First destination for ghouls and goblins unfolds in the shadows of eerie
fog-laden streets and alleys.
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – To put an exclamation point on a successful Second Summer, Ptown goes full-throttle for Halloween, with an eclectic schedule of spooky, sexy parties, street entertainment and events fit for every kind of zombie, angel, demon and daddy. Many will tell you, if you haven’t been to Halloween in Provincetown, you haven’t been to Halloween.
Laying claim to Halloween as a signature annual event in many towns has become fashionable to elevate the fall touring months. But in America’s First Destination, where the pilgrims first landed almost 400 years ago, reveling fright figures by the thousands venture to the tip of Cape Cod each year for the grand daddy spook fest of them all, in the foggy and eerie village where it all began.
Making Halloween that special commemoration comes naturally for a town where dressing up and donning costumes is a part of everyday life, one of the many reasons Travel and Leisure named Ptown one of “America’s Quirkiest Towns.” Ptown’s uniqueness shines as the town hosts unforgettable Halloween events under the bewitching spell cast on Ptown for the weekend.
The holiday celebration of the pumpkin features high stepping on dance floors and roaming fog-laced back alleys or a spooky cemetery. Head to one of the town’s famed clubs to dance until you’re dead (or undead), or measure your costume’s merit against Halloween’s best in contests that in some cases award cash prizes for best group, sexiest and scariest costumes. There’s no shortage of events to rattle your skeleton’s bones, while proving why Halloween weekend is one of the most fun times of year to visit Ptown.
Of course, some of the most elaborate costuming is saved for parading in the streets, where visitors from all over New England come to view and participate in this annual rite of ghosts passing.