To celebrate the season of scares, we’ve rounded up our spookiest Halloween destinations and some seriously spine-tingling deals for your next getaway. Here’s where you need to book…
This dreamy Caribbean island might not seem like an obvious choice for a scare-fest – but head there at Halloween and you’ll discover some spooky surprises. Rose Hall Great House in Montego Bay is Jamaica’s very own ghost-dwelling haunted house. This spooky old plantation dates back to the 17th century and is said to be haunted by a White Witch called Annie Palmer. To make things even scarier on Halloween, Rose Hall is illuminated in ghoulish green, and puts on special night tours where actors in costume hide in dark corners ready to jump out.
While you’ll probably recognise the traditional Mexican sugar skull make-up from many a Halloween party, the Day of the Dead is not the Mexican version of Halloween. It’s actually a colourful, happy event full of costumes, parades, floral effigies and food. You’ll find festivities going on in all of the major towns and cities, with plenty of live music and dancing. One of the most famous events in the Riviera Maya region is the Xcaret Park Festival of Life and Death. For the four-day extravaganza, the eco-archaeological park is decorated in flowers, altars and candles. There are also cultural shows to watch and street vendors selling tasty traditional treats.
Italy’s scenic island, Sicily, is chockablock with time-stamped sights, action-packed activities and delicious food. But it has a spooky side, too. The island’s capital city, Palermo, is home to creepy passageways where you’ll come face-to-face with 400-year-old remains, if you dare to visit. This scary site is one of the most intricate and well-preserved catacombs in the world and contains nearly 8,000 skeletons, eerily dressed in their Sunday best.
If you’re after Halloween fun in the sun, head to the Costa Dorada where you’ll find Spain’s most famous theme park, PortAventura. This place is home to more than 40 attractions, as well as Ferrari Land, which features Europe’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster. PortAventura offers something for everyone – even if you don’t like fast rides. And during Halloween, the park gets a scary makeover and lines up plenty in the way of spooky shows and scary parades, plus a fireworks extravaganza over its huge lake. The events run until November 19th, so you can get your Halloween fix even after the 31st.
Although Halloween isn’t a Greek tradition, these days, if you’re heading to one of the Greek islands to catch some last rays of sun, you’ll find plenty of parties and events going on. If you’re Corfu-bound, you’ll probably know that the island never misses an excuse to party. And, the most popular Halloween event is at the famous Pink Palace, where there’s a weekend-long Halloween party complete with a five-hour happy hour and a three-course dinner. Plus, the traditional Greek cocktails are given a Halloween twist to combine both traditions.