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Best Halloween Events in the U.S.

Halloween party decorations with carved pumpkins

Spooky spectacular events you don't want to miss

Looking for new, spooky-tacular thrills this year? Since Halloween is just right around the corner, make sure to check out some amazing celebrations across America. Also, find out which city in the USA is the best place to celebrate the spooky day.

Village Halloween Parade in New York

New York's Village Halloween Parade, also deemed as "New York's Carnival," is an annual holiday parade and street pageant, which attracts 50,000 participants dressed in some of the city's scariest, or most inventive costumes. This year's theme is "Sink into Reverie," which refers to  "that liminal space in which one creates," and invites "one and all to recreate their waking dreams," based on the parade group's official website. Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade. Costume is mandatory for anyone who wants to join the fun. Make sure to come early to have a perfect spot on 6th Avenue, which is located between Houston and 16th Street. Usually, the march gets rolling at 7pm.

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze in New York

This not-to-be-missed event is without a doubt the largest Halloween themed ticketed celebration in New York, if not in the entire country. Having received national citation as the most unique Halloween happening, The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze is recommended for all ages. Now is your chance to wander along Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, to see more than 7,000 illuminated jack o'lanterns. Blaze kicks off on September 30 and goes through the middle of November. However,  note that every night sells out, so don't think twice booking your ticket if you want to witness this in person.

adult friends having fun at halloween party

West Hollywood Carnaval in Los Angeles
Widely-known as the world's biggest Halloween street party, the West Hollywood Carnaval, attracts more than 500,000 people fill Santa Monica Boulevard every year. 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. This spooky spectacle in Los Angeles prides six stages with over 50 music acts - from nationally recognized bands to bpm pumping DJs to drag shows to illustrious stand-up comedians to goulish performance art and celebrity appearances by film, television and reality stars.

Halloween in Las Vegas

Are you searching for your Halloween thrills in Vegas this year? Don't worry because if there's one great thing Las Vegas is known for, it's Halloween parties. This year, wander along the Strip for top thrills as spectators descend on the city for Halloween weekend. You can walk to the Strip in your most creative and wildest costumes. Or if you are looking for a hypnotic Las Vegas terrifying fright experience, just head to Circus Circus, where you can see the Adventuredome theme park metamorphoses into Fright Dome, with six haunted houses, along with Insanitarium, plus a shuttered insane asylum where the surgeon of slaughter will pursue you to scary ends. Now, the big question is: are you up to the challenge?

Halloween in New Orleans

Do you want to experience haunted New Orleans this halloween? Check out some of the popular voodo and paranormal events, such as:
  • Krewe of Boo. New Orleans official Halloween parade will march through New Orleans starting at 6:30 pm. It's the only major parade with full size floats to travel through the French Quarter on October 22, 2016. 
  • Ghosts in the Oaks. Bring the kids and get ready for a spooky good time at Ghost in the Oaks in City Park happening on October 21-23, 2016.
  • Boo at the Zoo. Get your little ghosts and goblins ready – Boo at the Zoo is one of the best Halloween events for kids in New Orleans. On select days around Halloween: from October 21-22 and 28-29, the Audubon Zoo turns into a Halloween extravaganza for kids under the age of 12. at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St New Orleans.
  • Voodoo Music + Arts Experience. Halloween-themed music festival showcasing the hottest bands, held annually in City Park on October 2-30, 2016 at New Orleans City Park.
  • Halloween, Ghosts, And Voodoo. One of the best cities to be in for Halloween Weekend, celebrate Halloween in a city full of ghosts, voodoo legends and spooktacular themed events on October 31, 2016 in New Orleans.

The Louisville Zoo Halloween Party

children dressing up on halloween

Known as the “World's Largest Halloween Party,”  don't miss the sweetest spectacle as Louisville Zoo celebrates its 35th year. From October 13-16, 20-23 and 27-30, the Louisville Zoo magically transforms into a living storybook, which is best suited for kids who want to dress up in their spooky costumes and loves trick-or-treating.

Halloween in Chicago

From Halloween parties to haunted houses to horror movie screenings to kid-friendly events, there is something for everyone to celebrate Halloween in Chicago, including:
  • Halloween at Navy Pier. To witness a special Halloween Fireworks display, head to Navy Pier  on October 29 at 9:30pm.
  • Northalsted Halloween Parade. Every year, Chicagoans bring out their weird, wild and spooky sides. This year, the parade will run down Halsted, from Belmont to Addison on October 31, 2016 from 6pm-10pm. This is spectacle you don't want to miss.
  • Day of the Dead at the National Museum of Mexican Art. Considered as the biggest of its kind in the U.S., the  Day of the Dead, is tradition celebrated yearly, which highlight ofrendas and spectacular art pieces of talented artists both from Mexico and U.S. The show is open until December 22, 2016.

Emma Crawford Festival in Colorado

The 2016 Emma Crawford Coffin Races will be held on October 29 from 12pm to 4pm in the streets of Manitou Springs with a great number of spectators expected to cheer on 50 coffin race teams race down Manitou Ave. This internationally praised event is an awesome start to celebrate Halloween so make you to come out and watch the the show.

This year, make sure to join in the spooky fun with your families and children with a reliable car rental through VroomVroomVroom so you don't miss attending the best Halloween events in the U.S.

Did we miss out other spooky Halloween events? Make sure to let us know in the comments!

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Jayson Paor is a Content Writer and car rental expert at VroomVroomVroom.com - The easiest way to rent a car!
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