Marching into its 21st 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.
What Are You Gonna Be?
October 1 – 31, 2015
The Press Room
Be possessed by the spirit of Halloween. Masks, props and other handmade costumes from Halloweens past and present adorn the legendary wall of art.
October 1, 2015
Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium
Come celebrate the opening Of Deadwick’s Ethereal Emporium, and usher in October in Portsmouth! Get a first hand look at the seacoast’s most anticipated pop-up witch shoppe.
October 5, 2015
The Coat of Arms
For a decade the Portsmouth Halloween Parade has been fueled in part by rock ‘n roll. That tradition continues this year when the 11th annual (I Gotta) Rock Show returns to The Coat of Arms Pub.
October 13, 2015
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, 2015
Seacoast Repertory Theatre
Join Let’s “B” Reel, Bunny Wonderland and Timothy Fife as you’ve never seen them before for their outrageous and interactive screening of everyone’s favorite gun slinging, zombie exploding, time traveling cult film, Army of Darkness. Tricks and treats will be raffled and the hat will be passed to raise funds for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade.
October 24, 2015
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 28, 2015
The Music Hall Historic Theater
We are once again teaming up with The Music Hall and Walter Sickert & the Army of BRoken TOys – this time for Phantom of the Opera! This show is a real treat every year. Tickets can be purchased here.
October 31, 2015
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, and march. No sign-up required.