Top 20 Places to Spend Halloween

Ah, Halloween, the holiday of costumes, horror movies, trick or treat and sugar highs. Some people love it for the fantasy of it all, the ability to become someone they aren’t, even if only for a night. Some people love being scared shitless. Others hate it all and just think of Halloween as the start of the holiday season.

This list of the top 20 places to spend Halloween has a little something for everyone, regardless of whether you are leading the Halloween bandwagon or you think the whole thing is best left for children.

The Greenwich Village Halloween parade is one of the most epic parades in the world. Pretty much anything goes at this parade, where everything scary and strange and sexy and crazy about New York comes together for one awesome street party.

The “Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” by Washington Irving is one of the most recognized ghost stories in the United States. Visit the town of Sleepy Hollow, where the legend of the headless horseman originated and you are sure to get a real Halloween scare.

Spend Halloween in the town made famous for putting witches on trial and burning them to death. Salem comes to life in the month of October, giving visitors the chance to experience a bit of bewitching history.

Long Beach, California goes all out for Halloween. There are dozens of events held here throughout the month of October. No matter which you partake in, however, make certain you do not miss a trip to the supposedly haunted Queen Mary ship, docked in Long Beach.

New Orleans is most famous for its Mardi Gras celebration, but Halloween in this city is also one awesome party. As with Mardi Gras, New Orleans goes all out crazy for Halloween, with parties galore. You will also find some of the most creative costumes in the world on display in the streets.

Another top Halloween parade is Halloween on Halsted, held each year in the Northalsted neighborhood of Chicago. This parade is great for people of all ages. Bring your best costume, as there is a huge costume contest, with prizes given in many different categories.

Wisconsin is best known for its cheese and almost unbearably cold winters. Madison, Wisconsin, however, has developed quite the reputation for its super fun Halloween celebrations. Don’t miss Freakfest, which combines great music with Halloween fun and freight.

Just like Wisconsin, Minnesota also has a reputation for being frigid for a majority of the year, but Ana, Minnesota has self-declared itself the Halloween capital of the world. Offering wholesome fun than some of the other locations on this list, Ana goes all out with celebrations for people of all ages. Don’t miss the Halloween parade, one of the holiday events that put this small town in Minnesota on the map.

If you are anywhere in New England at any time in October, make your way to Keene, New Hampshire. This small town has one huge pumpkin festival that definitely makes it worth the trip here. Rows and rows of jack-o-lanterns light up the town and really put visitors in the Halloween spirit.

Hollywood, California takes advantage of the state´s year-round perfect weather and hosts one giant Halloween block party. Perhaps not surprising from the town known for blockbusters, the costumes at this Hollywood celebration are always fantastic.

If you happen to live nearby or are visiting one of these destinations, get yourself ready for an exciting October 31. If not, it is never too early to start planning for next year’s festivities!

Have some other suggestions for awesome ways to spend Halloween? Leave them in the comments below!

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