In celebration of pumpkins, witches, and bags full of candy, IT searched the country for Halloween festivities suited for those of us too old (tear!) for trick-or-treating. Below we’ve listed three events worth your travels:
Tampa, Florida: Help the mythical Mama Guava "take the bore out of Ybor" with her annual Guavaween in Ybor City, Tampa’s historic Latin district. The Halloween happening brings in about 80,000 guests during its nighttime celebrations; festivities include the Mama Guava Stumble Parade, cooking and costume contests, and various big-name bands/artists (Slick Rick, LeToya, and Seether) performing on four different stages. Entry: $15
To clarify, "the procession will be led by a retinue of dancing Jack-O-Lantern and Squash Blossom Giant Puppets bearing the communal fire and its guardian spirit within a great pumpkin lantern," writes Jeanne Fleming, the artistic and producing director. Anyone can march in the parade, so long as you line up on 6th Avenue (south of Spring Street and north of Canal) between 6:30 and 8:30 pm. With more than two million people in attendance, the event is the nation’s largest public Halloween celebration. Entry: Free
Lahaina, Maui: Join more than 20,000 ghouls and goblins crammed into a span of three blocks for Lahaina’s 17th annual Halloween celebration. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. with a costume parade for the wee ones, the night moves on with live Afro-Latino and reggae performances, a variety of costume contests (like the Ghoulish Gala Karaoke Costume Contest), and general (well, raucous) celebrations. Entry: free. However, if you’re not already on the island and/or you don’t have reservations to stay in town, you’re too late. Many hotels book up a year in advance, so book today for next year’s trip to Maui.
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