- Festival of the Dead, Salem, Massachusetts
Halloween is all about witches, and what better place to experience some true witchcraft than the location of the infamous Salem witch trials? This festival lasts the entire month of October, and it explores Death’s mysteries with events that investigate the ways people have honored, celebrated, and secretly delved into life’s inevitable destination. Past events have included The Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo, The Mourning Tea where people share stories of their loved ones, and of course, The Official Salem Witches‘ Halloween Ball, Salem’s most magical Halloween event where guests celebrate the afterlife with food, dancing, ritual, live music, free psychic readings, and prizes.
- The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Long Beach, California
The Queen Mary, a cruise liner docked off Long Beach, California, is often said to be one of the most haunted places in the world, and definitely a scary place to celebrate Halloween. At Dark Harbor, you get to explore six terrifying haunted mazes with more than 200 monsters and ghosts inspired by the actual spirits that haunt the ship. There’s also live entertainment, food, and beverages offered during this event that runs throughout the month of October.
- Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights
Theme parks are all about fun with the kids, right? Well, you might want to leave the young ones home for this one. During the month of October, Universal Studios transforms into a creepy wonderland of horrors, with over the top, scream-worthy interactive mazes based on your favorite horror shows and movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Walking Dead. And don’t think you’re safe outside of these mazes. The entire park is crawling with scary monsters behind every corner.
- West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
If it seems like Southern California is leading the charge on spooky Halloween fests so far, you might be right. The West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval is all but infamous. This street party of 500,000 is not to be missed, so put your most killer costume together and get ready to revel in WeHo’s wild nightlife. Located on Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd, WeHo Halloween Carnaval takes over on October 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., but the parties continue in nearby venues all night long. The street party is free and open to the public, but it’s best to leave the kids and pets at home. This celebration is on the crazier and naughtier side.
- Pumpkin Walk at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Flagstaff, Arizona
Okay, here’s one for the entire family. Celebrate the fall season by walking through the Arborteum fall gardens full of glowing Jack-O-Lanterns. Wear your best costume on a hay ride while you sip hot cider and cocoa. You can even try apple bobbing or enter your carved pumpkin to win a prize. You can drop off your carved pumpkin during the day, and the Arboretum arranges them along the garden paths for the nighttime walk. Your kids will love finding their pumpkin along the way.
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