Three Top Halloween Destinations

If you find the spooky, weird and macabre interesting, and count Halloween as one of your favourite holidays of the year, then make a note of these three top destinations to visit come October 31.

Visit Count Dracula's castle in Transylvania

While the story of Dracula is a work of fiction, author Bram Stoker based his horrific tale on the 14th century Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes, more famously known as Vlad the Impaler.

Thrill-seekers and interested visitors to Romania can make the trip to the historic castles that served Vlad in his lifetime including Poenari Castle and the world-famous Bran Castle.

There are special Dracula tours that operate during Halloween, with guests able to visit these must-see castles, dine in the house where 'Prince Dracula' was born and attend a special Halloween party with a bonfire, knighthooding games, a dinner buffet and authentic medieval music.

See New York's iconic Village Halloween Parade

There's no better place to take part in the trick-or-treating experience than the good ol' United States.

If you're going stateside, make sure to fly on up to New York City to watch the famous Village Halloween Parade.

This year it's celebrating its 40th anniversary and will be back with a vengeance, after taking a break last year due to Hurricane Sandy.

Expect to see hundreds of giant puppets, more than 50 bands and a myriad of other extraordinary sights and sounds.

Start searching for craft ideas now, with anyone in a Halloween costume able to march in the parade!

Celebrate 'Day of the Dead' in Mexico

While Day of the Dead (Dia De Muertos) isn't necessarily a Halloween celebration, it's a holiday that has an element of the macabre, and is only two days out from October 31!

Day of the Dead is celebrated in Mexico to honour and celebrate those passed, being a rather positive affair than that of Halloween.

Offerings and altars are made to welcome the dead, with marigolds and incense offered to help guide them back to where feasts are being held.

Photos, fruit, bread and mementos are put on these altars, with elders given the opportunity to teach children about their ancestors.

Sugar skulls are one highlight of the celebration, with these candies said to be for the souls of departed children who return to earth during this time.

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