Marching into its 25th 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?
September 13, 2019
Liars Bench Beer Company
Friday the 13th on Friday the 13th. Join us for an outdoor screaming of the classic horror film on the patio at Liars Bench Beer Company and help kick off the fundraising season for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade. There will be beer. There will be raffles. There will be classic PHP hoodies to keep you snuggly and warm whilst watching foolish teenagers get slashed.
September 28, 2019
Grim North Tattoo and Piercing
We are doing a walk in tattoo flash day, and will be raising money for the Portsmouth Halloween Parade.
September 28, 2019
Pedal Power Cycle
Get your spook on with two wheels! Group ride (all ages welcome) to benefit the Portsmouth Halloween Parade (and appease the undead at the same time). There will be an amazing raffle basket with with stuff from Pedal Power Cycle and the Parade.
October 4, 2019
The Press Room
The annual tradition continues when the annual (I Gotta) Rock! Show/PHP fundraiser returns to the stage of The Press Room. The Rock Show is your first opportunity to grab this year’s Tee-shirt and hoodie designs, the much anticipated announcement of our Grand Marshal, kick-ass raffle prizes, and of course, music!
October 15, 2019
Community night at Flatbread Pizza benefit. Portsmouth Halloween Parade crew will provide family friendly Halloween activities.
October 17, 2019
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 19, 2019
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, 2019
The epic chef vs. chef competition returns with a spooky twist!
October 24, 2019
The Music Hall Historic Theater
The amazing Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys devise a devious original score for this classic silent film.
October 28, 2019
The Press Room
Join us for the first ever scary-oke!
October 31, 2019
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.