The United States has always had a fascination with Halloween, and wherever you are in the U.S., trick or treating is one of the most fun experiences for children all year long! Many large and small cities across the country have taken Halloween a step further, though, and embarked on annual traditions that make the trick or treating experience even more fun for people of all ages. Head to these cities to experience the best possible trick or treating this year!
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This charming old silver mining town east of Salt Lake City has great Halloween traditions and is a very family-friendly environment. Some traditions include The Bark City Howl-o-Ween Party which features elaborately costumed dogs that march with their decked out owners. In addition, Park City Ghost Tours takes visitors hunting for ghosts.
This small Massachusetts town features traditions such as Pumpkin People in the Park which turns out many residents every year. The Saturday before Halloween, musicians join residents at the park for live acts as well as an event complete with donuts, pumpkin bowling, and apple bobbing.
Where else would you find an Ivy League University fully immersed in the Halloween experience? The town’s Princeton Tour Company gives tools to Halloween enthusiasts for its various ghost hunts. The city also hosts Princeton’s Terhune Orchards which allow for families to pick their own pumpkins and a corn maze.
Every year in this beautiful Michigan town there is a Community Halloween Party where children can “Trunk or Treat” among parked registered cars and there is a children’s parade with costumed school children. The fun in Harbor Springs starts early around early October where there are pumpkins everywhere and live pumpkin glass blowing demonstrations.
The history and charm of Bar Harbor makes it a fun place to spend Halloween. The town is famous for its ghost stories, and the white shapes of eight missionaries who were killed in 1613 are said to haunt the city. Even Bar Harbor’s pets get into the Halloween spirit as the town hosts a Veterinary Halloween Party with prizes for the best costumed cats and dogs.
Although there is no chilly autumn weather, Delray Beach residents really enjoy celebrating Halloween. The town hosts an annual Halloween Parade in which a number of trick or treaters can be seen proudly wearing their costumes. Families also head to Kidsfest for food, crafts, and live entertainment.
Winter Park has a bustling Main Street and it sets the scene for Halloween. One of Florida’s most historic towns, Winter Park embraces Halloween with events like Pumpkins and Munchkins as well as Trick or Treat Trail. Rollins College also hosts an annual Halloween party and The Park Avenue Pet Costume Contest is popular as well.
The town of Telluride hosts an annual ghost story telling event at the Telluride Historical Museum. The town also has an annual Halloween Bash which is a lively celebration where the town’s residents party in creative costumes.
New Hope is located along the Delaware River and is known as an artsy town. One of the most popular attractions at Halloween is the town's annual Rocky Horror Show at The Bucks County Playhouse. Local businesses across the town bask in the Halloween festivities and make for a great trick or treat environment.
Franklin hosts an annual cemetery walking tour, Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones and also visits to the 1858 Lotz House. Children are also able to get in on the action with the annual Pumpkinfest, a festival that features pumpkin painting, arts and craft booths, and bounces houses.
The beautiful town of Beaver Creek hosts an annual costume parade and jack-o-lantern costume party. In addition, it creates a Trick or Treat Village which has an array of live entertainment and arts and crafts for families. You'll love the fall foliage and the feeling of getting away.
This article was written by Walter Godinez.