What do New York City’s NYE in Times Square, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, and the Athens’ Ohio University Halloween have in common? The events are considered to be the three largest block parties in the United States. With annual attendance ranging from 15-30 thousand, the Athens’ Halloween is one of the largest Halloween parties in the country. The inaugural party took place on October 31st, 1974 and since then students have gathered in costumes and taken over Court Street each Saturday before Halloween. People travel from all around the country to Athens to be apart of Halloween’s biggest events.