It’s that time of year again! Halloween is upon us! You know what that means: Halloween travel destinations.
People love their Halloween fun! Personally, I’m more of a cozy, autumn-type person. (I know, I know – no letters, please!) Even so, I can appreciate getting in on the fun!
In my travels, I’ve visited some places that score pretty high on the creep-o-meter. Or which are otherworldly in some way. Or that just fit with the general Halloween vibe.
So, without further ado, let’s look at a few places that make great Halloween destinations.
The ancient people of Scotland, the Picts, celebrated a fall harvest festival called Samhuinn (sah-vwin). Not much is known about how they celebrated, except that it involved a lot of bonfires. Also, that it creeped the Roman occupiers way out.
This festival is also where we get our modern concept of Halloween from! In Celtic traditions, people believed that the realms of the living and the dead collided at certain times of the year, such as Samhuinn. Thus, people dressing up in scary costumes to keep the spirits at bay.
The tradition is kept alive in Scotland today. One of the biggest Samhuinn celebrations is in Edinburgh. It includes a procession down the Royal Mile, followed by a theatrical representation of the struggle between summer and winter. Honestly, this is a must-see for anyone visiting Edinburgh at this time of year!
Pro tip: Late October / early November in Scotland is cold and wet. Dress in layers, wear waterproof shoes, and be prepared for a drizzly evening!
Read more about Samhuinn here.
What would Halloween be without your literature teacher reading “The Raven” to your class? The father of the horror genre should be on everyone’s list this time of year. Also, I think there should always be someone dressed up as the Read Death at the costume party.
I’ve visited several places on the East Coast connected with Poe. One of my favorites is the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in Philadelphia. The site consists of the house that Poe lived in with his family while he was living in Philly. True to form, the great people at the NPS have gotten into the spirit of things. So, while you visit, keep your eyes peeled for the Tell-tale Heart beating beneath the floorboards.
There are locations all up and down the East Coast that have ties to Edgar Allan Poe. We’ve planned out a road trip for you! Pack your collection of stories and check out the Rogue Asparagus Guide.
Okay, this isn’t a creepy Halloween destination. In fact, it has very little to do with Halloween at all. I included it here because it’s a bit otherworldly.
The Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye in Scotland is supposedly the home of the Fairy King. It’s where the realms of the fairies and of humans come together. It’s often very misty there, which I always think makes for a bit of a surreal experience. Not only that, but the landscape is so odd, you’d very easily believe that you were in a world beyond your ken!
Check out our post on the Fairy Glen here.
What list of Halloween destinations would be complete without a cemetery?
The Necropolis in Glasgow is an amazing place. It marries 18th-century intellectualism and ancient Roman tradition of burial hills perfectly. The headstones are monuments done in the neoclassical style, and range from small crosses to large mausoleums.
While the Necropolis is a cemetery, it is open to the public. There are walking paths through it for your convenience. You might even be pleasantly surprised by the view from the top of the hill.
Find our post on the Glasgow Necropolis here.
Anyone who’s read Franz Kafka knows just how creepy some of his works are. The creepiest, in my opinion, are the stories that seem benign until you spend a while thinking about them. But I digress.
The Kafka Museum in Prague goes above and beyond to capture that aura. From the moment you walk in, you have the feeling that you’ll never quite get to where it was you thought you were going. Which is incredibly Kafka-esque. Combine that with Prague’s overall vibe of mysticism and uncertainty, and you’re in for quite the creepy adventure.
Learn more about the Kafka Museum here.
What are your favorite Halloween destinations? Let us know in the comment section!