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Old 08-27-2016, 11:50 AM
 
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Hi, I'm looking for a city that creates a citywide Halloween vibe (not just haunted houses) and so far it looks like Portsmouth is in the running.

I'd imagine Salem would be another candidate.

Can anyone give me a list of cities that do Halloween the best? Thanks!
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:12 PM
 
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Salem is cool .. not just at Halloween, but that's when it's busy
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:24 PM
 
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Idk about Portsmouth, but my friend went up to Salem, MA one year for Halloween and loved it. Anoka, MN is considered the "Halloween Capital of the World."
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Old 08-27-2016, 03:52 PM
 
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Yeah, it's funny that you mentioned Portsmouth as the Halloween standard when Salem is less than an hour away. I find it very hard to imagine that any town in America is more obsessed with Halloween than Salem.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:14 PM
 
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Yeah, it's funny that you mentioned Portsmouth as the Halloween standard when Salem is less than an hour away. I find it very hard to imagine that any town in America is more obsessed with Halloween than Salem.
Yeah, I don't know. I heard they the whole city gets into it and a lot of people put up displays in the burbs. It's probably comparable to Salem or a case of you've heard of Salem, but have you heard of...

Although I just looked it up and assuming both go all out there would just be more in Portsmouth as it's about twice as big by area.

Then again it's possible it's all hype.

Figured if anyone would know someone on here would.
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Old 08-27-2016, 06:45 PM
 
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I live in New England south of Boston and have never heard of Portsmouth as a destination for Halloween. Salem is the place in New England that everyone associates with the holiday. It is not even just October 31st there as the celebration of Halloween lasts all of October. You really can't beat it when it even has a witch on a broomstick on its police cars and its high school mascot is the witches.
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:05 PM
 
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I live in New England south of Boston and have never heard of Portsmouth as a destination for Halloween.
Neither had I until it was mentioned to me. Looks pretty lively though.

https://i.ytimg.com/vi/sTDT7PhSBbg/maxresdefault.jpg

https://daydreamtourist.files.wordpr...scarecrows.jpg
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Old 08-27-2016, 08:07 PM
 
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No idea where Portsmouth comes from but Salem is obvious for the witch trials.

There are plenty of other cities that do Halloween well. NYC has the largest parade. Philly is loaded with history, ghost stories and fall is great there. All of PA. Chicago as well. Sleepy Hollow. There are many places.

I actually heard Salem is disappointing. I know that the witch museum is because I have been there but not for Halloween.

This is getting me excited for Fall.
Fishermen are famously superstitious so that may have something to do with it.
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Old 08-27-2016, 10:16 PM
 
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No idea where Portsmouth comes from but Salem is obvious for the witch trials.

There are plenty of other cities that do Halloween well. NYC has the largest parade. Philly is loaded with history, ghost stories and fall is great there. All of PA. Chicago as well. Sleepy Hollow. There are many places.

I actually heard Salem is disappointing. I know that the witch museum is because I have been there but not for Halloween.

This is getting me excited for Fall.
yeah..the witch museum is pretty lame... I wouldn't bother with that (plus it sells out early) but the rest of the city is pretty interesting.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:02 AM
 
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No idea where Portsmouth comes from but Salem is obvious for the witch trials.

There are plenty of other cities that do Halloween well. NYC has the largest parade. Philly is loaded with history, ghost stories and fall is great there. All of PA. Chicago as well. Sleepy Hollow. There are many places.

I actually heard Salem is disappointing. I know that the witch museum is because I have been there but not for Halloween.

This is getting me excited for Fall.
Yeah, I've been to NYC for a number of things so I think I'll go with something new. I'm looking for more of an overall atmosphere in as much of the city as possible.

Thanks for the suggestions.

I figured I'd start a tradition with a few of my friends I don't get to see often and Halloween/Fall just happens to be my favorite time of year.
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