Did you know, that in Great Britain turnips are traditionally used to make Jack-O-Lanterns during Halloween? The tradition has since tapered off owing to how expensive turnips were in America leaving immigrant Irish looking for other alternatives. This resulted in what we know now as the renowned pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns. It is that time of the year yet again! When people in the UK and the world over put on creepy gowns, paint their faces and go have the time of their lives celebrating Halloween. As a visitor, you’ll be delighted to know that the people here are welcoming and very accommodating. There are a ton of hair rising parties and activities in all major cities throughout the UK that will have you yearning for more long after Halloween is over. Here we look at the best cities to visit during Halloween in the United Kingdom.
There’s never a dull moment during Halloween in London. If you are traveling as a group with friends and family, you’ll be spoilt for choice owing to the wide array of Halloween activities on offer in this city. Standing out is the Highgate Cemetery tour and the London Dungeons.
Here visitors go on blood-curdling tours like the Jack Ripper tour, the Bloody Mary tour, and the Killer Queen tour. With a population of over 8.7 million people, London is the most populated of all cities in the UK. Here people party all night and make merry with children trick or treating up and down the streets and adults visiting haunted houses among numerous other Halloween activities.
Scotland is one of the places where Halloween is said to have begun over 2000 years ago. Here, you can find well-preserved traces and proof of events such as the Celtic festival of the Samhain. During Halloween, Edinburg is dawned in alluring pumpkin decorations, enchanting lights and the most unique costumes by locals and visitors.
Here there are theater shows, creepy movies, and club events better suited for the more mature lot. On the other hand, the bold, youthful lot can visit, the mighty castles, go on a thrilling vault tour and ghostly royal mile tour among numerous other activities. The ethnic composition here includes Asians, Asian/British, Scottish, Africans, Caribbeans, and Black people. This clearly shows that whatever your background, you will fit right in and blend seamlessly with the people here.
Are you traveling with your kids? Children never turn down a chance to eat all the candy they want without restrictions. If you are an adult and have a sweet tooth, the Cadbury world in Birmingham will blow your minds away. The Cadbury world is a chocolate factory that makes little Halloween themed treats.
In the shops, you will find screme eggs, chocolate pumpkins, and crunchie spiders all which are handmade just for you. The grown-up lot can take trips throughout the facility and take breaks in different restaurants here. Birmingham is the second largest city with a population of over 1.1 million people. Train and buses are the cheapest and main form of transportation here with alternative, modern infrastructure like roads and airports also available.
Ever watched the walking dead series? Did you love it? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you cannot afford to miss a trip to the Beach of The Dead in Brighton. Over a thousand ghouls, zombies, ghosts and demons march here for a spectacular display for those who aren’t easily spooked. However, the same cannot be said about the fearful lot who would want to leave as soon as they arrive, possibly with a puke bag in hand.
A visit to the Sussex countryside will have you walking through a Halloween trail full of glowing pumpkins. Food and accommodation prices here are very affordable. During Halloween, the weather here is characterized by colder temperatures ranging between 17 degrees and 18 degrees. As autumn sets in, there will also be intervals of showers and cloudy skies which is the perfect weather for such celebrations.
If you are traveling as a group, hiring a car is a great and convenient option. Driving yourself means you can go anywhere as far away as you please worry free. As a visitor, however, you must be aware of the traffic rules and regulations to uphold while on the road. For instance, American visitors should remember to stay on the left-hand side of the road as opposed to the right-hand side as they are used to. Owing to the region being relatively cold during Halloween, it is advisable that you carry warm clothes appropriate for such weather.