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Marching into its 23rd year, 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 on

October 31st at 7 p.m.

Everyone is invited to dress up, gather at Peirce Island by Prescott Park, and march. No sign-up required. The Parade is NOT a city-sponsored event. It is entirely funded and put on by the community, which rallies a number of benefits to raise funds to cover expenses of insurance, permits and police escort. Hundreds march in costume, thousands cheer from the sidelines, it’s always a spectacle from either side of the curb.

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2017 EVENTS

October 4, 2017

Red Light Series: DRAG Show

Seacoast Repertory Theatre

The Red Light Series, Seacoast Rep’s adult alternative programming, will bring together Cirque, Theatre, Vaudeville, Dance, Drag, Fashion, Burlesque, Live Visual Arts, Technological Innovations and Puppets, to create a fully immersive sight and sound smorgasbord! This event will be a DRAG show including a costume contest. Come start Halloween season right!

Tickets are $15 and are available here or at the door.

October 5, 2017

The 13th Annual (I Gotta) Rock Show

Thirsty Moose Taphouse

For a more than a decade the Portsmouth Halloween Parade has been fueled in part by rock and roll. That tradition continues on Thursday, Oct. 5th, at 7 p.m. when the 13th annual (I Gotta) Rock! Show/PHP fundraiser bursts onto the stage of Thirsty Moose Taphouse – Portsmouth. As always the rock show means the unveiling of this year’s Tee-shirt design, the long awaited announcement of our Grand Marshal, kick-ass raffle prizes, and of course, music!

October 18, 2017

Dark Tales

3S Artspace

Long Story Short presents “Dark Tales” an evening of poetry and scary stories to benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade.

October 19, 2017

Undead Beat Night

Portsmouth Book and Bar

Ancient wailings, withering curses and the scribblings of madmen living, dead and otherwise all converge to curdle your blood and spoil your beer. Great fun! Open mic! Bring your most frightening poetic ramblings. Sharing is scaring.

October 21, 2017

Pumpkin Smash!

Portsmouth Farmers’ Market

Smash a pumpkin, win a prize! It’s that easy. Pick a pumpkin from the pile, choose from an arsenal of mallets, two by fours or the trusty ol’ Louisville Slugger and swing away. A Portsmouth Halloween tradition that has become the October catharsis of choice for young and old alike. $5/Pumpkin, Smashing implements supplied!


October 24, 2017

Flatbread Community Night

Flatbread Pizza

Community night at Flatbread Pizza benefit. Portsmouth Halloween Parade crew will provide family friendly Halloween activities.

October 25, 2017

Silent Film Night, Black Pirate with Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys

The Music Hall Historic Theater

We are once again teaming up with The Music Hall and Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys – This year we bring you Haxan: Witchcraft through the Ages; a truly horrific 1922 treat. Tickets can be purchased through The Music Hall.

October 29, 2017

Costumed Paddle

Peirce Island

A costumed paddle with the Seacoast Paddleboard  Club. This is a fundraiser for the parade.

October 29, 2017

All Hallow's Eve Festival

Connie Bean Center

Join us for a Family Friendly All Hallow’s Eve Event. There will be Vendors of all kinds, Halloween themed arts and crafts for the kids, Trick or treating and more.

October 29, 2017

Horror Movie Trivia

3S Artspace

Horror Movie Trivia with the fabulous Bunny Wonderland and Tim Fife. 

October 31, 2017

Portsmouth Halloween Parade

Peirce Island

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 on Halloween at 7pm. Everyone is invited to dress up, gather at Peirce Island by Prescott Park at 6pm, and march at 7pm. No sign-up required.