The UK has a dark and ghostly history - making it a great place to visit to celebrate Halloween. After all, many British people have gone on to become legends of the macabre. Author Bram Stoker was inspired to write his legendary novel Dracula whilst staying in the gothic town of Whitby, North Yorkshire. The late Sir Christopher Lee, born in London, took the lead role in many an adaptation of Stoker's book and become a horror icon in the process. But that’s enough of all that creepy stuff! Halloween as a modern tradition is also, above all else, fun. If you’re thinking of packing your bags for an October trip overseas, here’s why the UK could be a great place to go.
During October, it is fairly likely to be cold and overcast in England. Autumn officially begins there during late September, so the country should be in the grips of fall by the time you arrive. Plus, it tends to get dark around 6pm during the British fall - setting the perfect scene for a spooky evening. There’s nothing like trying to pull off an all-black Halloween costume in 30 degree heat. So, the cooler climate of the UK can be perfect for the festivities.
If you’ve got some guts (and some very brave children!) why not try choosing some (supposedly) haunted accommodation? The options available include a whole range of hotels and bed and breakfasts across the country, each with their own story. Or, up your game and stay in a castle for a truly gothic experience. Each are fitted with all mod-cons, although if you have children of a nervous disposition it’s probably best to avoid! You can also find places to stay in major towns and cities for very reasonable prices, so your trip doesn’t need to break the bank!
Although it may not be celebrating quite as lavishly in the UK as it is in America, there are still plenty of things to do on and around Halloween. Try a ghost walk in an historical city – many tours also offer child friendly versions of their stories which will delight, amuse and shock. There are also plenty of shows available, such as the Blackpool Shows which are given a spooky twist around October. Additionally, there is also the option to take part in age-old traditions and customs too. Trick or treating, pumpkin carving and apple bobbing are all practiced in England during Halloween as part of the celebrations.
England is a country shrouded in spooky myths and mysteries. Apart from the aforementioned Dracula, there are plenty of other scary figures from British folklore perfect for an evening ghost story. Plenty of London’s tube stations are said to be haunted and notorious serial killers such as the Yorkshire Ripper roamed the streets many years ago. There are plenty of museums suitable for all the family where you can learn more about myths, legend and fact. Plus, interactive experiences such as the Dungeons add a bit of humour to the macabre.