Halloween Around The World

Halloween is the time to let your ghoulish, spooky and haunted fantasies come to life. And no matter where in the world you happen to be this Oct. 31, you can easily find some fellow Halloween revelers.

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Halloween decorated house

Halloween decorated house

This house has been invaded by jack-o-lanterns to celebrate the Halloween season. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

Halloween fans dress up and celebrate the spirits at the Zombie Prom. 960 1280

  

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom

Punk/metal band Live Not On Evil performs at the Zombie Prom in Philly. 960 1280

  

Zombie Prom

Zombie Prom

A shot of the crowd at the Zombie Prom. What a scary group! 960 1280

  

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Large Pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins

Check out the huge pumpkin at Cool Patch Pumpkins in Dixon, CA. That thing has got to weigh a ton! 960 1280

  

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Cool Patch Pumpkins

Folks love to hunt for the perfect pumpkin in the fields at Cool Patch Pumpkin. 960 1280

  

The Darkness

The Darkness

The Darkness ... your ride to the afterlife. Care to get in? 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Necropolis 13 Haunted House

Want to hang out with these guys for an evening? Head to Necropolis 13 in Baton Rouge, LA. 960 1280

  

Necropolis 13 cemetery

Necropolis 13 cemetery

It looks innocent during the day, but at night this Necropolis 13 cemetery is filled with some terrifying creatures. Beware! 960 1280

  

The Dent School House

The Dent School House

The Dent School House is Cincinnati's most haunted attraction. Be sure to check out Zombie Night and Detention Hall for a good scare. 960 1280

  

13th gate

13th gate

Greetings from the dead who guard the 13th Gate at this haunted house. 960 1280

  

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving

Check out this Ray Vilafane's pumpkin carving. Looks like he is ready to do some carving of his own. 960 1280

  

1. Mercy Brown's Grave

1. Mercy Brown's Grave

Located in a church cemetery in Exeter, RI, is the grave of Mercy Brown, aka “New England’s Last Vampire.” When she died in 1892 at the age of 19, Mercy was the third member of her family to succumb to tuberculosis (aka "consumption"). As part of the larger 19th-century New England vampire panic, some folks believed Mercy was feeding off humans, so they exhumed her body and burned her heart, giving a mixture of the ashes to her sick brother to ward off evil. 960 1280

  

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

2. Vampire Lestat Reunion Ball

Hosted by the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club, this annual New Orleans ball celebrates 25 years in 2013. The Interview With The Vampire scribe herself will be in attendance for the 25th anniversary, which also includes elaborate costumes, live music and an auction. The ball is also held in conjunction with the club’s UndeadCon literary convention. 960 1280

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3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

3. Endless Night Vampire Ball

Described as a “Venetian masquerade ball mixed with a vampire court,” this gala is the pretty much the hottest vampire party around. Founded in New York City in 1996 by modern vampire personality (and author/fangsmith) Father Sebastiaan, the gala is held in NYC (on Halloween Night), as well as in Berlin, Paris, London and Amsterdam, while the main event takes place in New Orleans and lasts from 9 p.m. until 4 p.m. the next day. 960 1280

Endless Night Vampire Ball  

4. Transylvania, Romania

4. Transylvania, Romania

This region in central Romania is inextricably linked to vampires. The town of Sighisoara was the supposed birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Today, you can visit the Sighisoara home where Vlad was supposedly born, as well as Poenari Fortress, Bran Castle and Hunyad Castle, all of which claim to be the “real” Dracula’s Castle. Also visit Transylvania’s Tihuta Pass, a high mountain pass in the scenic Carpathians, where Stoker set part of his novel. 960 1280

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5. Forks, Washington

5. Forks, Washington

Once largely known as a logging and sport fishing town, Forks is now largely associated with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga books. The town puts on “Twilight” tours of book locations, such as the Swan and Cullen homes, and the La Push community, which is home to the real-life Quileute tribe of the fictional Jacob Black. A Stephenie Meyer Days celebration is held the weekend closest to character Bella Swan’s birthday of Sept. 13. 960 1280

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6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

6. Mystic Falls Tours (Covington, GA)

The Vampire Diaries’ fictional town of Mystic Falls, VA, is actually Covington, GA, located about 30 miles from Atlanta. Covington is also home to the Mystic Falls Tours, a year-round 3-hour excursion that gives fans extensive peeks into sets around town -- such as the Mystic Grill, the Town Square and the Gilbert House. Fans also see film sets, such as the show’s Lockwood Mansion (the Worthington Manor, in real life). And while the tour organizers can’t promise it, visitors do occasionally encounter filming in progress. 960 1280

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7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

7. Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Though London's Highgate suburb is a close contender, this English town on the Yorkshire Coast is arguably the more important Dracula town in all of England, having figured prominently in Bram Stoker's Dracula as the place where the Russian schooner Demeter crashed ashore. The book is celebrated through the biannual Whitby Gothic Weekend, as well as at the Bram Stoker's Dracula Experience fun house. A visit to Whitby also requires a visit to the Bram Stoker Memorial Seat at the south end of Spion Kop on the West Cliff, which inspired Stoker to set part of his novel here. 960 1280

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8. Los Angeles

8. Los Angeles

The City of Angels is also the city of the undead -- if you know where to look. A must-stop is the Vampire Lounge and Tasting Room, which rumor has is owned by a coven of vamps. Fans of True Blood should visit Alex’s Bar in Long Beach, the filming location for vampire bar Fangtasia. And if your blood runs hot for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, check out Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House, which served as Angel’s mansion, and Torrance High School, also known as Sunnydale High. 960 1280

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9. Prague

9. Prague

Very few “real” vampire (or revenant) graves from the ancient past have ever been discovered, all of which makes a 1,000-year-old site, with 14 bodies in it, discovered near Prague, in the town of Celakovice, so unusual. The bodies had been decapitated and weighted down, along with other measures, to prevent them from becoming vamps. Beyond this gravesite, Prague abounds with vampire lore and local tours about its undead residents. 960 1280

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10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

10. Musee des Vampires (Paris)

Paris is frequently featured in vampire fiction, because the City of Light can also become a macabre City of Darkness. The ultimate vampire destination in Paris is the Musee des Vampires. Behind the red door of this by-appointment-only museum is a rich collection of vampire artwork, books and masks. Additionally, the museum hosts a nightly banquet that includes a guided tour, discussions and games. 960 1280

Musee des Vampires  

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC

Charlotte, NC, is the most underrated haunted destination on our list. Charlotte has serious Southern charm, but its dark history is waiting to be discovered by travelers like you. Charlotte has ghosts that haunt restaurants all over the city. One restaurant, the Cajun Queen, was converted from a house in 1985. Supposedly, the bar is built over the lady of the house’s bedroom, and she haunts the customers that dare to drink there. Check it out on your trip. 960 1280

Patrick Schneider  

Boston

Boston

Boston is a paranormal hot spot. Ghosts still linger from the bloody days of the Revolutionary War. Also, the first person persecuted as a witch was actually from Boston, not Salem. In 1648, Margaret Jones was publically hanged in Boston on the charge of witchcraft. All of Boston’s bloodshed gives it a somewhat sinister feeling after dark. Don’t be scared, though. The city of Boston is a delightful destination for any enthusiastic traveler. 960 1280

Jesse Kunerth  

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston is a staple city for supernatural thrill-seekers. Haunted sights in Charleston date back to 300 years ago and are guaranteed to give you goosebumps. White Point Garden, on the coast of the Ashley River, is a notoriously scary place. In the 1700s, the gardens hosted the hanging of 50 pirates and have been haunted ever since. Check out more wartime monuments from the Civil War while you’re in Charleston to get a dose of American history. 960 1280

Jim Schwabel  

Chicago

Chicago

Al Capone and other gangsters left a bloody mark on the city of Chicago. But even before the 1920s, Chicago faced many tragedies, like the Chicago fire in 1871 and the Eastland disaster of 1915. One must-see haunted destination is the Excalibur Nightclub  (once a hospital), where victims of the Eastland disaster were taken for treatment. You’ll feel the tortured souls in this nightclub, so take a drink to soothe the nerves.   960 1280

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Washington, DC

Washington, DC

Our nation’s capital is hands down one of the most haunted places in America. The steps where "The Exorcist" was filmed are an iconic destination to visit, at 3600 Prospect St. NW. Other haunts of the city include the Octagon House and the Cutts-Mason House, where voices and apparitions habitually seem to appear. When you’re on a break from your supernatural tour, be sure to visit all of the monuments and museums that the city has to offer. 960 1280

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Fort Lauderdale is arguably the scariest city in Florida. Visitors of the Old Fort Lauderdale History Museum, formerly the New River Inn, claim to see ghosts and apparitions in the historic building. To this day, one ghost allegedly guards the museum at night. Walk past this historic site after dark to get the scoop. Grab some grub for your stakeout at one of Fort Lauderdale or Miami’s cheapest restaurants.   960 1280

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Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA

Gettysburg, PA, is so terrifying that your palms might start to sweat. Loaded with Civil War history, this city hosts many tormented ghosts and spirits, who are trying to communicate with the living. Don’t believe it? Check out some haunted spots in Gettysburg for yourself. Even if you don’t have a supernatural experience on your trip, you’ll still absorb a ton of history and enjoy the live Civil War reenactments.  960 1280

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New Orleans

New Orleans

New Orleans is a famously supernatural city. There are several theories as to why New Orleans is haunted, but one prevailing belief is that the city has a history of violence. In the 1700s, New Orleans’ Jackson Square was a sight for public executions. Aside from its unsettling past and spooky sights, New Orleans is a great spot for downhome cuisine. Indulge in some soul food for an unforgettable trip. 960 1280

  

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Portland, OR, is one of the west coast’s most haunted cities. There are many scary spots from the 1920s, including the shanghai tunnels. These underground tunnels, located in Chinatown/Old Town, were used during Prohibition as a secret spot to drink booze. Now the tunnels are said to be haunted by prostitutes and drunkards of Portland’s past. On your trip to Portland, embrace the outdoors and admire the green spaces that the city has to offer. Also, check out this video on special places to visit in Portland. Want one more nugget of advice? Pack an umbrella in your bag for Portland, as the city is famous for rainy days. 960 1280

  

San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

Texas is one of the most haunted states in the nation, and San Antonio is likely its most haunted city. San Antonio is home to a few haunted hotels, which have been the site of murder and mischief throughout its history. The Black Swan Inn, now a venue for wedding receptions, is a petrifying San Antonio destination to visit on your trip. Find great places to stay and eat with this amazing San Antonio Travel Guide. 960 1280

  

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco is the hot travel destination these days. The San Francisco Bay has over a hundred haunted spots for you to check out during your trip. One place worth mentioning is Alcatraz, the famous maximum-security prison. Alcatraz hosted Al Capone, the famous Chicago gangster, during the final years of his life. To get to Alcatraz, you’ll need to take a ferry across San Francisco Bay. It’s definitely worth the trip to see this haunted prison. While you’re not checking out the spooky sights, discover fun things to do in San Francisco with this cool travel guide. 960 1280

  

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA

Savannah, GA, is the most frightening city and seaport in all of America. There’s so much haunted history from the Civil War, which the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventurers have explored in depth. Before dark, wander over to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to see innovative art exhibits, or else visit Savannah’s famous restaurants and sights. After dusk, take a ghost tour to explore the haunted streets of the city. You’ll be quaking in your boots. 960 1280

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St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN

St. Paul, MN, is a go-to city for a spook. One of the creepiest places in St. Paul is the Wabasha Street Caves, where people formerly hid out during the Prohibition to sneak some booze. These caves are now said to be haunted by 3 gangsters, who were murdered and buried inside the caves. After you’ve been scared out of your senses, get a bite to eat at one of these mouth-watering Minnesota restaurants. 960 1280

  

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