Don't-Miss Halloween Events Around the World
Halloween, that haunting holiday, is almost upon us. Get your spook on with these spine-tingling tours, frightfully fabulous foods and sinfully delicious drinks that celebrate the scariest time of the year around the world.
Dinner with a Bite, Turda, Romania
Some dinners are to die for. This five-course feast features authentic Romanian dishes and a plum brandy known as Transylvanian fire water. It's all part of a tour that begins in the old city center of Turda, Romania, where you'll stop at Dracula’s saloon for spine-chilling stories and dishes like Smoked Turks on the Steak (not a stake), Dracula’s Chop, Lost Souls (cheese pancakes) and more, served with red wine (not blood). Tours, available now through Oct. 30, are led by English-speaking guides and last three hours.
Savannah Ghost Tours, Savannah, Georgia
Strange orbs float above the monuments in Savannah’s Colonial Park Cemetery. Are they manifestations of victims who died from Yellow Fever many years ago? Decide for yourself on a Blue Orb Zombie Tour, billed as “zombie before zombie was cool," and explore the city’s hoodoo and voodoo communities. Just be aware, this one is for adults only. Tours may be booked now through Oct. 31.
Dead Space Halloween Party, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam Spook’s 16th annual Halloween party has a sci-fi theme—because, of course, in space, no one can hear you scream. It’s part of a larger Halloween festival from Oct. 20 to 31 that offers makeup workshops, a movie marathon and more. The Dead Space party, attended by guys and ghouls from around the world, starts at 9 p.m. on Oct. 29 and lasts until the wee hours of the next morning.
Snap a selfie with costumed Storm Troopers, compete in a costume party, or dance till you drop (but don't drop dead) to the music of over 35 diabolical DJs and artists. Tunes range from dark techno, indie, and pop to electro and more. Amsterdam Spook says they host a killer crowd, and they’re determined to make Halloween splatter.
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, which recently opened in Amsterdam, joins in the scream-fest with Halloweek, a spooky celebration from Oct. 24 to 31, and a pre-Dead Space party with a Dia de Los Muertos-themed dinner.
Historic Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia
The dead may rest in this still-active Atlanta cemetery, but they don’t sleep around Halloween. The historic graveyard, with its Victorian gardens and architectural monuments, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dates to 1850. It’s the final resting place of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell, golfing great Bobby Jones and many others.
Costumed docents lead “Capturing the Spirit of Oakland Halloween Tours,” where spirits (actors) share stories about their lives. Look for lesser-known figures, too, like William Jasper “the Goat Man” Franklin, a colorful Atlantan who rode around town in a cart pulled by his goat. Tours run this Oct. 20-30 and sell out fast.
Chew Philly Haunted Food Tour, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Indulge in devilishly delicious bites on a two-and-a-half hour Haunted Food Tour. Costumed guides lead visitors on walking tours through Philly neighbors, stopping for seven food tastings, an autumnal drink tasting, and spooky ghost stories. The tastings are equivalent to a progressive lunch, so you won’t look like a Halloween skeleton when you leave. You’ll also get a complimentary Halloween goodie bag and a map of the scariest spots around. Book ahead; tours fill up fast. Tickets are currently available for Oct. 20, 27 and 28.
Alex Johnson Hotel, Rapid City, S.D.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Alex Johnson is one of the most haunted hotels in South Dakota, believers say. One story revolves around a young bride who committed suicide—or was her death a murder? Some guests report seeing a woman in a white gown prowling the eighth floor, or say they see flickering lights and hear strange noises. Feeling brave? Book a Ghost Adventure Package, complete with a K2 meter ghost detector and other amenities, and see if you can sleep through the night. The package is available year-round.
Halloween Double-Tiered Afternoon Tea Set, Taipei, Taiwan
From now through Halloween, the Regent Taipei will host a haunted Secret Garden in its Galleria, a large, upscale shopping property. Take a DIY workshop on carving jack-o'-lanterns, learn to decorate spooky cupcakes and more. Don’t miss the Halloween Double-Tiered Afternoon Tea Set, featuring savories and sweet pastries like Pumpkin Cake, Sesame Panna Cotta Mr. Eyeball, Mont Blanc Fairies and Haunted Well Pecan Pie.
Historic Bullock Hotel, Deadwood, S.D.
Wild Bill Hickok was shot to death in Deadwood, and Calamity Jane performed her Wild West shows here. Seth Bullock, the first sheriff in this former mining town, died in 1919, but some say his spirit still haunts the Historic Bullock Hotel. Mysterious shadows come and go, faucets turn on by themselves, and employees and guests sometimes feel a ghostly presence in the halls. Around 1991, an Englishman with the same last name—Bullock-- wrote to the hotel, saying he was channeling messages from the late sheriff. Was he? Some of the hotel owners were convinced; take a ghost tour of the property to see if you agree. Contact the hotel to request a tour.
Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon
Raise a glass of spirits on Oct. 29 at Sunriver’s Ghost of the Great Hall Murder Mystery Dinner. The spook-tacular event is inspired by the tale of an army officer who haunts the resort’s Great Hall, once a WWII officers’ club. Feast on Halloween-themed dishes and down a signature Witches Brew or Blood Orange Margarita as you try to solve a murder mystery. Then hit the fog-filled dance floor, or enter to win a prize for the best costume. Twisted Halloween Lodging Packages are available, if you don’t want to head for home in the dark.