US Cities to Visit for Hardcore Halloween Enthusiasts
Halloween is a beloved holiday celebrated all around the world, and in the United States, you’ll discover a diverse range of creative Holiday parties, fall festivals, family-friendly activities, spooky tours, and so many other events that we simply couldn’t list them all here. However, we can take a look at some of the best cities to visit over the holiday if you are a hardcore Halloween enthusiast. Here are the four best cities for Halloween to check out and a little information on what to do to celebrate once you travel there.
New Yorkers love a good party, which means you’ll be in one of the best cities for Halloween. It will be impossible to hit all the Halloween hot spots even if you plan to join in the festivities for several days in a row. But we have highlighted a few of the top Halloween events happening in New York that you won’t want to miss. Every Halloween, Greenwich Village hosts a giant parade filled with ghosts and goblins and other fabulously dressed up characters. You can choose to be a spectator or join in walking the Halloween parade with everyone else.
Although it’s not explicitly Halloween-themed, the Apple Harvest Festival in Bushwick is an excellent spot to enjoy fall activities with the family. Listen to live folk music, chow down on corn on the cob, drink hot apple cider or a seasonal beer, and take a bag of fresh apples home with you. For another incredibly fun Halloween activity that kids will love, check out the Halloween Dog Parade in the East River Park Amphitheater, where countless puppies will walk the streets all dressed up for Halloween.
Los Angeles is another one of the best cities for Halloween — and they take it very seriously. The ultimate Halloween party takes place at the West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnival, where the drinking, dancing, and general merriment goes on until the wee hours of the November 1st morning. An equally delightful and slightly scarier time is to be had at the Long Beach Zombie Fest, where a three-day zombie festival takes place. If you want a spooky night with the whole family, check out Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios where big-budget haunted houses and scary walk-throughs provide visitors with a terrifying and entertaining time. Another great Halloween activity for families is the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride through Griffith Park. Along the way, keep your eyes peeled for ghouls and demons and other frightening creatures that are lurking in the dark.
Although it may not be as large a city as LA or New York, when it comes to one of the best cities for Halloween, Austin knows how to keep up with the major coastal cities. Start your trip off with a brunch at Hotel Ella before taking a spooky tour of Ella’s Haunted Mansion. If you are looking for a family-friendly activity that will cater to young kids, spend a night at the Austin Zoo for Boo at the Zoo, which takes place every Friday and Saturday evening through the month of October. Not only will kids be treated to the rare experience of seeing the zoo animals at night, they can get dressed up in their best costume, brave the walk through haunted mansions, and go on spectacularly spooky train rides through the zoo.
New Orleans is another best city for Halloween, thanks to dedicated locals who go all out planning a bevy of incredible events and parties. Check out the Krewe of Boo Halloween Party that takes place in the French Quarter, or attend The Voodoo Musical and Arts Experience, a three-day music festival at the City Park. This year, artists like Brandi Carlile, Guns N’ Roses, and Interpol are playing over Halloween weekend. And if you have the sudden urge to dress up like a vampire and dance all night long, attend the Endless Night Vampire Ball at the House of Blues, where you and other vampires can dance for hours on end. When you are feeling a bit nostalgic and in need of a classic, timeless Halloween tradition, take a tour of a spooky cemetery at the Lafayette Cemetery in the Garden District, or take the whole family out to the Boo at the Zoo night in the Audubon Zoo.
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