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Marching into its 24th 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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2018 EVENTS

October 4, 2018

14th Annual (I Gotta) Rock Show

Thirsty Moose Taphouse

The annual tradition continues on Thursday, Oct. 4th, at 7 p.m. when the 14th annual (I Gotta) Rock! Show/PHP fundraiser returns to the stage of Thirsty Moose Taphouse – Portsmouth. The Rock Show is your first opportunity to grab this year’s Tee-shirt and hoodie designs, the much anticipated announcement of our 2018 Grand Marshal, kick-ass raffle prizes, and of course, music!

October 6, 2018

Horror Movie Trivia

3S Artspace

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

October 10, 2018

Dark Tales

3S Artspace

Long Story Short will host a night of spooky stories and original music by Tim Fife to benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. Night will include music, raffles and bone-chilling tales.

October 18, 2018

Undead Beat Night

Portsmouth Book and Bar

Open mic readings of horrorific tales old and new, curses, wailings and all things Spooken-word. Come and share your prose with us. Raffle prizes, beverages, costumes and all around great fun! Accompanied by a spectacularly spooky soundtrack from The Beat Night Band.

October 20, 2018

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 21, 2018

Costumed Paddle

Peirce Island

Seacoast Paddleboard Club is excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Portsmouth Halloween Parade to host the 2nd Annual Seacoast Costume Parade & Contest at Pierce Island. Open to all paddle craft! While participating in this leisurely paddle parade, participants will have a chance to shock, spook, and delight our costume judges for a chance to win some amazing prizes!

October 23, 2018

Flatbread Community Night

Flatbread Pizza

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

October 24, 2018

Silent Film Night, The Man Who Laughs, 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 The Man Who Laughs; a treat from 1928 based on the Victor Hugo novel of the same name. Walter and the band will perform an original score on stage while the movie plays above them.

October 27, 2018

Jumbo Circus Peanuts Annual Halloween Bash

3S Artspace

The Jumbo Circus Peanuts host their annual masquerade gala dance party to benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 27. Doors 7pm / Show 8pm. Tix $8 in advance, $10 at the door. All Ages.

October 31, 2018

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.