Friday Take-Off: Halloween Edition

● Boston: Head to Salem, just 35 miles from the city and center of all things spooky for centuries. The weekend is packed with events, from the Friday night Halloween Ball, to Saturday’s Vampire Masquerade, to Sunday’s Dinner with the Dead, a silent dinner and séance. ● New Orleans: The Voodoo Experience brings Snoop Dogg, Soundgarten, Girl Talk, and 30-something other bands to City Park in New Orleans all weekend long, along with art installations, great food, and of course, crazy costumes.

● Tampa: Ybor City’s street party explodes from 3pm to 3am on Saturday, with a costume contest, concerts, parade, and more. Called Guavaween after the city’s nickname (“the Big Guava”) expect more than 50,000 revelers over the course of the night. ● Houston: The Vampire’s Ball is a giant electronic music dance party with rooms full of revelers in costume and ready to dance. More than 15 DJs will play over the course of Friday night throughout three rooms and a VIP section. ● Los Angeles: The Costume Carnaval is a beloved tradition in the city, which organizers claim as the largest in the world. More than half a million people will come to party on Santa Monica Boulevard on Monday, and competition at the Halloween Costume Context is fierce — in more ways than one.

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