World's Best Halloween Celebrations - Spooky Trips!

October 30, 2012

decorated skulls in Europe

Looking for the best place in the world to celebrate Halloween? If you are looking to scare yourself silly, you might enjoy the decorated skulls at the “Beinhaus” in Austria or the bone church in Portugal or maybe one of the torture museums in Europe, like this one in Spain.

torture museum

Our young daughter actually enjoyed these sites and found them fascinating as most kids do, but they were too much for my taste. She also loved the buried alive bodies from Pompeii which is another possible Halloween themed getaway if your kids like Horrible History kind of books like mine does.

buried alive body in Pompeii

witches and goblins in Europe

During the last seven years on our world tour, we have had some fascinating Halloweens, celebrating them around the world, even in places that don't celebrate this holiday. If you are traveling with a kid on Halloween, there is always a way to celebrate. This will be our first year of celebrating Halloween in Asia.

cute kid Halloween costume and pumpkins

It is going to be hard to beat last year's Halloween as we were visiting Grandma in California for the first Halloween at home in 6 years.

catching candy at the Halloween parade

She got to celebrate with old friends and relatives in the beach parade that she did for the first five years of her life and still remembered. I think she got to cherish it more than if we had done it every year there.

celebrating Halloween at the beach

Combining sun, sea, beach and too much candy like only a lovely beachtown in California can do.

pumpkin display in Europe

Our first year's Halloween on while on the road traveling Europe was quite different in coastal Spain, but fun too.

Halloween and trick or treating in Italy

We had an enchanting Halloween in Umbria when she was eight among all the colorful vineyards with a costume we bought earlier in Turkey ( that she also wore to tour Ephesus to add to the excitement for a young one and it's a sweet souvenir).

Halloween in New York City

One of her favorite Halloween's was when we were in New York City to meet the disadvantedd kids in Harlem, Bronx, Queens etc. that we were taking with us around the world virtually. We connected with Conde Nast travel writer Wendy Perrin and her family for a Halloween we will never forget. That year she went as her heroin Hermione from Harry Potter, a costume we purchased at Hogwarts in England.

scary halloween face

The next year she tweaked that costume in Barcelona to turn it into a vampire theme as they scurried around one of our favorite campsites trick or treating.

hula girl

We seem to have a world trip habit now of buying costumes in one place and using them in another. When we discovered that we would be in Bora Bora on Halloween, we bought a hula girl costume in Kauai on the way there. It was the perfect costume to trick or treat in Tahiti!

costumes and parade in Spain

Like her unusual birthday celebrations around the world, Mozart is going to have some wild and crazy Halloween memories. And that doesn't even count her other opportunities of dressing in costume for celebrating things like Carnival in Spain.

Have you ever traveled during Halloween? What are your Halloween plans this year?

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I spent Halloween in Scotland a number of years ago. Dressing up didn't appear to be a popular activity with the locals, but my friends and I certainly did, and we had a ball!

All her costumes are adorable, by the way :)

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