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With the country reopening, Halloween 2021 could be one of the first holidays since the pandemic that Americans believe they can fully enjoy without (most) of the restrictions. Halloween is originally a Celtic festival where participants dress up to ward off ghosts while celebrating the end of harvest season in what is now Ireland. Since then America has sort of claimed it as its own. It is the largest country after China which celebrates the spooky holidays, according to World population review.
The beauty of Halloween is that it has a little something for everyone. Whether it’s a kid trick or treat, attending pub crawls during college and ultimately being the one handing out candy as a parent, there is a reason and a way to celebrate Old Hallows Eve from the manger to the grave. Cities across America are pulling out all the stops for the holiday season. Whether you’re looking for fun activities for adults or for families, we’ve got you covered with these interesting Halloween events happening across the country.
Dia De Los Muertos at Forver Hollywood Cemetery
While the event itself isn’t entirely terrifying, it takes place on the grounds of the iconic and spooky Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Families with children can attend the daytime event for a more joyful version of this ticket event celebrating Dia De Los Muertos, and those who dare can purchase tickets for the nighttime event and take advantage of the food vendors, altars, crafts and shows amid real tombstones. Find more information here.
All Hallow’s Eve Late Skate in Chattanooga, Tennessee
If you love to skate and you love the Halloween festivities, this special night that marries the two is for you. The Chattanooga Skate Park hosts a All Hallows Eve Moonlight Skating Event. There will be $ 7 rentals available, a beginner skate lesson 6-7pm, two costume contests for individual and group costumes respectively, food trucks, drinks, DJs and raffles. Although you must be 18 or over to rent skates, the event is open to skaters of all ages. From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. there will be a late skating event.
Brunch with Bardi Halloween Brunch in Atlanta
October 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
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Atlanta, Georgia is known for its fabulous Sunday brunches and Halloween Day is no different. This hip-hop-inspired Halloween brunch invites attendees to dress up as Cardi B or any other iconic rap star. There is food and drink to be had at the popular event venue, The Suite Lounge in downtown Atlanta. There are also gift bags.
New York Village Halloween Parade
October 31 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Competing with the West Hollywood Parade for America’s must-see costume parade, the New York Village Halloween Parade that runs north from Sixth Avenue to Spring Street to 16e Street. Free time in New York reports that more than 50,000 people show up at the parade every year. This year, the theme will be “Let’s Play” to honor the child who sleeps in everyone and the grand marshal of the parade will be comedian Randy Rainbow. In addition to some 50,000 marchers, more than two million spectators gather to witness this remarkable event. Because it was canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, you can expect some enthusiastic costumed characters to be in full force this year.
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Balcony Party on Bourbon Street in New Orleans
October 30-31, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
New Orleans is another city that goes all out with Halloween costumes and its ever-bustling Bourbon Street becomes even more alive on this spooky night. Being shoulder to shoulder and standing for hours on end isn’t for everyone this Halloween. If you want a way to crowd watch, judge costumes, and throw pearls without having to fight for space on Bourbon Street, buy tickets to the Halloween party on the Bourbon Street balcony. Your ticket includes three hours of an upscale open bar on one of the city’s largest balconies overlooking one of its most famous streets.
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Las Vegas Fremont Halloween Bar Crawl
October 30 and 31 from 1 p.m. to midnight.
You may visit the famous Las Vegas Strip for Halloween and face rising tourist prices and cover charges, but those who know how to get to downtown Las Vegas, especially on the busy and funky street of Fremont Street. The Fremont Street experience is worth taking any night of the year, but it’s especially entertaining on Halloween. Your ticket for this pub crawl offers you special food and drinks at participating venues so you can sip and snack at a discount while enjoying all the creative costumes, street performers, live bands and more. Fremont Street looks a bit like Halloween even when it isn’t, which makes it especially active and unique during the holidays.
Fear Factory in Philadelphia
The Travel Channel called it one of America’s scariest haunted houses. Located in the basement of a factory over 100 years old, this experiment features over 25,000 square feet of horrors that have been broken down into three spooky themes. Fear factory brings experiences to life with shifting floors, smells, special effects, terrifying actors, and even controlled climates (flip-flops are prohibited).