Halloween Parades in New Hampshire 2012

“You’re Going To Love It Here” is a great state slogan and should be shown at every Halloween parade in New Hampshire. There is a major push for New Hampshire community involvement at most of the parades and a large number of merchants gathering for trick or treats – a long list can be found at the bottom of the parade list.

Portsmouth Throws Grassroots Halloween Parade

Keeping in the “love it here” motif, Portsmouth leads the way with their Halloween Parade.

Portsmouth Halloween ParadeMarching into its 17th year, the Portsmouth Halloween Parade is a grassroots, all-inclusive community celebration of creativity, resourcefulness, collaboration, and free expression on the Seacoast of New Hampshire. Always held on October 31st, the PHP invites everyone to get on a get-up and get down to downtown!

Striving always to strip the plastic back out of the holidays fantastic, it walks, stalks, dances, trumpets, and drums its way through downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire each year on October 31. The Parade is entirely funded by the community, which rallies a number of benefits to raise funds to cover expenses of insurance, permits, and police escorts. Hundreds march in costume and thousands cheer from the sidelines; it’s always a spectacle from either side of the curb.

Howling Good Times New Hampshire Halloween

Samhain FestivalSeems the countryside in New Hampshire resounds with the howls of animals. During Halloween, thoughts turn to haunted and scary sounds – a howl being top of the scary list – but many of the towns turn the sound in to howls of enjoyment, of approval, and of pride. The communities host many organized areas for trick or treating designed to keep the holiday safe. There are lessons taught of the history of Halloween and its pagan festival roots Samhain.

New Hampshire Halloween Parades by City

If you know of any others, please leave information about it in our comments section. We will verify and add to our list.

Berlin Halloween Trick or Treat
Oct 31, 2012 5 – 8 pm Downtown

Show off your children in their Halloween costumes and trick or treat in downtown Berlin. Merchants with a small sign with a large pumpkin on it will let young ghoulish Halloween costumed people to enter and collect candy.

Concord New Hampshire Halloween ParadeConcord Halloween Howl
Oct 26th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm Downtown

Intown Concord and the City of Concord’s Parks and Recreation Department produce this Halloween Parade. The safe and celebratory atmosphere that Halloween Howl brings to downtown Concord makes this event a very popular one. Activities include trick-or-treating at downtown merchants, horse-drawn wagon rides, a Halloween costume parade, live music and more. Together, Intown Concord and the City of Concord’s Parks and Recreation Department produce this event which regularly attracts 3,000+ event-goers.

Derry Downtown Trick or Treat
Oct 20th, 2012 12 – 3 pm

The local merchants from West Broadway to Hood Commons Plaza open their doors to Halloween costumed children who come trick or treating. The children have three hours to cover as many businesses as they can. Adults should accompany their youngsters.

Merrimack Halloween Haunted Walk
Oct 26, 2012 5 – 8 pm Wasserman Park

The 20th annual Halloween Haunted Walk is supervised by the Merrimack Parks and Recreation Department and P.A.C.T. (Police and Children Together). There is a Haunted House sponsored by the Merrimack High School First Robotics Team, a costume contest, and what could be seen as a covering of the holiday bases: pumpkin and Halloween ornament decorating, an egg hunt, popcorn, and cotton candy. The organizers get groups, committees, and organizations to adopt locations along the route to help with games, face painting, and other fun activities, making it a true community event.

Nashua Halloween Fright Night
Oct 26, 2012 6:30 to 8:30 pm Greeley Park

The City of Nashua Parks and Recreation Department is hosting the Halloween Fright Night Event at Greeley Park. The Conway Ice Arena is a major contributor that has helped expand and improve the event each year. There are haunted hayrides and candy, so wrap the toddler in his or her Halloween costume and join the fun.

Peterborough Samhain Celebration
Oct 20, 2012 10 am to 6 pm Peterborough Community Center

Samhain is a festival commemorating the origins of Halloween, and the event seeks to provide a fun and enlightening experience for the whole community. The gypsy troupe and the wares of mystical vendors are part of this celebration with free talks and workshops about the Halloween holiday. There are crafts, psychic readings, and plenty of local products. So learn about the “ancient Celtic holiday of Samhain in a traditional, earth-centered ceremony that honors our ancestors and those who have gone on before.” The event supports the Peterborough Food Bank. There will be a keynote presentation by Christian Day, author of The Witches’ Book of the Dead.

Portsmouth Halloween Parade
Oct 31, 2012 7 pm Peirce Island

This major Halloween parade in New Hampshire asks participants to refrain from using open flames and throwing candy (you can hand it out). As the organizers note: “While all manner of jack-out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged, there are a few guidelines, dictated sometimes by the city, occasionally by the insurers, and mostly by common sense.” Motorized vehicles will not be in the parade, and it is recommended not go too risque or gory as there will be young folk, old folk, freaks and, well, police officers all walking with you. There is also a ban on handing out political literature or campaigning unless done with humor and creativity.

New Hampshire Trick or Treating Times and Locations
Trick or Treat

  • Alton trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Ashland trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Atkinson trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm
  • Bedford trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5-7 pm
  • Brentwood trick or treat: Tuesday, October 30th, 5-7 pm
  • Croydon trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, TBA
  • Dalton trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, TBA
  • Derry trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-7:30 pm
  • Dublin trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5:30 pm
  • Dunbarton trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5-8 pm
  • Durham trick or treat: Tuesday, October 30th, 5-7:30 pm
  • Farmington trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5-7 pm
  • Freemont trick or treat: Sunday, October 28th, 5-7:30 pm
  • Goffstown trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm
  • Hollis trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm
  • Hooksett trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm
  • Laconia trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5-8 pm
  • Lee trick or treat: Tuesday, October 30th, 5-7 pm
  • Manchester trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm
  • Nashua trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm
  • Penacook trick or treat: Tuesday, October 30th, 5-7:30 pm
  • Plaistow trick or treat for toddlers: Friday, October 26th, 10am.
  • Plaistow trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 5:30 pm
  • Raymond trick or treat: Sunday, October 28th, 5-7 pm
  • Rochester trick or treat: Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30-8 pm
  • Rye trick or treat: Tuesday, October 30th, 5-7 pm
  • Sandown trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm
  • Stratham trick or treat: Tuesday, October 30th, 5:30 pm
  • Wilton trick or treat: Wednesday, October 31st, 6-8 pm

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