Written by Alexa Abrams; edited by Alex McCahill.
Whether you are fascinated with witches, vampires, zombies or ghosts, there are so many places in the world that can offer a spooky travel experience for your next Halloween vacation. Whether you are studying abroad or going home for fall break, here’s a fun list of Halloween vacation spots across the U.S. and across the world, so you can start planning, of course.
1. Salem, Massachusetts
- Why Visit on Halloween: Celebrate the spirit of witchcraft at one its most infamous sites.
- Book a Rental in: Salem
The town of Salem is one of the 10 best Halloween vacation spots for its celebration of witches on their most important night of the year. Salem hosts events over the entire month of October, including tours of haunted and infamous spots, trial and hanging re-enactments, witches’ circles, fireworks, and a parade. Also visit the Witch House Museum on the corner of North and Essex Streets, the only building left in Salem that has direct links to the Salem Witch Trials.
- Why Visit on Halloween: It’s Dracula’s Castle – it doesn’t get much spookier than that!
- Book a Rental in: Brasov, Romania
There are lots of pretty vacation rentals in the mountains of Transylvania in Romania, and they are conveniently close to the infamous Bran Castle. The castle is said to be the home of Vlad the Impaler, the reputed inspiration for Bram Stoker’s famous Dracula.
Do something different on your fall break abroad, and visit the castle – which is open to the public- or book a Halloween tour!
- Why Visit on Halloween: The City of Light is also home to some of the creepiest places in Europe.
- Book a Rental in: Paris, in the 11th, 14th or 20th Arrondissement
Studying in France this semester? The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum and the Bois de Bologne are wonderfully romantic Parisian landmarks. On Halloween, however, skip those sights and head to Père Lachaise Cemetery and the Paris Catacombs.
The Père Lachaise Cemetery has mile after mile of tombstones, including those of Chopin, Edith Piaf and Jim Morrison. The cemetery is utterly eerie and said to be haunted. In the Paris Catacombs the bones of millions of long-dead Parisians line the tunnels, uprooted from their tombs and assembled here in the 17th century. The catacombs are so haunting that they even inspired Edgar Allen Poe.
Looking for more places to go while studying abroad? Find other top destinations at Home Away! And while you’re at it, check at Marist’s study abroad programs – it’s never too early to start planning your experience of a lifetime.