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It is with heavy, cold, dead hearts that we proclaim the official cancellation of the 2020 Portsmouth Halloween Parade. We have exhumed ALL options including a reverse parade, alternate locations, a rolling parade, route changes, and there is simply no way to keep BOTH the spirit of the parade AND participants/spectators safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We know this is heart wrenching news SO… we have some tricks and treats up our cloaks to satiate the masses yearning for Halloween mischief. Sign up to our mailing list to stay in the know.


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 Pierce 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?