Break out your scary stories and crazy costumes—Halloween is nearly here, and the parties are about to begin. Salem, New Orleans, and New York City are famous for their celebrations, but if you’re traveling internationally, fear not: variations of Halloween occur all over the world. From the Calaverasskulls and dancing at Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos to the chilling ghost walks of London, here are the best places for a truly spooktacular holiday.
New York City
Go for: More than 50,000 zombies and outrageous costumes at the Village Halloween Parade, a Widow’s Kiss cocktail at the Headless Horseman Bar, and a spectacular view of glowing jack o’lanterns at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, a brief day trip from the city.
Go for: Family-friendly festivities at Hong Kong Disneyland’s Haunted Halloween (yes, you can trick or treat with Mickey), haunted houses and concerts at Ocean Park Halloween Fest, and drink and dinner specials at the Lan Kwai Fong Street Party.
Go for: Samhain celebrations (the pagan New Year and precursor to Halloween), bonfires and fortune-telling at the Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival, and endless costume parties throughout Dublin—the Irish capital goes all out.
Go for: Haunted tours through the French Quarter, a Halloween-themed music festival at the Voodoo Music & Arts Experience, and street parties in the Faubourg Marigny—famous for elaborate and outlandish costumes.
Go for: An up-and-coming Halloween scene (known locally as la Noche de Brujas); most clubs and expat bars in Santiago have parties, and there’s an even annual zombie walk.
Go for: Jack the Ripper Ghost Walks throughout the city, “after dark” tours through museums, and “Fright Night” horror mazes at Thorpe Park.