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9 best Halloween festivals in the US in 2020

There are a couple of weeks left until this terribly fun holiday, so it's time to get ready! Some traditional Halloween festivals in the United States have already begun and will continue not only through October 31, but beyond. Learn about the nine most interesting of them offers The Oprah Magazine.

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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

  • Where: Croton-on-Hudson, New York
  • When: from September 18 to October 31, November 1, November 6-8, November 13-15, November 20-21

More than 7000 hand-carved backlit Jack lanterns are displayed in impressive displays, including a massive sea snake, a working carousel and a giant bridge. The event includes a synchronized light show to the original soundtrack.

Hersheypark in the Dark

  • Where: Hershey, PA
  • When: on weekends from October 9 to November 1

The popular amusement park is decorated for Halloween and invites guests for the fall weekend. There are more than 50 attractions, the Trick or Treat Trail and a dance party in the dark.


  • Where: Reading, Pennsylvania
  • When: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from October 2 to November 7

A festival that attracts frightening crowds from all over the world and is one of the most popular “horror parks” in the country. In 2020, the event invites you to visit a zombie safari tour, a zombie laser tag, a special fear zone and much more.

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Halloween harvest

  • Where: Brooklyn, New York
  • When: on weekends from 28 September to 27 October

Visit the iconic New York theme park for special Halloween-themed events such as magical shows, stiletto heels, “sweet or nasty,” and more.

Boo at the Zoo

  • Where: Washington, DC
  • When: 24-25 October

For two days, Smithsonian National Zoo turns into a wonderland. This year, the Boo Drive Thru event will be held here, where you will meet witches, vampires and other creepy characters.

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

  • Where: San Dimas, California
  • When: from September 25 to November 1

Come by car to Bonelli Regional Park for an original haunted show and multimedia story on the 12-meter screen. Tickets cost $ 49,99 for a single car with two passengers (and $ 9,99 for each additional passenger).

Haunt 'O Ween

  • Where: Woodland Hills, California
  • When: October 9-31

A fun Halloween adventure perfect for families with children of different ages. It includes a collection of pumpkins, costumed actors for the holiday, movable installations and much more.

Night of 1000 Jack-o'-Lanterns

  • Where: Glencoe, Illinois
  • When: October 14-18, October 21-25

Get a peek inside the stunning Chicago Botanic Gardens decorated for Halloween. Over 1000 Jack Lanterns, hand-carved by New York City artists await you. Curiously, artists spend up to 15 hours working with a single pumpkin, and some of Jack's most massive lanterns weigh under 70 kg!

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Village halloween parade

  • Where: New York City
  • When: 31 October

Considered one of the largest and most creative Halloween events, the parade will take you through the busiest neighborhoods of Manhattan for the 47th time! This year, the organizers promise to host a unique TV event for security during the pandemic.

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