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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.

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2019 EVENTS

September 13, 2019

Friday the 13th (1980) Outdoor Screaming

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

Portsmouth Halloween Parade Tattoo Flash Day

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

Spooky Ride

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 15th Annual (I Gotta) Rock! Show

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

Flatbread Community Night

Flatbread Pizza

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


October 17, 2019

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 19, 2019

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, 2019

Chefs after Dark

Moxy

The epic chef vs. chef competition returns with a spooky twist!

October 24, 2019

Silent Film Night, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with Walter Sickert & the Army of Broken Toys

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

Scary-oke!

The Press Room

Join us for the first ever scary-oke!

October 31, 2019

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.