Are You Ready for Spooky Fun this Halloween? Here’s Where to Find it
Would you be brave enough to stay in Dracula’s castle on the 31st of October? Here’s your chance, with Airbnb.
A global competition will allow two lucky winners to stay in Dracula’s haunting abode, Bran Castle in Romania, to recreate the story of Jonathan Harker.
They’ll arrive by a horse-drawn carriage, to be greeted by Bram Stoker’s great grandnephew, knowing that they can’t leave until dawn.
To add to the excitement, there’s unexpected guests, secret passageways and velvet-trimmed coffins to sleep in.
Winners will be flown in from anywhere in the world and, to participate you need to sign in with an Airbnb account and provide an artistic and creative story of between 50 and 550 characters, explaining what you would say to Count Dracula if you were to meet him in his castle.
Once there, house rules include no garlic or garlic-scented items, no silver jewellery, no crossing of cutlery and closing all curtains before sunrise. Spooky indeed!
Where else might you find spooky Halloween fun? Let’s take a look.
With a blood-curdling history, dungeons, scary alleyways and Jack The Ripper tales, what could be scarier, than spending Halloween in the UK’s very spooky capital? This year, there’s a wealth of grisly entertainment options, including horror films and a disco at the Rivoli Ballroom and ‘Fear in the Dark’ at Abney Park, from the 20th to the 31st of October.
Prague, Czech Republic
At any time of year, eerie cobbled streets, the silhouettes of turrets, statues on Charles Bridge and gothic architecture can inspire the imagination towards Halloween-themed fun. This year, the city plays host to parties, including ‘Bloody Sexy Halloween’ at Forum Karlin, complete with DJ’s, costume competitions and crazy dancing. You can also take part in Prague’s Halloween Night Run, with zombies, lighting effects and scary music.
Book early to enjoy All Hallows Eve in the historic city of Edinburgh. The Ghost Bus Tour, for one, operates year round but is sure to ramp up the ‘fright’ stakes this month. The Edinburgh Horror Festival offers a range of spooky entertainment at various venues from the 28th to the 31st of October. For the family, head to the Scottish International Storytelling Festival to celebrate the tradition of Samhuinn, with face painting, dancing, drumming, stories and the chance to dress in your scariest costumes.
Perhaps one of the most exciting events though, is the Samhuinn Fire Festival, from the Beltane Fire Society, starting at 9pm on the 31st of October. There’ll be a procession down Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, followed by a stage performance at West Parliament Square. Attendance is by donation and you can look forward to costumed performers, drumming and pyrotechnics.
So, now that entertainment is taken care of, choose your best costume and get ready for the fright of your life, across Europe this Halloween!