Halloween is officially one week away, which means that countless celebrations and festivities will take place in the coming days.

Just off the top of this writer's head, the Dover Witches Market is happening Saturday, followed by the city's first Witches Ball. Several restaurants and bars will host special events and parties. Attractions like Haunted Overload, Fright Kingdom, and Screeemfest are currently hosting thousands of visitors looking for spooks, and Salem, Massachusetts, is undoubtedly swarming with tourists.

The beloved annual Portsmouth Halloween Parade is one of many events scheduled for the spooky season weekend. Speaking from experience, this popular parade is not only an awesome time (plus a free excuse to dress up), but super easy to participate in. Here's what you need to know, according to the Parade's website:

What day and time is the Portsmouth Halloween Parade?

The parade will be happening this Monday, October 31, at 7pm.

Who can participate?

Come one, come all. Everyone is invited to dress up and walk in the parade. You're also welcome to stand on the sidelines and enjoy the festivities from there. Either way, everyone's bound to have a great time.

Do you have to sign up to participate?

The parade is a free event for all, and no sign-up is required to take part in the festivities.

Where do participants meet to walk?

People will be gathering at Pierce Island, just over the bridge from Prescott Park. According to the map below, participants can start showing up at 6pm.

What is the parade route?

Here's a map of where the parade's marchers will travel, courtesy of the event's website:


For more information about Portsmouth Halloween Parade, click here. We hope that you and your loved ones have a spooktacular time.

Having trouble coming up with a costume idea? Here are some looks inspired by Maine's own Stephen King, followed by New Hampshire's Adam Sandler.

10 Stephen King Inspired Costume Ideas For Your Halloween

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a costume idea, so if you are a fan of Stephen King, this will make it easier for you. 

Gallery Credit: Chantel

Adam Sandler-Inspired Halloween Costumes

From SNL to the big screen, these Sandler-inspired looks will make your Halloween so very happy.

Gallery Credit: Jon Rineman

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