What better place to visit than the birthplace of Dracula himself? You can witness a medieval witch trial, party at a Transylvanian hotel, have lunch at Vlad Dracula’s house, and even visit his tomb and have a nearby bonfire late at night.
Greenwich Village, New York
A huge visually dazzling public Halloween celebration! Features tons of dancing puppets, wild floats, and 35,000 parade participants. It was even featured in the 100 Things To Do Before You Die book and voted as the greatest event on earth for the month of October! Millions flick every year!
Los Angeles, California
It started as a gay and lesbian bash, but grew to include celebrants from all walks of life. They take to Santa Monica Boulevard to swagger in outrageously creative costumes and poke fun at contemporary pop culture figures. The crowd swells to half a million, with many private parties happening after the bash, making it one of the largest Halloween street festivals and one of the biggest costume parties in the United States. It even features A-list performers!
Vancouver, British Columbia
While fun and festive like other Halloween parties, Vancouver’s parade tries to maintain a more traditional outlook on Halloween — as the Day of the Dead and All Saints Day — where the deceased are honored (and the living are scared out of their minds) in a neighborhood flame procession. In fact, fire is a chief honoree, venerated with bonfires, fireball acrobats and conjuring candles. Houses are converted into dens of “evil,” and welcome the necro-fanatics and party hunters who roam the streets in full-on ghost and goblin regalia.
Organized by genuine “witch elders” on the site of the legendary witch hunts, the Festival of the Dead takes guests on Celtic voyages to the “Underworld” and to a voodoo ceremony, teaches them the art of necromancy, and hosts a gothic fetish dance. The Festival culminates in the Official Salem Witches Halloween Ball, complete with a sorcerer performance.