Ghouls, skeletons, witches and zombies – Halloween is one of the scariest nights in the calendar. Want to celebrate it in style? Here’s our pick of the best places to spend a Halloween holiday. We’re not talking Casper the friendly ghost either, we mean haunted houses and bone-chilling theme parks. So, if you fancy a very frightening October 31st, read on for the best places to go…
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Rose Hall Great Home, Jamaica
If you want to experience a seriously spooky Halloween, head to Rose Hall Great Home, one of the world’s most notorious haunted houses in Jamaica. Legend has it that its previous owner, Annie Palmer, was a White Witch who murdered her first and second husband, as well as a slave lover. Great efforts were made to build a grave to stop Annie’s spirit from rising, but apparently they didn’t work, and she supposedly still haunts the house to this day wearing a green dress and riding a black horse.
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Day of the Dead, Mexico
If you’re after a getaway that’s still Halloween themed but slightly less creepy, head to Mexico during the Day of the Dead festival. Sure, the theme’s still death at this Halloween event, but the whole idea is to celebrate the life of deceased loved ones in a fun way. In towns and cities throughout Mexico, you’ll find street parties and parades, plus colourful costumes and live music. It’s usually on from October 31 to November 3. Where are the best places to join in? Puerto Vallarta and Cancun are usually the liveliest.
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Port Aventura World, Costa Dorada
Spain’s biggest theme park welcomes millions of visitor’s a year through its door to have a go on attractions such as white-knuckle water ride Grand Canyo or Furius Baco, one of the fastest rollercoasters in Europe. But come Halloween, the park transforms into something spookier, with hanging jack o lanterns, monster parades and pumpkin sculptors. You can also head down secret passages to mystery locations, and watch on in horror at the Halloween show performed on the gloomiest lake in the park. And for the little ones, meeting Elmo and the Cookie Monster dressed in their favourite Halloween costumes is a must.
The Island of the Dolls, Mexico
These deserted woods located just two hours outside of Mexico City will fuel your worst nightmares. Thousands of mutilated dolls hang from the trees and hide among the branches like something straight out of a creepy horror film. They were put there by a reclusive man who once lived at the site and believed the dolls would calm the ghost of a little girl who drowned in the nearby canal. He claimed to hear her screams and footsteps in the darkness. Even after the man’s death, many people who visit the woods say they can hear whispers in the night and feel the creepy dolls’ eyes following them.
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