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5 best European destinations to spend Halloween

From scary castles and dark forests to outrageous parties and extravaganza, Europe is the place to be during Halloween. We selected the coolest (and scariest) events and activities scattered around the continent. Fun and scares guaranteed. 

1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Why celebrate Halloween for just one night? The Amsterdam Halloween Festival lasts for no less than 5 days. Put on your scariest costume and dance the nights away. Tired of partying? There is an all-night horror movie marathon too.

tip-image Amsterdam Central Station is connected to all parts of the Netherlands, as well as several cities in France, Belgium and Germany.

2. London, England

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A city as old as London, with its bloody history, makes for a perfect place to celebrate Halloween. Walk the streets that were once the horrific murder sites of Jack the Ripper. Or dress up and dance the dark night away at one of the many fancy club events.

tip-image Your Interrail Pass is valid on the famous Eurostar high-speed train between London, Paris, Lille, Brussels and Amsterdam. Make sure to reserve a seat in advance.

3. Transylvania, Romania

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What better place to celebrate Halloween than the home of Count Dracula himself? Every end of October, the mysterious Bran Castle is the location of an unforgettable Halloween party.

Looking for something quieter? The vast, haunted forests of this beautiful Romanian region are waiting for you…

tip-image To get to Bran Castle, take the train to Brașov from Bucharest Northern Railway Station. This will take approximately 3.5 hours. From Brașov Railway Station, there are several regular buses that go to Bran during the day.

4. Paris, France

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Paris, the city of blinding lights? Think again. The French capital has a dark secret hidden underneath its surface. Up until the late 1800s, six million Parisians were dug up from cemeteries around the city and moved to the Catacombs. They’re open for visits, if you dare.

tip-image The catacombs are accessible from 1, avenue du Colonel Henri Rol-Tanguy.

5. Copenhagen, Denmark

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For three weeks leading up to 31 October, Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen turns into a Halloween wonderland, complete with pumpkin carvings, confusing mazes, and a range of fiendish characters. It’s the perfect autumn event.

tip-image Tivoli Gardens are a short walk from Copenhagen Central Station.

Autumn travels

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All of Europe

Travel to all of these destinations or more with an Interrail Global Pass, giving you access to 33 countries across Europe.