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Halloween, the most “spooktacular” time of the year ushers in festivities across the country. People put on frightening masks, wear spooky costumes and devise innovative ways to scare one another on the night of 31st October. The festival, whose roots date back to 2000 years when Celtic Pagan’s first threw a feat to celebrate the end of the harvest season, is now a world-wide extravaganza. People make plans to visit the best pumpkin patches and harvest festivals they have heard of. If you are one of those planning your Halloween adventure, here are some great destinations to go on a haunted tour and have a freaky time.
Held at Iroquous Park in Louisville, the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is one of a kind Halloween experience. The festival is an excellent amalgamation of artistry and pure fall fun. Over 5000 Jack-O-Lanterns or professionally carved pumpkins line a quarter mile walking trail in the park. Grouped in theme scenes and set to groovy music, they make for a spectacular sight. You can combine the experience with other fall themed activities in Louisville like a Ghost tour of historic old town or a fall foliage cruise along the Ohio River to make your Halloween trip worth remembering.
Perhaps the most apt place to celebrate Halloween after it was made famous by Washington Irving through his tales of the Headless Horseman; Sleepy Hollow makes Halloween a month-long celebration through October every year. The October weekends have special live performances of Irving’s Legend which is like the star attraction of this festival. Revelers can also take a tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, head to the Haunted House known as the Horseman’s Hollow Tour, take the hayride through town on last weekend of October or even head to nearby Tarrytown to attend multiple spooky historical events.
The home of the 1692 witch trials becomes a mecca for tourists during its Halloween festivities which go on for a month and attract nearly 200,000 visitors from all over the country. The annual Salem extravaganza includes themed events, a haunted cornfield maze, sparkling fireworks and live theatrical presentations. Don’t miss out on the haunted show at the 17th-century Witch Trials Judge mansion. Another event worth attending is the ball at the Hawthorne Hotel which features live music, dancing, food and a $1000 prize for the winner of the costume contest.
The Eastern State Penitentiary’s gala event will easily put your typical haunted hayride to shame. Terror behind the Walls employs spectacular lighting, high quality acoustics and backs it up with more than 200 actors dressed as insane prisoners and sadistic guards who will freak you no end. The best part about this event is its location; the abandoned penitentiary which opened in 1829 is now the site of decrepit cell blocks, guard towers and isolation areas which in itself is frightening enough. The event also incorporates a mild-scary gathering for children aged 7 to 12.
By far LA’s biggest Halloween party, some even call the West Hollywood Halloween Carnival the largest Halloween street party in the world. The Street Carnival is known for its freakish atmosphere and outlandish costumes. The street parade features six stages featuring Halloween-themed aerialists and a rock and roll strip show. The most freakishly dressed female is crowned as the Queen of the Carnival. Thousands of attendees start showing up on the boulevard by noon and end up carousing until the wee hours of the night.
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