October 31st brings the witching night! Halloween gives us a chance to dress up, tell spooky stories to the kids and indulge in a few too many sweets. All whilst imagining the antics of spirits, ghouls and other things that go bump in the night…
As to why we celebrate Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, there are a number of different theories but its true origins are lost to the mists of time. However it used to be celebrated, modern culture has transformed it into a guarantee of sweet treats and family fun, at home and abroad!
Resort Guides has put together a list of eerie destinations for all brave and hardy souls to visit this Halloween (and oh, do take the kids with you!).
Alton Towers – Alternative adventure experience!
You could start at home with our very own Alton Towers as England’s biggest theme park celebrates the spooky season to the max with its Scarefest, including late opening (to 9pm each night) plus – for those brave enough to stay over – ghostly events in both of its on-site hotels, suitable for all ages, and it promises to be uncannily delightful during Halloween.
PortAventura theme park – Super spooky in Spain!
Terror and fear will reign over this hugely popular park on Spain's Costa Dorada, only 15 minutes from Reus Airport (Tarragona), 50 miles from central Barcelona. Monsters and ghouls roam around spooking guests in Halloween attractions such as the Devil's Mine and Vamp Frenzee. Even part of the Hotel El Paso, located in the main park complex, is turned into a haunted mansion and guests can expect to be confronted with 8 brand new shows, a “Fear Banquet” and 12,000 pumpkins!
Amsterdam cruise – Halloween on the high seas!
DFDS Seaways has a fun short break, perfect for groups, including fancy dress, games and entertainment aboard their liner. Enjoy the live Halloween entertainment and see a scary film in the cinema to shiver your timbers! At the end of your great ‘Halloween Mini-Cruise Party’ on board this veritable Flying Dutchman, your own comfortable cabin will be waiting for you to ensure you sleep soundly, for your return home.
Disneyland Paris – Ghostly Parisian fun!
A take-the-family favourite, Disneyland Paris is a great place to visit on Halloween, as special decorations, shows and parties all around the park transport you to another world. Frontierland becomes Halloweenland as Cruella de Vil and Captain Hook take over the resort for mischief and mayhem. Throughout the month the Disney villains, along with all your beloved Disney characters, conjure up entertainment the whole family will relish. Trick and treat yourself to an unforgettably fun-packed break!
Europa-Park – Ghastly ghouls in Germany!
More than 150,000 pumpkins and 200 skeletons will loom out of the dark in this German park which turns into a giant witch’s cauldron. Even its in-the-dark rollercoaster Eurosat is turned into a pumpkin! Other scares include the Pirates, Catacombs of Lost Souls, Corridors of Old Ruins and a Happy Halloween Parade with creepy characters playing tricks on innocent visitors.