Halloween (October 31) is not just a day for the western Christians. It is an exciting celebration evening for both kids and adults. Especially, many Halloween events are organized all over the world annually. So, people get ready for those events and parties with perfect Halloween costumes, food recipes, and decorations (especially, pumpkin carving ideas).
Through this article, I’m going to tell you about the 30 best Halloween events happening in the USA every year. Just scroll down to find out the most favorite, closest, or the most exciting one for you.
Most people are Googling for the “best Halloween events near me” in every year. But, the following events are happening on every Halloween day in different cities all over the USA. So, just read and find the ideal one for you.
25 Best Halloween Events in the USA
Best Halloween Events: The Spirit of Halloweentown Festival in St. Helens, Oregon
St. Helens is a famous small town, located 30 miles north of Portland. And it is very famous for Halloween events as it is the location of Disney Channel’s original movie “Halloweentown”. On the other hand, it is the film location of Bella’s House in the Twilight movie series.
So, do I need to mention any other reason to come to this place?
The Spirit of Halloweentown Festival in St. Helens, Oregon is so much different from the Halloween festivals in busy cities. It is so authentic and converts the town into 1998 Halloween Town movie decorations.
Haunted houses, Halloween costume parades, giant pumpkin lighting ceremonies, haunted hearse, and a car show, monster fun run, and many more items are there to impress you in this authentic small town.
Best Halloween Events: Neewollah Festival in Kanas
Neewollah Halloween Festival happens in a small town called Independence, located in the Southeast region of Kanas. Read the term carefully. “Neewollah” is the backward spelled term of “Halloween”.
And this is not just a one-day celebration. It takes 9 days long and many tourists attract this place to spend their holiday in Halloween style. Therefore, it is filled with numerous exciting activities.
Like: parades, food festivals, Halloween carnivals, and a lot of celebrations. And yes, this is one of the largest annual events in the state as well. So, add it to your bucket list.
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Best Halloween Events: The Festival of the Dead in Salem, Massachusetts
Salem is one of the most famous small towns in the USA for celebrating Halloween since 1692 (as there were witch trials in this small town in 1692). Still, those “Historic Witch Tries” attract visitors to Salem from all over the world to celebrate Halloween.
Therefore there’s a famous Halloween festival called “The Festival of the Dead” in this town that you can join. And it is filled with tons of exciting things.
Like: talking with the dead, experience psychic readings, visiting haunted houses, haunted costume parties, parades, and fireworks.
Yes, Salem, Massachusetts is full of haunted things in the Halloween season (October) every year. So, I highly recommend you plan your Halloween tour to this amazing small town.
Best Halloween Events: Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party in Florida
Yeah, you guessed it correctly. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party happens in the Disney Magic Kingdom Park in Florida. They decorate the park with pumpkins and other haunted decorations.
Especially, your kids are warmly welcomed to this Halloween event with Halloween costumes. And inside the park, it is filled with firework shows, entertaining parades, decorations, and many more.
You can catch this party every night from the mid of August till November in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. For more information just visit the above link.
Best Halloween Events: NH Pumpkin Festival in Laconia, New Hampshire
NH Pumpkin Festival is one of the most famous Halloween events in the USA. Happening in the awesome small town called Laconia, New Hemisphere, the festival offers you tons of entertaining things to do.
For example Live music and zombie walks, food festivals, Pumpkin Festival Beer Garden, a variety of fun games for kids (corn hole and games, pedal tractor pulls).
Along with that, there are very unique and entertaining events like horse-drawn hayrides and pumpkin bowling.
Well, all the above events are normally featuring on the first day of NH Pumpkin Festivals. Then, the second day offers you Pumpkin Dump Derby and Jack-o-Lantern Lightning Event like eye-catching things.
In the middle of this Halloween event, you can see a 34-foot high tower of jack o lanterns. I think that decoration is the most attractive part of this Halloween event.
Are you still going to miss this amazing Halloween event? I hope not. So, to know the exact date in October and more information just visit the above link.
Best Halloween Events: Halloween Festivals in Anoka, Minnesota
Anoka, Minnesota considers the “Halloween Capital of the World”. Yes, there are tons of Halloween events, competitions, decorations, and parades in Anoka.
Anoka’s community organizes pumpkin competitions, haunted home decoration contests, haunted costumes parades (especially for kids), scarecrow contests, bonfires and parades, balls, and parties.
Initially, these programs were organized for kids. But, now all the age groups are attracted to these Halloween Festivals in Anoka.
Best Halloween Events: Visit Sleepy Hollow in New York
Sleepy Hollow is an East Coast town in the south of New York. Locating around 30 miles away to the North of New York, Sleepy Hollow got more famous after featuring in the short story “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” by Washington Irving.
This famous gothic storybook has many haunting stories and the writer explains the environment of Sleepy Hollow relevant to those stories. Still, you can experience many dramatic performances of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in the Halloween season with cemetery tour guides.
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Best Halloween Events: Tillson Street Halloween Event in Romeo, Michigan
Romeo is another small town in Michigan. But, it is not just a town as it is very famous for the unique Halloween decorations on Tillson Street. So, many fans attract to this Tillson Street Halloween Event to see its spooky home decorations, amazing lantern shows, Charlie Brown characters, and many more.
Trust me, it looks like a Hollywood horror movie location. Therefore I highly recommend you visit there with your kids to celebrate Halloween.
C-K AutumnFest in West Virginia
Have you heard the two cities, Ceredo and Kenova? They have the iconic Halloween celebrations in West Virginia. Especially, the two days long C-K AutumnFest is host by these two amazing cities together.
And it offers you haunted parades, a variety of bake-offs, tractor shows, art, and craft shows, and festivals like entertaining Halloween events.
On the other hand, popular events like Dreamland Haunted Trail and Great scarecrow Hunt are extremely entertaining for both kids and adults. So, if you are looking for a Halloween vacation in Virginia, just visit Ceredo and Kenova.
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Pumpkin People in the Park, Chatham, Massachusetts
First I must say that Chatham is a stunning seaside town located in Massachusetts. On the other hand, there’s a great Halloween event called “Pumpkin People in the Park” every October. (at Cape Code town)
The artists all over the state attract to this festival to perform and display their talents through funny pumpkin creations, haunted decorations, picture-perfect locations, and many more.
Another great event in Chatham is Octoberfest (at Kate Gloud Park). You guessed correct. It is full of brats and beer with awesome live music. And also it has some kids friendly events too. So, if you are planning a Halloween tour to Chatham, do not miss both of the above events.
Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade in Atlanta
Little Five Points Halloween Parade is happening in Atlanta, Georgia. And it is one of the most attractive Halloween events that shows Halloween costumes and decorations in the USA. So, a lot of visitors attract annually to see the parade and experience the festive climate in Atlanta.
Therefore I highly recommend you to visit the place as early as possible to grab a better place that you can see the parade without any barrier. And after watching the parade you can have street foods from food trucks by local chefs.
Click the above link to know the dates and more information.
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The Louisville Zoo Halloween Party
Louisville Zoo Halloween Party considers as “The Largest Halloween Event in the World“. I’ll tell you the reason behind that. Happening in Louisville, Kentucky this Halloween event hosts unique items each year. And they are not so scary but filled with sweetness.
So, thousands of visitors are attracted to celebrate Halloween in Louisville Zoo. And the most highlighted items in this event are headless horseman and haunted animal decorations.
The most important feature of this Halloween event spending time with adorable animals in this zoo. So, your kids will like this idea. If you like it, just click the link and know more.
Emma Crawford Festival in Colorado
Emma Crawford Festival is one of the funniest Halloween events happen in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Although this is a small town, it hosts very entertaining events like coffin races. And in the coffin races, people annually present very creative and unique coffin creations in the race.
If you want to know the dates and other Halloween events Emma Crawford festival, just click the above link.
West Hollywood Carnival in California
Are you in California? Or planning to travel to California? Here’s the best chance to celebrate Halloween. It is the West Hollywood Carnival in California.
Yes, it is a kind of A-list Halloween celebration as it contains live music, street food festivals, and amazing costume contests. Sometimes you can meet famous Hollywood celebrities there. Therefore, West Hollywood Carnival attracts millions of visitors annually to celebrate Halloween.
So, just plan your Halloween tour to the World’s Largest Halloween Street Party on Santa Monica Boulevard.
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Village Halloween Parade in New York
The Village Halloween Parade is the best Halloween event in New York City. Yes, it attracts all the New Yorkers through attractive costumes, decorations, and plenty of exciting events.
Each year has its theme and people dress up according to it. As there’s a huge costume competition you can surely see very impressive ones throughout the parade.
Click their official website to know the latest theme, date, and other information.
Salt River Fields Spooktacular Balloon Festival in Arizona
Well, this is not a typical or regular Halloween event. It doesn’t have any haunted decorations and costumes. The most highlighted thing in Salt River Fields Spooktacular Balloon Festival in Arizona is 20 colorful hot air balloons.
So, you can celebrate Halloween in a different style by taking a balloon ride and experiencing live music. Yes, it is filled with a festive climate.
If you are in Arizona or planning a tour to Arizona in October, do not miss this amazing Halloween event in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Fairborn Halloween Festival and Zombie Walk in Ohio
This family-friendly Halloween event takes place in Fairborn, Ohio. Since it normally happens at weekends, anyone can join. And it contains plenty of Halloween activities like a blood bath, spooky makeovers, and nighttime Zombie Walk. Your kids will love the event. So, plan the tour now.
Pony Express Pumpkin Fest in Missouri
Pony Express National Museum presents an amazing Pumpkin Fest in St. Joseph, Missouri. This Halloween event contains nice decorations like arranging a mountain with around 1000 jack-o’-lanterns and other haunted decorations.
On the other hand, the event offers you a costume parade, games, awesome foods, and, many entertaining games. Are you still going to miss this experience?
Pumpkin Walk in Arizona
Again, another great Halloween event in Arizona. It is the Pumpkin Walk in Flagstaff, Arizona. The special feature of this Halloween event is even you can participate in carving pumpkin decorations. And they use them for the pumpkin walk path decorations.
So, you can walk along the path at night by seeing your own decorations. Especially, your kids will love it. Other than the pumpkin walk, this Halloween event contains hot chocolates, tasty Halloween cookies, cider, and a bonfire with a lot of entertaining items.
So, plan your Halloween celebration with your kids to Pumpkin Walk, Arizona.
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Sycamore Pumpkin Festival in Illinois
Sycamore in Illinois is more famous for its Pumpkin Festival in the Halloween season. It contains thousands of decorated pumpkins with two carnivals, one costume parade, and three craft shows as major events.
While enjoying those events, you can have tasty food and experience live music as well.
The Crew of Boo in New Orleans
The Crew of Boo is one of the best Halloween events happening in New Orleans, Louisiana. As it contains many unique events like Zombie run, evening Halloween Parade with freaky costumes, and food events.
So, just click the above link to know the date and more information.
Irvington Halloween Festival in Indiana
Irvington Halloween Festival is a week-long Halloween festival in Indianapolis. And it celebrates Halloween for 73 years with a street fair, zombie bike ride, masquerade ball, vampire run, street food, and many more unique items.
So, I think it is really worth visiting with your family to this great Halloween event.
Night of 1000 Jack-o-Lanterns in Chicago
In this Halloween event, you can see thousands of creatively carved jack-o-lanterns with lights at the Chicago Botanics Garden. And they are truly amazing and creative. You can see unique carvings in this place.
On the other hand, as the Chicago Botanics Garden is so pretty, it adds more beauty to this Halloween celebration. So, do not hesitate to visit this place in October to celebrate Halloween.
Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular in Kentucky
Just imagine! 5000 creatively carved and lightened pumpkins are placed on a 1.3-mile walking trail in Iroquois Park, Louisville. Yes, that is exactly what you can see in the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Halloween event. So, you can just walk along this decorated trail and take Instagramable photos.
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