Experience a Halloween to remember with one of these six luxurious stays inspired by mythology, culture and festivities. Leave behind creaky floorboards, icy drafts and haunted hallways and opt for comfort and luxury. You don’t have to stay in a house of horrors to celebrate Halloween 2021, let your imagination run wild in these top spooky stays, provided it’s safe and responsible to travel.
The hauntingly beautiful Bran Castle in Braşov
The town of Braşov can be found deep in the historic region of Transylvania, and is the home of the legendary fictional character, Count Dracula. This mysterious land is best known for its medieval towns, mountainous borders and Gothic castles. Book a guided tour of Bran Castle to hear tales of Vlad the Impaler, thought to be the inspiration behind Bram Stoker's spooky Dracula. Located in the medieval heart of Braşov, the four-star boutique Vila Katharina hotel is an 18th-century architectural jewel, oozing elegance and sophistication. Guests can enjoy various activities nearby including a historical church tour and hiking.
Take a walking tour past spooky sights like the flamboyant, Gothic Saint-Jacques Tower
Whether you are looking for a trick or a treat, Paris can deliver it all. From extravagant Halloween displays at a nearby magical amusement park, to ghostly tours that take in the city's spooky sights, like the 4th arrondissement's flamboyant, Gothic Saint-Jacques Tower. Spend the night at the 19th-century Hôtel Brighton, situated in the heart of Paris just opposite the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens. The property is beautifully furnished with antique Parisian furniture and chandeliers, with rooms that feature picturesque views of the courtyard, the Eiffel Tower or the Tuileries Gardens.
New Orleans, USA
New Orleans' famous Krewe of Boo street party
New Orleans, known for its eccentric carnival celebrations does not disappoint when it comes to Halloween, second only to Mardi Gras. New Orleans is a city so rich in haunted history it is known as the most haunted city in America. Experience Guided Ghost Tours, voodoo shops and street parties such as the famous Krewe of Boo. Hotel Peter and Paul is a former 19th-century schoolhouse, rectory, church and convent restored and repurposed as a unique hotel. Only a short distance from St Louis Cemetery No 1 and based in the heart of the city, each building of the hotel has its own narrative, ensuring that no two rooms are exactly the same. There is also a fantastic terrace, offering a truly authentic New Orleans experience.
Mexico's colourful Day of the Dead celebration
Although a little later than traditional Halloween celebrations, Mexico is the number one destination with the famous Day of the Dead and the Sugar Skull Tradition on the first and second of November. A famous Mexican tradition, the Day of the Dead is a celebration of the departed souls returning to earth to visit their loved ones. Candles, flowers and favourite foods are presented to graveyards and travellers dress up in imaginative costumes and parade through the streets of Mexico. This colourful ritual celebrates the day of the dead and is a true celebration of life. Part of the old convent of San Pablo, the hotel Casa Antonieta is one of the first buildings to be built in Oaxaca and served as a parish for the inigenous population that lived across the city. The architectural beauty of the hotel is striking, while the courtyard offers a peaceful spot to relax with a coffee. Located in the Oaxaca Historic Centre and a short walk from the cathedral, this hotel offers a luxurious stay steeped in historical culture.
Tarrytown, New York
Stay in a 19th-century, Norman-style castle at Tarrytown's Castle Hotel & Spa
Tarrytown is a few miles away from the infamous village of Sleepy Hollow and the legendary headless horseman. Experience haunted hayrides, Gothic mansions and street parades in the ghoulish, historic town of Sleepy Hollow. Top attractions include Sleepy Hollow cemetery tours and a Walking Tour of West Village in the City. Set in a 19th-century, Norman-style castle overlooking the Hudson River, the historic Castle Hotel & Spa is a five-star hotel offering a full-service spa and an outdoor pool complex with a hot tub. Washington Irving’s estate and other historic sites like the infamous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery are located just a short drive from the hotel.
Fireworks light up Londonderry during the enrapturing Banks of the Foyle Halloween festival
Halloween in Northern Ireland is quite the affair, thanks to the city of Londonderry's bewitching Banks of the Foyle Halloween festival. Deemed the biggest Halloween parade in Europe, it's a devilish week of firework displays, street parades and mythical mayhem. Stay in town amidst all the spooky action town at the Palace Street Apartments, or check yourself into a rural retreat just outside the city at Larchmount House B&B.