About Portsmouth Thriller

The first waking of the zombies occurred on an eerie night when Michael Jackson took his girlfriend to see Thriller. It was close to midnight on December 2, 1983. Darkness fell across the land. They creatures crawled in search of blood. Then they moved like no zombie had ever moved before.  

To this day, the ghouls still linger...waiting for All Hallow's Eve, when Michael sets them loose upon Portsmouth, NH.

  • OCTOBER 1995

    The Portsmouth Halloween Parade was born. A group of merely twenty marched through the streets in costume.
  • OCTOBER 2009

    Michael Jackson's zombies escaped from 6 feet under leaving every spectator of the Portsmouth Halloween Parade chilled to the bone.
  • DECEMBER 2013

    The zombies made a second appearance and fooled all in a merrily spirited act at the Portsmouth Holiday Parade.
  • TODAY

    Now known as the Portsmouth Thriller, the horde of undead lurk the streets any time and anywhere waiting for their moment to make Michael Jackson proud.

What people are saying about us

"​The "Thriller" dance — performed three times — was a highlight of the 2009 parade, with fans cheering loudly and breaking out cell phones and video cameras to record the event."

Gina Carbone, Seacoastonline.com

​​"Something eerie happens around October; under the harvest moon the town transforms. [The] choreographed Thriller dance... Seriously, you don’t want to miss it."

Maggie Wallace, Matador Network

​​"I just love this. I never had this when I was a kid. We just did trick-or-treating. It was great. How fabulous to get a group of people to do that [the 'Thriller" dance] . It's very inspiring.'."​

Keith Weirich, PHP Performer