Sure, big city Halloween festivals are great and all, but in our opinions, no one handles holiday festivities quite as well as small town residents do — they just know how to take seasonal celebrations to the next level with their quirky, charming traditions! Check out our list of the best small town destinations for both spooky and family-friendly events this October.
St. Helens, Oregon
You may recognize this town from the iconic Disney movie Halloweentown, since many of the scenes were filmed here. In addition to St. Helens’ annual giant pumpkin lighting event, visitors can get in on the local fun by attending all of the various “Spirit of Halloweentown” Festival events. This year is extra special, since the Halloweentown cast will be reuniting to honor their late costar Debbie Reynolds.
While some towns create over-the-top Christmas displays every year, this Midwestern town likes to get all gussied up for its annual “Terror on Tillson Street” Halloween event. During the month of October, local homeowners create spooky and seriously detailed displays on their front lawns. Why pay for a haunted house frights when you can simply walk around the neighborhood and get the same experience for free?
Estes Park, Colorado
This mountainside village is home to the historic Stanley Hotel, which was the inspiration behind Stephen King’s chilling novel The Shining. Visitors can get into the Halloween spirit by attending the “Shining Ball” or a murder mystery dinner hosted at the hotel. Also fun: On Halloween night, everyone in the community skips door-to-door visits and heads to Main Street for trick-or-treating.
Known as the “Halloween capital of the world,” this lively community has made it it mission to provide everyone in town with fun ways to celebrate the holiday since the 1920s. Special events were originally planned to prevent teens from stirring up trouble in the neighborhood, but nowadays, troves of volunteers organize scarecrow contests, balls and parties, scavenger hunts, runs, bonfires and parades galore.
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