Have a spooky Halloween at some of the spookiest rental properties in the world
Want to scare this Halloween?
Perhaps one of the most ambitious festivals of the calendar year, Halloween is celebrated around the world in many ways, forms and traditions.
In Latin America, Spain and Mexico, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a three-day festival to honor the dead. Families build altars decorated with photographs, flowers and candy while preparing the deceased’s favorite meals.
For Ireland and Scotland, the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (or New Year) is marked by the lighting of bonfires to celebrate the end of the harvest season and the onset of winter.
Meanwhile, in the United States, Halloween has become a popular business event. Treats, costumes and pumpkin carving became all the rage in the 19th century, when the country saw an influx of Irish and Scottish settlers.
Since Halloween was canceled last year, we’re ready to go all out in 2021. How about staying in one of the scariest rentals around? Here is our list of spooky stays from around the world.
The Haunted Room in Talliston, Great Dunmow, UK
Once a fairly ordinary house in the ancient market town of Great Dunmow, the owners of Talliston House and Gardens have turned the property into a magical maze of rooms. Each takes place at a different time and place.
The Haunted Room recreates in nightmarish detail the bedroom of a seven-year-old Edwardian child with books and toys.
Laura’s Cottage, Savannah Georgia, United States
Conveniently located in one of the most haunted cities in the United States, Laura’s Cottage was built in 1799. While the current owners have totally modernized the space – most importantly adding WiFi – its decor remains full of character historical.
Rumor has it that Laura herself is still very present at the chalet as well. According to accounts from travelers who have rested their tired heads at home, she is known to open windows and turn lights on and off from time to time.
Castello Dal Pozzo, Piedmont, Italy
Now operating as a hotel, this Italian estate has a chilling history.
In 1467, a young woman named Barbara fell in love with an army captain, Matteo. They had planned to run away, but when her father heard about the case, he locked her in the tower and exiled Matteo to France. Barbara was unaware of the exile and died in the tower, awaiting her return.
Some guests said they can still see her staring out of the tower window to this day.
Chateau Pitau Castle, Moscow, Russia
This small castle just 10 km from Moscow is said to be home to a ghost that appears once a week at midnight. But don’t worry, this awesome rental can accommodate nine people, so you can take backups.
As well as a fantastically timed ghost, it is also home to several swimming pools, a billiard room, sauna and acres of gardens. There are many places to escape the spooky stories that haunt this castle.
The Haunted House Apartment, York, UK
This time capsule of a property over 600 years old captures the history of the city of York, in the north of the United Kingdom.
The apartment overlooks the iconic York Minster and features distinctive woodwork. Nearby attractions such as the York Dungeons and Hallowscream, hosted at York Maze, make it the perfect place for festive scares.
Bran Castle, Transylvania
A few years ago, Dracula’s own castle was listed on Airbnb in a contest that meant winners could stay there on Halloween night.
Surely the ultimate spooky stay, guests slept in velvet-lined coffins and took a guided tour of the castle with Dacre Stoker – Bram Stoker’s grandnephew.
While you can’t stay there just yet, we hope it becomes an annual tradition.