5 ways to cel­e­brate this Hal­loween

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Join a spooky pa­rade

There’s some­thing strange in the neigh­bour­hood when zom­bies, corpse-brides and war­locks march along Man­hat­tan’s Sixth Av­enue as part of the Village Hal­loween Pa­rade. If you want to take part you’ll need to wear ap­pro­pri­ately spooky at­tire – oth­er­wise you can watch aghast from the side­lines (free; 31 October; hal­loween­nyc.com).

Spend the night in a haunted house

If New York feels too far away, try old York. One of its most poltergeist­dense cor­ners is the aptly named ‘Haunted Cham­ber’ – a 650-yearold apart­ment where mor­tal res­i­dents hun­ker down amid four-poster beds and Per­sian rugs (from £110 with a two-night min­i­mum stay; trem­bling­mad­ness. co.uk).

De­scend into the Parisian un­der­world

The rest­ing place of six mil­lion Parisians, the Cat­a­combs were cre­ated in the 1780s when the ceme­ter­ies of the French cap­i­tal be­gan to over­flow, and var­i­ous bones were trans­ferred to sub­ter­ranean quar­ries in­stead. There can be few places scarier to spend Hal­loween than dark­ened tun­nels lined with count­less skulls (from £12; cat­a­combes. paris.fr).

Visit the Bram Stoker Fes­ti­val

Dublin stakes its claim to lit­er­ary im­mor­tal­ity with the an­nual Bram Stoker Fes­ti­val. This year, vis­i­tors can sink their teeth into a num­ber of events: a dance in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Drac­ula and screen­ings of vam­pire movies in St Pa­trick’s Cathe­dral count among them (events from £13; 27–30 October; bram­stok­er­fes­ti­val.com).

Watch hor­ror films in a Lon­don ball­room

Ex­pect cin­ema-go­ers to be smash­ing down the doors of Lon­don’s Rivoli Ball­room as it stages hor­ror film screen­ings in the run-up to Hal­loween. Among the chill­ing of­fer­ings at this 1950sv­in­tage venue is The Shin­ing, a movie no­table for its own ghostly ball­room scene (tick­ets from £13; 23–31 October; rivoliball­room.com).

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