Halloween in Europe

By Viator, September 2013

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Like Americans, Europeans celebrate Halloween, but not everyone in Europe celebrates Halloween in the same way. While many cities look upon Halloween as a good excuse for a party, the ancient Gaelic festival of Samhain is still honored in parts of Scotland and Ireland. In the east, Romania puts a twist on proceedings with its Dracula-inspired festivities held in Transylvania, whereas many countries forgo Halloween altogether, focusing instead on the Catholic tradition of All Souls' Day (Day of the Dead) on November 2nd. 

Costumed trick-and-treaters will be out in masses throughout the UK and Ireland as the weeks of pumpkin-carving, Halloween-cookie-baking and haunted-house-visiting come to a head. There will also be plenty of adults-only fun to be had, with riotous fancy dress parties and groups hitting bars and nightclubs. Those wanting to get in the mood can walk in the footsteps of the notorious Jack the Ripper in haunted London; brave the eerie underground vaults of haunted Edinburgh or sip a Guinness at the Gravediggers’ Pub after a tour of haunted Dublin.

Across the channel, there are plenty of equally spooky sights that will send shivers down your spine. The City of Light shows its dark side for Halloween, with ghost-hunters descending on Paris’ most haunted attractions like the Paris Catacombs and the Montparnasse Cemetery. Over on Dutch soil, ghost tours pass through the Amsterdam Dungeon, Dam Square (once used for witch burnings) and Bloedstraat (Blood Street); whereas Prague’s witch walking tours cast a light over the city’s murky past. Even romantic Venice gets a creepy makeover, with ghost walking tours telling the stories of the cursed Poveglia Island, the alleyways ominously named ‘the Assassins’ and the ‘House of No Return.’ 

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Skip the Line: Catacombs of Paris Small-Group Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 268 Reviews

Paris is known for the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre, but in the City of Lights a darker reality lurks in the infamous catacombs of Paris. This ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.40

Venice Ghost Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 582 Reviews

Venice by night is steeped in mystery and the ghosts of the past! This 1.5-hour evening ghost walking tour takes you on a journey to the city’s hidden corners, ...  Read more

Location: Venice, Italy
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.71

Jack the Ripper Tour and London Ghost Walk

4.5 star rating: Recommended 200 Reviews

See the sinister side of London as you follow the blood-soaked footsteps of murderers Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd down gas-lit alleyways on a ghost ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours

From USD $48.47

Dublin Gravedigger Ghost Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 78 Reviews

Do you want to find out what happened to the lost souls of medieval, plague-ravaged Dublin? This bus tour is your chance to do just that! Visit eerie yet ...  Read more

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.71

Underground Vaults Walking Tour in Edinburgh

4.5 star rating: Recommended 135 Reviews

Discover the underground vaults of Edinburgh city! Far below the busy, bustling Edinburgh streets there lies a dark, quiet and forgotten place. These wonderful ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 75 minutes (approx.)

From USD $16.66

Private Tour: London Ghost Tour by Traditional Black Cab

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Set off on a 2.5-hour spooky sightseeing tour of London by iconic London black cab. Driven by a private driver -- a master of storytelling with first-hand ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.29

Edinburgh Night Walking Including Historic Underground Vaults

4.5 star rating: Recommended 91 Reviews

Explore the grim and ghastly side of Edinburgh on a ghost walking tour -- from fiendish plots that led to treason and torture, to secret lives lingering in the ...  Read more

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $16.66

Paris' Pere LaChaise Gravestone Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 130 Reviews

Visit one of the most romantic and mysterious sites in Paris on a small group walking tour through Pere LaChaise cemetery. Numbers are limited to a maximum of ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.49

Ghosts, Mysteries and Legends Night Walking Tour of Paris

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For many, Paris by night is a place of romance and moonlit walks along the Seine. For others, it’s a place of mystery and the ghosts of the past that haunt ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.49

London Dungeon Entrance Ticket

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Be fast-track transported to the darkest moments in London's history at the creepiest attraction in town, the London Dungeon. Enjoy your spine-chilling ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $32.57

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