12 of the best USA Halloween events

Looking for a spooky way to spend the half-term holiday? Head to the USA for Halloween - you’ll find trick or treating and pumpkin everything everywhere you go - but here’s our pick of the best USA Halloween events in 2018. 

Sesame Street goes spooky at SeaWorld, Orlando

Kids can join in the Halloween fun at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, with less than spooky Sesame Street-themed celebrations. Expect parades, stage shows and meet-and-greets with Count von Count, pictured right, Elmo, Abby Cadabby and more, as well as a Halloween Dance Party, trick-or-treating in the park and even tuck into ‘Count von Count’s Spooktacular Breakfast’ buffet.


OktoberFrightFest and more in Las Vegas

Adults who donate blood - and kids in Halloween costume - get free admission to Haunted Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas when ghosts and goblins take over the Shark Reef Aquarium. Expect the sound of rattling chains, creaking doors and spine-chilling music as you creep round Haunted Reef's dark and eerie tunnels.  Meanwhile adults can unleash their inner monster at the 2018 OktoberFrightFest at the Fremont Experience, a month-long street party that  combines Oktoberfest and Halloween, with free live entertainment and specials. Want a parade? Find the LINQ Promenade Halloween Party: street musicians, face painters, stilt walkers and zombies take over the promenade and create a very festive Halloween party.


Halloween Carnaval in West Hollywood, California

One of the biggest Halloween events in the USA, the free Halloween Carnaval in West HollywoodCalifornia take place on 31st October from 6:00-10:30pm. Follow ghosts, skeletons, witches and more as they parade along Santa Monica Boulevard between North Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard.


Zombie bar crawl in Nevada

Named by USA Today as one of the 10 best costumed Halloween parties in the nation, The Reno Zombie Crawl in Nevada is one of the biggest bar crawls in the world. This zany event involves more 50 different bars including four different resort casinos, all in walking distance and no closing time. 


Howl-O-Scream, Busch Gardens, Tampa

Looking for theme park Halloween thrills after dark? Head to Busch Gardens for Howl-O-Scream. The 2018 event features new haunted houses, scare zones and the chance to ride a coaster with a monster. 


Summoning the dead at San Francisco Dungeon

San Francisco Dungeon is celebrating Halloween by offering guided séances, right, giving visitors a terrifying glimpse of the spirits who haunt San Francisco’s historic Fisherman’s Wharf. It’s included in general emission to this creepy live-action attraction that invites guests to journey through the city’s darkest history over the last 100 years. Thrills are provided by a full theatrical cast, special effects and spooky sets, an underground boat ride and the city’s only underground drop ride, Escape Alcatraz.


Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago

At Halloween, a spooky display of more than 1,000 hand-carved pumpkins – some as large as 150 pounds – lights up the Chicago Botanic Garden from 24-28 October. Just outside the city of Chicago, Illinois, the Chicago Botanic Garden is one of the USA’s most visited botanical gardens and features 27 different manicured landscapes and informal planting displays. Head to the Elizabeth Hubert Malott Japanese Garden to see the gold ginkgo trees glow in the autumn light. Entry is free.


Village Halloween Parade, New York City

Every year, on October 31 at around 7pm, 50,000 people in fancy dress hit New York's Sixth Avenue for the annual Village Halloween Parade, left. This year the annual event celebrates its 45th year - expect people to make a huge effort to dress up in the scariest, most inventive and most hilarious costumes. This years’ theme is I AM a Robot! - and anyone wearing a costume can join the parade, or watch it from the sidelines.


All Souls Procession Weekend, Tucson Arizona

Tens of thousands of participants take part in the annual All Souls Procession in Tucson, Arizona, this year on November 2-4. This Southwest American borderlands cultural phenomenon is based regional traditions such as Dia De Los Muertos, and serves to honour the memory of lost loved ones with a range of powerful displays. Expect a spectacular parade with floats, face painting, songs, and dance.   


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Magic Kingdom Park, Florida

Halloween starts early for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, at the Walt Disney World Resort Magic Kingdom Park - this kid-friendly Halloween fest takes place between 17 August and 31 October, so ideal for a family half term trip to Kissimmee. Rides are given special lighting and effects and favourite Disney characters are disguised in spooky gear for this special ticketed event. Special for this year is a new spin to the Mad Tea Party and a new soundtrack and special effects transform Space Mountain. Plus, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular show at Cinderella Castle will return— to mark the film’s 25th anniversary.


Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida Resort, Florida

For family-friendly Halloween fun plan a holiday in Kissimmee and head to LEGOLAND Florida Resort for Brick or Treat, right, which runs from 6 – 31 October. This spooky but cute event at the theme park in Kissimmee features trick-or-treating, seasonal Halloween shows, giant LEGO models, meet-and-greets with LEGO Halloween characters, and a special firework spectacular.


Nightfall at Old Tucson, Arizona

For a screaming good time, head to Tucson for Nightfall at Old Tucson. Set in a part of Old Tucson often used as a location for countless Hollywood Westerns, this colourful event includes comedy, outrageous live shows, disturbing haunts, other terrifyingly fun experiences played out by collection of hideous live characters.  Posted on: 30/09/2018

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