17 Amazing Halloween Celebrations Across America

Pumpkins and scarecrows and costumes, oh my! Here's where Ikaroo readers get into the Halloween spirit.

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Once you've set aside some time to visit the best pumpkin patches and harvest festivals across the country, plan your trip to one of these memorable Halloween festivals. With delicious foods, scary sights, and costumes galore, they're the best way to get excited about the most spooktacular time of year.

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1. Sleepy Hollow Halloween

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Where: Sleepy Hollow, New York

When: Throughout the month of October

Visit the Headless Horseman's hometown during the month of October for cemetery tours, haunted hayrides, parades, performances, and more festivities for families and thrill seekers of all ages.

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2. Pony Express PumpkinFest 2018

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Where: St. Joseph, Missouri

When: October 12-14, 2018

Kick off the Halloween season at the festival's opening night, which features the lighting of over 1,000 jack-o'-lanterns, rides, food, games, a costume parade, and more.

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3. Pumpkin Walk

Where: The Arboretum at Flagstaff in Flagstaff, Arizona

When: October 27, 2018

"You can drop off carved pumpkins during the day and they'll arrange them along the paths in the garden for the nighttime walk," says Alison Ragan. "It's so much fun to go with our kids in costume each year and 'find' our pumpkins! They have nature experts on hand for questions, hot chocolate, cider, cookies and treats, and a bonfire."

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4. Jack-'O-Lantern Spectacular

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Where: Louisville, Kentucky

When: October 9-November 4, 2018

Some 5,000 carved pumpkins line a 1/4-mile walking trail in Iroquois Park. Take a stroll starting at dusk—the park's open until 11 p.m. or midnight, depending on the day.

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5. Sycamore Pumpkin Festival

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Where: Sycamore, Illinois

When: October 24-28, 2018

"There's a whole weekend of parades, good food, marching bands, and, of course, pumpkin judging on the courthouse lawn," says Ann Eichorn.

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6. Neewollah

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Where: Independence, Kansas

When: October 19-27, 2018

"Here in Independence, Kansas, we have what they call Neewollah (Halloween spelled backwards)," says Patti Whittington Clark. "There's a chili contest in the park, a talent show, carnival rides, live music, and three parades. It's pretty awesome for such a small town!"

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7. New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival

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Where: Laconia, New Hampshire

When: October 12-13, 2018

The Keene Pumpkin Festival began 26 years ago with 600 pumpkins and has grown almost every year since—breaking several of its own world records. In 2014, there were some with drunken college students from nearby Keene State that led to the Keene Pumpkin Festival to be cancelled. The event has since been turned into two festivals, The Monadnock Pumpkin Festival and The New Hampshire Pumpkin Festival.

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8. Haunted Happenings

Where: Salem, Massachusetts

When: October 1-31, 2018

"Salem, Massachusetts, rocks Halloween like no other," says Michelle Daniels. The city goes all-out with cemetery and haunted history tours, spooky art shows, and a 5K race where runners dress as witches.

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9. Terror on Tillson Street

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Where: Romeo, Michigan

When: Residents may decorate their houses as soon as early October, but final displays are up the week leading up to Halloween. "Several blocks go all-out—it's like a free haunted house," says Stacy Langtry of this residential street's spectacularly spooky decorations.

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10. Hallowe'en at Greenfield Village

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Where: Dearborn, Michigan

When: October 12-14, 18-21, and 25-28, 2018

Costumed characters, like the Headless Horseman, a slew of jack-o'-lanterns bring this historically themed spot to life.

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11. Anoka Halloween

Where: Anoka, Minnesota

When: Various events run from throughout the month of October

"They have a big parade down Main Street," says Leigh Holland of the city known as the Halloween Capital of the World (they started hosting big celebrations in the 1920s to prevent youngsters from getting into trouble). "It's a cute little town with great burgers and nice antiques shops, too!"

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12. The Great Jack-O'-Lantern Blaze

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Where: Croton-on-Hudson, New York

When: September 28-November 24, 2018

Billed as the tristate area's biggest Halloween event, the Blaze features over 5,000 intricately hand-carved jack-o'-lanterns that form incredible displays, including a working grandfather clock and a T-Rex!

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13. Great Pumpkin Carve

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Where: Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania

When: TBA

More than 60 artists compete in this event, which started in the early 1970s after painters Andrew and Jamie Wyeth carved pumpkins to decorate a local inn. The gourds used today can weigh as much as 400 pounds!

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14. Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

Where: Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island

When: October 4-November 4, 2018

For the month of October, more than 5,000 intricately decorated pumpkins transform the zoo into a Halloween wonderland. "It's amazing," says Elizabeth Roy. "Hundreds upon hundreds of jack-o'-lanterns carved in so many designs!"

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15. Pendleton Scarecrow Contest

Where: Pendleton, South Carolina

When: October 6, 2018

"Come to the town with all the scarecrows," says Vadrew Kathleen Smith. In mid-October, residents of Pendleton start assembling scarecrow characters for the annual contest, which gets more than 100 entrants.

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16. The C-K AutumnFest

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Where: Ceredo and Kenova, West Virginia

When: October 26-27, 2018

Two quaint neighboring towns pair up for two weeks of haunted happenings. Be sure to walk by the Pumpkin House, a Victorian adorned with more than 3,000 gourds.

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17. Screams Halloween Theme Park

Where: Waxahachie, Texas

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When: September 28-October 27, 2018

The world's largest Halloween theme park is a mere 30 minutes south of Dallas. With seriously haunted attractions, a lot of Screams is not for the faint of heart—but if you like a good scare, there are options for everyone. Horror movies, the Scary-oke stage, roaming characters, face painting, rides and games galore!

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