In New Orleans, you'll find Haunted History Tours, chronicling ghosts, vampires, voodoos and cemeteries, day or night, $20, 504-861-2727. The Witching Hour Ball, celebrated by Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club, takes place Oct. 26 at The Howlin' Wolf, 907 S. Peters St. And, of course, the Voodoo Music Experience will draw fans from around the country to hear music from a variety of genres, Oct. 26-28. Details for these and other events at www.nola.com/haunted/..
New York City's annual Halloween parade is not the place to be if you hate crowds. The massive event unfolds beginning at 7 p.m. on Oct. 31, on Sixth Avenue from Spring Street to 21st Street, and lasts until around 11 p.m. Hundreds of giant puppets, 53 bands and thousands of New Yorkers in costume take part while an estimated 2 million watch from the avenue. Details at www.halloween-nyc.com/index.php.