The days of going house to house with a sack full of candy may be gone, but that’s not to say that you don’t want to get dressed up and celebrate the day when the dead walk the streets and pumpkins light up the nighttime. Check out what’s happening in these great destinations, then get planning your Halloween destination vacation for next year!
Halloween in Paris
More of a recent import than a deeply-rooted tradition, Halloween in France is nevertheless catching on, and there is no better place to channel your inner child than Disneyland Paris. All throughout the month of October, famous Disney villains will be stalking the streets of the theme park, and the ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’ cemetery is a must-see!
Halloween in NYC
This time of year in New York is just as much fun for adults as it is for kids – if not more so! Whatever you do, do not miss the iconic Village Halloween Parade, with awe-inspiring puppets, incredible costumes, and fantastic bands. Then stop off at the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade, where canine cuties are all dressed up in costume, competing for best-in-show.
Halloween in Montreal
Montreal takes the scary season very seriously, with a huge zombie walk, ghost tours through the Old Port neighborhood, a ‘labyrinth of fear’ at Peur Depot, and a themed theme park at La Ronde. A cult classic for Montrealers at this time of year is the unbeatable rendition of The Rocky Horror Show at the Mainline Theatre – get dressed and get ready to sing and dance the timewarp!
Halloween in Mexico City
October 31 is celebrated in Mexico by children who go door-to-door for candy (shouting “Queremos Halloween”) but if you want to get in on the action, then Dia de los muertos, celebrated from Oct 31 – Nov 2 is what you’re looking for. Elaborate altars (or ‘ofrendas’) are built, sugar skulls as well as the favourite foods of the departed are offered. The best places to see these are the Diego Rivera Museum and the Popular Culture Museum in Coyoacan. You’ll also see huge gatherings, often with music and singing, at the city’s cemeteries.