I love Halloween. I blame my mom for this obsession. Each year our house would get decked out in everything Halloween starting in September. I’d fall into bed with a skeleton lying next to me. Dressed-up potato heads lined our banisters. Old school horror movies would be playing on repeat on the TV in the basement. You name it, and we probably had it – even candles that melted blood.
That probably explains my intense fear of fire and walking alone in the dark. But I digress.
If you’re anything like me, and already have your costume picked out, then you’ll definitely be planning your Halloween night out now – or if you haven’t, I’ve rounded up a few ideas to help you get started.
New York’s annual Village Halloween Parade is a street pageant presented in Greenwich Village. This mile long celebration draws over two million spectators and over 60,000 costumed participants. Originally started in 1974 by Ralph Lee, this spectacle of live bands, floats and musical acts has been around ever since. Make sure to look for the signature feature – giant rod puppets articulated by teams of puppeteers.
The London Dungeon is a walking spectacle of an amazing cast, hilarity and a little bit of spooks. The Dungeon is a 360 view of 1,000 years of history portrayed in a black comedy atmosphere. For 90 minutes viewers walk through London’s murky past, guided by professional actors. On Halloween, the Dungeon gets heated up a few notches by putting on a special play to really scare the pants of people. Tickets sell out fast, so make sure to grab a pair early!
Make sure your balance is on-board before boarding the Queen Mary on halloween. Docked off Long Beach, California, the Queen Mary is the place to be on Halloween. Visitors venture through six mazes populated by 200 monsters and ghosts. The festive experience runs through the month of October and includes food, beverages and frightening entertainment.
Set in the old Eastern State Penitentiary, this Halloween attraction actually inhabits an authentic prison complex. Built in 1829, the ESP grew a reputation of being a pretty nightmarish place. The prison housed, and employed, some messed up individuals. Dogs, children, you name it – they were locked away there. Heavy amounts of paranormal activity have also been reported there, which is why, every Halloween, the long-closed ESP opens its doors for the public to enjoy. The Terror Behind the Walls is a “low gore” walk though that features gory historical facts, insane ghost stories and masked actors.
Being scared is great right? Nightmares, spontaneous shivers and losing your voice for a few days are just a few of the things that make Halloween great. But, if you’re in the mood for something a little less, daring, then dress-up but stay in and grab a copy of the ever popular (and my favorite) classic: Hocus Pocus. You can also tune into ABC Family – I hear they run everyday from October 19 – 31.