One of the first international Halloween celebrations you should attend around the world is Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, in Mexico City, Mexico, Oct. 31–Nov. 2. Despite the long history of the Day of the Dead observance in Mexico, the Día de los Muertos festival is only in its second year. Participants dressed in vibrant clothing, sugar skull-painted faces and various costumes parade through the streets to music. Ornate decorations and offerings are placed through the town to commemorate the past lives of loved ones and celebrate them in the afterlife.
The hauntingly fun event lights up the city with ghostly fun and excitement, while celebrating life through incredible music, colors, cuisine and the overall vibrancy of the Mexican culture.
In Chinese culture, Zhong Yuan Jie, also known as The Hungry Ghost Festival, is an ancient tradition in which spirits are welcomed back to Earth to walk among the living.
Ghost Day celebrations vary depending on the region in China, but are typically on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month. Deceased ancestors are believed to come back from the afterlife and join their living relatives for the day. The living often prepare a large spread of food, typically vegetarian, for their deceased loved ones. Some even leave room at the table for homeless spirits with nowhere else to go.
There are activities all month leading up to Ghost Day, including floating lanterns on the water at night. This tradition helps guide the lost souls home and welcome them from the underworld.
Throughout the month, people burn incense, paper-mâché forms of gold, jewelry and fine clothing as a ritualistic offering for the spirits. The entire event is meant to absolve the suffering of the deceased and allow them one Earthly meeting with their loved ones.
There are also quite a few activities not encouraged during Ghost Month, such as buying a new home, moving and getting married.
Part of a family who just loves a good scare or ghost story? This fall, wherever your travels might take you, chances are you’ll be near an Omni hotel or resort with a history of haunted sightings and other scary happenings. So, why not learn a bit about where you’re staying to make the experience all the more eerie …
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Overshadowed by nearby Portland and overlooked by tourists bound for the popular coastal towns of Camden and Boothbay Harbor, Brunswick is not on the radar of most family travelers in Maine. But couples looking for a cozy getaway will find fine dining, antiques, art and quiet streets for strolling, many lined by distinguished homes and well-kept gardens.
Not quite ready to say goodbye to summer? If the weather is forcing you to head indoors, you can still take advantage of a few opportunities to splash around in the waves, without even being that far from the beach — thanks to the world’s largest indoor beachfront waterpark, which opened this summer in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.