Oct 21, 2020

Weekly Top Picks Oct 22nd - 27th, 2020

As we round into the final weeks of October there are more events than ever-- both in-person and virtual - to mark the celebration of your favorite time of year. There are even plenty of events happening on weeknights, mostly virtual, to feed your Halloween mood and to keep you in a spooky state of mind as you slide into the weekend.

You will have more than enough options to celebrate Halloween your way - whether it be taking jaw-dropping Jack O' Lanterns, online costume classes, ghost tours, spooky storytelling events, contests, online how-tos, pumpkin events. or getting in your thrills at local haunts. 

Good luck narrowing down your agenda but the good news is we're offering up some great Top Picks to get you right into Halloween week.


Phantoms & Fire at Old Sturbridge Village 

For 2020 Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, MA is debuting a new Halloween experience this week - Phantoms & Fire.
In lieu of their ever-popular Sleepy Hollow Experience, this year's socially-distanced mini-festival is serving up "Nevermore: The Fantastic Terrors of Edgar Allan Poe" which dramatizes several short stories and poems of Edgar Allen Poe with professional performers. 
Situated across six different locations around the historic property under the moonlight, you'll be treated to "familiar tales of horror, revenge, obsession, and deception." The six performances are in constant rotation to enable guests to explore the property after hours in search of "spooky delights, bonfires, cauldrons, candy, ghosts, guitars and horror and…maybe even…a headless horseman!" Event details

Never too late to pick pumpkins at a local patch!


|As you know by now, Halloween New England makes it so easy to find a local pumpkin patch for carving your jack-o-lanterns in time for Halloween! Add the various community pumpkin carving contests and pumpkin displays to the mix of your pumpkin-buying needs and you will certainly need to stock up on more than a few!

We have state-by-state guides and maps to all your local farms featuring pumpkin patches and PYO pumpkins.

Click on your state for Halloween New England's Pumpkin Patch Guides for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.


Still Time to Find a Costume for Halloween Events or Trick-or-Treating! 

We have two special New England costume and makeup supply stores we'd like to recommend for your last-minute costume needs and final details.

Not every New England state can boast that they have a year-round, brick-and-mortar costume store but New Hampshire can! Costumania in West Lebanon has even moved to a new, bigger store in recent years to offer even more inventory to their customers. 
If you can't get there in person, they also feature an online store. If you didn't know it already, Costumania is offering 30 percent off your ENTIRE order - online or in-person - when you stock up on Halloween costumes, parties supplies, props, and more. 
Click to learn more about this special sale and access the coupon code. The sale runs through Halloween--October 31st.


Massachusetts-based Vampfangs used to strictly be an online store but since they expanded to a brick-and-mortar boutique in downtown Salem, MA and they should be your first stop to buy special FX teeth (vampires, zombies, hillbillies, etc), FX contact lenses (blackout, werewolf, zombie, you name it), 3-D prosthetic transfers, conventional prosthetics, quality FX makeup, and even fragrances!

We are always happy to tip people off to how easy Halloween New England makes it to find your state's Costume and Halloween stores. We have lists of locally-owned, year-round, as well as many seasonal pop-up stores to make it easy! 

Click to see Halloween New England's complete Costume and Halloween Store guides for Rhode Island, ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew Hampshire and Vermont.



Massachusetts Halloween Events (Full Guide)



Wednesday, October 21st is opening night for Phantoms & Fire at Old Sturbridge Village. They'll be open this Wednesday through Sundays, until Halloween Night. Advance tickets required as nearly all the time slots are sold out so act fast!

A fascinating virtual event this Thursday, October 22nd is "Welcome to the Graveyard" a Virtual tour of Cemetery Art. This virtual presentation, hosted by The Gravestone Girls discusses colonial burial grounds "through the rural cemetery movement of the 19th century and into 21st-century locations. It examines why we have cemeteries and gravestones, why they look like they do, and how styles and art have evolved over almost 400 years." Hosted by the Medfield Library, you'll need to pre-register for this free event.   

For some weeknight drive-in screams, we recommend buying your tickets to see "Scream" and "IT" double-feature at the Topsfield Drive-in or head to the Mendon Drive-in for a Jordan Peele double-header of "Get Out" and "Us"

On Friday, October 23rd you might prefer the "Ghostbusters" and "Silence of the Lambs" double-header at the pop-up drive-in outside Patriots Place in Foxborough.
Sunday, October 25th head to Suffolk Downs in Boston for their fall pop-up drive-in which will be showing "Scream"

On Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th you can take a moonlight tour of the outdoor sculpture park at Halloween at deCordova. "Watch the harvest moon travel across the sky as you and your family complete a series of ghoulish activities, all inspired by mysterious artworks. Explore different disguises, create monstrous shadows, and solve tantalizing mysteries"  - costumes are encouraged 
Costumes suggested and all ages welcome! Reserve your spot online.

For more artistic fun, teens might enjoy the free Edward Gorey Art Class for Teens taught virtually and hosted by the Rockport Public Library and open to all who pre-register.

In Walpole this Friday and Saturday, October 23rd and 24th, you can swing through Bird Park for their "Nocturnal Trail" is a family-focused nighttime walk through a short pumpkin-lit trail in the woods. Along the trail, you'll find fun facts posted about the nocturnal animals and four “trick-or-treat stations” where kids can see the (pretend) nocturnal animals and gather a bag of candy. Costumes are invited so pack a flashlight and a trick or treat bag to this ticketed event with add-ons such as pumpkin decorating (pre-order).

The Worcester Art Museum has a special event recommended for ages 16+ with their "Virtual Art and Armor Spooktacular" on Saturday, October 24th which highlights, displays, and discusses some of the spookier and creepier items within their collection with extra time for Q&A.

The Adams-Langely Library in Groveland is hosting a virtual presentation of "Cursed Objects: Strange but True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items" on Monday, October 26th with author J.W. Ocker. You'll be treated to stories about strange, macabre, and "supernaturally dangerous" items via Zoom - be sure to pre-register to get the link! 

Haunted History of New England presentation returns for an encore free lecture on Tuesday, October 27th - this time it will be hosted by historian Chris Daley via Sturbridge's Joshua Hyde Library. With tales of true facts and mythic legends, you'll want to sign up in advance to access the showing.

Plus, take a peek at more all-ages events coming up on the calendar on our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for MA.

Connecticut Halloween Events (Full Guide)



This Thursday night The Dark Manor in Baltic is open for some weeknight screams and students reap the rewards during the Student Night special they'll be running with $5 off admission with student ID. Student Night details.

If you are looking for something with a spooky spirit but with low-scares and no actors, The Dark Manor's annual Daytime Matinee Haunt is happening 3 times this season and the first two matinees are this weekend - Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th from noon to 5:00pm.

There is a wonderful 2-week virtual course called Halloween Costumes, Make-Up, and Physicality Class hosted by Stomping Ground Comedy which meets over the next two Fridays--October 23rd and 30th. This series teaches you how to draw "inspiration from everyday objects, exploring our 'weird', costumes, makeup" and more about how to create an amazing character and costume. Geared towards adults ages 18+, you'll want to pre-register for this course. 

This weekend you can find TWO Halloween Family Yoga special events lined up for the whole family to enjoy right from home!
The Saturday afternoon event on October 24th provides Halloween-themed poses and fun for kids ages 7-12y (adult optional) and the Sunday morning event on October 25th will offer up the same but for pre-K/younger kids (ages 4-7y) with their adult. Halloween Family Yoga is being held virtually this year so be sure to sign up early to get your link!

The popular and fascinating Elm Grove Cemetery Tour returns to Mystic this Sunday, October 25th. This special occasion graveyard walk hosted by the acclaimed Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours invites you to discover the Elm Grove Cemetery "established in 1853 on the precipice of the Victorian Gothic era and the American Civil War -- times were changing across our new nation and that included cemeteries -- Join us to meet those who walked Mystic from the 1800's into the Gilded Age -- Sea Captains, Merchants, Civil War soldiers, World War I soldiers, those plagued by the Spanish flu and the families that made Mystic what it is today. Learn of unique grave markings and walk with the spirits of Mystic's colorful past. A step through time lies beyond the Elm Grove arches."
Limited space available for this special afternoon tour so be sure to buy advance tickets (no walk-ups).

For some seasonal fun geared toward the littlest Halloween fans, swing by the Happy Haunts Hollow in East Haddam, CT taking place this Thursday through Sunday, October 22nd through 25th. This drive-through experience features music, lights, and live-actor performances dressed in non-scary characters such as cheerful ghosts, dancing scarecrows, and more.

Check out more upcoming Halloween events for kids at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in CT.

New Hampshire Halloween Events (Full Guide)


On Thursday, October 22nd, artist Haya Tawatao walks you through a 90-minute Halloween Mask Making Workshop held virtually. This workshop will highlight "using every day, upcycled materials like cereal boxes, paper bags, gift wrap, and newsprint. You'll use collaging and paper-folding techniques to construct 3-D features as well as demonstrate ways to create different textures by reshaping paper into 'fur' and 'feathers'." This workshop is free but you'll need to sign up in advance.

We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly last weekend at the Daytime Haunt at Haunted Overload so we cannot recommend it highly enough! Offers from 10am-4pm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, this self-guided daytime walk along the haunted trail is actor-free and scare-free but still, you will be treated to incredible Halloween creatures, treetop tall ghosts, haunt props, and other spooky scenes. Suitable for kids who like scary things but don't want to be scared...and the daytime event is perfect for that kind of experience. Enjoy the artistry and you are invited to take all the photos you want (and you will want to).

With over 200 pumpkin "people" on display along the roads of scenic Plainfield, NH you will enjoy making new Halloween family traditions as you drive along Rte 120 and 12A spotting the yard displays popping up along the way! The displays are open every day of the week and if you don't want the adventure of finding them yourself, you can even pick up a paper map available within local stores to guide you. Details about the Plainfield Pumpkin People.

This weekend you can find TWO Halloween Family Yoga special events lined up with Sweet Pea Yoga! The Saturday afternoon event on October 24th provides Halloween-themed poses and fun for kids ages 7-12y (adult optional) and the Sunday morning event on October 25th is a pre-K/younger kids class (ages 4-7y) with their adult. Halloween Family Yoga is being held virtually this year so be sure to sign up early to get your link!

Spooky Science - Halloween Themed Experiments for Kids is a free online class for kids ages 6-10 where the hosts will do the experiments with you, via zoom, explaining each step of the experiment and the science behind it. Advance registration required.

Check out more upcoming all-ages Halloween events at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for fun in NH

Rhode Island Halloween Events (Full Guide)


Families will want to join the festivities at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI during their final two weeks to catch the atmospheric drive-through Jack O'Lantern Spectacular which is open 7 nights a week through Sunday, November 1st.

This weekend you can find TWO Halloween Family Yoga special events lined up with Sweet Pea Yoga! The Saturday afternoon event on October 24th provides Halloween-themed poses and fun for kids ages 7-12y (adult optional) and the Sunday morning event on October 25th is a pre-K/younger kids class (ages 4-7y) with their adult. Halloween Family Yoga is being held virtually this year so be sure to sign up early to get your link!

Saturday, October 24th is the Gone But Not Forgotten: Victorian Mourning Customs exhibit at the  Hearthside House Museum in Lincoln, RI. Every year Hearthside transforms this historic home to "re-creates the Victorian mourning customs practiced during the time when [owner] Simon Thornton passed away, with displays in each room of the house that include mourning clothing, mourning clothing, jewelry, artwork, stationery displays, post mortem photography, and other funerary exhibits." On this Saturday, the twilight hour features both the exhibit and the candlelight tour. 

On Sunday afternoon October 25th younger kids might enjoy Wicked Witch's Virtual Ghost Story Time for Kids (virtual) which is highlighted as a spooktacular afternoon of Halloween-themed storytelling for kids ages 2-6y hosted by the Wicked Witch herself! This online event required pre-registration.

Looking for more kids activities? Check out our Family-friendly Halloween Events Guide for fun in RI.

Vermont Halloween Events (Full Guide)


Friday, October 23rd marks the latest free outdoor horror movie gathering to see "The House on Haunted Hill" being screened in Bristol, VT. Bring a blanket and chairs and enjoy some classic horror movies by the Pavilion at the Bristol Hub Teen Center and Skate Park.

There is a wonderful 2-week virtual course called 
Halloween Costumes, Make-Up, and Physicality Class hosted by Stomping Ground Comedy which meets over the next two Fridays--October 23rd and 30th. This series teaches you how to draw "inspiration from everyday objects, exploring our 'weird', costumes, makeup" and more about how to create an amazing character and costume. Geared towards adults ages 18+, you'll want to pre-register for this course. 

Spooky Science - Halloween Themed Experiments for Kids is a free online class this Saturday, October 24th for kids ages 6-10 where the hosts will do the experiments with you, via zoom, explaining each step of the experiment and the science behind it. Advance registration required.

Pumpkin bowling, spider web necklace crafts, Halloween tales, hayrides, spooky farm life exhibits, hidden pumpkin searches, safe trick or treating, and a costume parade are on the lineup in Woodstock during the beloved annual Family Halloween at Billings Farm and MuseumSocial distancing will be in place for all the many family-friendly Halloween activities during this special day on Sunday, October 25th in Woodstock.

Maine Halloween Events (Full Guide)




Held Friday and Saturday nights, October 23rd and 24th at their property in Levant, it's the last chance to visit the Night Maze at Treworgy Family Orchards. With flashlight in hand, forge bravely ahead into the cornstalks under the moonlight as you navigate your way through. This is a non-scary Halloween attraction suitable for all who don't mind being a little lost in the maze! Advance tickets suggested.

As we've mentioned earlier, there is a delightful 2-week virtual course called Halloween Costumes, Make-Up, and Physicality Class hosted by Stomping Ground Comedy which will meet over the next two Fridays--October 23rd and 30th. This series teaches you how to draw "inspiration from everyday objects, exploring our 'weird', costumes, makeup" and more about how to create an amazing character and costume. Geared towards adults ages 18+, you'll want to pre-register for this course. 

The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad invites you all-aboard their annual Pumpkin Train! Held over three afternoons - the first pair of dates are coming up this Saturday and Sunday, October 24th and 25th in Portland! Guaranteed to delight the littles Halloween fans, children can explore the railroad museum, paint a miniature pumpkin as a souvenir, and take a ride on the historic train as you take in the foliage along the way. All visitors are treated to complimentary hot cider and cookies.

Find two Halloween Family Yoga events lined up this weekend for some Halloween fun for kids and families! The Saturday afternoon event on October 24th provides Halloween-themed poses, breathing, meditation, and spooky fun for kids ages 7-12y (adult optional), and the Sunday morning event on October 25th is geared towards pre-K/younger kids class (ages 4-7y) with their adult. Halloween Family Yoga is being held virtually this year so be sure to sign up early to get your link!

 

Plan ahead for your October weekends by checking out haunted attractions on a Sunday night! This weekend there are FOURTEEN haunted attractions open this Sunday, October 25th.

Be sure to check out Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT), Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT), Haunted Overload (Lee, NH) 13th World (Cumberland, RI), Factory of Terror (Fall River, MA), The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT), Fear Town (Seekonk, MA)  and DementedFX (Holyoke, MA).
Sundays often offer shorter lines and a more personal experience-- so what are you waiting for?




Which Haunted Attractions are Open on Weeknights this Week?
If you are like us, you'll want to pack in as many haunts during October to take full advantage of the Halloween season and our Weeknight Guide was created with you in mind!

Thursday, October 22nd has 9 haunted attractions open including the trail at Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT) The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT) with a special Student Admission Deal, Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Factory of Terror (Fall River, MA) 13th World (Cumberland, RI), DementedFX (Holyoke, MA), plus three more!

Click for a complete list visit our Guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights.



CONTESTS: Opening Weekend Giveaways, Invite-Only Nights, and Tickets Galore!

We've got two contests live on Halloween New England  - the number of contest opportunities is winding down to allow people enough time to enter, win, and redeem their tickets. 
Enter to win a 4-pack of general admission tickets to DementedFX in Holyoke, MA - this will be your final chance to win tickets to go there!
We also have one of our last chances to win admission for two to Factory of Terror in Fall River, MA. 

Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details and links for entering to win!

As we've been wrapping up most of our contests, we want to say congratulations to Kim Clements and Kayla Mello who won tickets to The Dark Manor, Melissa Peterson scored a 4-pack of tickets to visit DementedFX, Stephanie Dasman, Devon Ryan, Britnee Torres, and Ylenia Basilico each won a pair of tickets to 13th World and Melissa Vo is headed to Factory of Terror. Chandara Ho and Carly Muniz are the lucky winners of our final Haunted Overload contest!



Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Thursday, October 22nd 

Nightmare Vermont (CT)

We're thrilled to have teamed up again with the uber-talented The Pixel Perfection: After Dark whose incredibly creepy and inspiring haunt photos populate the guides again this year. As always, we know you love their photos...just please don't steal their photos! Why not just follow them on Facebook or Instagram or hire them to capture your Halloween attraction or event?

Oct 14, 2020

Weekly Top Picks Oct 15th - 21st, 2020

We are throttling toward Halloween and this week has thrilled us with the addition of more events being added to our state calendars. This week really offers something for everyone who love Halloween - we have events to appeal to haunt-goers, scaredy-cats, ghostly tale lovers, Jack-o-Lantern fans. We've got events for folks who want to go out, for folks who prefer to stay home, and events for absolutely everyone in between. 


If you don't have your pumpkins, be sure to support a local pumpkin patch from one of the many scenic farms that dot the New England landscape. We love seeing pumpkins popping up on doorsteps everywhere during our travels!

We have dozens more wonderful events listed for this week on our website but our hand-picked state-by-state highlights are listed below.

Spooky-not-Scary Events at Area Haunts

There are two spooky-not-scary haunt walk-throughs happening this week which are ideal for Halloween fans who have the spirit of the season but are not interested in the startles or the scares.
The first one up takes place this Thursday, October 15th in Shelton, CT where you're invited to Spooky Nights Halloween Lights at Legends of Fear. This self-guided walk along their 1/2 mile-long wooded trail will feature their haunt house scenery and scenic lights without actors for an evening under the stars. Advance tickets required and family 4-pack discounts available too!

Also Thursday, October 15th will be Fright Night Lite at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH. This actor-free, scare-free wooded trail is lined with treetop-tall handmade creatures, vibrant colorful lighting, and fascinating scenery. Sound, lights, ad fog will be on. Advance tickets also required.  

On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm is the Daytime Haunt self-guided walk at Haunted Overload. This daytime version is actor-free, scare-free, and sound-off. You'll be glad you made the trip to this event because there is no better way to appreciate the craftsmanship of the stunningly detailed and uber-creative scenery. As with everything, advance tickets are the way to go!   

Pick a perfect pumpkin at your local pumpkin patch!

As you know by now, Halloween New England makes it so easy to find a local pumpkin patch for carving your jack-o-lanterns in time for Halloween. Add in the various community pumpkin carving contests and pumpkin displays to the mix of your pumpkin-buying needs and you will certainly need to stock up on more than a few!

We have state-by-state guides and maps to all your local farms featuring pumpkin patches and PYO pumpkins.

Click on your state for Halloween New England's Pumpkin Patch Guides for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.




Massachusetts Halloween Events (Full Guide)

Abandoned Villages and Ghost Towns of New England
 is a special virtual presentation by author Thomas D'Agostino this Thursday, October 15th via Zoom, hosted by the Southwick Public Library. This event is free but pre-registration required.

Foxborough's Boyden Library presents ghosthunter Dustin Pari's Halloween: A Haunted History Lecture also this Thursday, October 15th which will feature legends, superstitions, and Halloween traditions. You'll need to sign up in advance for this free zoom event - all are welcome.
 
Frightful Fridays Ghost Stories returns to the Gore Mansion in Waltham Friday, October 16th for their first of three consecutive Friday evenings of spooky tales shared under a tent outside this historic 1806 mansion. The festivities last 45-minutes and promise to be a fun alternative to the usual gruesome fair.

This Friday, October 16th is the don't-miss virtual Salem MA Ghost Stroll Tour with Seaside Shadows which will take you through the Salem graveyards, treat you to stories and legends of sea captains, ghost ships, and Witch City mysteries. You won't want to miss this unique virtual option from the renowned Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours whose home base is in Mystic, CT.

Welcome to the Graveyard: An Eye on Pembroke Cemeteries is another terrific Gravestone Girls virtual presentation taking place on Tuesday, October 20th - this one is hosted by the Pembroke Library via Zoom but open to all who pre-register.

An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe is a theatrical reading well-known and lesser-known Poe as performed by literary historian Rob Velella. This special virtual event held Tuesday, October 20th is hosted by the Wilmington Public Library and requires advance registration.

The 2nd featured film covered by the weekly Worcester Public Library's Virtual Horrorfest Film Discussion series is "Nosferatu" (1922)  happening in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 21st. 

"Haunted Western Mass" is a free virtual presentation of ghost stories and local legends on Wednesday, October 21st hosted by the Southwick Public Library (register in advance for zoom link).
Plus, take a sneak peek at all-ages events coming up on the calendar on our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for MA.

Connecticut Halloween Events (Full Guide)

The first one up takes place this Thursday, October 15th in Shelton, CT where you're invited to Spooky Nights Halloween Lights at Legends of Fear. This self-guided walk along their 1/2 mile-long wooded trail will feature their haunt house scenery and scenic lights without actors for an evening under the stars. Advance tickets required and family 4-pack discounts available too!

Drive-ins are a feature not a bug of life in 2020 and we love how many drive-in movie opportunities there are into October! Our highlight this week is the Stamford Museum's "Harry Potter" Film Screening on Friday, October 16th.

The annual Things that Go Bump in the Night series returns for the next few weeks where you can take a candlelight tour of the exterior property and short peeks at inside rooms as you are treated to theatrical ghost stories at the historic Nathan Hale Homestead. Offered over six nights this month,  the first two nights are this Thursday and Friday, October 15th and16th - advance tickets are required. 

"Nightmare on Mainin Willimantic wraps up their season on Saturday, October 17th with a final night of small-group, guided tours through their "monstrous exhibits" gallery inside the American Thread building/Windham Mills.
 
Ghosthunter Barry Pirro is teaming up with the Seymour Public Library on Monday, October 19th to offer a virtual presentation "A Ghost Hunter's Favorite Cases" including a post-presentation Q&A. As with any zoom event, pre-registration required for this free event open to all.

Let's be honest, few things capture our Halloween heart more than seeing events like DIY Halloween Makeup for Kids: Fake Wounds (virtual) popping up on the Halloween calendar! Kids and Teens can learn how to make a gory wound this Wednesday, October 21st using everyday supplies you might have around the house. There is a "supply list" you'll need to gather for this online Zoom class so registering a few days in advance will be helpful. Shout out to the Wallingford Public Library for bringing creative programs like this to their calendar!

Another all-ages free event happening in downtown New Haven next Wednesday, October 21st is "The Addams Family" Outdoor Film Screening as part of the weekly Movies in Pitkin Plaza October series. No advance sign-up required because it is first-come-first serve.

Check out more upcoming Halloween events for kids at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in CT.


New Hampshire Halloween Events (Full Guide)


This weekend is a perfect time to head to Lee, NH where Halloween is in full swing!
On this Saturday, October 17th, Haunted Overload's daytime haunt is co-hosting Howl for the Animals fundraiser for the Pope Memorial Humane Society. Held at Demeritt Hill Farm in Lee, NH. Celebrating the Halloween Spirit there will be a special trick-or-treat through the haunt with non-scary characters passing out candy. Costumed are encouraged for the kiddos and the day haunt is also Fido-friendly during this event so be sure to bring your doggie along to enjoy the festivities! Admission is $5!

 You can visit Haunted Overload which is open for their Fright Night Lite on Thursday, October 15th, Daytime Haunt on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18th between  10-4pm for a no-actor, no-sound, no-scare walk-through. Their award-winning evening haunt is also open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 16-18th complete with actors, scares, a haunted mansion, giant scenes, and their famous treetop tall characters built deep in the woods.

Check out more upcoming all-ages Halloween events at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for fun in NH.

Rhode Island Halloween Events (Full Guide)


In Central Falls this Thursday, through Monday, October 15th - 19th is your chance to embark on the Blackstone Valley Explorer Riverboat for the Swamp Scare Riverboat Tour - a 20-minute journey aboard along a scary (and socially distanced) spooky experience on the water. Costumes highly encouraged - and masks are required. 

At One Providence Plaza, you can book your pod, family, or selective group of up to six people for one of the Haunted Gondola Rides lined up this Thursday, October 15th and Sunday, October 18th. You'll be treated to haunted tales told by a member of Providence Ghost Tours during a magical evening along the river - you're even invited to bring a bottle of wine or hot beverage for the festivities. All Haunted Gondola rides are sold by the private boat capacity of 6 to keep your group just amongst yourselves.

Roger Williams Park has two major Halloween events happening on the premises this week and weekend:
With advance tickets you can visit the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular's reimagined drive-through carved pumpkin and Halloween display which is open 7 nights a week at the Zoo.

Around the corner at the Museum of Natural History you can find a two-night-only Night at the Haunted Museum event where the most bizarre items from their collection will be on display "amongst spooky living art" for you to enjoy. Advance tickets for both events above are essential.

Looking for more kids activities? Check out our Family-friendly Halloween Events Guide for fun in RI.

Vermont Halloween Events (Full Guide)


On Friday, October 16th at the Hub Teen Center and Skate Park Pavilion in Bristol, pack a blanket and chair for their first of three weekly free Friday Night classic horror nights. This Friday, October 16th you'll find "The Hitch-Hiker" (1953) playing on the outdoor screen and all are welcome! 

Friday, October 16th the Public Investigation at Wilson Castle resumes for a special small-ground experience with the add-on option of staying overnight within the historic property!

We have two virtual events we recommend for some Halloween enjoyment right from home. On Saturday, October 17th kids may enjoy the "Villains Halloween Tea for Kids" where performers dressed in character will portray the Horned Sorceress, Fur Fashionista, Vain Queen, Queen of Cards and the Stepsisters for a Halloween tea party featuring tea party etiquette and Halloween fashion advice for a fright-free half hour. This is a free event but pre-registration is required. 

For some spooky history brought to us from across the pond, this Monday afternoon, October 19th at 1:00pm learn more about your favorite holiday with "Halloween: History, Traditions, and Superstitions" with a presentation by Dr. Louise Fenton covering "the ancient Celtic traditions and how, over centuries, they evolved into the Halloween we know today. The lecture will also look at how Halloween made it to America with the influx of Europeans and the early celebrations of ‘Play Parties’. The tradition of ‘trick or treat’ will be discussed along with some of the superstitions around black cats and ghosts." This is a free event but pre-registration is required.

Maine Halloween Events (Full Guide)


Our top picks for this weekend in Maine is the Night Maze at Treworgy Family Orchards. Grab your flashlight and head bravely into the cornstalks to navigate your way through under the light of the moon. Held Friday and Saturday nights, October 16th and 17th at their property in Levant, this is a non-scary Halloween attraction suitable for all who don't mind being a little lost in the maze! Advance tickets suggested.

For an incredibly unique annual event, check out "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (1923) screening accompanied by the Kotzschmar Organ at the Saco Drive-In taking place this Saturday, October 17th.
"Join Organist James Kennerley as he brings life, intrigue and, most importantly, brilliant musical accompaniment to Wallace Worsley’s American classic starring Lon Chaney. The film is based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel set in Paris in 1482, and is filled with intrigue, love-lost, betrayal, murder and every other plot twist a spectacular horror movie should offer up to its audience. This silent movie classic will be silent no more when Kennerley adds his magnificent playing to the film!
Come see this classic from 1923 on the big screen and hear the improvised score" (pre-recorded) for this special night. Limited capacity so advance tickets (only $15!) highly recommended. 

Snake River Scary Stories this Saturday, October 17th is a virtual Halloween storytelling event hosted by Snake River Storytelling with two programs "Twilight Tales" (age 10+) and "Stories After Dark" (adults) presented by six nationally-acclaimed storytellers. Just $15 for the whole evening - pre-registration required. 


Plan ahead for your October weekends by checking out haunted attractions on a Sunday night! This weekend there are FOURTEEN haunted attractions open this Sunday, October 18th.

Be sure to check out Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT), Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT), 13th World (Cumberland, RI), Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Factory of Terror (Fall River, MA), The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT),   and DementedFX (Holyoke, MA).
Sundays often offer shorter lines and a more personal experience-- so what are you waiting for?


Which Haunted Attractions are Open on Weeknights this Week?
If you are like us, you'll want to pack in as many haunts as you can during October to take full advantage of the Halloween season and our Weeknight Guide was created with you in mind!

Thursday, October 15th has 3 haunted attractions open including Haunted Overload (NH) - Fright Night Lite (full show, no scares) and  Legends of Fear (CT) offers up their final Spooky Night Halloween Lights  (Lights On, No Actors, No scares) 

Click for a complete list visit our Guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights.



CONTESTS: Ticket Giveaways Galore!

We've got five contests wrapping up this week on Halloween New England and two more that just debuted.  Find ALL the contests that you can enter HERE and we encourage you to enter ASAP!

Ending Soon: 
Two contest will end on Thursday the 15th so depending on when you read this blog, they might already have ended: win a pair of VIP passes to Trail of Terror in Wallingford, CT and it's our final Jack-O'-'Lantern Spectacular contest to win vehicle admission to their carved pumpkin drive-through experience in Providence, RI. 
It's the last few days to enter to WIN a pair of tickets to 13th World Haunted Trail in Cumberland, RI and enter to win admission to The Dark Manor Haunted House in Baltic, CT. The final chance to win tickets to select shows at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH also ends soon -all three above contents conclude this Saturday.

Just added: Look for two incredible mid-season ticket contests which went live this week - enter to win a pair of tickets to Factory of Terror in Fall River, MA and a group admission (up to 4 people) to DementedFX in Holyoke, MA. Enter all contests right from the home page of Halloween New England.

Congrats to our recent contest winners! Celia Cataldo won admission to a sold-out horror double-header at Barrett's Haunted Mansion's Screens & Screams  and the winner of the final pair of Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tour tickets is Deirdre Rouse!




No new attractions are opening this weekend but you can find a complete list of which haunts have already kicked off their season at our complete Opening Night Guide

We're thrilled to have teamed up again with the uber-talented The Pixel Perfection: After Dark whose incredibly creepy and inspiring haunt photos populate the guides again this year. As always, we know you love their photos...just please don't steal their photos! Why not just follow them on Facebook or Instagram or hire them to capture your Halloween attraction or event?

Oct 7, 2020

Weekly Top Picks Oct 8th - 14th, 2020

This is an October like no other and it's been incredible and exciting to see the many ways local Halloween attractions and event producers are tapping into their creativity to find new ways of delivering a special Halloween experience. 

With the long weekend upon us, it's a perfect chance to hit the road and explore activities and attractions outside your community and across New England - something to enjoy both day and night. Take full advantage of making this October in New England your most memorable month yet!

If this isn't already on your radar, one of the most helpful features HalloweenNewEngland.com offers is the ability to see a marker for every attraction within each of the six New England states. 
You can drag and scroll the map and shrink or enlarge. It's easy to identify which attractions are in your neck of the woods and which are in the vicinity of your road trip or leaf-peeping destination.  You can even drill down on a certain category say, just local pumpkin patches - by filtering just to the attraction type you are interested in. 
See a marker in an area you are curious about? Click on the orange dot to learn more about that attraction and even link over to their attraction page on Halloween New England to see contact info and features of the property. 


Unbelievable Costume Sale for all of October!


Not every New England state can boast that they have a year-round, brick-and-mortar costume store but New Hampshire can! Costumania in West Lebanon (close to the VT border) has an incredible costume superstore as well as an online shop for stocking up for this season or next. 
We love that owner Mark Young is the kind of person who actually recognizes returning customers an entire year later which speaks to the kind of personalized customer experience and expertise you get if you swing by in person.

For October 2020, Costumania is running a store-wide sale of 30% off your entire purchase through October 31st! Visit the Costumania page to learn the 30% off discount code! 
Can't get to West Lebanon? You'll be happy to learn they also feature an online store but their largest inventory is in the store so if you don't see something you need online, just give Mark a call because he can help you find what you need to pull your whole costume together. 


Massachusetts Halloween Events (Full Guide)

The Gravestone Girls returns this Thursday, October 8th with "Welcome to the Graveyard: a Virtual Tour of Mattapoisett" - a cozy seaside community in coastal Massachusetts. This zoom-hosted presentation features cemetery art, history, and symbolism ranging from colonial burial grounds, the rural cemetery movement, and into 21st-century locations.  This special lecture is being hosted by the Mattapoisett Public Library--it is free but requires pre-registration to access the zoom link.

This Friday, October 9th, the historic Hammond Castle in Gloucester debuts their new 5-performance offering of The Horror of Abbadia Mare: An Adaptation of Five H.P. Lovecraft Stories
Described as "a room-to-room theater performance of The Horror of Abbadia Mare, an adaptation of five H.P. Lovecraft stories set within the Castle and adapted around our founder John Hays Hammond Jr. The Horror-Fan culture will recognize many of the elements of H.P. Lovecraft stories woven together with catastrophic results of Hammond’s insatiable curiosity and research into his family’s dark past at Miskatonic University’s Library. As guests move through the inner rooms of the Castle they come upon various members of the Hammond household and are drawn into a story of frantic and erratic happenings within the castle’s walls." These are small-group performances and require advance tickets.

At Rocky Woods in Medfield, you can find the Haunted Fairy and Gnome House Night Hike taking place on Friday, October 9th. This special event starts with a guided night hike around the preserve at Rocky Woods to gather items from nature for woodland creatures. Post-hike, the tour will convene at the visitor's center for a fairy house workshop. The ticket price includes the guided hike, instruction, and all fairy house materials - please buy tickets in advance.

Plus, take a sneak peek at all-ages events coming up on the calendar on our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for MA.

Also kicking off this Friday, October 9th is the first of three consecutive Friday night B-movie film screenings at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton. The first of the B-Movie Classics on the Lawn series will be a showing of "Little Shop of Horrors" (1960). Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic (or pre-order food), chairs, lawn blankets, wear extra layers, and pre-purchase tickets. 

If you are a classic horror fan, we have two related recommendations for you this week: on Sunday, October, 11th there will be a limited number of day-of tickets released for that evening's sold-out Screens and Screams Drive-in Creature-Double-Feature Experience presented by Barrett's Haunted Mansion. 
This Sunday's lineup is "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) and "House on Haunted Hill" (1959) so be sure to check Barrett's website the day-of to see if you can score admission! 

Building on Barrett's screenings, next Wednesday, October 14th, check out the Worcester Public Library's weekly Virtual HorrorFest 2020 series will host a "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) Film Discussion. Free to join in but pre-registration is needed to access the zoom link.

Connecticut Halloween Events (Full Guide)


This Thursday, October 8th (and next Thursday too!) is the first-ever Spooky Night Halloween Lights at Legends of Fear in Shelton, CT. For anyone who has the Halloween spirit and loves a spooky atmosphere but doesn't want any scares or actors, this is the ideal event for you! Walk the half-mile haunted trail through the woods and be treated to colorful lights, fog, spooky scenery, and a magical evening under the light of the moon. Single tickets available and discounted family-4 packs also on sale. We highlight recommend buying tickets in advance because there are a limited supply of tickets being sold to ensure safe social distancing.

For the youngest fans of Halloween, the family might check out the Not-So-Scary-Halloween Drive-Through happening at East Haddam's Ray of Light Farm this Friday and Saturday, October 9th & 10th. Held at dusk, the littles will enjoy spotting the illuminated magical pony trail, dressed up characters, and candy hand-outs along the way.


Mystic's renowned Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours is bringing back their special guided tour of Elm Grove Cemetery on Saturday, October 10th. The Elm Grove Cemetery Tour is held at 4:00pm which allows you to make an evening out it by booking the 7:00pm twilight Downtown Mystic Ghost Stroll

The Lyme, CT Public Library is hosting New England's Vampires and Witches - a virtual presentation with Thomas D'Agostino and Arlene Nicholson which explores the historical relationship our region has with vampire and witch lore, as well as paranormal accounts. Sign up in advance for this free zoom event taking place early afternoon on Saturday, October 10th.

You are Not Alone: A Paranormal Author Event with CT author Sydney Sherman is coming up this Saturday, October 10th as a special discussion hosted on Zoom by the James Blackstone Library in Branford. "You Are Not Alone" approaches the paranormal with a healthy dose of common sense and encourages rational skepticism. 
The author looks at why and what we believe about the paranormal and the afterlife. Her book draws distinctions between myths and the paranormal and recounts numerous experiences with spirits. Please sign up in advance for this virtual event.

Join ghost hunter Barry Pirro for a fun evening where you can learn about the History of the Ouija Board on his Tuesday, October 13th free Zoom presentation hosted by the Seymour Public Library but open to all who pre-register.

Another program for the kids - this one offered in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 14th via Zoom - is the "The Mystery of Mummy Mansion" an animated story presented by Talewise and hosted for free by Trumbull Public Library. As with all virtual programs, please register in advance.

Check out more upcoming Halloween events for kids at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for all-ages fun in CT.

New Hampshire Halloween Events (Full Guide)

This weekend is a perfect time to head to Lee, NH where Halloween is in full swing! You can visit Haunted Overload which opens their evening haunted trail for the season on Friday, October 9th complete with actors, scares, haunted mansion, giant scenes, and their famous treetop tall characters built deep in the woods.
In addition to their nightly show, during the day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can also see what their artistry looks like in the daylight. Visit the Haunted Overload Daytime Haunt between 10:00am-4:00pm!

The Salisbury Woods and Haunted Trail opens their five-night seasonal fundraiser haunt on Saturday, October 10th in Salisbury, NH. This year, they've moved to timed-ticketing so be sure to buy tickets in advance for some affordable spooky fun.

On Tuesday, October 13th, it's another wonderful Gravestone Girls presentation - this Welcome to the Graveyard zeroes in on a virtual discussion on Salem, NH Cemeteries. This virtual event is free to anyone who registers in advance. 

Check out more upcoming all-ages Halloween events at our Family-friendly Halloween Event Guide for fun in NH.

Rhode Island Halloween Events (Full Guide)

The Roger Williams Park and Zoo welcome you back this year with their drive-through Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular newly adapted for 2020! Open 7-nights a week, you'll want to book your tickets (and designated time slot) early to make sure you don't miss this magical evening for all ages.

Looking for more kids activities? Check out our Family-friendly Halloween Events Guide for fun in RI.

Hearthside House Museum invites you to peer into Victorian Mourning Customs with their annual "Gone But Not Forgotten" tours this month when the first kicks off this Sunday, October 11th.

"Hearthside re-creates the Victorian mourning customs practiced during the time when [original owner] Simon Thornton passed away, with displays in each room of the house that include mourning clothing, mourning clothing, jewelry, artwork, stationery displays, post mortem photography, and other funerary exhibits. To kick off the inaugural exhibit in 2012, a funeral ceremony was featured, complete with an 1868 hearse." 


Vermont Halloween Events (Full Guide)


It's Movie Night on the Danville Green this Saturday, October 10th so be sure to arrive early, set out your chairs and snacks, and cozy up for a screening of "Halloweentown".

For a historic and spooky evening, check out the Public Investigation at Wilson Castle happening this Saturday, October 10th in Proctor, Vermont. 
As you can imagine, a small group investigation of this castle built in 1885, offers up a personal and memorable experience. For the bravest, consider booking to stay overnight!  

Maine Halloween Events (Full Guide)


On Thursday, October 9th, join "Halloween: A Haunted History" lecture with Dustin Pari hosted on Zoom by the Auburn, ME Public Library. Be sure to pre-register to access the Zoom link.

When you're online, state lines don't mean much so jump into Virtual HorrorFest 2020 "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) Film Discussion Wednesday, October 14th hosted by the Worcester Public Library as part of their October-long weekly series of classic horror film discussions. Pre-registration is needed for this free event.


Plan ahead for your October weekends by checking out haunted attractions on a Sunday night! This weekend there are FIFTEEN haunted attractions open this Sunday, October 11th.

Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), DementedFX (Holyoke, MA), Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA), - Screens and Screams, Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT),, The Dark Manor (Baltic, CT), 13th World (Cumberland, RI), and Factory of Terror (Fall River, MA).
Sundays often offer shorter lines and a more personal experience-- so what are you waiting for?


Which Haunted Attractions are Open on Weeknights this Week?
If you are like us, you'll want to pack in as many haunts during October to take full advantage of the Halloween season and our Weeknight Guide was created with you in mind!

Thursday, October 8th has just one haunted attraction on this night - Legends of Fear in Shelton, CT will be open for a Spooky Nights Halloween Lights - a lights-on, no actor, no-scare walkthrough of their haunted trail evening for those looking for a spooky, scare-free night under the stars. 

Click for a complete list visit our Guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights.



CONTESTS: Opening Weekend Giveaways, Invite-Only Nights, and Tickets Galore!

We've got seven contests live on Halloween New England right now plus more added over the weekend! Find ALL the contests that you can enter HERE.

The Barrett's Haunted Mansion Screens and Screams experience has been so popular that every weekend is sold-out! One way you can STILL score admission is through our final Screens and Screams contest which is live on our website right now. 
Enter to WIN a pair of tickets to 13th World Haunted Trail in Cumberland, RI and you can find a contest to win a pair of tickets to select nights at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH.  We have our one-and-only contest up for VIP passes to Trail of Terror in Wallingford, CT.  and a final chance to win tickets to a Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tour in Mystic, CT.
Enter to win tickets to The Dark Manor in Baltic, CT and don't overlook our final contest to win a car-load entrance to the drive-through Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular in Providence, RI.
Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details and links for entering to win!

Recent contest winners are Jennifer Argenio and Kaila Lister who were the final winners to Haunted Overload's invite-only night, Liz Pasquale and Ryan Hurley scored admission to Barrett's Haunted Mansion's Screens and Screams for this weekend, Bianca Burgos won a car-load ticket to see the Jack-O'Lantern Spectacular, Annie Mastroni and Jasmine Cox were the lucky winners to The Dark Manor Haunted House, and just this morning Jennifer Krill and Warren Maxwell each won a four-pack of tickets to 13th World Haunted Trail!




Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Friday, October 9th

The Dark Woods (NH)
Trombly Gardens (NH) – non-haunted Flashlight Corn Maze
Monster Mash Haunted Hayride (MA)

Haunted Houses, Haunted Mazes, and Haunted Hayrides Opening Saturday, October 10th

Coppal House Farm (NH) – Spooky Corn Maze 
Hicks Family Farm (MA) - Haunted Corn Maze

We're thrilled to have teamed up again with the uber-talented The Pixel Perfection: After Dark whose incredibly creepy and inspiring haunt photos populate the guides again this year. As always, we know you love their photos...just please don't steal their photos! Why not just follow them on Facebook or Instagram or hire them to capture your Halloween attraction or event?