Let’s celebrate Halloween – the scariest day on the cultural calendar, when all your favourite ghosts, ghouls and living dead souls come out to play…
To help you do just that, we’ve put together a list of the most haunted hostels across the world. Think you can handle it?
1. Burg Hostel, Transylvania, Romania
Transylvania – you can’t get much spookier than that. The Burg Hostel is right in the heart of Count Dracula’s home town and next to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Sighisoara Citadel. The castle is the only one in the world with people still living inside. The actual Burg Hostel has been standing since the 17th Centruy – giving it plenty of time to soak up the ghosts and ghouls in the spooky surroundings.
Dorm rooms start at €9.09pppn.
2. Hostel 7 Santi, Florence, Italy
A convent hostel located in a romantic Tuscan city. Doesn’t sound particularly scary, does it? Think again. While it may appear tranquil and serene on the surface, this ancient monastery is located in the very heart of Florence, home to the infamous poisonings and treacheries of the Borgia family. It certainly gives your Halloween holiday a rather macabre edge. Some say they have heard the whispers of souls trapped in the Hostel 7 Santi convent walls at night, so be sure to let us know if you encounter any midnight ethereal disturbances!
Dorm rooms start from €10.90pppn.
3. Jailhouse Accommodation, Christchurch, New Zealand
Combining the thrill of sleeping in a jail cell with modern facilities and a bargain price, it’s no wonder the Jailhouse Accommodation is one of New Zealand’s top rated hostels. It also happens to be one of the most haunted. Once standing as the Addington Prison, no renovations can keep out the souls of those local crime lords who lived and died in this particular Christchurch Jailhouse. They have over 30 private rooms available as well as some spooky old dorms. Let us know if you hear from any of the ghouls during your stay.
Dorm rooms start from €20.88pppn.
4. USA Hostels, San Diego, USA
Housed in an 18th century brothel, it’s unbelievable the number of stories hidden behind the doors of USA Hostels in San Diego. Over the past ten years, guests and staff have regularly told of lights going on and off without reason, unexplained drafts, nocturnal noises and knocking on the walls. One backpacker was even grabbed by an icy cold hand in the middle of the night! Creepy.
Dorm rooms start from €22.61pppn.
5. Hi-Ottawa Jail Hostel, Ottawa, Canada
We’re back to the prison hostels again – they just make such perfect backpacker accommodation! In the heart of Ottawa city HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel is located on the site of Canada’s last public hanging, on the 11th of the 11th hour in February 1869. While staying in this unique hostel, guests are invited to visit death row and the gallows before they drift off to sleep in a former jail cell. But be wary – it is said that the ghost of murderer Patrick James Whelan walks the corridors to this day.
Dorm rooms start from €20.62pppn.
6. Terra Mythica Hostel, Alba-iulia, Romania
Although Halloween isn’t quite so celebrated in Romania as it is in the West, there surely can be no creepier spot to enjoy this spooky holiday than the home of Bram Stoker – Dracula himself. Situated in the very heart of Transylvania’s eerie forests and dark valleys, Terra Mythica Hostel is just at it sounds – mythical…and somewhat terrifying. The traditional house was built 200 years ago, and comes complete with a ghostly lounge in the cellar of the hotel. We suggest you bring along some friends for protection.
Dorm rooms start from €16pppn.
7. HI Point Montara Lighthouse, Montara, United States
Are all these creepy horror stories getting too much for you to handle? Well, never fear, we’ve found the perfect alternative option that is much more ‘trick or treat’ than ‘blood and gore’. For the past eight years, miniature ghouls, goblins and their parents have flocked to HI Point Montara Lighthouse for its annual Haunted Hostel Halloween Festival. A great event for families to enjoy, this special October celebration comes complete with spooky games, crafts, live entertainment, tricks, treats and a 30-foot papier-mache resident dragon!
Dorm rooms start from €19.55pppn.
8. Captain Halpin’s Bunkhouse, Wicklow, Ireland
There are loads of ghosts and ghouls around the rural setting of Captain Halpin’s Bunkhouse, and the hostel organises special evenings out to go and hunt them down. This year, especially for Halloween, there’s a Murder Mystery night on the Saturday for all guest and on Monday 31 October they’re throwing a traditional Halloween party with apple bobbing and scary story time by the fire. Wicklow’s main square is set to turn into a Halloween Haven and the local gaol is even putting on a Halloween Horror Week.
Dorm rooms start from €14pppn.
Know of any other spooky hostels or even experienced something unexplained while travelling yourself? Tell us about it in the comments…