Best Halloween Parties
Halloween does what it can to spread the trick-or-treating and parties across the country as fairly as possible, but some cities just get more of the treats.
If you`re looking for the best parties to celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year, we`ve selected the best parties to guide you. Get your costume on and select your favorite destination:
Haunted Happenings – Oct. 6-31, Salem, Massachusetts.
Salem has plenty of candlelight Samhain circles, seances, Crucible readings, hanging judge re-enactments at the House of Seven Gables and other witchy activities, but the town takes its horror business very seriously. Late-night ghost tours, haunted houses and haunted harbor tours are supplemented by monster movies at the local Czech cafe and appearances by Kane Hodder (who played Jason in the Friday the 13th series, Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser), Tony Moran (Michael Myers from Halloween) and Bill Johnson (Leather Face from Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) at Salem’s Nightmare Gallery monster museum.
It`s estimated about 200,000 people go to Salem during October for the Salem Haunted Happenings festival. On Halloween night, there could have between 50,000 to 100,000 revelers in the street in addition to those who are in the various costume balls and parties.
Village Halloween Parade – New York City
There are few things small about the Village Halloween Parade. The event heads up Sixth Avenue through Greenwich Village for the 42nd time this year, and it’s only been growing with age. The parade itself is always elbow-to-elbow across Sixth Avenue, partially because of the giant puppets, more than 50 bands and troupes of dancers, but mostly because anyone who shows up in a costume can march in it.
Lest you worry about whether anyone bothers to dress up as, you know, a parade watcher, the New York Police Department estimated that 2 million people lined the parade route last year.
Fantasy Fest – Oct. 23-Nov. 1, Key West, Florida.
Key West has an undeniable “party town” label, but when Fantasy Fest, the annual Mardi Gras-like Halloween mash-up, hits the streets at the end of October, the colorful island truly lives up to its legendary reputation. The festivities are packed with events so wild that Bacchus, the god of wine and merry-making, could have been the party planner.
Bring your no-worries island attitude. This is not your average party. During Fantasy Fest, the population of the 7.4- square-mile host island swells from 25,000 to more than 75,000 revelers.
West Hollywood Carnaval – Los Angeles
Approximately 500,000 people fill Santa Monica Boulevard each year for West Hollywood Carnaval, the world’s largest Halloween street party. The neighborhood bursts with creativity as costumes compete for attention and accolades. The evening leads up to the popular “Queen of the Carnaval,” when an A-list celebrity is anointed local royalty. Past queens include Queen Latifah and Rihanna. Six stages with over 50 music acts provide background ambiance as attendees march and ogle along the boulevard. The trendy bars and clubs that line the street attract passersby with a variety of contests, live performances, and drink specials.
Halloween in New Orleans
The Big Easy goes all out for its Halloween celebrations, hosting Halloween festivities second only to Mardi Gras. Known as “The Most Haunted City in America,” New Orleans is laden with guided haunted tours that bring brave souls on encounters with other dimensions. The main party is centralized in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, within walking distance from the French Quarter’s more risqué holiday showcase. New Orleans’ open container laws heighten the party atmosphere, as booze flows freely from the many stations and stalls. The opportunity to join the bacchanal alongside the outlandishly-fashioned partygoers makes for a most memorable Halloween.
Las Vegas Halloween
Las Vegas has never managed to do anything small, and its Halloween festivities are no different. Along the Strip, the mega-hotel complexes vie for top thrills as hundreds of thousands descend on the city for Halloween weekend. Despite the world-class list of nightclubs, restaurants, and bars, the best way to enjoy a Vegas Halloween is free, as a stroll down the Strip brings you face-to-face with a sampling of the world’s most inventive and elaborate costumes. For an immersive Las Vegas fright experience, head to Circus Circus, where the Adventuredome theme park transforms into Fright Dome, with a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style haunted house and a truly terrifying isolation haunted house where visitors must enter alone.
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