...Halloween holidays; Dreaming of Dracula in TransylvaniaThe 12th centur y walled town of (sleeps six). A week's stay from October.
A Unesco World Heritage site, there are untouched churches, winding cobbled alleys, medieval buildings, secluded squares, towers and turrets.
Stay at Hotel Casa Cu Cerb, located on the main square next to Dracula's father's house.
A week's stay is from pounds 11,068pp (sharing) including fights with BA from Heathrow, seven nights' accommodation with breakfast and car hire.
Call Sunvil Discovery on 020 8758 4722 (www.sunvil.co.uk) Happy half-term Hallowe'en at Wookey Hole caves Head to the Wookey Hole limestone caves near Wells for a week of happy horrors including a Hallowe'en Circus, creepy competitions, spooky caves and the new Witch of Wookey Hole, pictured.
Hallowe'en runs from Saturday, October 24 to Sunday, November 1 at Wookey Hole and if children turn up in a scary costume their entrance ticket costs pounds 5. Make a weekend of it with Wow House and stay at Walton Castle, near Clevedon. Costs from pounds 109 per person per night (16 sharing).
Call 01452 715373 (www.thewowhousecompany.com) Visit scary Bodmin Jail and Bodmin Moor Grab the kids' attention this Hallowe'en by visiting spooky Bodmin Jail.
Filled with scary exhibits explaining the lives of the inmates, the prison dates back to 1776 - though the last hanging took place as recently as 1909.
The jail is open daily from 10am until 6pm.
Stay (a safe distance away) at Sunnybanks (sleeps six).
A week's stay from October 24 costs from pounds 86 per person based on six sharing (pounds 516 total).
Call Classic Cottages on 01326 555555 (www.classic.co.uk) Giant creepy crawlies and things that roar in the night in South Africa For the ultimate Hallowe'en celebration take the family to South Africa for an interactive family conservation trip.
As would be expected at Hallowe'en, there will be plenty of large spiders and big cats for the whole family to identify and track, including a spooky night tour.
Two weeks costs pounds 1,690 per child and pounds 2,290 per adult.
For more information call 0845 5200 888 (www.conservationafrica.net).
Spook yourselves silly at America's most bewitching seaport It may be most widely known as the site of the Salem witchcraft trials of 1692, but this colourful, coastal city of Salem, Massachusetts has much to offer this half term; a rich maritime heritage, an impressive display of historic architecture and amazing spooky stories that span almost four centuries.
Holiday accommodation still available near Salem: Seaside Escape, Winthrop by the Sea, Boston, USA, www.holidaylettings.co.uk/54100. Sleeps up to eight (four bedrooms) from pounds 1,118 per week.
Winchester set to become the spookiest city in Britain There will scary stories for families in the Winchester Discovery Centre on Hallowe'en when visitors can learn the gory history of the city.
And book now to join the hugely popular ghost tour from Winchester's official tourist guides.
Steel yourself for some scary surprises on a tour of the city on October 30 and 31, that points out its ghastly history.
Visit www.visitwinchester.co.uk for more details.
Hay on Fire Hay-on-Wye is the place to be for half term and Hallowe'en as Hay on Fire returns offering an action-packed four days of entertainment for all ages. Goffee the Clown, aka David Eveleigh, Wales' foremost fire and elemental theatre artist presents workshops and parades including Taiko drumming, lantern making and giant making culminating in a fire show on October 31.
www.hayfestival.com/hayonfire See the spooky sights of DublinHallowe'en events in Belfast include screenings of Edward Scissorhands and Ghostbusters at City Hall, spooky city sightseeing tours, Boo at the Zoo, scary stories at Ulster Museum and ghostly sea shanty tours on the River Lagan.
The stylish, centrally-located Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast is offering a special Hallowe'en rate at the end of October.
Visit www.fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com and www.gotobelfast.com Ghostly goings on at Hartsfield Manor, Surry Set in 16 acres of Surrey countryside, Hartsfield Manor blends stately elegance with a haunting atmosphere. Both staff and guests have reported strange happenings here.
A ghostly gentleman has been witnessed in the bar and room 34 plays host to the spirit of a woman with cropped grey hair!
If not enough to get your interest, in Victorian dress haunt the dining room and the ghostly spectre of a hunting hound has been seen running down the magnificent central staircase. Visit www.hauntingbreaks.co.uk New York's night-time march See how Hallowe'en is celebrated the world with AITO (The Association of Independent Tour Operators).
With help from an AITO member, join two million people in New York for The Village Hallowe'en Parade - a night-time march through Greenwich Village or if you'd rather protect yourself from evil spirits, visit a holy pilgrimage site in Asia or take a cathedral tour around one of Europe's classical capital cities.
Call AITO on 020 8744 9280 (www.aito.com).
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|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Oct 17, 2009|
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