New England Area Has One Of The Best Halloween Parades In The U.S.
The fall season is certainly one of the most festive times of the year. Now, in the coming weeks, children (and adults) will be dressing up in their best costumes. To recognize this fun, USA Today‘s 10Best, published a report of the best Halloween parades across the county and a New England area made the list.
“Some of the biggest Halloween parades across the country attract locals and visitors alike to see spooky magic happen or simply march along in the fun,” 10Best explains.
What constitutes a great Halloween parade? Of course, it must be filled with kids. Sure, parents enjoy dressing up, but most Halloween parades are about the excitement of youth. There’s not a kid on earth who does not love getting compliments on how great their costume is. Furthermore, try to pay attention to the way you deliver the question, “What are you supposed to be?”
Though Halloween parades all have their standard components, there are also variations that make each one unique to their city or community. Some bring in the most decorative jugglers, or haunted costumes for guests to marvel (or scream) at. Others allow the kids to be the main attraction, walking down the street. Regardless, it goes without saying, there must be an abundance of candy.
In New England, the area recognized for having one of the best Halloween parades in the country is a tradition that just started in the ’90s.
Portsmouth Halloween Parade – New Hampshire
The Portsmouth Halloween Parade in Portsmouth, New Hampshire actually takes place on Halloween night. “The Portsmouth Halloween Parade is a grassroots, all-inclusive celebration of community, creativity and free expression that walks, stalks, dances, trumpets and drums its way through downtown Portsmouth each year,” Portsmouth explains.
10Best adds, your creativity here is encouraged and is even expected. “Everyone is welcome to participate, but costumes — preferably homemade, not store-bought — are strongly encouraged,” they said.
This year, the festivities start at 7 p.m. What makes this event special is that it is entirely funded and arranged by the community. It operates off fundraising and marshals guiding the way. To learn more about the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, how you can participate, volunteer, or partake, visit portsmouthhalloweenparade.org.