Our favorite month is upon us! October is a month that always seems to be filled with too many great events and not enough time to cram it all in. With amazing events happening all across America, we picked a few of our favorites and also some bucket list halloween happenings. However you choose to spend your time this month, make it spectacularly spooky!
Hosting a pumpkin themed festival in the “World Pumpkin Capital” during October seems to work for the folks at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, since the event has been around for 47 years! The festival features food, drinks, art, and - of course - the super bowl of pumpkin weigh ins with the largest pumpkin garnering a $30k paycheck if it can set the world record! If you can’t make it this year, put it on your bucket list of halloween must sees for the future!
Where else can you live out your dreams of being lost inside a video game? Check out the Farmstead Festival Cornmaize this year and try your best to make it out of the pac-man inspired corn maze! Including the maze and all the fun pumpkin and halloween activities, there is enough at the Farmstead to keep your family entertained for days, which is why it is open the whole month of October! If you are near Meridian, or even not, it is worth a trip to check out this spectacular work of art!
For anyone that loves the “Con” circuit, this is a one of a kind convention not to be missed! The Famous Monsters Halloween Convention is everything you love about scary movies and Halloween all in one! With so much fun stuff going on, like Rocky Horror Live, a haunted house, a halloween dance party and tons of fun activities, this is a non-stop scare-a-thon you should check out!
If spooky history is more your thing, going on a ghost tour in New Orleans is an awesome way to spend an evening. With NOLA being such an old and popular city, there is no shortage of gruesome tales of demise and dark magic all over the city. A ghost tour is a perfect way to experience history and ghost stories intertwined with a knowledgeable guide in one of the most famous cities for hauntings in America!
What can you do with a giant pumpkin besides smash it or eat it? How about carve it out and take it for a boat ride? The Giant Pumpkin Regatta allows contestants to get dressed in costume and race across a lake in a giant gourd for honor and glory, all while being cheered on by thousands of onlookers, in the middle of a huge pumpkin themed party! We can’t think of a better way to spend a saturday in October!
If it is happening in NYC, you know it is huge! The Village Halloween Parade is one of the largest parades in the country - 44 years in the making! From humble beginnings as a small street parade, this party has grown year over year attracting thousands of halloween lovers from all over the city. Come to watch or join and walk! Either way this parade is a can’t miss on the halloween fun bucket list!
One of the quirkier festivals on our list is the Emma Crawford Coffin Races and Festival. This race is the time to show off your speed, your costumed creativity, and your ability to push a coffin through Manitou Springs, all the while being cheered on by locals and visitors alike. After the race, spend time in town learning about the ghosts that haunt the area check out the family friendly parade!
One of the largest halloween pet costume parties takes place every year on Main Street in this old mining town. This pop up halloween party attracts thousands of costumed pets and people each year for trick or treating, people watching, and all around family fun! If you are near Park City, Utah, you should make it a point to check out the Main Street Halloween party!
On the bucket list for us is a trip to where the tales of witchcraft and demonology began in this country, Salem, Mass. The town is so dedicated to the history of the Salem Witch Trials and all spooky early American history, that celebrations for Halloween last the ENTIRE month of October. We couldn't just pick one event to highlight because it all sounds fun! With reenactments, seances, ghost tours, witchcraft walks, costume parties and carnivals, the whole town gets into the “spirit” of halloween like nothing else we have seen before!
If you are more of a music scene person, but don't think a spooky concert on halloween cuts it, then you need to check out Hulaween - a three day campout fest deep in a forest in Florida! The show features a pretty incredible lineup each year with jam bands, bluegrass bands, reggae, indie, folk, rock and more! There is a band for every taste and enough to keep you busy the entire weekend. Join thousands of attendees for a one of a kind halloween experience in a glowing forest full of spooky creatures, costumed partiers, and music from some of the best bands touring.