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11 Best Halloween Events for Your Last-Minute Plans


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Halloween creeps up on you. One minute it’s September and then the next, you’re sifting through cat ears in the store’s picked-over seasonal aisle, searching for accessories to make a last-minute costume.

We curated a list of 11 Halloween events, so if you’re a procrastinator, you can still get in on the fun. But hurry, a lot of these events are expected to sell out.

Ghost Hunts and Haunts

Go on a hunt, stay in a haunted prison or even have a meal among the spirits.

1. The 76 Ghost Hunt

The ’76 House is New York’s oldest tavern, which is good because according to ghost math, the older it is, the more ghosts it will have. According to the event description, “full blown apparitions have been experienced and witnessed coming from rooms.” This event includes a three-course meal in the executioner’s room and a psychic medium.

2. White Hill Mansion Ghost Hunt

Known as one of the most “active” location in the Northeast, a ghost hunting ticket includes exclusive overnight access to the most haunted areas of the mansion, group séances and ghost hunting vigils, plus a hunt with an experienced ghost hunting team and their pro equipment.

Costume Parties

Find a Halloween party and dance the night away with Mario and Luigi, a giant peanut butter and jelly, and whatever the trendy costume is for 2019.

3. Masquerade Macabre

Live music, dancing, revelry, all with the coolest theme ever, Ghost Town on the Oregon Trail. Come in dressed in Old West and get ready to play an immersive version of the retro game.

4. Halloween Ball

Who doesn’t love a Halloween Ball? This one features interactive horror rooms, live performance stages and stars Trixie Mattel of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

5. Vampire Ball

Chicago vampires, this is your night and your event. Enjoy a cocktail hour, followed by a pageant where you will get to vote on the Queen Vampire, and then dance at the epic coronation party once the winner is announced.

Halloween Shows

Halloween is rife with folklore, elaborate costumes, scares and thrills, and that makes for amazing performances.

6. Devil in the Deep Blue Sea

This show explores ghastly tales from the deep blue, merging contemporary circus, giant puppets, theatre, and dance to create a truly immersive experience. “A chosen few guests will find themselves entangled in the evening’s festivities, lured into the mire and transformed into unsuspecting participants in the epic tales unfolding before them.”

7. Night of the Living Dead, a Radio Play

If you prefer ghouls to ghosts,
check out Night of the Living Dead, a radio play. Kentucky Shakespeare
recreates an in-studio performance of the tale in front of live audiences.

8. Quarantine: Phantasmagoria

The audience is part of the action at this live performance and art installation. Quarantine has a gothic-horror theme this year, perfect for Halloween.

Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Some events are too scary for the little pumpkins or (let’s be real) the adults. But a tame Halloween doesn’t mean a lame Halloween. Try these events if you’re in search of family-friendly activities.

9. Halloween Planter Workshop

Make your own spooky cement planters—choice of pumpkin or skull, of the steps explained to create a long-lasting piece of your own.

10. KatieMade Spooky Cookie Decorating

Ice some sweet treats. Learn how to make beautiful hand-iced sugar cookies and then take home your creations.

11. Nightmare at Beaver Lake

This crowd-pleasing Haunted House offers a terrifying full scare and a toned-down version for the little ones.

Didn’t find something in your town? This is just the scary start of it. Search for Halloween events on Brown Paper Tickets.

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13 Frightening AF Halloween Events

LocalHalloweenEvents_PeopleCelebratingThe air is honey crisp. The nights are getting chilly. It’s time to eat (pumpkin-flavored everything), drink (cider please) and be SCARY. We combed through all of our Halloween events to find zombie 5ks, ghost walks, and so many other haunts across the country.

Here are our 13 top picks for Halloween events, ranging from entertaining and family-friendly to frightening af.

1. Hoke Us Poke Us, (21+) St. Louis, MO

The Sanderson Sisters have been resurrected as drag queens. In this Hocus Pocus staged reading, soak in the nostalgia of the childhood classic movie served with witchy drag realness.

 2. Hallowscream Exhibition Game, Fayetteville, AR

Let’s roll. Watch derby teams of all ages, from all over the region compete in a Halloween showdown.

3. Spooky Cookie Decorating class, Springfield, MO

When you want to learn some new tricks and have some treats. Get schooled on how to make tantalizing confections in cute shapes–jack o’lanterns, black cats, and ghosts.

4. Ghost Hunting Tour, San Francisco, CA

Want to explore one of San Francisco’s most-haunted locations? In this 90-minute ghost tour, you will embark on a paranormal investigation. Halloween events don’t get much scarier than that.

5. Haunting of the Imperial Theater, Philadelphia, PA

In this dinner theater show, experience the story of Magical Magician Professor Mandrake as he discovers what is making his cast and crew sense a ghostly presence.

6. A Haunted Evening, Austin, TX

This concert features many local artists playing their spookiest tunes.

7. A Haunting at Mill Hill, Norwalk, CT

Walk among gravestones, experience a haunted maze, and don’t die along the way. Then, if you make it through the evening, celebrate your survival and mortality with refreshments at an old one-room schoolhouse, circa 1826.

8. BarFly Bus Halloween, Portland, OR

Halloween isn’t just for kids; barhop your way to a proper adult Halloween. Get aboard this bus and plan for a night of costume contests, tomfoolery, and spooky fun.

9. Poltergeist movie screening, Fresno, CA

Return to the theater for this classic film that became an icon of horror cinema.

10. Run to Survive Zombie 5K, Cinebar, WA

Your mission: survive the obstacles and zombies along this 5k course. Race against time and run for your life.

11. Shapeshifter Circus, Glendale, CA

Rock-n-roll joins the circus. Experience a gravity-defying night of horror, carnival games, and acrobatic feats including aerial bartenders.

12. Twilight Ghost Tour, Hinsdale, NY

We aren’t kidding, this house is for-real haunted. Join the owner of the home on a paranormal investigation and see if you can reach the realm of the supernatural and come face-to-face with a ghost.

13. Zombie Prom, Forville, IN

At this all-ages event, come dressed in your best zombie prom attire and dance the night away to spooky tunes in a haunted venue. Proceeds will go to local community efforts for youth.

If we had to list all of our Halloween events this post would be long af. Find more Halloween events and have a great holiday.

Want to host a haunted shindig or a ghostly gathering? Get the pumpkin rollin’ and create an event. Remember, we have a dedicated promo team as well as 24/7 event support to help make yours the best Halloween event ever.

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