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Halloween celebrations have spread all over the world. While some cities have huge parades and parties on every block, some have much smaller-scaled celebrations but their atmosphere makes up for it. Here are some of the cities where you can celebrate Halloween in different ways, whether you like to party, get spooked, hear scary stories, or be at scary places. There is something for every Halloween lover on this list.
New York, USA
It comes as no surprise that New York is one of the best cities to celebrate Halloween. NYC has one of the biggest Halloween parades in the world. More than 2 million people participate in full costumes and walk down the streets of Manhattan. The entire city turns into one big masquerade ball. If you are interested in going make sure to check out the theme as it changes every year!
Parade aside there are so many parties all around the city. Whether you want a house party, a themed party, or a dance party there is something for everyone. If you prefer to make it a family weekend head to the Queens Botanical Garden for a day of costumes and trick or treating.
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is one of the most important holidays in Mexican culture. Although it is important to note that this is not Halloween and the meaning behind this holiday is to celebrate those who have passed away. Celebrations take place from November 1st to November 2nd. People dress up in colorful skeleton costumes wearing bright colorful flowers. The holiday is a celebration of the deceased.
The city of Oaxaca throws a big Dia de Los Muertos festival every year. The entire city is decorated. Spend your days walking around the city, eating delicious food, and experience how they celebrate Dia de Los Muertos.
Ireland is actually the birthplace of Halloween. Halloween was the continuation of the Samhain festival that the Celtics started. They believed that the dead had access to the human world on that day and therefore the Irish wouldn’t leave their homes in fear that the dead would get them.
Dublin has a wide range of Halloween celebrations. There are many festivals, events, and celebrations all around the city. You can also go on ghost tours and visit haunted houses. Dublin hosts Samhain in the form of a huge parade. Think of it as a big spooky carnival.
Transylvania is home to the world’s most famous vampire, Dracula. If you are a Dracula fan, how about celebrating Halloween at Bran Castle- Count Dracula’s real castle. Get dressed up and get to the castle for a fun Halloween party as well as a private night tour.
If you thought Bran Castle wasn’t spooky enough there are many other spooky spots to party in the city. There is a party held at the dungeon of the Medieval Citadel. Make sure to prepare your costume because everyone dresses up to the nines.
Prague, the Czech Republic
Prague’s architecture makes a great backdrop for anything Halloween. If you want to get into the spooky spirit without the over-the-top celebrations Prague is a great place for it.
The city’s gothic and medieval architecture will organically add mystery and allure. For some gnarliness, you can spend the day at the Torture Museum. For some spookiness, spend the night on an underground ghost tour. Finish the night at Chapeau Rouge bar, a pub with a dark history and a decor that fits it. Although over the top Halloween celebrations aren’t big in Prague there are always parties and events that you can find.
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