With October now in full swing and temperatures falling across the U.S., it means Halloween is right around the corner. Over the years Halloween has grown to go much further beyond just trick or treating.
For those of us who just don’t want to grow up, large metros around America feature events and festivals around Halloween for us who want to relive one of our favorite childhood holidays. Below you’ll find five can’t miss Halloween festivals and events in the U.S.
Night of the Living Zoo, Washington, D.C: Any Halloween event that is put on by a beer company has to be a hit. Night of the Living Zoo, sponsored by Magic Hat Brewing Company, is the one Halloween event you don’t want to miss.The highlight of the night is the costume contest that gives out prizes to some of the best costumes. Other things include live music and all the Magic Hat you can drink.
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Orlando, Florida : Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is the premier family Halloween event in the nation. Furthermore, it’s not just Halloween weekend, as guests can take part in it throughout October. Disney World is transformed into a kid-friendly Halloween extravaganza, in addition to a parade and fireworks.
Knott’s Berry Farm Haunt, Buena Park, California: Knott’s Berry Farm Haunt is one of the longest running Halloween events in America, celebrating its 38th year. Each year they add new features to the theme park, of which this year includes a new haunted maze. Preparing for the event since last spring, visitors can enjoy Halloween at Knott’s Berry Farm Haunt throughout October.
Greenwich Village Halloween Parade, New York, New York: Another one of the longest running Halloween events, the Greenwich Village event has been going on since the mid-1970s. Taking place Halloween night, it draws over a million visitors each year. One of the most alternative parades you’ll ever see, you never know what to expect each year at the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade.
Little 5 Points Halloween Festival & Parade, Atlanta, Georgia: The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade takes place over two days on October 16th and 17th. It’s an all-encompassing festival that includes a parade, food vendors and live music. Best of all, admission to the two days is free.