It is almost time for Halloween so we have added two faster shipping options to help you get your Halloween costume in time for your party or trick-or-treat fun. The two options are:
UPS 2nd Day Air – Your order will be delivered two business days from when we ship it except in some parts of Alaska and Hawaii. The cost is $20. UPS Next Day Air Saver – Your order will be delivered in the afternoon on the next business day after it ships. Not available for Hawaii or Alaska. The cost is $32. We will upgrade Thursday, October 24th orders to include Saturday delivery.
We still encourage you to order early, but if you can’t make up your mind, this should give you a few more days! The default shipping is still our $6.00 flat rate shipping via the United States Postal Service Priority Mail shipping.
How to Get Faster Shipping:
When you add an item to the cart, you will see our default Priority Mail shipping added to your costume order total at the start. Don’t worry! You can change this in the “Shipping Method” section of the checkout process after you add your billing/shipping address.
Current Shipping Times: EITHER SAME DAY OR NEXT BUSINESS DAY!
Some costume orders in the morning (East Coast Time) do get out on the same day but, for planning purposes, it is safest to assume it will be shipped the next business day. We use a reputable third-party warehouse that services the Halloween industry to ship your costumes. They are very good but handling a high volume of orders at this time so we can’t make a same day shipping guarantee.
If you have a problem with ordering faster shipping (or any other problem!), feel free to contact us or call 1-866-OKTOBER (1-866-658-6237).
Americans love to be scared. After counting more than 4 million likes across the Facebook pages of the nation’s haunted attractions, we now know where you like to be scared. Here are America’s 100 top haunted houses ranked by the number of people that like them on Facebook.
A LIST SO SCARY …. YOU PROBABLY WON’T MAKE IT TO THE END!!!!
We knew that we could never do the best haunted houses in the United States justice by trying to describe them with words. We ultimately decided that the only way to show why people love them, and how scary they are, was to show you their videos. We ended up compiling more than two hours of video shot by haunted houses from our list.
These videos are not for the faint of heart. Please do not watch them if you are pregnant, have a heart condition, or are under the age of 18 (without the consent of a parent). We recommend that you consult your doctor before continuing even if you are healthy. We hope you have also purchased life insurance and prepared your will. For those of you who must leave, here are some cute kittens.
Now turn the lights off. Turn the volume on your computer’s sound up. And prepare to be frightened out of your mind!
Some of the videos are not from 2013. We heard reports that a couple videographers disappeared in haunted houses while filming this year.
LAST CHANCE TO LEAVE!!
WARNING: YOU MAY EXPERIENCE YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN NIGHTMARE (especially on your phone!) should you decide to rapidly scroll from 100 down to the winner as you will cause every Youtube video to load into your browser at the same time. We recommend the following links for those who want to skip ahead. We also must warn you that it is probably best to start with #100 because you should probably work your way up to the intensity of the top ten.
Welcome to the SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop organized by The Review Wire! With Halloween being only a few shorts weeks away, they decided that a Hop to help you get ready was in order. And we agreed! More than thirty bloggers are giving away prizes valued at $25 or more for this Halloween Giveaway Hop. It will run from October 4 through October 18, so you should you enough time to hop on down the list and enter all the SPOOKtacular Giveaways for your GHOULS and GOBLINS! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire to Enter The GRAND PRIZE: a $75 Gift Certificate to HalloweenExpress.com!
We are giving away a coupon code that will take $75 off the lucky winner’s purchase of one or more Halloween costumes here at Funtober. It will also give her (or him) free shipping! There are four ways to enter through the Rafflecopter widget. Entries close at 11:59 PM EST on October 18, 2013. Good luck!
It’s the first day of October so it’s time for another giveaway here at Funtober. Katie from New York loved the Halloween decorations that she won last month in A Haunted Halloween Giveaway Hop.
This time we are participating in a Harvest Halloween Blog Hop organized by Holly at Hollybee Tells. Thank you Holly for organizing this giveaway hop!
Welcome to everyone that is here from another blog participating in the Hop. My name is Robert Melton and I founded Funtober last year. We list fall fun in the United States like corn mazes, haunted houses, and ghost tours. We also sell Halloween costumes for those who aren’t crafty enough to make their own (or just don’t have the time)!
As Halloween is rapidly approaching, we’re giving away a coupon code for $25 off your costume purchase here at Funtober (plus free shipping!) to one lucky entrant. It’s good until Halloween 2014, so you can use it next year if you already have this year’s Halloween costume idea. Enter to win below:
Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 15, 2013 and then we’ll randomly pick the winner.
Don’t forget to enter the rest of the giveaways on the blog hop! Ten different blogs are each hosting a giveaway of an item (or items!) worth $25 or more. There should be some fun fall products available to win. And since it is a smaller hop, it shouldn’t take you too much time to enter them all!
We are also going to be participating in a larger Giveaway Hop that kicks off on Friday so stay tuned for that as well. So we will see you back real soon!
It is time to dust off your dirndl and grab a beer and brat! Saturday marks the start of the 180th Munich Oktoberfest. More than six million will drink and party at the Theresienwiese over the next three weeks.
If you can’t make it to Germany for Oktoberfest, we understand. Over the next eight weeks, more than 500 events in the United States (at least one in every state!) will celebrate German culture and heritage in the spirit of the original Oktoberfest from 1810 when Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in Munich. And there will be drinking too!
Who has the best Oktoberfest in the United States?
Here are the ten most liked Oktoberfest Facebook pages for festivals in America:
10. Hickory Oktoberfest – Hickory, North Carolina – October 11-13, 2013
The Hickory Downtown Development Association hosts this three day outdoor festival located around Union Square in downtown Hickory. More than 100,000 will enjoy the event with two beer gardens (Coors and Beck’s are sponsors) and four stages of live music. It is a family friendly event with amusement rides, carnival games, and KidFest area that has rides, games and activities for children. Participate in the Ninth Annual Carolina Orthopaedic Oktoberfest Footrace on Saturday (5K run/walk or 10K run) to benefit four Hospices in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba Counties. Or exhibit your crafts in the juried arts and crafts show. If you go, be sure to bring a canned good for the 15th annual Castle of Cans Food Drive. 5600 people like the Hickory Oktoberfest Facebook page.
9. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati – Cincinnati, Ohio – September 20-22, 2013
This Cincinnati Oktoberfest, started in 1976, is the largest in the United States with over 500,000 visitors expected in 2013. Six blocks of Fifth Street from Vine to Sentinel in downtown Cincinnati are closed for the weekend. It’s the first year that the Oktoberfest celebration will be open on Friday evening. Beer will be available from Beck’s, Budweiser, Christian Moerlein, Erdinger, Hofbrauhaus, Hudepohl, Miller, Rivertown, Samuel Adams, Warsteiner and Yuengling. Other highlights of the 2013 festival include the Running of the Wieners and the World’s Largest Chicken Dance led by George Takei of Star Trek. Don’t miss the Samuel Adams Stein Hoisting Championship and the fourth annual World Bratwurst Eating Contest either! 5900 people like the Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Facebook page.
8. Denver Oktoberfest – Denver, Colorado – Sept 27-29 & October 4-6, 2013
Larimer Street in Denver’s Historic Ballpark Neighborhood is transformed for two weekends as more than 250,000 visit this 44th annual celebration of German culture in Colorado. It started back in 1969 when Fred and Hertha who owned Cafe Promenade decided to tap a keg and serve pretzels outside their cafe. 2013 entertainment includes beer (sponsored by Coors and Samuel Adams) and two stages of live music. There are lots of contests to enjoy over the two weekends with stein hoisting, long dog derby, keg bowling national championship, Dashustlehoff 5K, bratwurst eating contest, and a costume contest. 6900 like the Oktoberfest Denver Facebook page.
7. LA Oktoberfest – Los Angeles, California – October 25-27, 2013
German food, beer and live music can be found on Hollywood Boulevard at this Los Angeles Oktoberfest. Tickets for this event are already sold out so you’ll have to go to their Las Vegas Oktoberfest or one of the other fine Los Angeles Oktoberfests if you didn’t already buy tickets. 7600 people like the LA Oktoberfest Facebook page.
4. Appleton Oktoberfest – Appleton, Wisconsin – September 27-28, 2013
Started in 1981, it’s now a mile of fun on College Avenue from Richmond to Lawes Street at this Wisconsin Oktoberfest near Green Bay. They will have more than 100 food vendors and five stages of live music with local and national bands. Friday night includes a classic car show called the License to Cruise. There are also more than 180 arts & crafts vendors and a family fun area with kid-friendly activities and entertainment. More than 9200 people like Appleton’s Oktoberfest Facebook page.
3. Leavenworth Oktoberfest – Leavenworth, Washington – October 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19, 2013
Leavenworth, located two hours east of Seattle, is Washington State’s Bavarian village. More than one million annually visit this town that transformed its appearance in the 1960s from its logging origins. The Oktoberfest, started in 1998, is the first three weekends in October. More than 35,000 are expected at this festival named Best Family Fun/Street Fair by Evening Magazines 2013 The Best Northwest Escapes Viewers Poll. Four stages of live entertainment and music along with a large selection of imported German beer. The Leavenworth Oktoberfest Marathon will be held on Saturday, October 5th if you want to burn off some calories. More than 16,000 people like the Leavenworth Oktoberfest Facebook page.
2. Oktoberfest USA – La Crosse, Wisconsin – September 27 – October 5, 2013 (Photo Credit)
The first Oktoberfest in La Crosse was held in 1961 and it is now a favorite on lists of the best Oktoberfest in the United States. This is the last year to catch this extended Wisconsin Oktoberfest as it is moving back to an action packed four day format in 2014. There will be lots of live music including Bret Michaels on Monday, September 30th. Beer sponsors include Bud, Coors, Kul, Leinenkugel’s, Miller and Pabst. There is also a craft beer night with beer from more than 40 different breweries. Other 2013 activities include the Miss La Crosse/Oktoberfest competition, Festmaster’s Ball, parades, contests, and even a mud run. More than 17,000 people like the La Crosse Oktoberfest Facebook page.
1. Wurstfest – New Braunfels, Texas – November 1-10, 2013
If Munich can push Oktoberfest forward into September, then I guess we can push Oktoberfest back into November to include this popular German Sausage festival. It started in 1961 with a one day sausage festival that 2,000 people attended. It is now ten day celebration of German culture attended by more than 100,000 that was rated the third best festival in Texas. There will be live music, Bavarian entertainment and dancing with more than 40 local, national, and international performers. You will definitely enjoy the German food and beer as well as carnival rides and games. More than 22,000 people like the Wurstfest Facebook page.
Ready to start drinking?
Here is our list of more than 500 paces to celebrate Oktoberfest in the United States so that you can find a German festival near you this weekend. Prost!
Other Best Oktoberfest Lists
We aren’t the first to create a list of the best American Oktoberfest festivals. Here are five from the past ten years that we think you’ll enjoy:
Errors are of course our own. We used PageData to confirm our analysis.
PS: It’s the last day of A Haunted Halloween Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy’s Favorite Things and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. On Labor Day, 22 bloggers launched giveaways of Halloween-related items worth more than $25. As part of the Halloween hop, we are giving away some cool Halloween decorations. This is the last day of the giveaway so be sure to enter now!
We’ve been so busy getting ready for the upcoming fall events that I haven’t filled you in on some of the things we have been doing here at Funtober that I think you’ll enjoy.
We sent out our first newsletter on the Saturday before Labor Day. The second edition for Friday the 13th (and the rest of the weekend) was just sent out. If you haven’t subscribed to the newsletter yet, you should! We send out information about local fall events that are happening near you.
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There are less than ten days until the Munich Oktoberfest! The second weekend of Oktoberfest in the United States will see big festivals in Mount Angel Oregon, California, and Boston, among other places. I’ve updated nearly all of the Oktoberfests with 2013 information in the past two weeks. Let us know if you see anything that is wrong or missing!
We’re updating information for 2013 about haunted attractions as it becomes available. Some of them are opening for Friday the 13th tomorrow, especially in Texas, so be sure to take a look at our haunted house section if you want to be scared for Friday the 13th!
It’s hard to believe that only one year ago (this week!) I opened the Halloween costume store here at Funtober. Thank you to everyone that has bought a costume so far! Costume sales are starting to pick up. Like last year, we expect to run out of some costume sizes, so order early!
The Halloween Decoration Giveaway
It’s the last weekend of A Haunted Halloween Giveaway Hop hosted by Mommy’s Favorite Things and Mama’s Baby Cupcakes. On Labor Day, 22 bloggers launched giveaways of Halloween-related items worth more than $25. As part of the Halloween hop, we are giving away some cool Halloween decorations. After you enter our contest, be sure to check out what the other bloggers are offering! This is the last weekend of the giveaway so be sure to enter now if you want a chance to win.
There’s a lot of information about fall fun on Funtober. We wanted to help new visitors learn about the breadth of material here and old visitors find what they love when they need it, so we cleaned up the navigation on a few pages and added the menu bar. On the corn maze, ghost tour and pumpkin patch sections, we removed the long list of every state in the sidebar and replaced it with a short list of relevant links to that state and surrounding states. We thought these were the links you were most likely to use. We’re considering switching the Oktoberfest and fall festival sections as well, so now is your time to tell us whether you love it or hate it. Your feedback on what we can do to help you enjoy Funtober is welcome!
Just saw a chicken running around on the streets of Philadelphia! We may have to make it the official Funtober mascot if it is still hanging around tomorrow.
I’ve spent the past two days updating information about upcoming United States Oktoberfests. The website for every German festival describes in detail the wonderful authentic Bavarian food that will be served to their visitors. After two days of reading their descriptions, I’m ready to eat!
This morning, I started browsing photos on Tastespotting and Foodgawker. The result was this list of 22 recipes made by bloggers in 2013 that will get you in the mood for some German food at Oktoberfest. While they aren’t all traditional German recipes, I think you’ll be ready for Oktoberfest after looking at the photos from these recipes. There’s just over two weeks until Oktoberfest 2013 starts in Munich so it is time to get excited. Oktoberfest season in the United States has already started with a handful of Labor Day weekend Oktoberfest parties.
I’ve pinned some photos from these recipes on our pinterest pinboard for Oktoberfest, so feel free to check them out there. If you’ve got a few weeks before your local Oktoberfest, grab your favorite seasonal beer and cook one of these recipes. I’ve talked to my mom this morning and we’re going to embark on a cooking adventure this afternoon.
I’m thinking pretzel wrapped bratwurst. I’ll let you know how they turn out. Prost!
Happy Labor Day! We hope you have a fun and relaxing work-free day planned. We’ve got something special for you to kick off the unofficial fall season here on Funtober: a great Halloween giveaway to put you in the autumn mood!
Old Friends: Last October, we had a lot of fun doing the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop hosted by The Review Wire. So we thought that we would kick off the unofficial fall season here on Funtober with another giveaway. This time it’s a great box of Halloween decorations described below (with photos!). There are 32 other bloggers giving away great Halloween items on their blogs so be sure to visit the rest of the participants and see what you can win.
New Friends: Welcome to Funtober! We help our visitors find fall events. If you are looking to visit an Oktoberfest, corn maze, pumpkin patch, ghost tour or haunted house in the United States, we can help you find it. We also sell Halloween costumes to people who don’t want to take the time to make their own. We know you are excited about the opportunity to win free stuff, so we’ll get right to the Haunted Halloween Giveaway Hop.
This hop is focused on items you’d want/need for Halloween. Whether its costumes, decorations, or candy, I’m sure you’ll enjoy what all the bloggers have to offer. After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at what the other blogs have to offer! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner.
Mommy’s Favorite Things is hosting the Grand Prize for this hop with great prizes from buycostumes.com, Wall Slicks, and Yum Earth. This package is valued at UP TO $245 based on winner’s choice of Wall Slick Decorations. Michelle posted her review of buycostumes.com and then you can find a review for Wall Slicks, as well as a review for YumEarth on Heather’s site. Open to US only.
Here at Funtober, we put together an awesome prize pack of Halloween decorations to help you get in the mood for Halloween and decorate for your Halloween party. Included in the awesome box sent to the winner are two packages of 10 indoor spider lights, two boxes of 100 purple bulb indoor/outdoor mini lights, fright tape for your door and a glow in the dark Halloween tote!
Can’t you see these spider lights hanging during your Halloween party?
Entries close at midnight the evening of 9/16/2013 (EST) so enter today through rafflecopter. We will ship the box (at our expense – no cost to you!) to a U.S. postal address so the contest is open to U.S. residents only:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
There are a lot of great Halloween prizes being given away by the other bloggers. Be sure to visit them all, check out the free stuff that you can win and the awesome fall content that they are producing:
Don’t forget to grab your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte tomorrow. Happy Fall!
Corn mazes have started to release aerial photos of their 2013 corn maze designs. We just started updating our corn maze directory to include information about where you will be getting lost this year.
There’s a few farms that have already opened their corn maze. But for those of you that can’t wait to do a corn maze in fall, here’s six fun, challenging and unique corn maze designs for you to look forward to enjoying.
The Dali-rama! – Mike’s Maze – Sunderland, MA
Salvador Dali was one of the first painters that I could immediately recognize his or her works as a child. So I’m thrilled to see this clever eight acre corn maze cut into Mike’s Maze at Warner Farm. Looking for more Dali? Check out The Persistence of Memory, located in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, which is one of his best known works.
National WWI Museum – Liberty Corn Maze – Liberty, Missouri
Kansas City erected the Liberty Memorial to honor the men and women who served in World War I in 1926. In 2006, they opened the National World War I Museum under the Liberty Memorial. The design is composed of four large mazes for you to complete in Liberty, Missouri.
Doctor Who – York Maze – England
We haven’t begun indexing English corn mazes yet. But I was sent this photo a few weeks ago when it made national news. It’s too good to not share. The show hasn’t made its way on to my regular tv lineup yet. But it is on Amazon Prime so I’m thinking about catching up. We MIGHT be selling a few Doctor Who costume options this October.
The Beatles – Richardson Adventure Farm – Spring Grove, Illinois
The Beatles corn maze celebrates 50 years since their first album, Please Please Me, which was released in the UK on March 22, 1963. The album ranked 39th on Rolling Stone’s 2012 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The Richardson Adventure Farm has been on my radar for a while now because they host the World’s Largest Corn Maze Run (October 20, 2013).
Yarnell 19: Never Forget – Mortimer Family Farms – Dewey, Arizona
I wasn’t even aware of this farm’s corn maze until they made national news for their design. The corn maze honors the 19 firefighters of the Granite Mountain Hotshots who died while fighting a fire in Yarnell, Arizona earlier this summer.
Made in USA – Green Acres Corn Maze – Casper, Wyoming
I frequently see patriotic designs for corn mazes. I love the way the bald eagle is built into the waving American flag on this eight acre corn maze, though. Very cool!
What awesome photos did we miss? Where will you be getting lost this autumn?
It’s crazy. This summer just flew by. How do we know fall is almost here?
The heat is decreasing and the daily summer thunderstorms seem to have stopped here in Philadelphia. After eight straight days with highs over 90 in mid-july, the temperature has decreased to a more comfortable level.
Haunted Houses are hiring. We’re compiling a list of links to information about auditions for working at a haunted house this autumn. If you are looking, check out our haunted house job board. If you know that a haunted house near you is looking, pass it along and we’ll post it.
Preseason NFL football has started and fantasy football drafts are right around the corner. It’s less than a month to the first professional football game on September 5th between the Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens.
Sam Adams Oktoberfest is on the shelves. It’s not the only oktoberfest or pumpkin beer available, either.
Pumpkin coffee is back, thanks to Green Mountain Coffee and Keurig. You only have a few more weeks to wait before Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts join them.
There’s only three weeks until Labor Day weekend. Fall will definitely be in full swing soon!
Here’s what we’re doing:
We have just made another pass through our humongous list of Oktoberfests and fall festivals. We’re adding dates and links to information as rapidly as humanly possible. We’ll start updating our corn maze section for 2013 as soon as we’re done. We’ve noticed that some of the corn mazes are releasing their maze design photos already!
We are loading up around 750 more costumes over the next two weeks. We’ll have about 2500 outfits covering over 200 costume ideas this fall. So check out our Halloween costumes in September to see the additions!
We are looking forward to attending Affiliate Summit East, a semi-annual conference about affiliate marketing that will be held at the Philadelphia Convention Center this year. If you scroll down their page, you will see Funtober on the list of attendees! We’re going thanks to complimentary passes from Philly Tech Meetup. Mad props to them! Be sure to say hello if you are in town for the event.