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October 3, 2013

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Other Halloween events in the Big Easy include a Vampire Ball thrown by the official Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club. A link from the author’s home page states that she will be attending the ball this year.

A brand-new Halloween parade in the French Quarter, Krewe of Boo, kicks off Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. followed by a Spook Fest party for costumed attendees inside the Mardi Gras World attraction.

PUMPKINS

Where do leftover pumpkins go to die? They are hurled across the fields of Delaware by man and machine at The Chunk, also known as the World Championship Punkin Chunkin, this year Nov. 1-3, in Bridgeville.

In New Hampshire, the annual Pumpkin Festival in Keene is scheduled for Oct. 19, noon-8:30 p.m., with parades, performances and thousands of carved pumpkins lining the town.

At Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., Luna Park hosts Halloween Harvest weekends in October and on Columbus Day. Guess the weight of a giant pumpkin to win $1,000. The pumpkin will be carved into a masterpiece Oct. 26 by Food Network’s Marc Maniac, and the public can carve pumpkins in a contest that day too.

THEME PARKS

In Florida, the streets of Universal Orlando are being taken over by zombies inspired by AMC’s popular show, “The Walking Dead,” for Halloween Horror Nights, held select evenings through Nov. 2. One of the park’s eight haunted houses is also themed on the show. Other haunted houses take inspiration from horror video game series Resident Evil and horror films “Evil Dead,” ‘‘The Cabin in the Woods” and “An American Werewolf in London.”

In California, Universal Hollywood debuted a new maze this season inspired by the heavy metal band Black Sabbath’s “13” album. The park also offers a “scare zone” populated by actors dressed as the nasty Chucky doll from the direct-to-DVD sequel “Curse of Chucky,” and a maze incorporating elements from the “Insidious” films. Details at

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