fairytales of youth. The city's mystical astronomical clock, sleeping beauty-style towers and eerie castle exude a dark, enchanting quality synonymous with the Halloween season. The city's gothic architecture and mysterious winding cobbled streets provide the perfect setting for a scary saunter at dusk. Less than an hour outside Prague is the town of Kutna Hora, which offers a macabre excursion not for the faint hearted. Visit The Sedlec Ossuary, also referred to as Bone Church, and you'll come face to face with the skeletons of 40,000 plague victim.
Located in central France the medieval city of Limoges ranks as one of the greatest locations in France to spend the Halloween period. There really is no better haunted destination to embrace the Halloween spirit and celebrate the horror-filled holiday to the extreme. The city offers a plethora of spooky activities to take part in, from haunting parades through Limoges' historical center to spooky storytelling and of course a very creepy costume contest. October 31st attracts over 30,000 visitors to Limoges, all wanting to celebrate Halloween in style, so brace yourself for candle-lit pumpkin processions, ghouls, ghosts and goosebumps.
The legendary region of Transylvania, Romania is synonymous with the legends and myths of European folklore and evoking images of ghosts, vampires and other mythical manifestations. If you find yourself in Transylvania come Halloween, be sure to visit Bran Castle (also known as Dracula Castle). This majestic edifice appears to be frozen in time amongst the haunting sparse woods that surround it. Formerly the residence of Vlad the Impaler, Bran Castle is said to have inspired the mountainous abode of fiction's most famous vampire - Count Dracula. Bram Stoker's description of Dracula's majestic castle perched perilously high on a hill, is strikingly similar to that of Transylvania's Bran Castle. You're bound to be drawn in by the mythical, mysterious intrigue of this haunting location.
Explore Scotland's capital during Halloween and we promise you will be thoroughly entertained, as well as undoubtedly a little frightened. Edinburgh Castle is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in the UK. The Castle's dark and mysterious past, forever tainted by torture and imprisonment and executions, means that restless spirits such as the headless drummer boy and lost piper are regulars to wander the castle's eerie, empty halls. For another equally horrifying Halloween excursion, why not brave the misty Edinburgh weather and take a ghost tour through the Old Town, eventually ending up in Blair Street's haunted cobweb-clad vaults, with nothing but a mere candle to light your way.
Akershus Fortress in Oslo is arguably Norway's spookiest location. This medieval castle dates back to 1300 and has a troubled past which very much still haunts the present. During World War II the castle was used by the occupying Nazi forces as a prison for captured Allied soldiers. So it should come as little surprise that the site is reportedly haunted by many a restless spirit. According to Norwegian legend a ghostly guard dog named Malcanisen - 'the vicious dog'- defends the gates to this terrifying castle and puts a curse on any over-intrepid passer-by. The fortress is also said to be haunted by Magaretasalen, a faceless ghost who floats eerily around the castle chambers.