7 Halloween holidays to spook you
Summer is over – but before we start the Christmas countdown, we have Halloween to look forward to! We decided to help you get your spook on with 7 ghoulish getaways you can book from Gatwick Airport right now.
1. Dublin, Ireland
Did you know Dublin is actually the birthplace of Halloween? Every year, it hosts the Samhain Festival, a Celtic and Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the start of winter, the “darker half” of the year.
Headlined by Liam Gallagher this year, Samhain Festival will also feature Annie Mac and 2ManyDJs, as well as parades, carnivals and lots more. Book your tickets here.
Who fancies a holiday to the home of Dracula? Stories of Vlad “the Implaer” Dracula and his cruel ways started circulating in the 1400s, inspiring Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula.
Book yourself a Halloween tour and visit Dracula’s own castle in Borgo pass, as well as the Snagov Monastery and Poienari Castle. If you dare, take an after dark tour of Bran Castle and get yourself a ticket to the Halloween party at Hunyad Castle, the biggest medieval castle in Romania.
Fly from Gatwick to Bucharest with Wizz Air.
3. Door to Hell, Turkmenistan
While drilling for oil in the 70s, geologists accidentally discovered a huge gas crater in Turkmenistan. Fearing it was poisonous, they set it on fire to prevent the gas from spreading and polluting nearby Derweze. Incredibly, the fire is still blazing today. It’s become a real tourist trap, and what better time of year to visit the place hailed by locals at the ‘Door to Hell?
Believing the gas to be poisonous, they decided to set the crater on fire, to stop the poisonous gas from spreading and polluting the nearby village of Derweze.
4. Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
How would you like to spend Halloween surrounded by 40,000 skeletons? If that’s your kind of spooky scene, check out Gothic church dubbed the Church of Bones, also known as Sedlec Ossuary.
The Czech Republic’s most popular tourist attraction, the Church of Bones is a remarkable sight, featuring intricate displays made out of bones. They include a huge chandelier and even skeleton bunting, fashioned out of carcases by a local woodcarver in 1870. He was charged with putting in order the bones of more than 40,000 people whose dying wish was to be buried in Sedlec’s holy soil, brought from Jerusalem by an abbot.
Fly direct to Prague from Gatwick with EasyJet.
5. Battleship Island, Japan
Battleship Island, also known as Hashima, is a UNESCO World Heritage site used as the villain’s lair in the Bond movie, Skyfall.
This former mining town has a dark past of enforced labour and slavery. It’s now deserted, derelict and more than a little creepy.
View a virtual tour of the island here.
6. New Orleans, United States
It’s no wonder New Orleans is dubbed the “Most Haunted city in America”. As if world famous cemeteries, haunted tours through the French quarter, voodoo shops and ghost sightings weren’t enough, there’s the official Halloween parade, the Krewe of Boo, to really celebrate in style.
Find out more about the parade right here.
7. Isla de las Muñecas, Mexico
Legend has it that Don Julian Santana Barrera, the caretaker of a small island, found the body of a young girl on the shores. Traumatised by his inability to save her, when a doll washed up to shore he presumed it belonged to the girl and hung it on a tree as a mark of respect.
Don Julian spent the next 50 years decorating the island with dolls, in an attempt to appease the little girl’s soul and began to believe the dolls were possessed with the spirits of dead girls.
Eerily, Don Julian was found dead in the same spot he claimed to have found the girl, all those years ago and now tourists visit the tiny island to hang seriously spooky-looking dolls to its trees.
Mexicans all celebrate the Dia de Muertos (day of the dead) from 31 October to 2 November, so if you’re planning to visit the country this month you’re in for a treat.
Getting to your Halloween holiday
Taxis and overnight stays in airport hotels can be pricey, so why not opt for meet and greet airport parking ahead of your ghostly getaway? It’s a hassle-free way to start your holiday in style. Help Me Park drivers will meet you right outside the terminal at Gatwick Airport and park your car in one of our Park Mark approved sites, keeping it safe and secure ready to return to you when you land.
Book your meet and greet airport parking here.