Halloween in the USA

Spooky Events and Destinations for Halloween Fun

Glowing Jack-o-Lanterns
••• Glowing Jack-o-Lanterns. Flickr user Joe Shlabotnik

A truly American holiday, Halloween always falls on October 31, and is the time when the young and young-at-heart don costumes, troll for treats, and go in search of spooky activities, such as touring haunted houses and cemeteries.

Halloween festivities are celebrated in many different ways in cities and towns across the United States, ranging from family-friendly trick-or-treating to adults-only costume parties.

Our guides across the USA have brushed away the cobwebs to reveal the best Halloween events in their area. Read on...if you dare!

Halloween in New York City
If you're a creature of the night, then it makes sense to go to the "city that never sleeps" for Halloween. There are tons of Halloween events in New York City for every age, interest, and persuasion. A few favorites are the Procession of the Ghouls, visits to haunted New York City hotels, bars, and buildings, and Halloween events at NYC museums and zoos for the whole family.

Halloween in Chicago
The howling winds of the Windy City is the perfect setting for celebrating Halloween. Chicago Halloween events are many, including Chicagoween, the Spooky Zoo Spectacular, and the Haunted Sanitarium.

Halloween in Los Angeles
The USA's entertainment capital is crawling with Halloween Events and Festivities. Of particular note are the Adults Only Halloween Party and the Day of the Dead Celebration, which draws on LA's long-standing Mexican heritage.

Halloween in New Orleans
Voodoo, above-ground cemeteries, and a penchant for eccentric costumes make New Orleans a blast for Halloween. Check out the many New Orleans Halloween Events, which range from family fun at the zoo to a Vampire Ball.

Halloween in Texas
When it's Halloween time in Texas, you can expect everything from wholesome family events to fright trails.

For a unique Texas Halloween, head over to Port Isabel, which hosts a yearly Day of the Dead festival (Los Colores de Muerto) or consider taking a tour of these Texas ghost towns.

Halloween in Florida
Popular theme parks and warm weather make Florida a worthy destination for a Halloween vacation. Learn more about Guavaween, a Latin-themed Halloween celebration in Ybor City, to the over-the-top celebrations you'll find at Universal Studios from our Halloween in Florida round-up. Should you find yourself in Miami with kids on Halloween, then you'll also want to check out this helpful Miami Halloween Events Guide.

Halloween in New England
You can be sure that one of the oldest parts of the country is plenty of ghost stories to share on Halloween. Halloween in New England not only includes visits to haunted New England hotels and a tour of an ancient burial ground, but tons of kid-friendly fun like the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular.

Halloween in the Southeast U.S.
Plantation homes, trees weeping with Spanish moss, Civil War-era cemeteries, and a culture rife with scary folk tales provide plenty of spooky backdrops for Halloween in the Southeast United States. Check out the region's haunted house attractions and ghost tours.

Our Southeast Guide has also rounded up a selection of Halloween-themed getaways and hotel offers.

Halloween in the Pacific Northwest
From corn mazes to pumpkin bashes, there is plenty of Halloween fun in the Pacific Northwest to choose from. For more information, check out the Halloween Guide to Washington State and Halloween and Fall Festivals in Oregon. Of course, if you're a fan of the Twilight series about high school vampires, you'll know that the series is set in Forks, Washington, a doable day trip from Seattle. Check out Bella's house, Forks High School, and more!

Celebrating Halloween at a Theme Park
If roller coasters get your heart racing, then theme parks are a great place to go for Halloween. Check out this round-up of Theme Park Halloween Events for some inspiration.