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BOO-levard of Fun Events for Halloween | Weekend Fun | Event Crazy | Maria King

Fun Things To Do This Weekend From Around The Country!

Weekend Fun | Event Crazy | Maria King

**Fun Things To Do This Weekend From Around The Country!

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BOO-levard of Fun Events for Halloween

By: Maria King
Date: October 21, 2012
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Ok I apologize for that title but I didn’t want to do Spooktober, Howl-o-Ween, Fright Night etc, etc, etc. It might not be great but at least it’s original!Can anyone guess where a holiday that features free candy at every front door in the U.S. ranks on my “favorite” holiday list? LOL well you might think at the top but not really. There are a lot of food centric holidays and it really hard to pick just one.

My affection for Halloween encompasses more than just my love of candy. ( I want to make it clear however I am not discounting that part, just bypassing it for this blog) It is just that I was always a little disappointed in my costumes as a kid and it wasn’t until years later that I realized they were, in fact, really great. Few things are more fun then watching kids parade the streets Trick or Treating wearing their favorite super hero, cartoon or Disney character costume. My costumes were always custom made because my mom is a seamstress. I always envied those kids who could be anything they wanted by going to Woolworths and getting a costume in a box with a mask. I was always limited by what few selections were available in the McCall’s pattern books. Also I never had a really cool mask. Just a smaller version of the one the Lone Ranger wore. But looking back I realize that my mom spent more time and money doing it that way and they really were quite wonderful costumes. I guess I was just too young to appreciate them. Today homemade costumes are all the rage. Who knew? My mom, the trend setter!

The events that I have chosen this week are all excellent examples of Halloween fun and fright. I tried to mix up the variety with a few parades, some scary attractions and some festivals. Most are wonderful fun for the whole family but please check the descriptions or call ahead before you assume that it is family friendly. Halloween after all is a “scare”fest and some attractions might be too much for children and some of us adults! And then others are geared for a more “adult” crowd because of some outrageous costumes so beware. As always, these events are some great examples of what is taking place this week all around the country. You can use the search box above to find out what events are taking place in your backyard so you can enjoy the holiday. Why not grab your ghosts and goblins and have some “spooktacular” fun? Oops, sorry, that just sort of slipped out.


Oct 19, 2012 – Oct 28, 2012
Since 1979. This is a U.S. Halloween event but more along the lines of Caribbean celebrations. It is Mardi Gras in October with just a hint of scary and a big dose of outrageous. It is an adult’s only event which lasts 10 days with costumes, masked balls and grand parade. Takes place at various locations.
60,000 Attendees
Oct 26, 2012 – Oct 28, 2012
Since 1990, this event features broom tossing contests, sea witch hunt, costumed pet contest, haunted houses, fiddler’s convention, hay rides, scarecrow making, costume parade and contest, Maryland rough riders horse show, kid’s treasure hunt, 5K foot race, surfing and skimboarding contest, trick or treating and so much more. Takes place at many locations.
100,000+ Attendees
Oct 27, 2012
Since 1985, this Latin-style Halloween celebration is held at Ybor City. Guavaween 2012 is alive and well, and features both the annual costume contest and new indoor music festival. The theme for this year edition of Tampa’s nationally-known Halloween celebration is “The Many Shades Of Ybor.” The music festival includes over 20 bands representing national, regional and local talent in seven venues throughout Ybor. The costume contest draws competitors from all over the country with a $1,000 1st prize, $500 2nd prize and $250 for 3rd and will be hosted again this year by none other than Mama Guava!* While there is no fence or wetzone this year, visitors are encouraged to come in costume to enjoy the top notch entertainment and Ybor City’s wide array of cafes, restaurants, cigar bars and pubs!.
50,000 Attendees
Oct 28, 2012
Since 1947. Lions, Tigers and Bears on Main Street – OH MY! Don’t worry-it’s all part of our Halloween Parade on Main Street. Trick or treating on Main Street begins immediately following the parade.Bring the kids for a safe alternative to trick-or-treat.
6,000 Attendees
Oct 31, 2012
Since 1976, show up in your costume, and scare up a ghost of a time. The Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest will begin at the Orange Street parking lot and will proceed east down Canal Street to the Chamber of Commerce parking lot. The costume contest will begin immediately following the parade. Various age groups will be judged…including adults! Only homemade costumes will be judged and no pre- registration is required.
10,000 Attendees
Oct 29, 2012 – Oct 31, 2012
Since 1914, one of the nation’s oldest halloween parades. Show up in your costume, and scare up a ghost of a time.The Kiddie Parade in the afternoon starts with hundreds of youngsters in costume. Prizes are awarded for best costumes, decorated bikes, trikes, wagons, family floats, small motorized vehicles and horses. The Grand Parade in the evening includes dignitaries such as the Governor of Kansas and other distinguished political leaders. High school bands, floats, horses, Shrine units and the ever-present natives in costume make the night parade something very special and the OLDEST IN THE NATION! There is no parade entry fee and everyone is welcome to participate.
6,000+ Attendees
Oct 31, 2012
All those in costume are welcome to join hundreds of puppets, 53 bands of different types of music, dancers and artists, and thousands of other New Yorkers in costumes of their own in this new brand of Carnivale! Takes place on 6th Avenue, Spring to 23rd Streets. Because of the nature of the parade, it is themed more for adults and not so much for children but it is like nothing else you have ever seen.
Oct 01, 2012 – Oct 31, 2012
This is certainly a city celebration that takes advantage of the history for which it is known. Salem casts it’s spell with exciting haunted happenings in Salem. Events include Witch Trails, costume contests, tours, treasure hunts, and a charity ball at the Hawthorne Hotel. The events take place throughout the month of October through Halloween. There are events at different venues throughout town.
500,000 Attendees
Oct 27, 2012
The beloved Halloween Haunted Walk is back and scarier than ever! Lurking high on Lookout Hill are zombies, wolf men, headless horsemen, good and bad witches, and other creepy characters. Visitors brave enough to experience this harrowing hike should head to Lookout Hill. The Halloween Haunted Walk is suitable for young children accompanied by parents/guardians or older siblings. There’s also a carnival on the Nethermead featuring all kinds of fun, games and seasonal treats. Begin at Prospect Park Southwest and 16th St. The Haunted Walk and Carnival is open to all and completely free of charge. And this year you can enjoy some tasty treats from NYC food trucks parked along Center Drive near the Nethermead. They will be serving up snacks and beverages from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
50,000 Attendees
Oct 26, 2012 – Oct 28, 2012
Voted the best haunted house in Courier Post reader survey. Come and scream! The event features loud music, strobe lights, fog and black lights in use at the event. Anyone who has medical conditions that would be exacerbated by these should not attend this event. In addition, this event is very scary and not recommended for those under age eight.
Sep 21, 2012 – Nov 10, 2012
Terror Behind the Walls is the region’s premier haunted attraction. Imagine being in an old Prison, with scary things…Please note, this attraction is really scary. No one under the age of 7 is even allowed on the grounds. Children 7-12 should attend only on Family Nights which are listed online at the site.
40,000 Attendees
Oct 25, 2012 – Oct 31, 2012
See more than 4,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o’ lanterns in this elaborate walk- through experience. Meander through an historic, 18th-century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns! Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s sold-out Blaze. Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and original, atmospheric music, this not-to-be- missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative Halloween happening.
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