Free to See: 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.

Help us build our list! Tell us about your favorite (and free!) Halloween event in the U.S. or the world. Leave the details in the comments section below.

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  1. Bill Wood
    Wills Point, TX.
    May 3, 2013, 2:41 pm

    Wills Point Halloween Festival and Parade will be held in downtown Wills Point, Tx, 45 miles east of Dalls, Oct.12, 2013 9am-5pm. Parade is at 1pm.Open to all ages, clubs, bands, and non-profits. Booths available. Come join us in costume or not. More info see website or call 903-873-4476

  2. Randal Breaux
    Houston, TX
    August 3, 2012, 1:41 pm

    Screamworld Haunted House gives free horror make-up clinics on site – a great free outing for the Halloween season. Their website is

  3. Sarah Tobias
    Sycamore, IL
    October 12, 2011, 4:14 pm

    Sycamore’s Pumpkin Fest is a great Halloween Adventure. The Sycamore Library staff and freinds tell scary stories in the local historic cemetery on Friday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m., There are hundred’s of decorated pumpkins adorning the Historic Courthouse lawn, and all of the events and food are fundraisers for local non-profit organizations. On Sunday, there’s a great parade through downtown.

  4. Katie
    October 11, 2011, 12:46 pm

    The residents of Tilson Street in Romeo, Michigan go all out for Halloween. Each year, ALL the homes on the street decorate like nothing I’ve ever seen for Halloween. Its quite a show!

  5. Sara Warfield
    Baltimore, MD
    October 10, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Baltimore has a great event for families called the Great BIG Halloween Parade of Light & Luminaria. The free event takes place in the city’s Patterson Park neighborhood on Oct 29.

    Everyone is invited to participate in the parade – Wear a Costume, Wear a mask, Bring a Lantern, Wear a Light, Make a Luminaria, Make a Glowing Float

    The event also includes a HARVEST HOOTeNanny: A PRE-PARADE FALL FESTIVAL 3pm-6:30pm featuring Hayrides, Music, Food, Farm stand, Pumpkin patch, Scarecrow stuffing, Make an OWL lantern for the Parade!

  6. Andy Randle
    Droitwich, Worcestershire UK.
    October 10, 2011, 1:30 pm

    Rifemans Arms Droitwich October31st…..