28 October 2014 by Anna Staford
Halloween is a vibrant holiday celebrated differently in many cultures. Costumes and parties are always fun, but if you spend 31st of October in a new location, you’ll see this special day in a totally new morbid light.
The Bone Church in Kutná Hora seems to be just another magnificent sample of medieval architecture when you look at the famous church from afar. But walk through that door and you will find yourself in the surrealistic world of macabre. Known as the Ossuary or Kostnice, this church contains the bones of about 40,000 people who died of plague and the Hussite wars in the 15th century.
The day after Halloween is more celebrated in the state of Oaxaca, but this region of Mexico is still a spooky place to visit around this time. Each November 1 and 2 people here celebrate the Day of the Dead to remember their deceased ancestors. Families build altars with plenty of food and prepare gifts to welcome the souls of the dead relatives. They gather at the cemeteries for an all-day fiesta and paint skulls on their faces. The streets drown in colourful decorative coffins, skulls and bones.
Halloween is a perfect time to explore the eerie side of Scottish capital. Just think about the souls of plague victims that were once sealed in Mary King’s Close underground street in attempt to save the rest of the city. Take a ghost tour to the South Bridge Vaults where several gruesome murder victims were found. Various paranormal activity was detected here, including ghost sightings and strange disembodied voices.
Founded in 16th century as the extension to the nearby cemetery, these catacombs now house the remains of about 80,000 people. After the mummification of a Capuchin monk this burial ritual became a norm, especially among the wealthier Sicilians. Divided into gender and social groups, ghastly mummified figures now somberly greet terrified tourists in their grave chambers.
More famous for Mardi Gras celebration, New Orleans is also a perfect getaway for Halloween. Its atmosphere is saturated with voodoo lore, vampire tales and ghost stories. One stroll through the haunted Saint Louis Cemetery with the tomb of the Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau or a visit to the house Madame Lalaurie, notorious serial killer will be enough to leave you terrified. Vampire tales also come alive in this city, nurtured by the history of mysterious unsolved murders with bloodless victims.
Explore the macabre side of popular travel destinations this Halloween and you will see that the darkest corners of this world sometimes hide the most valuable secrets. Don't forget to be especially careful on your Halloween journey and get a travel insurance cover, as the protection against is essential on the day when evil spirits walk the Earth .