16 Best Halloween Festivals 2021

by Peter Barnes
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This Halloween Festival tradition began at the Ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, where people lit firearms and dressed to ward off ghosts. Over time, Halloween has become a day of tricks or treats, such as carving jack o lanterns, party gatherings, donning costumes, and eating habits.

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Halloween is not just one day on the calendar, it’s a festival full of really fun carnival. Designing a real Halloween costume, finding pumpkin carving ideas for display in the living room, thinking of your tricks or treatment methods, eating the best Halloween candy unashamedly and enhancing the horror of your outdoor decorations. So, mark your agenda now. It takes at least two weeks to prepare.

With this article you can add one more item to your annual bucket list. So, get ready to feel the best Halloween parties around! However, Halloween can go beyond the limits of your block party. Wear your witch hat or your superhero costume for anything that floats on your mind and think about hitting the open road looking for like-minded Halloween lunatics or zombies.

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No need you to google “the best Halloween events around me” and find Halloween events anymore. We are here to help you with delicious Halloween foods, Halloween costume contests, Halloween face painting adventures, Halloween carnival rides, creative pumpkin carving shows, haunted houses covered in scary socks and the best Halloween celebrations out there. These Halloween celebrations are the ultimate way to get excited about the most fabulous time of the year.

Just switch on your mood and plan a visit to one of the best pumpkin patches and best fall festivals across the USA

The Louisville Zoo Halloween Party

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Date: October 1–3, 7–10, 14–17, 21–24, & 28-30 2021 (Thursdays – Sundays)
Party starts at 5 p.m. Route closes at 10 p.m.
Special Tickets Required for all Guests ages 3+

There is a reason why it is called “the biggest Halloween party in the world”. Every year, Louisville Zoo celebrates a sweet (not scary) Halloween, changing things. Well, there is a “headless horseman,” but that’s the most frightening aspect, however, who would not want to spend this day with a herd of zoo animals?

Knott’s Scary Farm

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Place: Buena Park, California  

Date: September 16 – October 31

At the biggest Halloween party in Southern California, you can enjoy haunted houses, scary shows and thousands of scary characters and creatures waiting for you at the amusement park.

Disney after Hours Boo Bash

Disney after Hours Boo Bash
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Place: Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Date: Throughout October (select night)

This festival Halloween themed and famous as the happiest place on earth. Character interactions, tricks or treats throughout the park, large parades and fireworks displays make it as a little more magical.

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

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Place: Culver City, CA

Date: October 7 – 31

Mr. Bones is not your typical pumpkin. In addition to choosing pumpkins to bring home, guests can enjoy a variety of fun family activities, including pumpkin village, pumpkin carving, face painting, straw mazes and more.

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze
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Where: Croton-on-Hudson, New York

When: September 17 – November 21 (select nights)

With the giant sea serpent, a working whirlpool, and a giant bridge, more than 7,000 illuminated hand-carved jack-lanterns are on display here. Synchronized light show set to an original soundtrack make event wonderful with displaying drama show.

Haunted Castle Halloween Festival

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Where: Muskogee, Oklahoma

When: Fridays and Saturdays, October 1 – October 30

The village of Castle, a 60-acre park just a short drive from Tulsa, goes dark for nearly a month on Halloween. Guests can take a walk through the grounds, where they can find a ghost train ride, dancing monsters and much more.

Hersheypark in the Dark

Hersheypark in the Dark
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Where: Hershey, Pennsylvania

When: Weekends October 15 – October 31

The amusement park popular for running of Halloween festival from the autumn weekend to mid-October. Guests can get experienced from more than 50 attractions, glowing dark dance party with Hershey characters, plot or a thrilling path etc…

Shocktoberfest

Shocktoberfest
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Where: Reading, PA

When: Fridays and Saturdays, September 17 – 25 and November 5 – 6; Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, October 1 – 31

For 2021, the twisted mind behind Shockoberfest brings the zombie safari tour, the zombie laser tag, the massacre scary zone and much more. This huge “Screaming Park” attracts terrifying crowds everywhere and is one of the highest rated adventure attractions in the country.

Halloween Harvest

Halloween Harvest

Where: Brooklyn, New York

When: Weekends, September 28 – October 27

Visit the New York Amusement Park for experiencing of Halloween specials, such as magic shows, stilt walkers, tricks or treatments, and more.

Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular

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Where: Louisville, Kentucky

When: September 30 – October 31

Take a night walk through Iroquois Park. Here you can find a path illuminated by 5,000 intricately carved pumpkins looking at out you everywhere you look. It will be amazed you.

Pony Express Pumpkin Fest

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Where: St. Joseph, Missouri

When: October 8, 9, 10

This is a family-friendly Halloween Festival. It includes approximately 800 jack-lighted lanterns, a ride, food, sports, children’s costume parade and much more.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

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Where: San Dimas, California

When: September 24 – October 31

Drive to Bonelli Regional Park and get experience the haunted show featuring a multimedia story on a 40-foot screen. Tickets for one car with two people are $ 49.99 and $ 9.99 for extra passengers.

Festival of the Dead

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Where: Salem, Massachusetts

When: October 1 – 31

Celebrate the Fear of Spirits at the Feast of the Dead in this October. Events include tombs, live musicals, physical readings and the official Salem Witch Halloween Ball on October 30th.

Haunt ‘O Ween                

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Where: Woodland Hills, California

When: October 1 – 31

A great Halloween “playground” for families with children of all ages, the experience includes pumpkin picking, costumed live actors, immersion installations and much more funny weird events.

Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade

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Where: Atlanta, Georgia

When: October 16 and 17

Atlanta’s oldest and richest neighborhoods, selected for this two-day festival which features a parade of artists, live music, food vendors and a truly gigantic costume parade.

Night of 1,000 Jack-o’-Lanterns

Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns
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Where: Glencoe, Illinois

When: October 13 – 17 and October 20 – 24

This Halloween party is famous as funny one. There you can see Chicago Botanic Gardens with the view of over 1000 jack-lanterns. All are hand-carved by artists at Rise of Jack O Lanterns in New York. You won’t believe your eyes here, so the artists spend about 15 hours carving out a single.

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