7 Fun and Frightful Halloween Celebrations across the Country

By Erin Swan

Looking for something a little different to do this Halloween? From wild to terrifying to family-friendly fun, there are countless Halloween celebrations held across the nation every year throughout the fall season. Check out this list of incredible parties, parades, and exhibitions for lovers of pumpkins, witches, costumes, and all things Halloween!

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Village Halloween Party

Every Halloween, lower Manhattan shuts down for the Village Halloween Parade. The mile-long parade began in 1974 and has grown every year since. Anyone is welcome to join the parade—costume required, of course—and you’ll see a lot of incredible costumes included in the march. But the truly unique aspect of the parade is the parade’s signature papier-mache puppets, which are custom made for the parade. Even if you don’t want to be in the parade yourself, it’s worth watching the march just to see these incredible, one-of-a-kind creations.

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Sleepy Hollow Halloween

As you might expect, the home of the Headless Horseman embraces its haunted reputation during the month of October. All month long, you can partake in graveyard tours and haunted hayrides. For something a little less spooky, there are also street fairs, parades, and a family-friendly tour of Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities at the Gothic Revival Lyndhurst Castle.

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Festival of the Dead

Salem, Massachusetts, also capitalizes on its haunted reputation at this time of year. The Festival of the Dead lasts 31 days and attracts nearly half a million visitors to the city each year. With the Psychic Fair, Witchcraft Expo, voodoo ceremonies, and more, Salem is the place to go if you’re fascinated with the supernatural. The whole event culminates in the famous Salem Witches’ Halloween Bal at the Hawthorne Hotel.

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New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival

This year, the pumpkin festival will be held in Laconia, New Hampshire, instead of its traditional location in Keene, on October 24th. This festival has broken the world record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one place not once, but an astounding nine times! And they’re planning to break it a tenth time this year. If you love pumpkin carving and pumpkin-inspired foods, nothing is more pumpkin-centric than this festival.


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Autumn at the Arboretum

Sure, you’ve seen pumpkins carved into any number of things—but have you ever seen a hut built of pumpkins? The Dallas Arboretum will be holding its annual Autumn at the Arboretum celebration through November 25th this year. Here, you’ll see over 75,000 pumpkins, squashes, and gourds used to create a pumpkin-themed wonderland with pumpkin-covered huts, pumpkin-lined walkways, and of course, Cinderella’s pumpkin-shaped carriage. Bring a picnic, and enjoy a one-of-a-kind sight this fall.

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New Orleans Halloween

If you’re looking for a combination of revelry and fright, New Orleans is the place you want to go this Halloween. Known as the most haunted city in the nation, New Orleans offers an endless buffet of haunted tours. You can visit some of the more famous haunted locations like the Hotel Monteleone and the Lalaurie House. But if you’re looking for something more celebratory than scary, you can attend the main party in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood; the only bigger party ever held in the area is Mardi Gras.

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Louisville Zoo Halloween Party

The Louisville Zoo in Kentucky takes great pride in its annual Halloween party, which has been dubbed the world’s largest Halloween party. This celebration is focused on families, and is more fun than frightening. Children can interact with costumed characters from their favorite movies and trick-or-treat alongside the zoo’s animal exhibits.


By | 2017-06-05T17:03:59+00:00 October 16th, 2015|
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