Can a crypt tour, a silent movie set to live organ music or interacting with ghouls bring the Halloween spirit to life? Yes, especially if you do them all together on the same evening!

Arriving early made it possible to get a prime viewing location and to network. Anticipation, the setting and the people contributed to the overall effect. Hearing stories about the venue, the personal stories of people in the audience and feeling the reactions to the halloween activities created an orchestra of extravaganza fun.

Lots of people attended solo. They were in costume, they were beaming and they were engaged. Once the seating area was full there was no obvious way to identify who came on their own from who did not. The only thing that mattered was being there.

What kind of holiday venues make it effortless to attend on your own?