The Must Go Award was created by SpinGo to identify and recognize the top events in the United States before they occur. Each month, SpinGo sorts through thousands of events and recognizes the Must Go Award recognizes 10 of the best and most anticipated events in the United States that will provide outstanding experiences to attendees.
These selections are made by analyzing ratings, reviews, and social influence, as well as through the guidance of SpinGo’s event experts. There is no correlation between the position of the names on the list and award ranking. The winners of the October 2016 Must Go Award for the Top Halloween Events are:
Oct. 1-2, 7-10, 13-16, 19-31
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is the largest Halloween event in the Hudson Valley, home of classic fright tale, The Headless Horseman. Each year, more than 7,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns illuminate the paths of Croton-on-Hudson for an elaborate walk-through experience. Stroll through the Tunnel O’Pumpkin Love and witness the incredible sight of gourd-filled Jack-in-the-Boxes springing up and bouncing around! Each year, thousands of visitors come to visit the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.
New York City, NY
The Village Halloween Parade is the nation’s most wildly creative public participatory event, with thousands of New Yorkers marching down 6th Ave in their costumes. In order to be a part of the parade participants must be wearing costumes. The theme for 2016 is Reverie, so dress up, and get ready to march along side hundreds of puppets, bands, dancers, and artists!
West Hollywood, CA
The West Hollywood Carnival happens on All Hallows’ Eve, from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm on the streets, but the party continues inside venues all night long. A word of advice for anyone attending the West Hollywood Carnival: You may want to leave the kids at home. This Halloween street party plays host to over 500,000 costume wearing party goers who will be stopping at participating bars along Santa Monica Boulevard to celebrate the night! Expect drag queens, muscle boys, lots of glitter, and raucous night.
Get ready for the nation’s most elaborate Halloween costume party at Highball Halloween! This is no ordinary costume party, it is the only Halloween event where couture meets costumes. This yearly event bridges runway style with the culture of the Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio. At HighBall Halloween, you are what you wear. What once started out as a one night event in 2008, has turned into a wild weekend of Halloween fun featuring a street party, live art, electrifying stage performances, a public costume contest, and of course, the feature event, the Battelle Costume Couture Fashion Show.
Chestnut Hill, PA
Each October, wizardry wonder fills the air as Chestnut Hill transforms into Hogwarts for the Harry Potter Festival. The festival takes over the town for two days of spellbinding events that morph the neighborhood into the wizardry world of Harry Potter created by J.K. Rowling. Harry Potter fans of all ages can enjoy an enchanting weekend of film screenings, sorting hat demonstrations, scavenger hunts, and more! Ride the Hogwarts Express, take part in the Harry Potter Pub Crawl to get your butterbeer and pumpkin juice, and sit back and watch the annual Quidditch Tournament! It’s sure to be wicked.
Best known as historical town that held the infamous witch trials, Salem is home to the Festival of the Dead, a festival that explores death’s mysteries! The entire month of October is filled with different events that explore death’s macabre customs, heretical histories, and strange rituals including psychic readings, psychic mediums, and more! Attend the Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball, The Dumb Supper: Dinner with the Dead, The Salem Witches’ Magic Circle, and many other paranormal activities!
October 13 - November 6
The Jack O’Lantern Spectacular began in Oxford, Massachusetts in 1988 and has been a yearly tradition ever since. Now located in Louisville, Kentucky, the Jack O’Lantern Spectacular features 5,000 carved pumpkins lining a quarter mile walking trail, illuminating the night. Take part in the nightly illumination and get swept away into Halloween spirit as you walk the trail and gaze at the beautifully crafted jack o’lanterns!
For 69 years, the Irvington Halloween Festival has brought together thousands of residents, dozens of neighborhood organizations, and countless businesses in a fun-filled celebration of the community for the whole family. The festival is a week long event, encompassing a wide variety of Halloween activities including a Vampire Run, Zombie Bike Ride, Masquerade Ball, Movie Night, Night Out In Sleepy Hollow, Spooky Organ Concert, Séance, Fortune Telling, Ghost Tours, and more! The week long festival has an event for everybody, whether you’re five or ninety five!
Thanksgiving Point, UT
It wouldn’t be Halloween without Cornbelly’s. One of the largest and most anticipated Halloween Festivals in all of America, Cornbelly’s boasts one of the Top 10 Corn Mazes in America as voted on by USA Today. Drawing in thousands of people from all over the state, Each year, Cornbelly’s draws in thousands of people from across the state and has spooky events for people of all ages, including haunted houses, hayrides, pig races, pumpkin smashes, and it’s picture perfect kernel pits. But that’s not all, Cornbelly’s also features Halloween fireworks shows, candy cannons for the kids (yes, real cannons shooting out candy), scary tales and s’mores, princess pageants, movie nights, contests, and more! If there’s a Halloween activity you can think of, Cornbelly’s has it.
Long Beach, CA
Rated as one of the Top 10 Most Haunted Places in America by Time magazine, the Queen Mary is a natural fit for anyone looking for a spooky activity! The Queen Mary Haunted Encounters are available each day, where you will learn about the ship’s history, and hear stories about the ship’s most famous reported apparitions. For those brave enough to handle all the paranormal mysteries of the Queen Mary, you can book a night tour where you will go on a paranormal investigation, have a seance, dine with the spirits of the ship, and go on an investigative ship walk!