Thursday, September 12, 2019

Top Picks for Friday the 13th Weekend 2019

We wait all year for this moment - the start of our favorite season and with the notorious Friday, the 13th Weekend upon us, we can't think of a more suitable marker to welcome the first weekend of Halloween thrills and even a few haunt openings!

You can choose from two "Friday the 13th" film screenings in Massachusetts on its namesake date.
Coolidge Corner Theatre has lined up a super creepy evening outdoors along the woods with a double-feature screening of the1980 original and the 2009 remake enjoyed under the stars at Rocky Woods in Medfield in conjunction with their After-Midnite film program.

If Salem is your jam for horror movies, there is an indoor screening of "Friday the 13th" at the Deacon Giles Distillery and co-hosted by Speakeasy Donuts who conjured up this amazing Jason Voorhees donut you see in the picture! Count us in!

If you haven't already heard, the Harvard Square Ghost Tours are BACK! With Thursday through Sunday night tours every week from now through Nov 2nd.
Better yet, you'll be able to ring in Friday the 13th weekend with expert story-telling of "gruesome murders, bloody battles, untimely death, and plenty of irreverent humor" during your 90-minute tour of Harvard Square and local burial grounds. Suitable for all ages but parental discretion advised. More details.

Plus, the debut of Rob Zombie's new film "3 From Hell" has 3 special nights of screenings early next week all across New England. Here are the details for locating screenings in Massachusetts.
Click for your complete list of Halloween Events in Massachusetts.

Friday the 13th is Opening Night at Fright Haven haunted house in Stratford, CT! One of the largest indoor haunted attractions in CT, check them out for their first of twenty-three nights of screams and scares this Halloween season.

What better way to observe Friday, the 13th from the deck of a boat when you hope on the Revolutionary War Ghosts Haunted History Boat Tour along the Thames River. Taking place 238 years after Benedict Arnold’s notorious attack on New London and Fort Griswold, you can travel the route of the Red Coats as Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours shares haunting tales of 1781 and the spirits that roam the port cities. Click for more upcoming events and ongoing history tours from Seaside Shadows throughout Halloween season.

Saturday, September 14th marks the return of CT HorrorFest, a one-day expo for horror fans in Naugatuck featuring horror celebrities and horror-themed vendors- plus zombie laser tag!

Rob Zombie's new film "3 From Hell" will be screened over three nights of special events on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Sept. 16-18th. Click for screening info in Connecticut.

Click for your complete list of all upcoming Halloween Events in Connecticut.

New Hampshire
Another outdoor screening of "Friday the 13th" (1980) being hosted in Portsmouth at the Liars Bench Beer Company which doubles as a fundraiser for the upcoming Portsmouth Halloween Parade.

"Friday the 13th, Part IV: Jason Lives" (1986) is playing at The Strand Theatre in Dover on Friday night.

Wrapping up the weekend, Costumania in West Lebanon, NH is hosting a FREE Mehron FX Makeup Tutorial with Gene Flaherty with two sessions to choose from which should be circled on the calendar on anyone who is looking for excellent character makeup tips from a professional FX Makeup artist.

New Hampshire is also screening 3 nights of Rob Zombie's new film "3 From Hell" Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, Sept 16-18th. Click for screening info in New Hampshire.
Click for your complete list of all upcoming Halloween Events in New Hampshire.

Rhode Island
You may have seen "Friday the 13th" before but have you ever seen "Friday the 13th" in 3D? PVD Horror has hooked you up with this retro version of this horror classic at the Revival Brewing Company and they've got a limited supply of the old-school 3D glasses so you'll want to reserve your spot (or bring your own glasses).
Even better, it's a fundraising event for Providence Animal Rescue League which gives you a reason to feel good about watching the horror unfold at Camp Crystal Lake!
Click for your complete list of all upcoming Halloween Events in Rhode Island.

More events are coming Maine's way as the season gets rolling. The highlight of the week for Mainers is catching one of the three special screenings of Rob Zombie's new flick "3 From Hell" next week on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, Sept. 16-18th. Click here for Maine screening info.
Click for your complete list of all upcoming Halloween Events in Maine.

Vermont is also taking it up a notch Monday through Wednesday with three special screenings of Rob Zombie's new flick "3 From Hell." Click here for Vermont screening info.
Click for your complete list of all upcoming Halloween Events in Vermont.

Contests: Opening Weekend Giveaways,
Ticket 4-packs, and VIP Speed Passes Galore!

We'll got nine contests live on Halloween New England by Friday the 13th plus more coming over the weekend! Find ALL the contests that you can enter here.

Enter to WIN a pair of VIP Passes to the brand new trail and maze Ravenwood Haunted Farm in Haverhill, MA. We're giving away a pair of tickets to two lucky winners to see Fear Town Haunted House in Seekonk, MA this season and you can try your luck to wing Opening Weekend combo tickets (haunts + rides) for The Haunted Graveyard in Bristol, CT. Contest link.

Legends of Fear in Shelton, CT is also treating a winner to a pair od VIP SpeedPasses to their haunted trail and haunted hayride which will deliver a full night of thrills. Contest link.

We've posted your first chance to win entry to the special invite-only night at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH on October 10th too which is a bucket-list experience--especially with zero long lines or crowds! Contest link.

We have three amazing chances to win a four-pack of tickets right now which would be the most memorable night out for your and friends if you won the contests to Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA, The Dark Manor in Baltic, CT, and another to 13th World Haunted Trail in Cumberland, RI. Contest link.

It's harder to find a more magical Halloween atmosphere than the one enjoyed at the Jack-O'-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Zoo and you can win a four-pack of tickets right now with our first contest of the season for them!  Contest link.

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

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Weekly Top Picks for November 2018

Halloween New England's fans know better than to think Halloween season ends October 31st, right?

There are still a number of very worthwhile events to enjoy during the first two weeks of November.

It's the final weekend of haunting for a handful of local haunted attractions, many of whom are planning special events to draw you in and offer something new. It's your last, best chance pack in extra thrills before your favorite season is over.

Before we close up the proverbial (blog) shop until next fall, let us express our deepest thanks to everyone who followed Halloween New England, read our blogs, checked out our event picks, sent us updates about their Halloween adventures, and let others know about the resource that our site and community aims to be for Halloween fans everywhere. May you all have a wonderful "off-season" and we look forward to reconnecting in 2019!

EIGHT Haunts are open this Friday and Saturday, November 3rd and 4th! Here's the complete list on our Haunted Attractions Open in November Guide.

Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA is open with their always exciting Haunted Mansion and The Sanctuary shows on both Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd. It's your last chance to be terrorized by their oh-so-sinister clowns until next year...

Fear Town in Seekonk, MA is serving up a double dose "Extreme Fears Night" on Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd for a full-contact, higher-intensity experience -  perfect for people ready for a different style of haunting and thrill-seeking. Advance tickets are a must! Extreme Fears details.

Legends of Fear in Shelton, CT has two final nights coming up - Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd which will be your final chances to enjoy a full night of haunt-going at their updated trail and thrilling haunted hayride! More about Legends of Fear.

Fright Haven in Stratford, CT is back with an Encore Weekend this Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd which will feature their full show of scares and screams.

The following weekend - on Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 11th-- Fright Haven will feature their annual Blind Rage - Full Contact Night, 18+ event where the intensity goes up several notches - ideal for adrenaline seekers! Buy your tickets in advance. Blind Rage event details.

You might be surprised to find there are still a number of terrific events lined up in November to whet your Halloween/Horror appetite. You can always find the complete event listings for each New England state on our website Halloween New England.

In Massachusetts, Friday and Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd in Salem are the final nights to catch the Haunted Dinner Theatre held inside the Hawthorne Hotel's library.

On Saturday, Nov. 3rd at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology in Cambridge is their annual Dia De Los Muertos Family Event.

If you haven't made it to Old Sturbridge Village yet to see this year's run of The Sleepy Hollow Experience - the theatrical musical interpretation following the fate of dear Ichabod Crane, you're in your final week to see it before closing night on Sunday, November 4th.

In Connecticut, make sure you check out Legends of Fear's final two nights of the season on Friday and Saturday, Nov 2nd and 3rd and also on Friday and Saturday you can swing by Fright Haven to indulge in more screams at their encore weekend of haunting. 
Fright Haven returns the following weekend - Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th for Blind Rage which is a full-contact night (18+ only) - tickets in advance.

In Rhode Island, it's the last full week to see the Jack O'Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence. The Spectacular is open every night through Sunday, November 4th.

We found it a great pleasure strolling through the Spectacular ourselves last week which was such a memorable way to soak up the spirit of Halloween. This continues to be a wonderful event which thematically engages people of all ages. Many sections have a carved pumpkin theme, augmented by music, that could range anywhere from video games, Stephen King movies, fairy tales, Harry Potter, celebrities, Boston sports figures, and more. 

Friday through Sunday, November 2nd - 4th in Providence will be RI Comic Con where among dozens of fun booths and meet-and-greets, there will be appearances by Kiefer Sutherland, Tim Curry, Natalia Tena, and Randy Quaid. 

In Vermont, circle the 4th annual Ax Wound Film Festival is taking place a week earlier this year - get your tickets for Friday and Saturday, November 9th and 10th for their festival in Brattleboro featuring horror film screenings, presentations, and workshops from women filmmakers.

Saturday, November 10th is the Fantasy Masquerade Ball being held in Essex Junction held at the Champlain Valley Expo - it might be your last big chance to dress up in your costume this year!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Weekly Top Picks for October 23rd - 31st 2018

The much-anticipated Halloween weekend is here at last! As you'd expect there are countless incredible events taking place all weekend long and into the final days leading to October 31st.

You will have more than enough options to celebrate Halloween your way - whether it be Jack O' Lantern gawking, entering costume contests, soaking up your haunted history, reveling in Salem during Haunted Happenings, 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 for your Halloween week.

Lights On, Lights Dim, Lights Out at Haunted Overload in New Hampshire
Friday through Sunday Haunted Overload in Lee will open up for their Daytime Haunt where you can see their artistry up close and in the daylight (no actors or scares).
On Monday Haunted Overload will offer their final Fright Night Lite of the season--a full nighttime light/sound/fog experience which still delivers their signature spooky atmosphere but without the actors or scares.

If you ever thought it was scary going through a haunt with the scene lights on, wait until you navigate the creatures with the lights off! Lucky for you, you can choose from two levels of fear - Tuesday, October 30th offers you a Lights Out Night WITH a Glow Stick and only a glow stick.

Not dark enough for you? Wednesday--Halloween Night--takes you all the way with a completely Glow Stick-free Lights Out Night--the first ever of the kind at Haunted Overload!
Advance online tickets highly recommended for both events.

Spooky Zoo and The Jack O'Lantern Spectacular
Families will want to join the festivities at the Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI this Saturday and Sunday because Spooky Zoo is back with daytime outdoor autumn activities for the whole family.
Trick-or-treat on the Treat Trail by the red wolf exhibit inside the zoo beginning at 10:30am. All Spooky Zoo activities are free with Zoo admission and all children 12-and-under dressed in costume get in for half price. All activities are weather permitting and while supplies last.
It's also the final two weeks to catch the atmospheric and mesmerizing Jack O'Lantern Spectacular which is open every night through Sunday, November 4th also at the Roger Williams Zoo.

Cirque of the Dead
You have four more nights and six performances left to snag tickets to Cirque of the Dead's immersive, macabre circus experience!
Billed as a "grim Choose Your Own Adventure – zombies, vampires, haunted delights, and other magical creatures who will fill the evening with never-before-seen aerial acts, acrobatics, and more. This seductive adults-only Halloween horror spectacular is not for the faint of heart, but is filled with as much humor as it is with gore."
Performers will be suspended above you and roam the venue as you can enjoy a cocktail while taking in the festivities. With synth-rock provided by Minusworld, you can dance away to their live music.
This show is 18+ only, due to graphic/disturbing content. (Production uses strobe and haze effects). Cirque of the Dead 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, Costume Parties, and Masquerades! 
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 moved to a new, bigger store to offer even more to their customers. If you can't get there in person, they also feature an online store.

Massachusetts-based Vampfangs is strictly an online store 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 our complete Costume and Halloween Store guides for ConnecticutMaineMassachusettsNew HampshireRhode Island, and Vermont.

Which Haunted Attractions are Open on Weeknights this Week?
It's Halloween Week and it's your last, best chance to see as many haunts as you can pack in before your favorite season is over.
Wednesday, October 24th has two haunted attractions open tonight including  Barrett's Haunted Mansion in MA.

Thursday, October 25th offers up eleven local attractions to choose from including Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Fright Haven (Stratford, CT),  DementedFX (Holyoke, MA) Fear Town (Seekonk, MA) and Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA), and Field of Screams in RI.
Click for a complete list visit our Guide to which Haunted Attractions are Open Weeknights.

Which 13 Haunted Attractions are Open on Halloween Night?
It's not a given that New England haunted attractions will be open on Halloween, especially as the 31st lands on a Tuesday this year. There are thirteen attractions that WILL be open including Fright Haven in CT, and Field of Screams in RI, and in NH,  Haunted Overload rings in Halloween with Lights Out Night!

October is going by quickly and if you are scrambling to pack in more haunt visits, you'll want to check out our Guide to Haunted Attractions Open on Sunday Nights.
It's the last big weekend for many haunts to be open - find out which TWENTY-SEVEN haunts will be open this Sunday, October 28th including Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT), Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT), The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT), Fright Haven (Stratford, CT), Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Scary Acres (Hope, RI), Field of Screams (East Greenwich, RI), 13th World (Cumberland, RI), Fear Town (Seekonk, MA),  Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA), DementedFX (Holyoke, MA)

New England is packed with Halloween events on the biggest weekend of the season! It's a challenge to whittle down to our Top Picks when there are so many to choose from but we'll narrow it to our Top Picks below. You can always find the complete event listings for each New England state (plus CT and MA have Family-Friendly Event Guides) on our website Halloween New England.

The Bay State will be busy busy busy!
Wednesday the 24th offers up Lizzie Borden and the Forty Whacks a free theatrical performance by the Delvena Theatre Company at the Boxford Library and you can also catch a matinee of Lizzie Borden on Saturday at the Braintree Library!
Thursday is the weekly haunted house-dinner combo Bite and Fright at Barrett's Haunted Mansion.
Friday and Saturday the 26th and 27th are your last two chances for showing off your Charleston, conjuring your fanciest flapper or showcasing your inner gangster at the vintage Halloween Party of the season - The Haunted Speakeasy at the Bull Mansion in Worcester.
North Shore Halloween lovers will want to check out Saturday's costumed festivities at The Mummy: A Castle Hill Halloween Party held on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA.  Loosely based on the 1932 movie The Mummy, this is an interactive Halloween theatrical party where 1920s attire encouraged!
On Saturday in Easthampton, dress up as your favorite write and party at the Dead Writers Dance - Literary Halloween party.

On Friday in Waltham, it's the return of Frightful Friday Ghost Stories inside the darkened 1806 Gore Mansion which serves as the perfect setting for an evening of spooky tales and haunted activities.
On Saturday, October 27th in Jamaica Plain's Minton Stable Community Garden you'll find the kid-friendly Ghouls in the Garden - a non-spooky Halloween celebration in the garden, complete with piƱatas, crafts, and apple cider pressing!

Saturday is also you final opportunity to experience a guided Lights-On Tour of Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA for only $10.

If you're near Walpole, you'll enjoy more family Halloween fun at Pumpkins in the Park: Nocturnal Tales and Treats at Francis William Bird Park on Saturday with their beloved annual pumpkin decorating & carving contest, a pumpkin-lit “nocturnal trail", Halloween-themed games & activities, parade, spooky music & more!
On Saturday, Oct. 27th you can celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Hocus Pocus with the Hex-a-long Hocus Pocus in Norwell where you can catch an interactive screening of this classic flick and are invited to sing, cheer, and scream-along ...and costumes are welcome!
Grab your friends and head to the Halloween Lip Sync Battle and Costume Contest at Grendel's Den in Cambridge.

Saturday morning kicks off with the costumed Devil's Chase 6.66 Miler in Salem so you can bank some exercise points before your evening debauchery. 

Be sure to bring a non-perishable food item with you for your admission on Saturday and Sunday (plus Halloween night) to experience Voodoo on the Bayou a local home haunted house presented by Nightmare Marlborough.

At noon in Faneuil Hall in Boston is the Halloween Pet Parade & Costume Contest

In Great Barrington on the afternoon of Sunday, October 28th you can find Bram Stoker's DRACULA - live radio drama at Bard's College at Simon's Rock.
It's another Halloween weekend highlight on Sunday at Grendel's Den in Cambridge with Heartpounders: Halloween Tales of Horror with Odds Bodkin where Bodkin reveals supernatural tales from Colonial America, French Canada, China, and Russia.
Saturday night at midnight begins the 18th Annual Horror Movie Marathon (12 hours) Featuring "Alien" and "The War of the Worlds" (1953) plus FIVE more Film Screenings at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.
On Sunday, at Salem's Hawthorne Hotel is The Mourning Tea: Remembering the Dead high-tea Victorian-era inspired event.
In Salem at the Hawthorne Hotel.

Tuesday, October 30th it's Devil's Night at Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA where you can brave their first-ever evening with physical contact, complete terror, and pure chaos at this limited ticket event. Both haunted attractions will be open during this event and customers must be 16 years of age or older to participate (including parental permission required for those under 18). Advanced tickets are required. 
Also on Tuesday you can experience Dining with the Dead at Sturbridge Publick House with Paranormal Investigators Thomas D'Agostino and his wife Arlene for an exclusive hands-on investigation of the most haunted rooms within the Publick House.
On Halloween Night, horror lovers are being served up "Halloween" and "Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers" double feature horror film screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline.

In Granby, on Saturday and Sunday, don your costume and head to an 18th-century prison for Halloween at Old New-Gate prison  where you can find performances by the Marquis of Granby Ancient Fyfe and Drum Corps, a children's costume parade, Revolutionary re-enactors, Old New-Gate stories with a spooky twist, face painting, and other activities during this early-evening event for adults and kids alike.

There are only 3 more chances to channel your best zombie before the Halloween Night Thriller Flash Mob Performance in New Milford, CT so be sure to swing by one of the three remaining Thriller Flash Mob Rehearsals coming up Saturday and Sunday, Oct 27th and 28th and Monday the 29th.
Friday, October 26th in Middletown is the Wadsworth Mansion Halloween Bash - a 21+ costume party fundraiser held at the Long Hill Estate.

In Wethersfield Saturday and Sunday, you might hear some spine-tingling yet historically accurate tales during "Up Close and Creepy: Witches and Tombstones Tours" at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.
For more haunted history, on Saturday you will find the Hallowed History Lantern Tour at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford and Thursday through Saturday at the Mark Twain House and Museum there is also three chances to catch the Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism--and not suitable for children .

It's also your final weekend to visit the Pumpkin Patch at the Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor open Friday through Sunday which includes trolley rides, pumpkin picking, pumpkin decorating, children's play area and more! Stick around East Windsor and you can return for a very different kind of Halloween event at the Trolley Museum, - Rails to the Darkside haunted trail at night.
On Sunday at noon in Kent, you can burn off some candy calories at the Kent Pumpkin Run on Sunday--a costumed 5-mile walk/run!
Find a complete list on our Family-Friendly Halloween Event Guide.
On Halloween night our top picks include the aforementioned Thriller Flash Mob Performance in New Milford and the Goth Prom Halloween Party fundraiser billed as "a true Prom experience for the dark at heart" which also serves as a fundraiser to support the great work at Spark Makerspace!

New Hampshire

On Friday and Saturday in Portsmouth, you can find the family-friendly Ghosts on the Banke festivities held at the historic Strawberry Banke Museum.
Friday night in Canterbury's Shaker Village you can enjoy ghost stories and tales of otherworldly encounters at Spirit Encounters.
Rouse yourself out of bed on Saturday morning to run the Haunted Hustle 5K Fun Run in Bethlehem.
It's the final weekend to support the local fundraising haunted attraction The Salisbury Woods Haunted Barn and Trail in Salibsury, NH.
For another round of costumed revelry, on Halloween night in Portsmouth, you can celebrate the season at the decidedly adult-focused Portsmouth Halloween Parade

Rhode Island
Wednesday and Thursday, October 24th and 25th are Super Hero Nights at the Roger Williams Zoo where you might meet Black Panther, Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man!
Saturday and Sunday welcome the return of Spooky Zoo for family-friendly seasonal activities and zoo-wide trick or treating at Roger Williams Zoo in Providence.
Thursday through Saturday night you can check out Underland: Immersive Haunted House Experience in Pawtucket and their Saturday night event offers a special end-of-the-night costume party!
Friday night at Newport Vineyards in Middletown is the annual Halloween CarnEvil Costume Party with circus performers, a fortune teller machine, and "Creepy Cocktails".
Saturday night is the Pumpkin Stroll at Wilcox Park in Westerly and the Twilight Tour at Casey's Farm Cemetery in Saunderstown and the Historical Ghost Walk at North Burial Ground in Providence.
Saturday at Bristol's Audobon Center is The Perfect Pumpkin Party featuring tons of kid-friendly games like pumpkin ring toss, sticker pumpkin patches, and a scavenger hunt for pumpkins hidden in the refuge.

In Bangor, on Saturday you're invited to don your graveyard attire and join the undead for the Bangor Zombie Walk. Portland you will find many events happening this Halloween weekend. In Kennebunk on Saturday is the All Souls Walk featuring midday narrated tours through Hope Cemetery.
Wednesday through Saturday, plus Monday, at the Wadsworth-Longfellow "Haunted House" in Portland you can check out tours of the historic home based on Longfellow's poem "Haunted Houses" - they'll be providing a family-friendly version of the tour and a separate adult tour.

Saturday in Vermont will deliver plenty of Halloween fun starting with the Newport Halloween Monster Bash and cold-water Vampire Swim.

In Essex Junction, VT is another Halloween Hustle 5K and Kids Race so don your costume and sneaks to burn off all that pre-Halloween candy snacking (yes, everybody does it...).
More family-focused events happening Sunday starting with the Shelburne Museum Trick or Treating Haunted Happenings in Shelburne and in Woodstock is the Family Halloween at Billings Farm and Museum.

On Monday night at Maple Street Park in Essex Junction, you'll find the pathways lighted by carved Jack o' lanterns of all sizes and shapes at The Great Pumpkin Walk and all are invited to drop off their own pumpkin earlier in the day if they wish to participate.

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
We spent a wonderful Friday night doubleheader in New Hampshire at Haunted Overload (Lee, NH) where we got there early enough to enjoy the Daytime Haunt and stay for the nighttime show. On the same night, we headed to Haunted Acres (Candia, NH) to take in this multi-attraction haunt for their farewell season. On Saturday night we headed to southern NH for our first visit to The Dark Crop haunted corn maze at Lavoie's Farm (Hollis, NH) where we've never seen scare actors having more fun scaring the pants off people than here! On Sunday we lined up another two-fer haunt night at 13th World (Cumberland, RI) and Fear Town haunted house (Seekonk, MA) which is always one of our favorite double-header haunt nights every season--and this season lived up!
As always, we especially loved meeting some crazy haunt-going fans--including fans who remembered meeting us years ago!-- there who spend their Halloween season much in the way we do!

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
We've got an ambitious Halloween week lined up and we hope to fit everything in! We've penciled in the National Theatre performance of Frankenstein screening at our local AMC theatre, Cirque of the Dead at OBERON in Cambridge, MA, and hopefully Underland in Providence, RI. We'll see if the weather accommodates us because we have a few more places circled too!

Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details.

Congrats to Jenna Guanci and Courtney McQuaid who won tickets to Fear Town Haunted House, Kim Choquette won the combo tickets to check out the final weekend of The Haunted Graveyard,  Ariedne Velez and Kathleen Durant each won tickets to the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular,  Julia Hoover scored tickets to Vengeance in the Valley, Mike Rossi scored tickets to 13th World,  Vanessa Young and Ami Barry each won a $25 certificate in merchandise from CostumaniaDalmary Santiago and Deltra Kroemer won tickets to Legends of FearNina Camuso, Harrison Ingham, and Noel Macy won tickets to Haunted Overload, and  Tina Taylor won tickets to Barrett's Haunted Mansion!

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?

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Weekly Top Picks for October 17th - 23rd, 2018

We are throttling toward Halloween and one of the biggest and most anticipated weekends of the season for Halloween thrill-seekers, haunt-goers, ghostly tale lovers, Halloween and costume party goers, adults, kids, Jack-o-Lantern fans, and 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.

$20 DementedFX Tickets on Blood Thirsty Thursday!

College students are the big winners here this Thursday, October 18th when they can score $20 tickets to DementedFX Haunted House in Holyoke, MA!

DementedFX delivers an in-your-face haunt experience, room to hang out, no cover to party, and a bar that is open until they close for the night. Must show valid College ID to take advantage of this special $20 ticket deal.
Event details

Darkness Unleashed at Barrett's Haunted Mansion Returns!

Turn out the lights, pack a house with monsters, and head inside -- designed just for the bravest of thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies!
If you think you have the nerve to take things to the next level, you'll want to make a beeline to 
Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington, MA on next Tuesday, October 23rd to experience their high-intensity Darkness Unleashed Lights Out. Note: 16+ event.

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 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.

Still Time to Find (and get help with) Costumes for Halloween Events!

Bought your tickets to The Haunted Speakeasy but need to complete your 1920's costume? Need some help with your zombie details? 

If you're feeling stuck about your costume for this Halloween season or don't have a creative bone in your body then Costume 911 in Westport, CT to the rescue with help from theatrical costume designer C. Delari Johnston and Team MakerSpace! With 3 events coming up--including this Monday and Tuesday, October 22nd and 23rd--this FREE event will help you get on track (but you'll need to pre-register to save your spot!)

Planning to attend Costume 911 or AtmosFEAR Night but need to pick up some extras? 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 moved to a new, bigger store last year to offer even more to their customers! We love that owner Mark Young is the kind of guy who actually can recognize 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.
Want to get a $10 off $40 purchase in-store coupon like the one you see here?  Visit the Costumania page to download your $10 off coupon.
Can't get to West Lebanon? You'll be happy to learn they also feature an online store.

Much is brewing in Mass this weekend! Thursday starts you off with Salem Witch Hysteria in performance in Townsend and Doggy Days Howl-o-ween at the Discovery Museum in Acton.

This Friday October 19th you can get dolled up in your best flapper ensemble, imbibe Prohibition-era cocktails, and lindy-hop your way through the night accompanied by live music and performances by Niki Luparelli and the Gold Diggers at The  Haunted Speakeasy's vintage Halloween Party at the historic Bull Mansion in Worcester.

If you're going to be in the  Witch City, book your tour with Salem's Haunted Footsteps offered nightly at 8pm Monday through Friday. In fact, Haunted Footsteps offers multiple tours all day long in a variety of Salem-focused topics so be sure to book your reservation early!

Saturday night calls out to the Worcester area undead to join them at the Zombie Apocalypse Party and Escape.

More Saturday Halloween highlights include the Medway Monster 5k and the afternoon Lights On Tours of Barrett's Haunted Mansion in Abington.

Sunday top picks include The Sleepy Hollow Experience in Sturbridge and the Not So Spooky Halloween at Edaville USA in Carver.
Massachusetts continues to be ground zero for a well-curated supply of horror film screenings and horror film related events each and every week.

Our top Horror Film Screening picks this week are "The Silence of the Lambs" on Monday at The Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, a matinee showing of "Psycho" (1960) in Haverhill on Tuesday. Those are just a few of the horror film screenings happening in Mass during this week. Click for the full list of horror film screenings.


Our favorite New England Scarecrow Festival is also coming up this Saturday, October 20th in Wallingford where on top of the many family-friendly outdoor activities, you can also make your own scarecrow!
More family-friendly Halloween picks include matinees of Little Witches at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport.

If you love ghost tales and haunted history walks, consider Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours on Thursday through Saturday at the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford.
Check out  Spirits Alive Cemetery Lantern Tours on Friday and Saturday in Cheshire, candlelight ghost stories at Things that Go Bump in the Night on Thursday and Friday in Coventry, and Ghosts from the Civil War Halloween Tours on Friday and Saturday at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion in Norwalk.

Sunday also brings you the first of four chances to learn and rehearse for the Thriller Flash Mob taking place in New Milford on Halloween night. All are welcome, even non-dancers, and it's FREE to learn, rehearse, and participate but you will need to pre-register in advance for one of the Thriller Flash Mob Rehearsals. And of course, you will be ready on Halloween Night when the Flash Mob emerges on the New Milford Town Common!

Costume 911 in Westport is has your back when it comes to creating a truly inspired costume for your upcoming Halloween party so be sure to pre-register for their FREE events on Monday and Tuesday October 22nd and 23rd.

Rhode Island
Thursday October 18th is the opening of six nights of Underland: Immersive Haunted Experience in Pawtucket.

For a special splurge on Saturday October 20th  is the annual Boo at the Zoo Family Overnight at the Roger Williams Zoo where you can pack your sleeping bag and have access to VIP Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, ice cream, a movie with popcorn, and a private zoo tour in the morning.

On Saturday and Sunday in Providence you'll find the annual H.P. Lovecraft Walking Tour and your ticket will also include admission to the upcoming Vortex Film Festival Festival.
The Vortex Film Festival kicks off in Providence on Sunday, October 21st for a week-long examination and celebration of Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror Films. Running through October 27th.

New Hampshire
Thursday, October 18th is Fright Night Lite at Haunted Overload which is the ideal place if you want some spooky (but not scary) fun or to just plain gawk at the artistry at New England's most original haunted trail on a night where you'll have the full atmosphere but none of the scares!

Still too scared to see Haunted Overload in the darkness? Check them out Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm for their Daytime Haunt which is a scare and actor-free experience enjoyed in the broad daylight.

Saturday is the annual Halloween Town event in Madison to benefit the Laura Foundation which is a kids-focused festival with Halloween-themed spooky cabins, games, trick-or-treat trail, and more.

In Wolfeboro on Saturday is The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Ballet at the Kingswood Arts Center and also on Saturday is the return of the Monadnock Pumpkin Festival in Swanzey which delivers fireworks along with pumpkin catapults, a spooky maze, jack-o-lanterns, and amusement rides.
On Sunday if you're near the Massabesic Audobon Center in Auburn, you might want to stop in for Mythbusting: Halloween Wildlife Edition for some all-ages nature fun!


Maine has the Halloween spirit this weekend! Start your weekend on Thursday the 18th with the Ghostly Bangor Walking Tour or if you can't get there Thursday, you'll have another chance to check it out on Tuesday October 23rd.

We're completely fascinated by the theme of Portland Ballet's Jack the Ripper Ballet taking place Friday and Saturday. Also in Portland on Saturday is the Portland Ghoulwill Ball costume party and fundraiser.
Saturday October 20th in Bucksport it doesn't get better than a full day of Halloween fun at Ghostport with pumpkin carving contests, pumpkin trebuchets, the Lil' Goblin Parade, a horror movie screening at the Alamo Theatre. and more!

Head back to Bangor on Sunday for a haunted history tour of the gravestones at The Darker Side of Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Grab your flashlight and head to Treworgy Family Orchards in Levant on Friday to get lost in their night maze! This Saturday and Sunday are the first of two weekends you can take a ride on the Pumpkin Train at the Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum in Portland.
Also in Portland on Saturday is the annual Ghoulwill Ball which is a lively costumed fundraiser (lots of prizes!) to support Goodwill of Northern New England. Saturday, October 21st is the only chance to catch the annual celebration Ghostport which is a lively costumed fundraiser (lots of prizes!) to support Goodwill of Northern New England.
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are the days to take the Ghostly Bangor Walking Tour filled with tales of murders, mysteries, and history.

Our highlight in Vermont this week is a mid-week event on Saturday, October 20th in Montpelier which is the  Trick or Trot Trail Run.

Weeknights in late-October provide the rare chance to see a haunted attraction in a more personal setting and with fewer crowds. Get the most from the month by carving out time to visit a local haunt on a weeknight. Plus, the closer we get to October, the more options we have! We made it super easy for you to find which haunted attractions are open on Monday through Thursdays on our Guide to Haunted Attractions Open WEEKNIGHTS.

Shorter lines and a more personal experience are what you get when you check out an attraction on an off-peak night. Veteran haunt-goers know to get the most out of the season by visiting haunted attractions on as many off-peak nights as possible. You're in luck--Halloween New England makes it easy with our handy Guide to Haunted Attractions Open Sundays

In fact, this Sunday, October 21st you can find TWENTY-FIVE area haunted attractions which will have their chainsaws gassed up and ready for you!

Buy your tickets now for Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Scary Acres (Hope, RI), Field of Screams (East Greenwich, RI) and 13th World (Cumberland, RI), Fear Town (Seekonk, MA) Ghost Ship Harbor (Quincy, MA), Barrett's Haunted Mansion (Abington, MA), DementedFX (Holyoke, MA), Legends of Fear (Shelton, CT), Trail of Terror (Wallingford, CT), The Haunted Graveyard (Bristol, CT), Fright Haven (Stratford, CT).

New Contests:  We're closing out our 4th Jack O'Lantern Spectacular ticket contest this Thursday along with our another incredible Barrett's Haunted Mansion contest to win a 4-pack of tickets to their haunt in Abington, MA.

It's your last chance to win a $25 certificate in merchandise from Costumania in West Lebanon, NH and try your luck at winning a pair of tickets to our final Vengeance in the Valley contest to see their Haunted Hayride and Maze in Guilford, VT. Last chance to win combo tickets to the closing weekend at  The Haunted Graveyard in Bristol, CT.

Enter all contests right from the home page of Halloween New England.

Visit Halloween New England's home page for contest details.

Congrats to Monica Camara and Erica Seaver who won tickets to Fear Town Haunted House, Eric Rivera won the combo tickets to The Haunted Graveyard,  Christopher Sartre and Jessicalynn Rosario who each won a 4-pack of tickets to the Jack O' Lantern Spectacular, Phil Rokosa scored a pair of tickets to DementedFX, and  Nick Grantsis got a surprise on his birthday when we drew his name for tickets to experience Ghost Ship Harbor! Matt McLeish scored tickets to Vengeance in the Valley.

Jenn Bowse won a pair of tickets to The Haunted SpeakeasyNina Camuso won regular tickets to Haunted Overload, and Alana Dias and Michele Antunes each won a 4-pack of tickets to Barrett's Haunted Mansion!

Haunted Houses Opening Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Nightmare Vermont (VT)
Click for the 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?