As much as people love Halloween, trick-or-treating just isn’t for everyone. Walking up to random house’s begging for candy can be awkward. Plus, you have to worry if the candy is even safe enough to eat. Luckily, there are lots of other fun ways to celebrate the day. To prove our point, we’ve compiled a list of the biggest Halloween celebrations across the nation.
Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, PA
Since its start in 1991, Terror Behind the Walls has grown into one of the largest and scariest haunted attractions in the business. The event takes place at Eastern State Penitentiary, a defunct prison which is no stranger to paranormal activity. Eastern State Penitentiary has been featured Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures as well as numerous most haunted lists. This year, visitors will make their way through 6 frightful attractions including their newest addition, “Blood Yard”. Tickets start at $19 and can be purchased online or at the door. Terror Behind the Walls runs from now until November 11th.
Village Halloween Parade – New York, NY
Even though haunted houses are a top Halloween attraction, not everyone enjoys being scared to death. If your top priority is getting dressed up and flaunting your costume, we recommend checking out the 44th annual Village Halloween Parade. This year’s theme is “Cabinet of Curiosities: An Imaginary Menagerie” so let your imagination run wild. The parade kicks off on October 31st at 7pm and runs along 6th Avenue from Spring to 16th Street. Everyone is welcomed to watch but only those in costume are allowed to walk in the parade.
Freaknight Festival – Seattle, WA
Since we’re adults and Halloween falls on a work night, you’re probably better off choosing a weekend activity instead. If you’re in the Seattle area, you don’t want to miss the Freaknight Festival. Each year, this circus themed EDM festival is jam packed with musical acts, carnival rides and bizarre sideshow performances. This year’s lineup includes Justice, Adventure Club, Dash Berlin and many more. The celebration begins on Friday, October 27th at 6:30pm and will be held at the WaMu Theater.
Zombie Charge – Austin and Houston, TX
Think you have what it takes to survive a zombie attack? Well sign up for the Zombie Charge then. As you make your way through the 5K obstacle course, you’ll be chased by zombies trying to steal your flags. If you prefer to be the predator instead of the prey, you do have the option of signing up to be a zombie. The race will take place in two “infected cities”. The first is in Austin, TX on October 21st, the other is in Houston, TX on November 4th. Aside from having some spooky fun, you’ll also be helping a good cause. A portion of this year’s ticket sales will go towards the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
Voodoo Music + Arts Experience – New Orleans, LA
The Voodoo Music + Arts Experience is a 3-day festival where music, art and culinary excellence collide. The event runs from October 27th-29th in New Orleans’ City Park. More than 65 bands are scheduled to perform including this year’s headliners Kendrick Lamar, Foo Fighters and The Killers. In between performances, you can check out the large-scale art installations on display or sample some local cuisine. We advise serious foodies to get there a day early for Feast Under the Stars at Voodoo. At this intimate dinner, you’ll enjoy a 5-course meal prepared by some of the best chefs in the industry. The award-winning chefs include Aaron Sanchez, Martha Wiggins, John Bel, Nathan Richard and Kyle Knall. Dinner will be served at 7pm on October 26th in City Park so come hungry and leave happy.