Halloween is a strange concept – it was originally a pagan celebration and it takes place the evening before the religious All Saints’ Day on 1st November, and All Souls’ Day on 2nd November. It is widely believed that the church, although not recognizing Halloween in the traditional way – but they do celebrate All Hallows Eve, do not attempt to dissuade the celebration as it draws attention to the two following days. In some countries All Souls’ Day/Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos is also a big celebration.
Halloween is all about witches, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, mummies, pumpkins and much more. Children go out – dressed up as spooky creatures – knocking on doors at night offering ‘trick or treat’, and the householders usually give them money or candy for their trouble. However much we may take the whole concept of Halloween with a pinch of salt, there are some places or even scary websites that we would all probably rather not be on that night or rather not be on any night! So here is a selection of photographs of spooky places to get you in the mood for Halloween this year.