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10 Spectacular Halloween Events and Festivals to Catch This Month

Some people take Halloween very seriously — so seriously that they celebrate it all month long. During October, vampires, ghosts, goblins, witches, and zombies come out of hiding, ready and waiting to scare the pants off of you!

If you love the spookiest time of the year, you won’t want to miss these Halloween events and festivals. Whether you are looking for something family-friendly or insanely spooky in destinations from North America to Ireland, there’s an event here for just about everyone.

I’m not one for scary events, haunted houses, or spooky festivals, but I have been to a couple of the family-friendly Halloween events mentioned in the slideshow below and was impressed on all counts. If you don’t like to be scared, choose one of the festivals suited for small children and leave the gory ones to the die-hards.

  • The Official Salem Witches’ Halloween Ball 1 of 10
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    The infamous Salem witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts, so really it's only fitting that they hold a fabulous event during Halloween. A Psychic Fair, the Witchcraft Expo, ghost hunting, and the Annual Witches' Magic Circle are just a few events taking place during the Festival of the Dead.

  • Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2 of 10
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    October is one of the best times to visit Walt Disney World, mostly for their infamous Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. The "Happy HalloWishes" fireworks show and "Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade" aren't to be missed!

     

  • Village Halloween Parade 3 of 10
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    This year marks the 40th annual New York's Village Halloween Parade, which takes place on Halloween. Drawing over 60,000 participants in costumes and 2 million spectators, this is one parade you won't want to miss!

    Photo credit: InSapphoWeTrust/Flickr

  • Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights 4 of 10
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    Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights 23 just opened a couple of weeks ago with spooktacular events and attractions. Eight brand new haunted houses and scary street experiences are just a few things you can look forward to!

    Live in California? The Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood is equally scary!

     

  • Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween Event 5 of 10
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    The Queen Mary used to be a world class cruise ship and although she still is in a way, she has since been transformed into a hotel in Southern California. In October, the ocean liner holds their annual Dark Harbor Haunted Halloween Event, one of the biggest scare-fests in the state. Do you dare?

  • Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival 6 of 10
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    Derry, the second-largest city in Northern Ireland, is home to the Banks of the Foyle Hallowe'en Carnival. From October 26-November 3, they hold all sorts of spooky events including viewings of freakish films, tours of the Ghostly Galleons Tall Ship, the "Awakening of the Walls" and more.

  • LEGOLAND California’s Brick-or-Treat 7 of 10
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    Each Saturday and Sunday in October, LEGOLAND in California holds their Brick-Or-Treat with ten LEGO themed treat stations with all sorts of snacks and a bonus station at Sea Life Carlsbad.

  • Toronto Zombie Walk 8 of 10
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    Toronto's Zombie Walk is quite the sight, especially if you don't know what's going on (speaking from personal experience here). Last year, 10,000 zombies crawled and walked along the streets of Toronto and they're about to do it yet again. The nice thing about the zombie walk is that it supports the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

  • Terror Behind The Walls 9 of 10
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    The Terror Behind the Walls event takes place inside the walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philly. This is its 22nd year and it's been ranked as one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the country!

  • Howl-O-Scream 10 of 10
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    Located at Busch Gardens in Tampa, the Howl-O-Scream event is intensely scary, featuring 13 evils, creepy scare zones, and haunted houses. 

 

Find more of Nadia’s writing on her site Child Mode. You can also find her on Disney Baby and Hip Baby. Love social media? So does she! Follow her daily on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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