10 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween| Guest Post

Thank you so much John for creating this post! Some of these places are definitely going on my  list of places to visit! 

10 Coolest Places to Celebrate Halloween

One of the most expected holidays of the year is coming, and you still have no idea where to celebrate it? Shame on you – there is a huge amount of amazing and atmospheric places to visit. Different spots worldwide are either directly connected to Halloween or have mysterious and dark past. Are you too lazy to google yourself, however, still want to find out what ten coolest places to celebrate the holiday are? Then keep on reading!

Salem, the United States

This city is one of the best places to go for Halloween. Situated in Massachusetts in the United States, the city has the darkest history – in 1692, there were numerous witch trials here. It has even a nickname of the Witch City. The thing is the Puritans were the first to come to Salem, and they did not accept any other faith or religion that is why they were strict with all the suspicious women. Nowadays, Salem cherishes its history with all its defects and organizes the most amazing Halloween each year! Dozens of cafes and restaurants are decorated and offer creepy food and drinks. The massive costume parades take place in the center of the city. Visit this place, and you will see yourself!

Transylvania, Romania

One of the best Halloween places is the historical region of Transylvania. Why? Because it is the motherhood of Dracula according to Bram Stoker. If you have an opportunity to visit the famous Bran Castle on Halloween, you would never forget this holiday! It is the home for Vlad the Impaler that served the inspiration for Dracula. Having a tour through the castle during the night of Halloween and listening to the horrible legends connected to the name of the prince – what can be more thrilling? If you cannot visit the castle, just stay anywhere in Transylvania – whether you would choose the village or the city, you will be really impressed by the architecture and the beautiful Carpathian mountains.

Dublin, Ireland

Well, actually, you can celebrate Halloween in any city in Ireland. Why? Because it is the motherhood of the holiday itself! Yes, the holiday’s roots are from Ireland, and this beautiful country is welcoming the tourists from around the globe. One of the best cities for Halloween would be, of course, Dublin. It is the capital and an extremely beautiful city. You will not find any place that has no spooky decorations – all the cafes and restaurants amaze their customers by the craziest decorations and amazing food and drinks. As for the entertainment on the streets, you would witness the fireworks, costume parades, and ghost tours.

London, the United Kingdom

One of the best Halloween cities is, of course, the motherhood of Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. What we advise you to do is book one of the amazing tours that will take you to the places where Jack the Ripper murdered his victims or visit the Fleet Street where the former barber shop of Sweeney Todd was located. You will be impressed to see the place where William Wallace was executed – the terrifying atmosphere is still there. Believe us, you will vividly sense it on the Halloween night! Finally, you can visit the London Dungeon if you look for the adrenaline rush.

Mexico City, Mexico

If you wish to feel Halloween on a completely different level as compared to what you are used to, then visit Mexico City. Mexicans celebrate the holiday just like the rest of the world, but the traditions are a bit different – it seems as if they put much more sense to them. Have you ever seen the makeup that is associated with Mexico but never knew how it is called? Well, it is called Catrina, and it belongs to the famous Mexican illustrator José Guadalupe Posada. Do you want to see this makeup in reality in the country of its origin together with numerous amazing costume parades? Then visit Mexico!

BIO

John Landrum is a writer who works for https://uk.edubirdie.com/dissertation-writing-service. He started working after he graduated from the university, and he really enjoys what he does. Among John’s numerous hobbies are traveling and climbing up the mountains. Luckily, his job allows him to do that easily. His motto is: “Writing is the painting of the voice,” and his paintings are beautiful.

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Must See/Listen Guide to the Halloween Season | Media Recommendations

I recently posted a Reading Guide to the Halloween Season! Since I watch TV/Movies as much as I read I thought I would create a post including some much see tv shows and movies during this halloween season. I also thought it would be fun to include some strange and creepy podcasts! So if you want to get into the Holiday spirit here are some must see/listens you should check out! 

Classic Movies 

Every Halloween season there are movies that are my go to and must sees. It would just not feel like October without these movies.

Ó Halloweentown 

Ó Hocus Pocus 

Ó  Halloween 

Ó Practical Magic 

TV Shows 

I have so many suggestions for this, but just picked a few. If you would like to know more let me know!

Ò Stranger Things 

Ò Haven 

Ò Hemlock Grove 

Ò Charmed 

Ò True Blood

Ò Salem 

Ò Lore 

Ò Buffy The Vampire Slayer 

Podcasts

Ô Welcome to Night Vale 


Ô Lore 

Ô The Black Tapes 

Ô Creepy 

 

What are your thoughts on these? Do you have any suggestions of must see/listen that I have missed? Happy Halloween Season! 

Reading Guide to the Halloween Season | Book Recommendations

The fall and Halloween are my absolute favorite! When it comes to reading, there is a right way and a wrong way to do it in the month of October. (In my opinion) The fall season has a certain atmosphere and I believe the month of October does as well. The month of October needs to be filled with spooky, creepy, thrillers with paranormal and the unusual. As I was developing my reading list for October I thought I would give some recommendations to others with those books I think are perfect for the month of October.

Ó  Asylum by Madeleine Roux 

This was a dark and creepy story.  And of course it is about an asylum so that is a creep factor within itself. The imagery is so well done I felt like I was thereIt has a dark ominous feel to it and the creepy pictures sprinkled throughout the book help to create that eerie atmosphere.

Ó Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 

This book is definitely peculiar. It also uses strange and creepy pictures to help tell the story. It is not dark or ominous, but very atmospheric and unique.

Ó Hexed by Michelle Krys

This was a campy story and more light hearted and fun than dark and ominous. I have to say I would categorize this more Charmed/Buffy the Vampire Slayer-esk. It was a fast-paced witchy novel filled with intrigue, mystery and humor.

Ó You by Caroline Kepnes 

This is written in second perspective from a stalkers perspective. I believe that is all I need to say.

 

Ó Odd & True by Cat Winters 

This story was absolutely marvelous and full of monstrous creatures. The two sisters grew up hearing stories about monsters and magic. It is a wonderful story about sisters and has a nice atmosphere.

Ó Black Birds of the Gallows by Meg Kassel 

A love story in the midst of mass chaos. A interesting and creative YA paranormal read that presents unique mythology and characters. It dove into the world of Harbingers of Death, beekeepers, and the hidden magic within.

Ó This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This was a dark YA with monsters, crime and murder. The atmosphere and overall feel was dark and ominous. It was also beautifully written.

What are some of your spooky/creepy reads?

All Hallow’s Eve | Quotes

∅ “It wasn’t like in the storybooks. No witches lurked at crossroads disguised as crones, waiting to reward travelers who shared their bread. Genies didn’t burst from lamps, and talking fish didn’t bargain for their lives. In all the world, there was only one place humans could get wishes: Brimstone’s shop. And there was only one currency he accepted. It wasn’t gold, or riddles, or kindness, or any other fairy-tale nonsense, and no, it wasn’t souls, either. It was weirder than any of that. It was teeth.”
Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

∅ “Monsters, monsters, big and small,
“They’re gonna come and eat you all.
Corsai, Corsai, tooth and claw,
Shadow and bone will eat you raw.
Malchai, Malchai, sharp and sly,
Smile and bite and drink you dry.
Sunai, Sunai, eyes like coal,
Sing you a song and steal your soul.
Monsters, monsters, big and small,
They’re gonna come and eat you all!”
Victoria Schwab, This Savage Song

∅ “It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”
Madeleine Roux, Asylum

∅ “The mad sometimes drilled holes in their own heads to let the demons out. To relieve the pressure of thoughts they could no longer bear. Jude understood the impulse. Each beat of his heart was a fresh and staggering blow felt in the nerves behind his eyes and in his temples. Punishing evidence of life.”
Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box

∅ “I laugh maniacally, then take a deep breath and touch my chest- expecting a heart to be thumping quickly, impatiently, but there’s nothing there, not even a beat.”
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

∅ “I guess Satan was the first superhero […] In his first adventure, he took the form of a snake to free two prisoners being held naked in a Third World jungle prison by an all-powerful megalomaniac. At the same time, he broadened their diet and introduced them to their own sexuality.”
Joe Hill, Horns

∅ “Sometimes I think illness sits inside every woman, waiting for the right moment to bloom. I have known so many sick women all my life. Women with chronic pain, with ever-gestating diseases. Women with conditions. Men, sure, they have bone snaps, they have backaches, they have a surgery or two, yank out a tonsil, insert a shiny plastic hip. Women get consumed.”
Gillian Flynn, Sharp Objects

∅ “I have a meanness inside me, real as an organ. Slit me at my belly and it might slide out, meaty and dark, drop on the floor so you could stomp on it.”
Gillian Flynn, Dark Places

∅ “I think about how fragile we are here – like fish in a glass bowl with darkness pressing in on every side.”
― Carrie Ryan, The Forest of Hands and Teeth

∅ “I was born on the night of Samhain, when the barrier between the worlds is whisper-thin and when magic, old magic, sings its heady and sweet song to anyone who cares to hear it.”
― Carolyn MacCullough, Once a Witch

∅ “Every Halloween I missed being a kid, getting to dress up and eat tons of candy. The only thing I got to do now was…eat tones of Candy. Not half bad”
― Jennifer L. Armentrout, Obsidian

∅ “No more Internet. No more social media, no more scrolling through litanies of dreams and nervous hopes and photographs of lunches, cries for help and expressions of contentment and relationship-status updates with heart icons whole or broken, plans to meet up later, pleas, complaints, desires, pictures of babies dressed as bears or peppers for Halloween. No more reading and commenting on the lives of others, and in so doing, feeling slightly less alone in the room. No more avatars.”
― Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

All Hallows’ Eve | Quotes

“Dead flesh and sharpened scalpels didn’t bother me. I was my father’s daughter, after all. My nightmares were made of darker things.”
― Megan Shepherd, The Madman’s Daughter

“Blood is really warm,
it’s like drinking hot chocolate
but with more screaming.”
― Ryan Mecum, Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your…Brains

“Even with the utterly lost, to whom life and death are equally jests, there are matters of which no jest can be made.”
― Edgar Allan Poe, The Masque of the Red Death

“Fear is contagious. You can catch it. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to say that they’re scared for the fear to become real. ”
― Neil Gaiman, The Graveyard Book

“Here then at long last is my darkness. No cry of light, no glimmer, not even the faintest shard of hope to break free across the hold.” 
― Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”
― Johan Harstad, 172 Hours on the Moon

“Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters.”
― Stephen King, The Shining

“It was a house for those who could not take care of themselves, for those who heard voices, who had strange thoughts and did strange things. The house was meant to keep them in. Once they came, they never left.”
― Madeleine Roux, Asylum

“People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn’t believe in that. Tomorrow wasn’t getting ready for them. It didn’t even know they were there.”
― Cormac McCarthy, The Road

“As long as you live, there’s always something waiting; and even if it’s bad, and you know it’s bad, what can you do? You can’t stop living.”
― Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

“We forget that the rest of live can be just as dangerous. I think about how fragile we are here– like fish in a glass bowl with the darkness pressing in on every side.”
― Carrie Ryan, The Forest of Hands and Teeth

“We humans have the capacity to wreak horrors on each other. But we also have the capacity to survive those horrors.”
― Barry Lyga, I Hunt Killers

Top Ten Tuesday| Top Movies To Get In The Halloween Spirit

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This weeks Top Ten Tuesday topic hosted by Broke and Bookish is The Top Ten Movies to Get In The Halloween Spirit! I decided to go with movies because Halloween Movies are my absolute favorites! Especially Slasher Films! I also already did a Top Ten Books To Read For Halloween list (which should be updated due to the books I have recently read! So it is like a two in one this week! Also these movies are in no particular order and are a mix of scary, slasher and great kid movies! And I would also like to make it known that the original slasher movies (from the late 70s) are the best! I am obsessed with movies so there are so many more I wish I could add.

SLASHERS

MV5BMTY0Nzk0NTk2OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjQ3NTk0MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_Halloween (1978)

Really any of the movies in this franchise! I love them all and Michael Meyers is my favorite Slasher! Every Halloween Season I make sure that I take a day to marathon all of these movies!

 

 

 

 

 

MV5BMjA0NDQ2MzMxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODg5MTkzMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_ Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

For as long as I can remember I have been obsessed with this movie and also had a huge issue with chainsaws in haunted houses and maizes when younger. I even own this movie on VHS! I do think the other adaptions of this movie are good too!

 

 

 

 

 

MV5BMTMxOTk4NjMzOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQ3NDAzMg@@._V1_SX214_AL_Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Someone killing you in your dreams /nightmares is scary shit. Put that together with the fact that Freddy looks creepy as shit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MV5BOTYzNDkwNTA1NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjIyNDAyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_Friday The 13th (1980)

Another slasher film I know. Jason is just as awesome as the other slashers. Creepy camp setting adds to the fact that there is a killer running around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HORROR

MV5BMTU4NzMyMjAyOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNjY0MzI5._V1_SY317_CR1,0,214,317_AL_Poltergeist (1982)

This is the first horror movie I remember ever watching and it scared the crap out of me. The second one is even worst. I have no idea why at the age of 8 my parents thought it would be okay to let me watch this.

 

 

 

 

 

MV5BMTI4OTU2NjY5OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwOTQ2Mzg3._V1_SX214_AL_Dawn of the Dead (2004)

This is a great Zombie movie. If you want a good laugh though you should watch the 1970s version! Zombies are a must have for Halloween time.  Although 28 Days Later is another good one I believe this one is my favorite one!

 

 

 

 

 

MV5BMTM1MjAyMjIxMF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNzI0MDg5._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_AL_Darkness Falls (2003)

A scary killer tooth fairy….I think that is enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family/Child 

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This is a classic! I love the Addams Family. I have to say Wednesday is my role model she is just so fantastic. This family is so kooky and so awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MV5BMTU4Njg1MDkxMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNjk2MjAzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Halloweentown (1998)

This is a solid staple to the Halloween season. I love all 4 of the Halloweentown movies and it also shows how awesome Disney Channel Original Movies use to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MV5BMTI3MDI2NDc3Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDQ2MzQyMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_Hocus Pocus (1993)

I have already watched this movie like 5 times this year. If you don’t watch this movie and/or don’t like it I don’t know if we can be friends. This movie is fun and has witches, talking cats and a zombie!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some Honorable Mentions:

The Village (2004)

Scream (1996)

The Hills Have Eyes (2006)

Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Sweeney Todd (2007)

 

What are some of your favorite horror/ Halloween movies to get in the spirit for the holiday?