In the spirit of Halloween commemoration and creep-tastic fun, below you will find a list of things to do and places to see across the U.S. to help you celebrate the holiday all month long. Trick or treat!
New York: Visit The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, one of the most popular Halloween events in the tristate area. With over 7,000 glowing carved pumpkins, the event also includes a planetarium and a visit from the Headless Horseman. For more information, go to http://www.hudsonvalley.org/events/blaze.
Philadelphia: Grab your broomstick and fly over to Chestnut Hill’s annual Harry Potter Festival on October 20-21st. This all-ages weekend includes film screenings, sorting hat demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, Hogwarts Express train rides, and even a Quidditch Tournament. For more information, visit: https://chestnuthillpa.com.
Houston: Go on a haunted walking tour with Ghost Tours Texas. According to their website, plenty of paranormal activity has been documented on these tours, so bring your camera. And your running shoes, because ghosts probably don’t like to have their pictures taken. http://ghosttourstexas.com.
Memphis: Ever wanted to explore an underground military bio-hazard research laboratory? You’re in luck – Wicked Ways Haunted House is opening one for the month of October. Tickets aren’t free, but apparently the anthrax, small pox, and ebola are. Get in on the virus-ridden, zombie-killing fest here: http://wickedwayshauntedhouse.com.
Chicago: Try your turn at making it through the world’s largest corn maze. With almost 10 miles of trails snaking their way across 28 acres of corn, this year’s maze celebrates the Cubs’ World Series win with an impressive drawing dedicated to the underdogs of baseball. Purchase tickets at: http://richardsonadventurefarm.com/AdventureFarm/CornMaze.
Minneapolis: For some G-rated afternoon fun, head over to Afton Apple Orchard for apple, berry, and pumpkin picking. Hayrides into the orchard are available, along with a 16-acre corn maze that includes over 6 miles of paths. Directions are available at: http://www.aftonapple.com.
Albuquerque: Jump on the Trolley of Terror and explore a few buildings known to be teeming with haints. Paranormal investigation instruction and equipment will be provided to all guests. Buy your ticket to ride here: http://www.abqtrolley.com/page/trolley-of-terror.
Denver: Rated as the Top Denver Halloween Party for 9 years in a row, Coloween includes famous DJs, theatrical performers, live musical arts, two levels of hunted hallways, two dozen bars, and three ballroom dance parties. In other words: it’s huge. Buy your tickets at http://www.coloween.com.
Los Angeles: Head over to Griffith Park for a haunted hayride. Running throughout the month of October, this event is a local favorite and includes mazes, scare zones, and spooky costumes. This year’s theme is “Clown,” which is perfect for all you Pennywise fans. For tickets, visit https://losangeleshauntedhayride.com.
Phoenix: Visit the town of Carefree’s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, featuring the works of World-renowned pumpkin carver Ray Villafane. With pumpkin carving, pumpkin eating and costume contests, plus a craft beer garden and an adopt-a-pumpkin activity, this is a great event for all ages. For directions and the full schedule, go to https://carefreepumpkingarden.com.
Portland: Discover Portland’s shady past with Shanghaiers, Saloons and Skullduggery, a walking tour of some of the most famous saloons and gambling dens in the city. Join notorious historian Doug Kenck-Crispin as he leads the tour from its start at Thirsty Lion Pub to its end outside of Mary’s Club, a notorious strip club down by the docks. For tickets, visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555635