From creepy castles to werewolf filled forests here are 12 of the most gruesomely fun things to do this Halloween:
Creepywoods Haunted Forest, USA – best for outdoor fun
If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise. Creepywoods is a real-life Blair Witch Project with cobwebbed woodland cottages, giant cocoons, blood- thirsty werewolves and ghostly spirits. Victims must find their way out of the trail and escape the forest’s creatures; and all before nightfall…
- Creepywoods Haunted Forest, 11898 Philadelphia Road Kingsville, MD 21087, United States
Endless Night Vampire Ball, Berlin, Germany – best for glamour
Not for the faint-hearted, the Endless Night Vampire Ball (a Venetian style Masquerade Ball, meets a vampire court) promises to get fangs started. Vamps can sample an outrageous evening with performers, DJs, and even a ‘Vampire Ritual’ – all brought together by the tragically named Ophelia Overdosse presiding throughout. Over 200 vampires, zombies and werewolves will attend this pilgrimage for the blood-lusty in Berlin on 23rd November – it’s going to be bloody!
Halloween Horror Nights, Florida – best for teenagers
Blending horror with Hollywood, these nights at Universal Studios, Florida offer a star-studded Halloween. The Walking Dead and Alice Cooper mazes will disorientate you, whilst the rides including Revenge of the Mummy will give you goosebumps. Zombies haunt the Terror tram, and the scare zones provide no escape – here you’ll encounter Silent Hill’s Bogeyman, a coven of blood-thirsty witches, the gang of the killer Klownz and enter the picture-perfect Victorian toy shop where wooden soldiers and skittles aren’t made of wood any more!
- Universal Studios, 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, United States. For more idea on Florida Holidays.
Samhain Halloween Parade, Dublin – best traditional event
Every Halloween, Dubliners celebrate Gaelic, Celtic and Pagan traditions by hosting a parade which culminates in Temple Bar. People dress as witches, ghouls, vampires and ghosts and finish off the day with a Firework display and a few drinks. Just down the road at Malahide Castle, visitors can catch a glimpse of the 5 ghosts which haunt Ireland’s oldest inhabited castle.
- Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Ireland
The Chandler Estate, NYC, USA – best for genuine haunted house
Satan’s Trail is believed to be a genuine haunted house and has countless ghost stories and rumours of Satanic rituals and cult gatherings. Tragic icon Marilyn Monroe once lived at the house which eventually fell into ruin and was burnt to the ground. All but the one building has been demolished now but the grounds remain abandoned as a little known county park. Visitors often report feeling breathless and dizzy when visiting, as if caught in a fire.
- The Chandler Estate (Satan’s Trail), Suffolk County, N.Y.
The Jamaica Inn, Cornwall, UK – best for haunted hotel
Tales of happenings at the Jamaica Inn are well-known, even before Du Maurier’s eerie novel was published. Sightings of ghosts, including a murdered man, and smugglers talking through walls leave ghost fans and paranormal experts lots to muse upon. Featured on Most Haunted, the Inn now offers paranormal nights, and has it’s own smuggling museum.
- The Jamaica Inn, Bolventor Launceston, Cornwall PL15 7TS UK.
Statesville Haunted Prison, Chicago – best prison attraction
The door slams shut and suddenly you realise these cell mates aren’t ordinary prisoners! Statesville is home to some of the most evil criminals who, as the website proclaims ‘just wouldn’t die’. For things to do this Halloween why not fight your way through 23 maximum security cells, battling over 100 zombie crims along the way? After escaping zombie colditz you’ll find yourself in the ‘City of the Dead’, fighting to get out alive!
- Statesville Haunted Prison, 17250 Weber Road Lockport, IL 60441, United States
Comlongon Castle, Scotland – best for a haunted castle stay
With its misty days and long dark nights Scotland makes an excellent Halloween location. For an extra special goulish break why not stay in a traditional Scottish castle turned luxurious hotel? Comlongon Castle is reputedly haunted with the ghost of Lady Marion Carruthers who committed suicide there. Apparently her ghost is green, smells of apples and moves jewellery around rooms – ghost hunters should request the Carruthers suite, her centre of operations.
- Comlongon Castle, Clarencefield Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway DG1 4NA
Chateau De La Roche Guyon, France – best for theaterical production
For a creepy Gallic night out try the mysterious 7th century castle of La Roche-Guyon, located the Val d’Oise, France. Shaped by history from the Middle Ages to the present day, it’s a majestic but eery fortified keep which clings to it’s surrounding cliffs. Only about 50 minutes outside Paris, visitors can get spooked and scared this Halloween in a series of theatrical displays hosted at the Chateau.
- Chateau La Roche-Guyon, 1 Rue de l’Audience 95780 La Roche-Guyon, France. Tel: 01 34 79 74 42
Halloween Cruise, California – best for murder mystery
We all love a mystery, so why not take a murderous mini cruise, and enjoy a spot of sleuthing. If you decide to go on a Whodunit productions mystery cruise you’ll be assigned a part to play, and after a murder is announced, you can sail away asking those difficult questions, and using your little grey cells. Finally, you”ll discover ‘whodunnit’ and have a Halloween party to celebrate.
- Annual Whodunnit Murder Mystery Cruise departs from Los Angeles and sails to Mexico for more information call (0661) 297 – 3208
House of Torment,Texas – best for extreme event
Named one of America’s scariest attractions, the terrifying House of Torment holds its final event in the Highland Mall on Halloween before it moves to bigger premises. Featuring three haunted houses, visitors can freak out at the Cursed Howling, the Awakening, and enter the family Slaughterhouse, where chainsaws roar and are eager for fresh flesh. Amidst this, Zombies feast on leftovers humans. For the serious horror fan and definitely not for the faint hearted.
- House of Torment, 523 East Highland Mall Boulevard Austin, TX 78752, United States (512) 407-9449
Doctors, Dissection & Resurrection, London, UK – best for something a little different
Before 1832, Resurrection men roamed graveyards in the dead of night digging for bodies to earn a living. The men were paid by doctors who needed access to flesh on which to practice their crafts. This Halloween, the Museum of London will open at night and visitors can view the exhibition and take part in body-part wax modelling workshops, macabre design sessions and special ‘object’ tours.
- Museum of London, 150 London Wall City of London, Greater London EC2Y 5HN 020 7001 9844
12 gruesome things to do this Halloween 2012 was written by Hannah Clemson. Passport Happy Hannah has travelled extensively around Europe and America. Her last escape was a trip to Friglianna in Spain. A Moorish white Spanish village high in the hills. Travelled around America on a Greyhound, spending a record 52 hours on one trip from New Orleans to San Francisco.