Halloween Around The World
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With a bloody past that includes the likes of Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd, it’s no surprise that London has an epic Halloween celebration. Simply called the London Dungeon, this attraction includes 14 shows, 3 rides and a boatload of nightmares.
NYC – Village Halloween Parade
More than 500,000 revelers will descend upon the Big Apple this year for its annual Halloween blowout, the Village Halloween Parade. With a parade route littered with hundreds of giant puppets, the best part of this parade is that everyone can join in (as long as you have a costume).
Toronto - Halloweek
This week-long festival is chockfull of events, attractions and, as you might guess, tricks and treats. The streets are closed off in Toronto’s Church Wellesley Village (the largest gay neighborhood) on Halloween night, where locals and visitors alike in imaginative costumes party well into the night.
When you talk about Halloween and witches, you automatically think Salem. The town made famous by its 17th-century witch trials now embraces its haunted past with a month-long Halloween celebration that would make anyone believe in special brews and hocus pocus.
Normally an event that attracts over 50,000 people wouldn’t be considered underrated, but you probably haven’t heard of this one. The small Ireland town of Derry goes all out during the final week of October leading up to a giant party on Halloween night. In fact, Halloween is taken so seriously here that pubs refuse pints to those who don't dress up!
It may have taken a while, but Halloween has finally made its way to France, and for now, it doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere. So if you’re in France this Halloween season make sure to stop in Paris, where many bars and restaurants have welcomed the holiday with open arms.
Halloween may not be celebrated anywhere quite like it is in Mexico. Perhaps that’s because it’s not even Halloween at all, but Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and is celebrated from Oct. 31 straight on through Nov. 2. The celebration offers a chance to remember the deceased, tell their stories and celebrate their lives with food, family and lots of dancing.
You won’t be finding any cute and cuddly cartoon mascots at this theme park. Come Halloween, Universal Studios in Hollywood, CA, transforms itself into a creepy wonderland of horrors, with over-the-top settings and scream-worthy attractions. Horror-movie fans can experience their favorite shows and movies first-hand with interactive mazes like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Walking Dead, where visitors need to outrun hordes of zombies on the Terror Tram.
Knott’s Berry Farm
Keeping with theme of amusement parks gone spooky, every year Knott’s Berry Farm theme park in Buena Park, CA, transforms itself into “160 acres of horror.” The slogan here is “Walk in, Freak Out,” and that’s no joke: more than 1,000 monsters, 13 mazes and 4 scare zones make up Knott’s Scary Farm.
In Germany, Halloween is celebrated as All Saints Day. In southern Germany, it’s celebrated from Oct. 30 to Nov. 8. In this and many other Catholic parts of the world, the All Saints Day is typically spent attending church, honoring the saints who have died for the Catholic faith, as well as visiting and remembering dead family members, usually graveside.