Halloween Fun Across America

Happy Halloween from Take Tours

Happy Halloween From Take Tours

 

Halloween is coming up fast, but many people have yet to cement their plans. If you’re one of the many looking to do something frighteningly different this Halloween, look no further: we’ve compiled a list of some of the best festivals, parties, and attractions from around the country to help you figure it out! Take a look at some of our favorite annual events, organized here by location:

Nationwide

  • While many, if not most amusement parks have some kind of Halloween celebration, one of the most famous is the Six Flags FrightFest. In addition to decorations and themed attractions, parks have “scare zones” in which costumed performers will do their best to spook guests. “No-scare zones” safe for families with small children (or those who just don’t want to be bothered) are also clearly marked. (9/13 – 10/27)
  • Mickey’s Halloween celebrations take place at both the Anaheim and Orlando parks. These light-hearted, candy-fueled romps are geared toward families, particularly those with children who would be overwhelmed by some of the scare-geared antics of other parks and parties. Parades, trick-or-treating, and costume parties are par for the course. (9/10 – 11/1)

Halloween kids in costume

The Northeast

  • The ever- popular Salem Witch Museum Tour in historic Salem, MA is perfect for those who have an interest in the town’s spooky history, a yearning for the New England kitsch of their childhood, or just want to have a silly-good time. The show at the museum may be scary for small children, so guests on these tours are welcome to explore other bewitching attractions instead. (Salem, MA | Sunday, 10/27 and Thursday, 10/31 @ 10:00am)
  • The annual Horror Movie Marathon at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Boston is perfect for the college crowd. The marathon begins at midnight, but those who are still young at heart can arrive early and participate in the costume contest. Those who can stay awake will be treated to seven spectacular horror movies. This year, the headlining films are Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (Boston, MA | Saturday, 10/26 @ 11:59pm)
  • Greenwich Village‘s annual Halloween Parade— this year celebrating its 40th anniversary– draws more than 2 million viewers each year and includes over a mile of artists, street performers, dancers, acrobats, and more. Uniquely, this parade can be joined by anyone in costume who wants to participate! (New York, NY | Thursday, 10/31 @ 7:00pm
  • Each fall, the residents of a small New Hampshire town gather for Pumpkin Fest to attempt to break the world record for most jack o’ lanterns on display at once. Despite there only being 23,000 residents in the city, they manage to get nearly 30,000 up every year. The events draws tens of thousands of people who want a chance at helping make history. (Keene, NH | Saturday, 10/19 @ 12:00pm – 8:30pm)

The West Coast

  • The amazing West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is held along Santa Monica Boulevard from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard and features celebrities, contests, performers, food, and more. It is geared toward adults. (Los Angeles, CA | Thursday, 10/31 @ 6:00pm – 11:00pm)
  • The largest and most comprehensive theme park Halloween is the one at Knott’s Berry Farm. Known as the “Knott’s Scary Farm” celebration, this park-wide month-long adventure features more than one thousand performers, shows, mazes, special rides, and a fun combination of frights and humor. Like Six Flags’ FrightFest, the park features “Scare Zones” and “Safe Zones.” It celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012. (Buena Park, CA | 9/26 – 11/2)

Halloween sign

The Midwest

  • Athens Block Party in southeastern Ohio spans several blocks in the uptown area and usually spawns many local house parties as well. The event, which can draw as many as 30,000 people (doubling the town’s population overnight), includes food, games, arts and crafts, live music, and more. (Athens, OH | Saturday, 10/26 @ 7:00pm)
  • The Madison Freakfest is another massive block party, but the focus of this one is the live music. Three stages showcase popular artists, and this year, performers include Matt & Kim, Chiddy Bang, and Boy Blue. Guests can also participate in a costume contest or just enjoy walking down Main Street and sampling the local food and beer. (Madison, WI | Saturday, 10/26 @ 7:00pm – 1:30am)
  • Chicagoween is a multi-day celebration of the fun fall season around the city of Chicago. From arts and crafts to movie screenings to hay rides and sing-alongs, this family-friendly event is wonderful for kids and adults of all ages. The festivities run from lunchtime to dinnertime on all three days and are free to join. (Chicago, IL | 10/25 – 10/27)

The South

  • The actors and artists who put together the Netherworld Haunted House are so skilled at their craft that they have gone on to do effects for movies like Zombieland and television shows like The Walking Dead. Now in its 16th year, this haunted house is known for its unique themes and monsters and professional presentation. It is different each year. (Atlanta, GA | 10/4 – 11/3, 7:30pm – 10:30pm)
  • The 13th Floor Haunted House in Texas is a multi-level attraction based on the common practice of skipping the number 13 when assigning floors numbers in buildings. It is a unique haunted house that is heavy on the scares (even including live animals), and is not recommended for small children or the faint of heart. (San Antonio, TX | 10/16 – 11/2, 7:30pm – 11:00pm)