Halloween is celebrated on 31 October every year which is the last day of the Celtic calendar. The evolution of the Halloween custom can be traced back to the Celtic belief that the border between this world and the “Otherworld” fades on All-Hallows Eve and in order to avoid harm, people disguise themselves by wearing different types of costumes. All-Hallows-Eve is the night before All-Saints Day which is the day after Halloween. Since orange is the colour of pumpkins and black is associated with death, both these colours represent Halloween. The tradition of carving a jack o’ lantern, which is carved on All Hallows Eve and left on the door step to ward off evil spirits, started in the UK. The world’s largest jack o’ lantern was carved from the world’s largest pumpkin on October 31, 2005 in Northern Cambria, Pennsylvania, United States by Scott Cully.
Halloween is also celebrated by children who dress up in different costumes and go door to door asking for candy with the question, “trick or treat?”, which a threat that if no treat is given, some mischief will be done. Children usually dress up as witches for trick-or-treating. Different countries have different customs regarding the Halloween celebrations. Originally, Halloween costumes were scary characters like vampires, ghosts, skeletons, witches and devils but today, they are often inspired by science fiction, television, cinema, cartoons and pop culture. In the US, the most popular Halloween costume themes for adults are, in order: witch, pirate, vampire, cat, and clown.
One of the most popular traditional Halloween games is Apple bobbing which is played by filling a tub or a large basin with water and putting apples in the water. Since apples are less dense than water, they will float and then players have to try and catch one with their teeth.
New York City hosts the United States’ largest Halloween celebration, known as The Village Halloween Parade. The evening parade attracts over two million spectators and participants. Most people in various countries try to enjoy the haunted holiday on Halloween with different types of fun activities. People like to enjoy the holiday in different ways like going to luxury spas and getting spa treatments or enjoying specialty cocktails. In New York, some serious fun activities are lined up in the following four hotels on this haunted holiday.
Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC
New York City is famous for celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays with pomp, Halloween is also celebrated with equal gusto with parties galore. The 209-unit hotel gets transformed into a Halloween Centre during this scary, fun-filled weekend with the hotel offering a Get Bewitched Package. As part of the package, guests get accommodation, two Bloody Mary drinks, Continental breakfast and trick-or-treat welcome bag filled with all sorts of sweets and snacks. If you wish to avail of this package, you should not forget to take your scary costume with you because you can wear it to your advantage at the Halloween night party at Plunge Lounge + Bar or Gansevoort Park Rooftop.
Loews Atlanta Hotel
During the Halloween celebrations at Loews Atlanta Hotel there will be the 5th annual Costumes on the Woof contest for four-legged visitors and in addition, the Four-star property will bring forth some spooky spirits inspired by the candy beloved by centuries of trick-or-treaters. During the Halloween weekend in October, you can go to the stylish Bar Eleven of the Midtown hotel and get Up in the Scare, which is tasty combination of Absolut Raspberri, Apple Pucker and cranberry that packs the liquid equivalent of a mouthful of Starbursts or gummy worms. You can also try the Betwix’ed which is basically a traditional martini with the flavour of Twix, using butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka, cream and a sea-salt rim.
The Montcalm at the Brewery London City
The Five Star Montcalm Hotel at The Brewery London City is offering a deal during the Halloween weekend up to November 2, in which you can get to stay in a room with a Boo package that includes deluxe king accommodation, a Halloween-themed welcome amenity and continental breakfast at Five-Star the next morning. Custom cocktails are also available at the famous Rebar such as Graveyard Punch which consists of light rum, blood orange, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice dram and bitters served in a cauldron of steaming dry ice and the Corpse Reviver which is a cucumber-infused gin cocktail with aperitif wine, orange curacao, lemon and absinthe served in a nitrogen-encased martini glass with lychee berry eyeballs.
La Fonda On The Plaza, Santa Fe
This hotel is located in Santa Fe and is an important landmark with a haunted history. It is believed that the spirit of a business man still walks the floors of the hotel’s dining room, La Plazuela which is situated just above the well in which he threw himself and died after he lost his and his company’s total savings in a game of poker. This incident took place when the 179-room property was known as the Exchange Hotel.
People who have the courage to walk the halls can go a step further in their spooky adventure by taking the popular Ghostwalkers tour. It is necessary to make a reservation and take the tour along with a friend because you may need some support if you get spooked by any spirits.