If your favorite holiday falls on October 31 every year, there’s nothing more thrilling than attending a Halloween-themed festival. The fun can never stop if the main event is a unique haunted house, an incredibly spooky ghost tour, or a parade in that you can dress in your special costume. (Especially when you add an impressive display, or two, of frighteningly creative Halloween pumpkin-carving ideas!)
If any of the above is true for you, then quit frantically searching “Halloween events near me” and “Halloween festivals near me” since we’ve researched for you. Here are the best Halloween events and Halloween celebrations throughout the U.S. in 2022! Whether you’re located somewhere in Southern California or at the highest point of New England, there’s guaranteed to be an unbelievable celebration in your area.
From small Midwestern cities with adorable street parades to the most epic scary events in major U.S. cities, This list will satisfy your Halloween cravings. Our suggestion? Find the Halloween event close to you at the beginning of the month, plan the trip of a lifetime into one of the top small towns for Halloween, and be a part of the celebration.
When your Halloween-themed plans are made, keep up the fun of fall by taking the day at one of the most popular corn mazes, pumpkin patches, or apple farms that you can pick yourself across the U.S. It’s enough to make you wish fall was all year round I’m sure you’ll agree.
1. Sleepy Hollow Halloween
Where: Sleepy Hollow, New York
When: It is October 2022.
Visit the hometown of the Headless Horseman in October to enjoy cemetery tours as well as haunted hayrides and performances, parades, and other fun for thrill seekers and families of all age groups. Don’t skip the Tarrytown Halloween parade that takes place on the 29th or the party on the block that happens right after!
For more information, visit visitsleepyhollow.com.
2. Emma Crawford Coffin Races & Festival
Where: Manitou Springs, Colorado
When: Events through October, including Coffin Races on October 29, 2022.
Coffin races? Let us know! This town isn’t huge, but it has a special Halloween celebration that includes haunted tours, traditional horror evenings, and an annual costume contest.
For more information, visit emmacrawfordfestival.com.
3. Festival of the Dead
Where: Salem, Massachusetts
When: October 1-31, 2022
Salem, Massachusetts, seems like the perfect place to have a Halloween celebration. (Especially since Hocus Pocus 2 is now streaming!) There will be a seance, psychic readings, and the Halloween Witches’ Ball on October 28, Friday.
For more information, visit festivalofthedead.com.
4. Salt River Fields Spooktacular Balloon Festival
Where: Scottsdale, Arizona
When: Friday, October 28, and Saturday, October 29, 2022
This is not your usual Halloween celebration. The main draw at this event is more than 20 bright and stunning hot-air balloons. Take a ride on an air balloon ride tethered to the ground and enjoy the fun, which includes live music, trick-or-treating and more from the sky. Each hot balloon will be designated an official trick-or-treat location with more than 4,000 pounds of candy!
More information is available; go to azspooktacular.com.
5. Village Halloween Parade
Where: New York, New York
When: Monday, October 31, 2022
How better to celebrate the holiday than in New York City? Big Apple? The Village Halloween Parade will delight the crowd with outrageous costumes and exuberant merriment in the typical New York City style. The theme for this year’s parade will be “Freedom,” inspired by Jon Batiste’s hit song, and the official after-party, Webster Hell, is being held on the premises of Webster Hall.
To learn more, go to Halloween-nyc.com.
6. The Louisville Zoo Boo at the Zoo
Where: Louisville, Kentucky
When the following days are available: Thursday through Sunday, every weekend from October 2022.
There’s a reason why it’s known as”the “World’s Largest Halloween Party.” Every year for more than 40 years it’s the Louisville Zoo changes things up slightly and throws the most delicious (not frightening!) Halloween bash. (Well, there’s the “headless horseman,” but this is about the only one of the slightly frightening aspects.) There’s a haunted carousel ride, photo ops featuring your favorite superheroes and princesses, and 20 booths with treats for kids who want to trick or treat.
For more information, visit louisvillezoo.org/halloween.
7. Little Five Points Halloween Festival & Parade
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
When: October 22 and 23, 2022
Alongside the famous parade (a different route this year that runs along Moreland Avenue) and two stages with live music, this enclave of foodies serves local food from local chefs and food trucks in abundance. Don’t miss the artist market that offers diverse finds and ghost tours. An all-day Saturday dedicated to monster hunts in the neighborhood.
To learn more, go to l5phalloween.com.
8. Krewe of Boo!
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
When: Saturday, October 22, 2022
If Halloween and Mardi Gras get married, Krewe of Boo! is their child. The day begins by participating in The Zombie Run, where runners and spectators come dressed in costume. The highlight of the celebration is the parade, which starts at dusk. Think extravagant costumed floats and bizarre costumes with famous staged New Orleans flair.
If you want to know more about the company, go to kreweofboo.com.
9. Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns
Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: October 12-16 and 19-23, 2022
Experience a genuinely captivating event at the stunning Chicago Botanic Garden as more than 1,000 intricately carved Jack-of-lanterns are illuminated. (Artists of the New York-based company Rise of Jack O’Lanterns may spend as long as 15 hours working on an individual pumpkin!) Live carving demonstrations, light snacks, and drinks make up the rest of the evening.
More information is available; go to chicagobotanic.org.
10. Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Where: Lake Buena Vista, FL
When: selected nights September 12 to October 31, 2022.
The Disney Magic Kingdom Park holidays are serious business, with Halloween no different. Costume up as the characters, and go on a trick or treat in the park. Stay until late for the entertaining parade and fireworks display.
For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com.
11. Historic Irvington Halloween Festival
Where: Indianapolis, Indiana
When: October 22-29, 2022
The festival lasts a week and brings people from the Irvington community for the street fair, a vampire race, Zombies bike rides, spaghetti supper, and many more exciting activities. The festival culminates in an open-air fair, parade, and after-party on October 29, on a Saturday.
For more information, visit irvingtonhalloween.com.
12. Fairborn Halloween Festival and Zombie Walk
Where: Fairborn, Ohio
When: October 14 – 16, 2022
The weekend-long family festival offers many Halloween-themed events. Still, the most exciting is the regular late-night Zombie Walk, which includes an eerie makeover, face-painting, and the traditional “blood bath.”
For more information, visit the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce or contact the Chamber of Commerce at email@example.com or 937-878-3191.
13. Knott’s Scary Farm
Dates: Choose nights between September 22 to October 31, 2022
The biggest Halloween celebration of the year in Southern California, Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park, turns into a haunted experience to celebrate the holiday. You can expect haunted homes, sinister shows, and more than 1,000 frightening creatures lurking in the mist and every area within the park. (Not suggested for kids less than 13 years old.) For more information, visit knotts.com/events/scary-farm