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.

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 Scary Farm — Buena Park, California

Knott’s Scary Farm is one of the longest-running Halloween events in America. Started in the mid-1970s. the theme park has added new features each year they add new features, including a haunted maze. Visitors can enjoy Halloween at Knott’s Berry Farm Haunt throughout October.

Krewe of Boo! — New Orleans, Lousiana

 

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New Orleans has been ranked as one of the most haunted cities in the whole country. The Krewe of Boo! is one of their best Halloween festivities. Check out the world-famous zombie walk, and don’t forget to try some of their delicious foods. This is one Halloween activity that nobody wants to miss. Partake in the festivities by dressing as a zombie yourself. That way, you can take part in the world-famous zombie walk.

Greenwich Village Halloween Parade — New York, New York

Another one of the longest-running Halloween events, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade has been going on since the mid-1970s. Taking place on Halloween night, it draws over a million visitors each year — many from other parts of the world on cheap Halllowen flights. 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

 

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The Little 5 Points Halloween Festival and Parade takes place over two days in October. 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.

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor — Long Beach, California

Docked off the coast, the Queen Mary has been said to be one of the most haunted ships in the world. You can explore the inside of this famous ship during this celebration. There, you’ll find 6 well-designed mazes, full of scary surprises. It starts at the beginning of October, and it doesn’t end until November. There are live musicians and lots of other attractions as well. This Halloween, don’t miss out on your chance to explore this one-of-a-kind ghost ship.

Jack-‘O-Lantern Spectacular — Louisville, Kentucky


Located in Iroquois Park, the Jack-‘O-Lantern Spectacular runs from mid-October until November. Stroll through the 1/4 mile walking trail, lined with over 5,000 jack-o-lanterns. You can enjoy this attraction from dawn until 11 pm. On the weekends, it stays open until midnight.

Festival of the Dead —Salem, Massachusetts

Salem, Massachusetts has a reputation for being filled with Halloween spirit. The Festival of the Dead is just part of the appeal. Starting at the beginning of October, this festival runs throughout the whole month. At the end of the party, there’s the spectacular Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball. Anyone who attends can have a psychic reading.

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval — Los Angeles, California

The West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval is one of the best costume competitions in the country. Stroll down to the intersection of Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd on the 31st of October. Then, you’ll see a collection of over 500,000 people, all dressed to the nines. Compared to other festivals, people really seem to go all out. Hours are from 6 pm to 11 pm on the night of Halloween. Best of all, admission to the public is entirely free. However, if you’ve got kids, you might want to leave them at home. This festival is designed with adults in mind. So, if you’d like to get a little crazy this Halloween, nowhere could be better.

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