For the most bizarre, outrageous, scary, and titillating of Halloween experiences, join Provincetown’s world-renowned four-day extravaganza celebrating Halloween in an authentic setting that feels right out of a Hollywood horror back lot, where foggy narrow lanes and jack-o-lantern festooned doorways welcome the many who return each year to party with the gaudiest of goblins and glitziest of ghouls.
From dastardly, dance-until-you’re-dead (or un-dead) parties at one of Ptown’s famed clubs, to crazy costume competitions awarding cash prizes for the sexiest or scariest ensemble, there’s no shortage of events to rattle a skeleton’s bones.
Perhaps being home to America’s oldest and continuous permanent artist colony lends to the aura of expressionism that creates the grand scale of town’s Halloween celebration.
The Halloween Costume Ball at Town Hall is a must, but also 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.
October 20-November 2: Day of the Dead Performing Arts Festival
Inspired by the Mexican traditions of El Día de los Muertos, the two-week Festival includes a story slam, art workshops, death education, a procession, an ofrenda exhibition, performing arts, and a dance party!
The Festival begins October 20 with a death-themed story slam produced by The Mosquito. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the AIDS Support Group Cape Cod. The Festival culminates on November 2 (the official “Day of the Dead”) with a featured performance. Complete schedule of Festival events are listed on the calendar.
The intention of the festival is to recognize and honor the Mexican and Mesoamerican roots of El Día de los Muertos while simultaneously creating a community event that is unique to the lived lives of Provincetown residents and other Festival participants.
On November 2, events will include:
- 5:30pm Procession (gather at 4:30pm), Harbor Hotel
- 6:00pm Ofrenda Exhibition, The Provincetown Theater
- 7:00pm Performing Arts, The Provincetown Theater
- 8:30pm Dancing with the Dead, The Provincetown Theater
Thursday, October 31: Trunk or Treat
The Provincetown Recreation Department offers families a safe and colorful way to celebrate from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. It’s called Trunk-or-Treating, and the premise is simple: A bunch of parents band together, deck out their car trunks with Halloween decorations like they’re starring in an episode of Pimp My Ride: Spooktacular Edition, and let their kids meander from car to car, collecting.
Thursday, October 31: Greet n’ Treat
Families can also join the Provincetown Recreation Department for the sixth annual Greet N’ Treat at the Motta Field. The Department is looking for businesses and organizations to decorate a vehicle for this community Halloween event. For those who would like to register for this event, please fill out the form on the town website and email it to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, October 31-Sunday, November 3: Spooky Bear
Join the Ursamen for a classic monster party!
Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, Mummies, Warebears, Vampire Bears, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula, The Blob, Freddy Kreuger, Michael Myers, Norman Bates, you name them: Let’s get scary!
Party starts Thursday night and goes until Sunday, with meet-and-greet, a Bear Mart, and much more.
Friday November 1: RAM/HalloWOOF – Spooky Bear Provincetown Edition
9:00pm-1:00am at the Crown & Anchor
Daddy Ersin, Ram Party and Crown & Anchor present the HalloWOOF Halloween Party
Spooky Bear Ptown Edition
Music by international superstar DJ/Producer GSP (Greece) and VJ Tom Yaz
THEME: RETURN OF THE MONSTERS
Don’t miss the best party of the Halloween Weekend in Ptown with amazing DJs. We will be closing Paramount and Wave bars for this event.
Are you ready for a party full of testosterone, with men in gear, stud dancers, daddies, bearded boys, a little trick or treat, and goings-on at the outdoor patio? Come experience the unexpected at this party!
Saturday November 2: Spooky Bear Costume Ball at the Crown & Anchor (9:00pm-1:00am)
We could not me more excited to bringing you this spooky weekend again along with the Crown & Anchor. Come join the Ursamen for a Classic Monster Party!
Saturday, November 2: Inaugural Spooky Bowl
(11:00am) FLAG Flag Football is happy to be hosting our first ever Spooky Bowl in Provincetown! In similar fashion to Beach Bowl, we will be playing games outdoors. Games will be played at the Winslow Street Fields. After the games, please join us at the Shipwreck Lounge for a post-game celebration. And don’t forget to wear your costume to Shipwreck!
Saturday, November 2: Black-and-Gold Halloween Ball at Town Hall
When they opened their hotel in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Salt Hotel founders and owners Kevin O’Shea and David Bowd threw a black-and-gold party, and in the middle of it they looked at each other and said, “Why aren’t we doing this in Provincetown?”
Last year, for the first time, they took over Town Hall with the Black-and-Gold Halloween Ball, a benefit for the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. “It was a huge success,” says O’Shea. “We’d always wanted to do something for this town. The community is a big part of our ethos.
And they’re doing it again this year. On Saturday, November 2nd, from 8pm to midnight, it’s the second annual Black-and-Gold Halloween Ball at Town Hall in Provincetown, with a cash bar and all proceeds going to the ASGCC. And once again, DJ Lina will be on hand.
Why black and gold? “We want to give people a little direction in terms of theme and costumes—but not be too confining,” says O’Shea. “This was a nice in-between kind of thing. And people really took it and ran with it. Some of the costumes were outrageous!”
It’s also one of the few events that’s attended by both visitors and locals. “This party is for everybody, it’s a come-one, come-all sort of thing,” says O’Shea. “We’re hoping people will come Thursday for Halloween night and stay for the whole weekend. There’s Spooky Bear, too. The town is getting this extra weekend at the end of the season that we usually don’t have.”
Tickets for the 2019 Black-and-Gold Halloween Ball are on sale at Salthotels.com/Halloween and at Salt Supply on Commercial Street. Discounted townie tickets areavailable, but only at Salt Supply, not online.