Travel Picks: Top 10 places to celebrate Halloween

Fri Oct 22, 2010 7:57am EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - If encounters with ghosts, ghouls or vampires are your idea of fun, then Halloween is probably a favorite time. Places across the globe are getting ready to scare people out of their wits -- and their money.

This list of the top 10 places to celebrate Halloween is a mixture of lists by advice and information website eHow ( and travel website ( and not endorsed by Reuters:

1. Salem, Massachusetts

Salem might just be the spookiest town in the United States and around Halloween they turn it up a notch. Take a walk back in time on the candlelit Witch Trial Trail and experience Salem's dark history first hand. Get in costume for the Annual Halloween Costume Ball held at the historic Hawthorne Hotel.

2. Bran, Romania

Saturated in legend and tied to Emily Gerard's "The Land Beyond the Forest" and Bram Stoker's "Dracula," Bran is a perfect international Halloween jaunt. You can visit Bran Castle, where Dracula is said to have lived, as well as areas like Poenari Castle and Hunyad Castle that were associated with Vlad the Impaler in the 15th century.

3. London, England

Experience the capital's most blood-curdling history at The London Dungeon. This interactive museum and popular tourist attraction includes a variety of frightening tours from Bloody Mary: Killer Queen, to Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd. Other fun and spooky activities include the Highgate Cemetery, the Tower of London and William Shakespeare's Globe Theater.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana   Continued...

<p>High priestess and priest Richard (L) and Gypsy Ravish hold hands at an altar dedicated to "magick and the return of the old ways" at their store Nu Aeon in Salem, Massachusetts October 25, 2006. REUTERS/Brian Snyder</p>