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10 U.S. Halloween Events

Looking for a good scare—think zombies—or the warm glow of hundreds of jack-o’-lanterns? We’ve got you covered with this list of ten FREE Halloween events in the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about your favorite (and free!) Halloween event.

Keene Pumpkin Festival Keene, New Hampshire

Each Halloween, Keene’s picturesque streets are aglow with towers of jack-o’-lanterns. The festival was a longtime Guinness World Record holder with over 28,000 pumpkins lining the streets. Boston has since beat the record, but it can’t match the small-town atmosphere: Keene has 24,000 inhabitants. Citizens are encouraged to create their own pumpkins in a celebration of community spirit.

Chicagoween Chicago, Illinois

Chicago’s Halloween celebration reaches its peak during the last week of October when the city’s famed Daley Plaza becomes “Franken Plaza.” Free attractions there include the tame-but-tasty Farmers Market and the high-flying excitement of the Midnight Circus.

Texas Chainsaw Maze Houston, Texas

This free Houston attraction is based on the B movie classic and stars Leatherface, the Old Man, the Hitchhiker, and other terrifying personalities. If you have any screams left after navigating the maze you can visit paid haunted houses here, including the Sanitarium, the Castle of Doom, and the Haunted Woods.

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