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BOO-levard of Fun Events for Halloween

By Maria King
October 18, 2012; 8:34 AM ET

Okay, I apologize for that title but I didn't want to do Spooktober, Howl-o-Ween, Fright Night etc, etc, etc. It might not be great but at least it's original!

Can anyone guess where a holiday that features free candy at every front door in the U.S. ranks on my favorite holiday list? Well you might think at the top, but not really. There are a lot of food-centric holidays and it is really hard to pick just one.

My affection for Halloween encompasses more than just my love of candy. (I want to make it clear, however, I am not discounting that part, just bypassing it for this blog) It is just that I was always a little disappointed in my costumes as a kid and it wasn't until years later that I realized they were, in fact, really great. Few things are more fun than watching kids parade the streets trick-or-treating, wearing their favorite super hero, cartoon or Disney character costume. My costumes were always custom made because my mom is a seamstress. I always envied those kids who could be anything they wanted by going to Woolworths and getting a costume in a box with a mask. I was always limited by what few selections were available in the McCall's pattern books. Also, I never had a really cool mask. Just a smaller version of the one the Lone Ranger wore. But looking back I realize that my mom spent more time and money doing it that way and they really were quite wonderful costumes. I guess I was just too young to appreciate them. Today homemade costumes are all the rage. Who knew? My mom, the trend setter!

The events that I have chosen this week are all excellent examples of Halloween fun and fright. I tried to mix up the variety with a few parades, some scary attractions and some festivals. Most are wonderful fun for the whole family, but please check the descriptions or call ahead before you assume that it is family friendly. Halloween, after all, is a "scare"fest and some attractions might be too much for children and some of us adults! Others are geared for a more adult crowd because of some outrageous costumes, so beware. As always, these events are some great examples of what is taking place this week all around the country. You can use the search box above to find out what events are taking place in your backyard so you can enjoy the holiday. Why not grab your ghosts and goblins and have some "spooktacular" fun? Oops, sorry, that just sort of slipped out.

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