5 ways to celebrate this Halloween
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).