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Plans For Hostels’ Halloween Heat Up

halloween 27-Oct-2008

It’s mid-October and hostels around the world are preparing for one of the biggest events in the backpacking calendar - Halloween.

It’s not just the larger ‘party hostels’ – with their bars, and the backpacking crowd they attract – that celebrate Halloween; many different types of hostel from all over the world get into the spirit of the event.

When asked why hostels were quite so keen on Halloween, Chief Operating Officer of Hostelbookers.com, David Smith, said: “With their sociable set-up, most hostels aren’t really the sort of places that need an excuse for a good party. But Halloween’s a bit different...”

He went on: “It’s a sort of banner for travelers to unite around, essentially, a culturally neutral occasion that fits in with the international vibe you find in hostels. It’s also a great opportunity for travelers to be a bit inventive with their costumes, get together and have a really big blow out.”

Below are listed five of the very best hostel Halloween parties for 2008:

1. Generator Hostel, London, England
London’s 800 capacity, Generator Hostel, long ago established itself as a major player in laying on cheap beds, cheap drinks and plenty of entertainment for a truly unique backpacking experience. And its Halloween celebrations will be no different: Starting at 9pm in the Generator Bar, the party promises to run into the small hours. Not for the fainthearted.
Prices start at €25.18 per person per night for shared accommodation.

2. The Globetrotter Inn, Edinburgh, Scotland
From its moody graveyards, to its countless dark alleyways, Edinburgh’s a city that’s pretty eerie at the best of times. The Globetrotter Inn, though, is looking to ramp up the fear factor another couple of notches with a big Halloween bash at their 24-hour licensed on-site bar.  
Prices start at €9.45 per person per night for shared accommodation.

3. Montara Lighthouse, San Francisco, USA
Halloween’s celebrated in the majority of USA hostels. Montara Lighthouse’s Halloween celebrations are a little different, though, because they’re for children. The all-day event (part of the 50th anniversary of the Golden Gate Council of Hostelling International USA), will feature a scavenger hunt and a costume parade, amongst a host of other spooky arrangements.
Prices start at €20.42 per person per night for shared accommodation.

4. Loki Hostel, Mancora, Peru
Loki Hostels are a hostel chain that definitely fits into the ‘party hostel’ category. Having successfully catered to a lively international crowd in Lima, Cusco and La Paz, the opening of their new hostel in Mancora is doubling up as a Halloween party.
Prices start at €5.73 per person per night for shared accommodation.

5. Nathan’s Villa Hostel, Krakow, Poland
Nathan’s Villa Hostel is ideal for the backpacker in Central Europe looking for a big Halloween party. Centrally located, near eerie sights like the Remuh Cemetery in Kazimierz, guests can head back to the hostel, where the hotly-competed for ‘Best Outfit Competition’ and free punch in their own nightclub will keep the party bouncing long into the night…
Prices start at €12.59 per person per night for shared accommodation.