Boo! Here Are The Best Halloween Parties Around The Country
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
Summon spirits, dance with ghosts, and partake in voodoo ceremonies at these top Halloween festivities around the country.
Village Halloween Parade – New York, NY
This annual march shuts down lower Manhattan every year as people grab their best costumes and face paints to parade through the streets. Anyone with a costume can join the parade which usually includes hundreds of puppets, bands, dancers, and artists from all over the city. This year’s theme is Wild Thing, so get a little animalistic and join the party.
Sleepy Hollow Halloween – Sleepy Hollow, NY
The month-long party takes place in this iconic town, “where the legend lives”. You can expect to find haunted hayrides, Gothic mansions, blazing pumpkins, farmers’ markets, live music, street fairs, parades, and of course, the Headless Horseman. If you can’t attend the whole month, check out their calendar of events to find the perfect celebration for you.
West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval, West Hollywood, CA
Nearly 500,000 people fill the streets on and around Santa Monica Blvd each year to celebrate Halloween with live music, killer costumes, dancing, and local food. It is free to attend the world’s largest Halloween street party, but highly recommended to leave the kids at home.
Festival of the Dead, Salem, MA
Home to the legendary, 1692 witch trials, Salem sees an influx of over 500,000 visitors during the month of October. At the annual Festival of the Dead, you can celebrate the spirits of Salem with the Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. Be sure to stay for the main event, the Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball at Hawthorne Hotel. Hundreds of people gather to partake in voodoo ceremonies, hear ritual drummers, and meet witch doctors.
Little Five Points Halloween Festival, Atlanta, GA
The festival takes place in L5P, a premiere business, arts and music district and is one of the oldest and most eclectic neighborhoods in Atlanta. Each October, thousands of people flock to Little 5 Points to enjoy great food and drinks, live entertainment, local vendors, and the best Halloween parade in the South.
Halloween on Halsted, Chicago, IL
Head to Halsted for six days of events culminating in a parade and costume contest where you could win $4,000 in cash prizes. Halloween in Halsted has been ranked one of the top 10 Best Halloweens in the US for its debauchery, games, and the level of commitment from its patrons.
Halloween in New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
According to the website, “second only to Mardi Gras for its dazzling display of fun and finery, Halloween in New Orleans draws thousands to the Quarter for devilish fun while vampires, zombies, ghosts, goblins and everything else parade up and down Frenchmen Street displaying the city’s legendary wit and creativity in their carefully crafted costumes.”