Arrivals & Departures Treat not trick with frightening stops

London. The Houses of Parliament and Westminster viewed over the River Thames.
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The world’s spookiest destinations.

If a kid knocking on the door draped in a white bed sheet didn't quite scare the wits out of you last night, perhaps a visit to Dracula’s home, Day of the Dead in Mexico or America’s most haunted city might give you a few goose bumps. has selected its top stays for ghostly destinations.

Brasov, Romania - Vila Katharina

Brasov, Romania is the home of Dracula and the historic region of Transylvania. Known for its medieval towns, mountainous borders and gothic castles, the folklore surrounding the area makes it a top Halloween destination.

The four-star boutique 18th century Vila Katharina is in the heart of Brasov.

Nearby activities include skiing and hiking, the council square and the Brasov Synagogue.

Oaxaca, Mexico - Hotel CasAntica

Mexico has the famous Day of the Dead and the Sugar Skull Tradition on the first and second of November. A famous Mexican tradition, the Day of the Dead is a celebration of the departed souls returning to earth to visit their loved ones.

Candles, flowers and favourite foods are brought to graveyards and travellers dress up in imaginative costumes and parade through the streets of Mexico.

Hotel CasAntica is a 16th century hotel with an outdoor heated pool, a waterfall and the former chapel frames the El Pombo restaurant. Situated one block from Zocalo, the main plaza of Oaxaca. The Hotel CasAntica can arrange tours to any destination within the city, ideal for Halloween festivities. 

Tarrytown, New York - Castle Hotel & Spa

Tarrytown is a few clicks away from the infamous village of Sleepy Hollow and the legendary headless horseman. Experience haunted hayrides, gothic mansions and street parades in Sleepy Hollow.

Top attractions include Sleepy Hollow cemetery tours, horseman’s hollow and Irving’s legend.

Castle Hotel and Spa is set in a 19th century Norman-style castle overlooking the Hudson River. The five-star hotel has a full-service spa and an outdoor pool complex with hot tub. 

Paris, France - Hotel Brighton

Despite a reputation as the city of love, Paris can also deliver a more sinister side. Take a ghostly tour through the streets or for the kids, Disneyland Paris puts on extravagant Halloween displays.

Hotel Brighton, opposite the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens, offers a historic stay with antique furniture, chandeliers and Parisian decor. 

New Orleans, USA - Soniat House

New Orleans is a city rich in haunted history. Experience haunted tours, voodoo shops and street parties including Krewe of Boo.

The 1700’s Soniat House is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans, comprising three historic townhouses.  A few blocks from the National World War II Museum, a three-minute walk from Bourbon Street and a short walk to the historical French market puts the stay in a great spot. 

Derry, UK - Beech Hill Hotel

Nobody does Halloween like Northern Ireland with the bewitching Banks of the Foyle Halloween festival.

There is a week of firework displays and the Halloween parade is reported to be the biggest in Europe.

This four-star 18th century country house hotel sits just outside the historic walled city of Derry and is within reach of the City of Derry Airport.

London, UK – The Langham Hotel

From its dark history of Jack the Ripper, London Dungeons and Tombs, the Tower of London, ghost bus tours, haunted house parties and firework displays - London is one spooky place.

To stay in comfort there is the renowned Langham hotel. Opened in 1865 as Europe's first grand hotel, it has accommodated royalty, foreign dignitaries and celebrities in luxury.


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