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Halloween Across the USA: 2017 Happenings

Across the country, towns are putting their own spin on this frightening holiday. Whether it's dancing to "Thriller" in Lexington, walking through graveyards in Fort Worth or enjoying a Mardi-Gras style parade in New Orleans, there is no shortage of fun events to experience across the country.

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Giant Spider Selfies and Light Show: Photo opportunities with a 60-foot spider that overran the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, turning the 400-foot observation wheel into a massive spider web. The lair gets even spookier at night with a 10-minute kaleidoscopic light show synchronized to an iconic Halloween soundtrack.


On October 22, Chicago's "Halloween Gathering" features a parade filled with large-scale spectacle, tarot card readings, acrobatics, music and DJ dance party along the Chicago Cultural Mile in the downtown Loop. Millennium Park and Grant Park come alive with performances during the daytime festival from 2-5pm, as well as face painting, mask making workshops, ghost stories and interactive activities for all ages.


Thriller Event in Lexington, Kentucky: Prepping for its 16th year, Lexington, Kentucky features an annual "Thriller" Halloween event, featuring thousands of local residents and guests turned would-be zombies for the re-enactment of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video performed "flash mob" style in the streets. The day-long celebration features a bazaar-style marketplace with a dance showcase and costume parade, concluding with "Thriller" that evening. Several downtown businesses feature a "zombie lounge" with food and drink specials.


Krewe of Boo in New Orleans, Louisiana: The Krewe of Boo is the official New Orleans Halloween parade since its inception in 2007, and features 3-D papier mache and fiberglass props that mimic all of Halloween's s pooky creatures to frighten and excite the crowds.

Artspace experiences in Shreveport Upstairs in CoolSpace, InGRAVED brings the ghosts of governor's past, WWII pilots and Catholic Daughters of the Cross to life through visual, literary and performance works by almost 50 northwest Louisiana artists celebrating the 100th birthday of Shreveport's historic Forest Park Cemetery.

New Mexico

Dragon House of Horror is a Guinness World Record holder, "Longest indoor walking Horror House" Throughout October, visit the Dairy Barn at Expo New Mexico. Closed on Sunday and Monday.

New York

11th Annual Ghost Walk in Chemung County, New York: On October 23rd and 24th, Travelers are invited to congregate at Woodlawn Cemetery in Mark Twain Country for the 10th Annual Ghost Walk - two-day series of lantern-lit strolls and history. Visitors get to meet historic residents of Woodlawn Cemetery portrayed by the actors of Elmira Little Theatre.


Haunt in Fort Worth, Texas: From now until November 26th, haunted house lovers will be treated to a spooky exhibition at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Thirteen themed haunted houses from across America make up the 40+ images in photographer Misty Keasler's display. In addition to the photographs, the exhibition includes a separate series of 15 portraits of haunted house actors in monster costumes. With art meeting horror, guests better come prepared to be spooked.

12th annual "Saints and Sinners Tour", Fort Worth, Texas: From October 27-29, the North Fort Worth Historical Society will treat guests to the 12th annual Saints and Sinner's Tour. Actors dressed in period clothing will lead guests on walking and twilight tours to headstones of Fort Worth's past "saints and sinners" throughout Oakwood Cemetery.


Gravestones and ghoulish tales await you at Janesville's largest city of the dead, Oak Hill Cemetery. Chill at Oak Hill Cemetery Tour and learn some interesting stories about people from Rock County's past. Led by local expert Sherry Thurner, you will hear stories of mystery and mayhem all while enjoying a lovely evening stroll through the cemetery. Guests are strongly encouraged to dress for the weather as October can be rainy, cold, or both. This is not a haunted house and is educational in nature. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and tour numbers are limited.

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October 13, 2017

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