Many travellers take advantage of the All Saints festivities to mark one of the last escapades of the year. Traveling on Halloween can be a very cool idea, as it is usually cheaper than during the months of August and September, in addition to the possibility of making a trip with a certain thematic sense: a scary route.
While Mexico is undoubtedly the country where they know how to celebrate the night of the dead in style, it is a destination that is not always possible for those travelers with fewer days available or a very tight budget.
Luckily, Europe, with its centuries and centuries of history, offers some alternatives where reality surpasses fiction: I’m talking about those places where truly terrifying things happened. Only for fearless travellers!
Poland and its concentration camps
I remember when I studied World War II in high school and later in high school. My teachers tried to convey to me the horror of the Holocaust and although I read books on the subject and learned a lot of things, it wasn’t until I visited the concentration camps in Poland that I really had that panicky feeling in my stomach.
What I once studied and seemed to be a series of distant and blurred circumstances materialized before my eyes. The fear of the victims was present there, in every barrack and room.
To learn more about the most real scary story you’ll ever hear, you can read some of the entries we’ve written in The Travel Blog.
Ukraine and nuclear disasters
Pripyat is a northern Ukrainian city whose popularity is booming thanks to the renowned Netflix series “Chernobyl”.
This city is world famous for having been the place that witnessed the worst nuclear disaster in the history of mankind when on April 26th 1986 one of the reactors of the plant exploded.
Today it is a ghost town, which can be visited although it requires certain safety measures as radiation levels are still believed to be quite high. Quite a risk traveller that sincerely, I do not dare to take!
Romania and the figure of Count Dracula (or Vlad Tepes)
As we have told in other posts about Romania, this country and its history will forever be linked to the figure of vampires – and if an adult man biting your throat and ending your life to suck your blood doesn’t make your hair stand on end, you are bald.
Obviously there is quite a bit of legend in the story but the character existed: it is Vlad III, also known by his birth name Vlad Draculea. This Romanian prince is historically recognized for his enormous cruelty during the struggle with the Ottoman Empire, whose soldiers impaled and tortured in incredibly bloodthirsty ways.
Its castle, known as “Bran Castle” can be visited in Romania and will certainly remind you of some of the descriptions of the book “Dracula” by Bram Stoker.
In The Travel Blog we have some posts about Romania that can help you plan your trip. Our best recommendation is… don’t forget the garlic!
Edinburgh, one of the world’s cities with the most paranormal phenomena
To forget my precious Edinburgh as a potential Halloween destination would have been a blunder.
This city has accumulated a large number of unexplained events, which have led the University itself to create a research group focused on seriously studying the paranormal events that have been recorded.
An excellent idea is to hire one of the fear tours offered in the city, where you will be taken to one of the most mysterious and terrifying places: the Greyfriars cemetery, a place where in the 17th century there was a concentration camp and where the tormented spirits of its prisoners still roam, provoking strange events.
Curiously, the man responsible for the executions and tortures inflicted on these people rests in the same cemetery: the dreaded George Mackenzie, whose mausoleum is the object of study by experts from all over the world given the tremendous paranormal activity that has been recorded in it.
Some of those who have dared to visit him have declared that mysterious cardinals have appeared through his body within hours, without any possible explanation.
These are the four options for traveling on Halloween that I have prepared for those readers who are fearless and courageous. I, like every year, will say that “there are some” and I will stay at home with my black cat while we empty a pumpkin.