Feel the bass ricochet off your bones. Let the music swim through your veins. Succumb to the energy of a costumed mob bearing down upon you in waves of movement and dancing.
Halloween parties are less than two months away, and now is the time to start planning which ones to attend. You take care of your local neighborhood parties; we’ve collected the international sensations that make people scream until late in the morning.
Date: October 15, 2011
Known as “The World’s Only Vampire Hunt,” the Great Halloween Grave Dig is an adult competitive event that will have you howling with joy. Attending guests must venture through graveyards, woods, and other areas to find the event’s host, who is dressed as a vampire. According to the official site, the event is “an adventurous mental and physical romp.” The event is invite-only, with two teams winning the hunt and earning $350 per team. The Grave Digger’s Ball is held after the event.
Place: New York City – 6th Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street
Date: October 31, 2011
Started in 1973, the parade began as a neighborhood walk from house to house, inviting adults and children to join. The second year saw the Theater of the New City step in, bringing the parade to a larger scale. The parade’s eighth annual event saw the size of the celebration reach 100,000. Now, 30 years later, the parade draws roughly 60,000 costumed participants and 2 million spectators, making it one of the largest parades in the world. Proceed to the site to find out how to watch, volunteer, or participate in the parade.
Place: Salem, Massachusetts
Date: October 1 – 31, 2011
Salem, Massachusetts, infamously known for its brutal witch trials, transforms its streets every year to become one of the largest annual Halloween events. The event spans the whole month of October, with events taking place on every single day. The events range from a Vampires’ Masquerade Ball to the Annual Psychic Fair and Witchcraft Expo. The place is also littered with haunted houses, more than enough to scare you stiff!
Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Date: October 29, 2011
Ditching the traditional horror and fear aspect of Halloween, the Parade of Lost Souls celebrates the burning of fear with fire. Participants have been known to bring lanterns, dress in costume, and build shrines in Grandview Park. There are loads of individuals firedancing and burning symbolic items that represent fear. If you want to celebrate Halloween with a more traditional, less horrifying party environment, this is the event for you.
Place: Location Unknown
Date: October 28 & 29, 2011
Models painted up in body paint, mandatory sexy Halloween costumes, and completely open bars and buffets, what more could you want from a Halloween party? The Playboy Mansion has been known to throw some of the wildest, most risqué parties ever to exist. Of course, the party better be amazing, since the tickets cost anywhere from $600 to $1,000+. You have to really, really love some sensational skin to attend these parties, or be a loaded celebrity.