Here are some other Halloween-themed destinations, events and attractions around the country.
New York Halloween Parade: Because of power outages and other issues from Superstorm Sandy, organizers were forced to cancel last year’s Village Halloween Parade, which typically attracts 2 million spectators and 50,000 costumed marchers. The parade now faces a funding shortfall; as of early October, more than half the needed $50,000 had been raised on Kickstarter. If the balance can be secured, the parade is scheduled for Oct. 31, kicking off at 7 p.m., Sixth Avenue between Spring and 16th streets.
New Orleans: New Orleans’ annual Voodoo Music Experience festival often coincides with Halloween but this year takes place immediately after, Nov. 1-3, in City Park. Coming from a range of musical genres, headliners include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Afrojack, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure and Kid Rock.
Other Halloween events in the Big Easy include a Vampire Ball thrown by the official Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club. A link from the author’s home page states that she will be attending the ball this year.
A brand-new Halloween parade in the French Quarter, Krewe of Boo, kicks off Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. followed by a Spook Fest party for costumed attendees inside the Mardi Gras World attraction.
Pumpkins: Where do leftover pumpkins go to die? They are hurled across the fields of Delaware by man and machine at The Chunk, also known as the World Championship Punkin Chunkin, this year Nov. 1-3, in Bridgeville.
In New Hampshire, the annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene is scheduled for Oct. 19, noon-8:30 p.m., with parades, performances and thousands of carved pumpkins lining the town.
At Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., Luna Park hosts Halloween Harvest weekends in October and on Columbus Day. Guess the weight of a giant pumpkin to win $1,000. The pumpkin will be carved into a masterpiece Oct. 26 by Food Network’s Marc Maniac, and the public can carve pumpkins in a contest that day too.
Ghost tours: Unlike the in-your-face scare zones and trapped-in-a-room experiences popping up at theme parks, ghost tours – whether in inns, historic sites or neighborhoods – tend to be more fun than fright. Expect a good ghost story and readings of alleged paranormal activity on hand-held meters.
A list of 30 B&Bs and inns with ghost-themed stays can be found at www.betterwaytostay.com/thirty-great-places-sleep-ghost/. Or take a look at haunted hotel packages offered by Historic Hotels of America: www.historichotels.org/hotel-deals/featured-packages.php.