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Marching into its 22nd 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?



Public Hanging

The Press Room

Phantasmagorical exhibit of masks, props and costumes created for or inspired by or as tribute to the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. This exhibit is open to ALL artists! Bring down your hangable masks, costumes, props etc. that YOU have created for past Halloween Parades and drop them off the last 2 weeks of September at the Pressroom. The Hangman will be waiting. Be a part of this month long art show and help fill the walls of the Pressroom with your most horrible and ghoulish creations!


The 12th 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 Monday, Oct. 3rd, at 7 p.m. when the 12th 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 for 2016, kick-ass raffle prizes, and of course, music!

Dark Tales

3S Artspace

Long Story Short presents “Dark Tales” an evening of poetry and scary stories to benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade, featuring Bruce Pingree, Mark Michael Adams, and Sylvia Olsen and Willy Hassell of Spirit Chasers Paranormal. Tim Fife will provide the evening’s soundtrack.
Tickets available at:

Let's "B" Reel Presents: The Exorcist: Drive-In Style at 3S

3S Artspace

Join us for a Drive-In version of 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 film of demon possession. Tricks and treats will be raffled and the hat will be passed to raise funds for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade.

Undead Beat Night

The Press Room

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. Raffle prizes, beverages, costumes and all around great fun!

Accompanied by a spectacularly spooky soundtrack from The Beat Night Band.

Flatbread Community Night

Flatbread Pizza

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

Silent Film Night, Haxan 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.

Horror Author Bracken MacLeod: "Stranded"

RiverRun Bookstore

RiverRun Bookstore is excited and a little frightened to welcome horror author Bracken MacLeod to the store to read on October 27th at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public, and will be a fundraising event for The Portsmouth Halloween Parade. RiverRun will donate $5 for every person that attends this event. The bookstore will also donate $10 for every copy of Stranded sold at the event.

Bracken MacLeod has worked as a martial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children’s non-profit, and as a trial attorney. His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Shotgun Honey, Sex and Murder Magazine, Femme Fatale: Erotic Tales of Dangerous Women, Ominous Realities, Eulogies III, Wicked Tales, Beat to a Pulp, Protectors 2: Heroes, ThugLit, LampLight, Splatterpunk, and Shock Totem Magazine.

In MacLeod’s new novel, Stranded, tension is high in the arctic. Badly battered by an apocalyptic storm, the crew of the Arctic Promise find themselves in increasingly dire circumstances as they sail blindly into unfamiliar waters and an ominously thickening fog. Without functioning navigation or communication equipment, they are lost and completely alone. One by one, the men fall prey to a mysterious illness. Deckhand Noah Cabot is the only person unaffected by the strange force plaguing the ship and her crew, which does little to ease their growing distrust of him.

To make sure there are plenty of books on hand, RiverRun encourages those planning to attend to call ahead to pre-purchase a copy. 603-431-2100

RiverRun Bookstore is located at 142 Fleet St in Portsmouth, NH. For more information go to or

Pumpkin SMASH!

Portsmouth Farmers’ Market

Smash a pumpkin, support the parade! 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!

Jumbo Circus Peanuts Annual Halloween Bash


The Jumbo Circus Peanuts host their annual masquerade gala dance party to benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the VFW Ballroom on Deer Street in downtown Portsmouth. $10.
Doors open at 8. Music at 9.