Slideshow: 7 Frightening Halloween Festivals

By Ann Henson, Staff WriterOct. 9, 2013
By Ann Henson, Staff WriterOct. 9, 2013, at 1:19 p.m.
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Emma Crawford Festival

Emma Crawford Festival


When: Oct. 26
Where: Manitou Springs, Colo.
How Much: Free to watch
Coffin racing may sound like a macabre tradition, but the peculiar event is a celebration of the town's resident spirit, Emma Crawford. Teams participating in the Emma Crawford Festival race through the streets of downtown Manitou Springs carrying or wheeling a coffin with their "Emma" inside. The first three teams to cross the finish line and the team with the best-looking Emma all win trophies. Read More:
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Haunted Happenings

Haunted Happenings


When: Every weekend in October
Where: Salem, Mass.
How much: Most events are free
Salem, Mass., proudly celebrates its bewitching past all year round, but during the entire month of October the city offers Haunted Happenings, a daily line-up of parades, activities and theatrical performances leading up to All Hallows' Eve. If you can only make it to one event, plan to attend the Official Salem Witches' Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel. Read More:
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Emma Crawford Festival


When: Oct. 26
Where: Manitou Springs, Colo.
How Much: Free to watch
Coffin racing may sound like a macabre tradition, but the peculiar event is a celebration of the town's resident spirit, Emma Crawford. Teams participating in the Emma Crawford Festival race through the streets of downtown Manitou Springs carrying or wheeling a coffin with their "Emma" inside. The first three teams to cross the finish line and the team with the best-looking Emma all win trophies. Read More:
7 Frightening Halloween Festivals

Haunted Happenings


When: Every weekend in October
Where: Salem, Mass.
How much: Most events are free
Salem, Mass., proudly celebrates its bewitching past all year round, but during the entire month of October the city offers Haunted Happenings, a daily line-up of parades, activities and theatrical performances leading up to All Hallows' Eve. If you can only make it to one event, plan to attend the Official Salem Witches' Halloween Ball at the Hawthorne Hotel. Read More:
7 Frightening Halloween Festivals

Winchester Mystery House


When: October
Where: San Jose, Calif.
How much: $48 for a flashlight tour; $5 to $12 to enter the Mystery Maze
The Winchester Mystery House's puzzling maze of secret passageways, winding hallways and bizarre design details is made all the more frightening during a nighttime flashlight tour. But if the thought of running into the proprietor's spirit on one of these twilight jaunts puts a chill down your spine, consider navigating the estate's straw bale Mystery Maze instead. Find out more about:
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Queen Mary's Dark Harbor


When: Every weekend in October
Where: Long Beach, Calif.
How much: $24 in advance; $29 at the door
Spirits supposedly haunt the docked Queen Mary all year round, but during October they'll be joined by the chilling characters from the ship's Halloween event, Dark Harbor. This year's circus theme finds the captain joined by a hair-raising ringmaster. Read more:
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Village Halloween Parade


When: Oct. 31, from 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: New York City
How much: Free
Due to last year's "Frankenstorm," officials were forced to cancel the annual Village Halloween Parade. For the first time in the event's 40-year history, the massive procession of costumed parade-goers, larger-than-life puppets and musicians and dancers didn't take over Sixth Avenue. To commemorate its return, this year's parade theme is "Revival." Find out more about:
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West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval


When: Oct. 31, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: West Hollywood, Calif.
How much: Free
West Hollywood's population swells on Halloween night when nearly 500,000 revelers flock to the streets for the annual Halloween Costume Carnaval. In fact, this is Los Angeles' second largest annual event, taking a close second to the Tournament of Roses New Year's Day Parade. Find out more about:
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Halloween Harvest


When: Every weekend in October
Where: Coney Island, N.Y.
How much: Most activites are free
For a Halloween activity that won't leave your youngster with nightmares, head to Coney Island. Every weekend in October, Luna Park invites families to its Halloween Harvest event. Along with the pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating and scavenger hunts, there's also a family pumpkin carving contest. Read More:
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