Recently Fest300 came out with their annual list of amazing Halloween festivals to attend around the world. However this week were just going to focus on some of the east coast festivals in which some of us can actually attend. 3 of the thirteen festivals that made the list this year were located on the eastern side of the United States while 9 out of the thirteen were in the United States alone. America always has had lots of Halloween pride but being host to 9/13 festivals this year is great. This list does not limit itself to just music festivals but all festivals around the world. Here were three good ones from the east coast.
Festival of the Dead in Salem, Massachusetts. Salem isn’t just the home of famous witch trials anymore. These days, it’s also the host of the Salem Festival of the Dead, which features 9 huge events that cover everything from ghost hunting, to speaking to the dead, to a psychic fair and witchcraft expo to ritual transformation. The ball this year features two different floors of music, dancing and food.
Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, Florida is sure to be one of the best music festivals in all of America on Halloween weekend. Headliners include My Morning Jacket, Big Gigantic, a DJ set from Disclosure, STS9, Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, Claude VonStroke, and too many more to list. In the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park, is 800 acres of Old Oak Trees, with campgrounds, a lake, and white sand beaches. There is a main venue field already built into the grounds and a natural amphitheater for the two alternating main stages all weekend. And to add to that there are fire-fueled iron sculptures, live painting, projection mapping, lasers, and lights, which all bring the forest life at night.
The Great Jack O’ Lantern Blaze in Upstate New York is sure to be sold out yet again. As hundreds of skilled carvers gather to create more than 7,000 jack-o-lanterns for a mesmerizing walkthrough experience at the historic Van Cortlandt Manor in upstate New York. Organizers truly create a spectacle all with pumpkins and lights. With three nights of food, music and pumpkins this festival is for all ages. This year features a full Halloween soundtrack from recording artist Richard Christy.