Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween New England's Top Picks for October 23rd - 29th, 2014

Jack-o-Lanterns - Halloween New England
At long last we can finally say that Halloween is NEXT WEEK
When it comes to Halloween, it truly doesn't get better than these next two weeks. There are more activities, events and parties than we could possibly list here but they all can be found on the event state by state Halloween calendars on Halloween New England.

Halloween New England is your best resource for all the events and attractions across New England. Remember to visit Halloween New England's Guide to Haunted Attractions, Trails, Mazes, and Hayrides open on Sundays and Weeknights! We've done the research so you don't have to and you can maximize every night as we round into the home stretch.

The Legendary Haunt Tour is Coming to New England Nov 7-8th!
Legendary Haunt Tour Salem - Halloween New England
If you love haunted attractions and you consider yourself a superfan, you will be thrilled to know that the Legendary Haunt Tour is making it's way to our beautiful region in just two weeks!
Choosing a different region of the US, the Legendary Haunt Tour selects different attractions to feature each November--this year we are honored to have THREE New England haunts being showcased--Haunted Overload, Fright Kingdom, and Nightmare New England.

Haunt owners, designers, and industry innovators from around the world join this tour and it is an unparalleled opportunity to meet, talk with, learn from, and socialize with the very people who shape the direction of the haunted attraction industry. With a day in Salem on the itinerary, this is the highlight of the Halloween season for many. The tour is must for pro and novice haunters, haunt enthusiasts, superfans, and those considering considering opening up a haunted attraction. Read our article delving into the incredible access that the Legendary Haunt Tour provides tour-goers. 

Guide to Haunts, Mazes, Trails, Hayrides are OPEN on Halloween.
Making plans for the ultimate Halloween experience? We have compiled a quick and easy guide for you to find all the New England Haunted Attractions that will be open this Halloween!
Click here for the Guide to Haunted Houses, Trails, Mazes, and Hayrides Open this Halloween.

Looking for Special Lights OUT and Lights ON Events this Season?
Lights OUT and Lights ON events are few and far between every Halloween season. We've pulled togther a list of who is offering these events this season. Click here for the Guide to New England Haunted House Lights OUT and Lights ON Events in 2014.

Top Event Picks for the Upcoming Week:
Graveyard in NH - Halloween New England
If you live in Connecticut take a look at the Slithery, Slimy, Creepy, Crawly Outdoor Adventure in Stamford and the Haunted History Lantern Tour at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Hartford both on Friday and Howl-o-Ween at the Beardsley Zoo on Saturday and Sunday the 25-26th.
Saturday the 25th delivers "Dusk with the Dead at Elm Grove Cemetery" in Mystic and Tom Sawyer's Trick or Treat in Hartford.
Weathersfield's Webb-Deane Museum is hosting "Up Close and Creepy: Wethersfield Witch Trials, Ancient Burying Grounds & a 19th-Century Wake"  on Saturday and Sunday as well.

In Massachusetts, you'll want to consider Halloween Prowl at the Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon on Friday-Sunday 24th-26th, and Saturday the 25th offers a Halloween 5k Zombie Run in Winchendon. 

Jack-o-Lanterns - Halloween New EnglandNew Hampshire features a very special Halloween Masquerade Ball on the Lake at 
Weirs Beach in Laconia and Portsmouth hosts Ghosts on the Banke --both on Saturday, Oct 25th. 

Haunted Providence debuts their daytime psychic faire/paranormal expo designed to showcase area readers, vendors and paranormal groups on Saturday the 25th and the festivities kick off  on Friday with a Witches Masquerade Ball.
The Spooky Zoo comes to Rhode Island's Roger Williams Park Zoo on Saturday and Sunday, the 25th-26th.

Maine has a number of very cool events lined up starting with Longfellow's Haunted House Tour at the Henry Wadsworth-Longfellow House in Portland offered daily from Friday, the 24th through Thursday the 30th. Saturday the 25th delivers an overnight paranormal experience called "Overnight with Myrtle" in Newcastle. 


Looking for Smaller, Community-based, Charitable Haunts?
Circo Animarum Marlborough - Halloween New England
Many of you already know about the important role that charitable haunts and trails play in supporting our local communities. Halloween New England has a number of smaller, shorter season haunted events listed on our state guides to Halloween Events and Activities. Many of these smaller attractions have a donation-based admission such as canned food for the local food bank. 

Remember to visit your local community Halloween events to support the charitable work these dedicated volunteers are doing for your local town.
Check out Circo Animarum in Marlborough, MA,  Trail of Terror in Eliot, ME, and River Valley Haunted Walk in Mexico, ME are just a few of the dozens of great events going on over the next two weekends.

*THE LAST OF THE CONTESTS* are Wrapping Up!

Haunted Overload Pumpkin Head Scarecrow - Halloween New England
With three remaining ticket contests running right now on  Halloween New England you can enter to WIN a pair of tickets to see Haunted Overload in Lee, NH and The Armory of Horror in Somerville, MA.
Next week is your last chance to win a pair of blood red Beats Solo headphones from The Only Scream in Town --this headphones contest ends on Halloween.

These are the last batch of tickets we're giving away for nearly all haunts as we want to have you win them in time to use them. Visit the home page of Halloween New England to find links to all contests.

Congrats to Geo Manko, Courtney McQuaid Laura Ferrer, Stacey Lawrie and Lloyd Erickson who won the tickets to see Haunted AcresIvianis Garcia won tickets and a t-shirt to The Amity Road Horror, Sarah Xu won tickets to The Only Scream in TownNick Grantsis and Tiakna Grace won tickets to Ghoulie Manor, and Britnee Torres, Ashley Red, Michaela Costa, Natasha Ruggeri  and Nikki Pueschel won tickets to Fright Fest.

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
Halloween New England has been packing them in while the season is hot! We've been to The Haunting of Barrett Park in Leominster, MA, Fright Kingdom in Nashua, NH, DementedFX in Easthampton, and Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH. We almost made it to The Monster Mash Scream Park in South Hadley, MA as well but we missed the last hayride --next year we'll be back!
A huge thank you to all of those haunts and mazes for a memorable weekend!

Where are we headed this week?
With plenty to choose from at this point in the season, we're in Halloween heavenWe've got Fear Town in Seekonk, MA, and The Armory of Horror in Somerville, MA lined up for this weekend. We may even sneak in a trip to Ghoulie Manor in Taunton, MA and a reprise visit to Haunted Hill in Cumberland, RI if we can!
Next week we're making an overnight trip to Chicago to check out the revamped 13th Floor Chicago and we'll be spending our Halloween back in New England at Haunted Overload in Lee, NH.

Haunted Houses, Trails, Hayrides, and Mazes Opening this Weekend:

Opening Friday, October 24th, 2014


Throckmorton Manor    (VT)

The Haunted Forest     (VT)

Guide to Haunted House Lights OUT and Lights ON Events in 2014

Lights OUT Events 2014
Think you have what it takes to brave the pitch darkness? Check out the handful of upcoming Lights Out special events at local New England haunted attractions.

Haunted Hill (Cumberland, RI)
Sunday, October 26th

Haunted Acres  (Candia, NH)
Saturday, November 1st

SpookyWorld's Terror in Rhode Island (Cranston, RI)   
Saturday, November 1st

SpookyWorld's Nightmare New England  (Litchfield, NH)
Saturday, November 8th


Lights ON / Daytime Events 2014
Ever wanted to see the craftsmanship without the distraction of actors and scares? This is your chance to see the incredible creativity of the designers and artists up close and in the light.
These are also great options for folks who are still not quite ready for the full night show with scares.

Haunted Overload (Lee, NH)
Daytime Shows:
Friday - Sunday Oct 17-19th, 11:00am-5:00pm
Friday-Sunday  Oct 24-26th, 11:00am-5:00pm
Monday - Thursday Oct 27-Oct  30th. 2:00pm-5:00pm
Friday Oct 31st and Saturday Nov 1st: 11:00am-5:00pm

Armory of Horror (Somerville, MA)
Sunday, October 26th  2:00- 4:00pm: A special lights-on backstage tour to show folks the inner workings of the maze!
Saturday, November 1st , noon -4:00pm: Family Day where kids can participate in arts and crafts and safe trick or treating.

Guide to Haunted Houses, Trails, and Hayrides Open on Halloween 2014



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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Legendary Haunt Tour Delivers Unprecedented Access to Haunted Attractions in New England this November

In just a matter of weeks New Englanders will be treated to a visit by the venerable Legendary Haunt Tour which has chosen to come to our neck of the woods on November 7th and 8th, 2014

Halloween New England sat down with Jennifer Braverman of TransWorld to learn more about what you can expect from this year’s special tour.

The Legendary Haunt Tour is a co-production between TransWorld and Netherworld—the former being the producer of the monstrous Halloween and Attractions trade show that takes place each March in St. Louis, and the latter being one of the largest, long-running, and most respected haunted attractions in the country. 

Featuring three New England haunted attractions, a haunt education panel, catered dinners, a day in Salem, post-show parties, and more, the Legendary Haunt Tour is unique because of its timing. The tour schedule coincides with the end of the Halloween season to enable haunt professionals, soon-to-be haunters, and enthusiasts to experience featured haunts as authentically as a customer would—the way they were designed to be.  The 2014 tour will be featuring New England’s own Haunted Overload (Lee, NH), Nightmare New England (Litchfield, NH), and Fright Kingdom (Nashua, NH).

Legendary Haunt Tour Salem 2014 - Haunted Overload
The foreboding entrance to Haunted Overload in Lee, NH
If you’re not a member of the haunt industry it may surprise you to learn that the very folks who create haunted attractions rarely have the opportunity to enjoy the fruit of their peers’ labor, especially in a “live” atmosphere with customers, actors, and energy. As haunters all work virtually the same nights each season, they relish the chance to visit and other haunts as the tour makes possible.

Haunters may be fans of one another’s work but often it is an appreciation gained through mutual respect, an understanding of one’s design, skills, or creative approach, and photos/videos that are generated through the season—hardly ever through the live experience which can’t fully be conveyed outside of the real deal.

The Legendary Haunt Tour is many things to many haunters, but it is arguably a highlight of every fall for being a favorite way to decompress after a grueling season. Remember, most of the attendees closed their show just days earlier and they’ll admit it’s the first chance to unwind after a demanding stretch of work leading to Halloween. 

Planning a year in advance, Braverman says that she and Netherworld keep their ears open to determine which attractions people are buzzing about. The St. Louis convention every spring is a particularly rich place for gathering feedback about which haunts are high on people’s wish list and this informs them to keep certain haunts on their radar for future tours. Netherworld’s Ben Armstrong and Billy Messina are the arbiters of the short list for potential tour stops and together with Braverman they begin to factor in logistics. 

Legendary Haunt Tour Salem 2014 - Fright Kingdom
Sinister clown at NH's Fright Kingdom
Braverman says the timing of the tour is essential—it simply wouldn’t be the same to offer a tour like this over the winter or spring. It was Netherworld’s Ben Armstrong’s idea to invite featured haunts to extend their season by an extra night or weekend to accommodate the tour’s visit. For the featured attractions, it’s a no-brainer to sign on at that time of year since the actors are still in a groove from the season, the major props aren’t already in storage, and the lighting and fog machines are still in place.

TransWorld and Netherworld are in an unusually well-suited to produce a tour like this because of the strong relationships they have formed through the years with hundreds of haunters and vendors nationally through the Halloween and Attraction Show. They are providing more than transportation and a ticket to see a haunt. The tour’s itinerary facilitates opportunities for the haunt community to deepen their connection to one another through social gatherings, free time in an interesting city, visits to haunts they are curious about, and the round table discussion.

When asked why she opted to bring the tour to New England this year, Braverman shares the tour “had never really been out east. When you think of Halloween, you think of Salem and it has such history. Besides seeing the haunts, Salem is really a highlight and we thought it would make for a very exciting tour for people. There’s a mystical element to this year’s tour that we just haven’t had before.”   

It’s also the first year the tour has featured outdoor attractions. Haunted Overload is an entirely outdoor trail and three of Nightmare New England’s five attractions are set under the stars and in the woods. Fright Kingdom is the only exclusively indoor attraction this year which balances out the tour itinerary well. Each attraction is distinctly different from the next and their proximity to one another makes offering three tour stops possible when most Legendary itineraries have featured just two.  

Legendary Haunt Tour Salem 2014 - Nightmare New England Brigham Manor
The enormous Brigham Manor at Nightmare New England 
With professionals like Armstrong, Messina, and Braverman at the helm organizing the tour, many prop and scenic design vendors are a regular sight too.  

“Some of the [TransWorld Halloween and Attraction Show] exhibitors (vendors) come because it gives them a chance to network with their buyers (haunt owners). At TransWorld, they don’t really get a chance to socialize—they’re on the show floor selling and then at night they’re exhausted. Here, they get to find out what people like in their haunted houses and what kind of products these buyers want so that they can develop and create for next year’s show.”  

The people who join the tour really understand the unique value of what is being provided—something they could never get if they attended the two or three attractions on their own, independently. 

“Beyond seeing the haunts, you are getting to meet and talk with other haunted attraction owners. A lot of these owners and haunters who attend are kind of like celebrities in their own right,“ says Braverman. “You’ll be able to talk to them, listen and ask about how their season went. You’ll get to sit through seminars with them and round table discussions summarizing how their season was. You’ll be able to network and learn. The tour adds a dynamic that most people wouldn’t ordinarily get.”

“After all,” she adds, “where else can you go and see two hundred other haunt owners in a room right after their season ended?”

Legendary Haunt Tour Salem 2014 - Haunted Overload
A knife-wielding maniac awaits in Haunted Overload's vortex
For superfans and would-be professional haunters, the tour is a virtual who’s-who of the haunted attraction industry. As the largest industry-focused trade show, TransWorld isn’t open to the general public or haunt enthusiasts. By default, the Legendary Haunt Tour has become the premier place to meet and learn from a wide variety of pro haunters, prop and scenic designers, entrepreneurs, and innovators--the very people who are driving the industry forward and creating new avenues for haunters of every stripe, size, and budget. 

“The tour is a great environment for people who are thinking of starting a haunted attraction. They’ll get a chance to ask questions of all of these guys—and not necessarily in a seminar setting. It’s a great benefit. I think that is why a lot of enthusiasts do go. Where else can you go where you get to see all of these people together?”

Michael Chaille, owner of Ghost Ride Productions, is a designer and developer of mechanical and special effects, and custom props. He makes a point to attend every year because "Legendary is where Ghost Ride Productions refines our next year’s goals and product development based on what we learn from this gathering.  Without a tradeshow floor, the bus rides and breakneck schedule turn the tour into something more like continued education.  It's a requirement for all serious professionals, no matter the discipline or field."

Some of the most well-known owners and designers are regulars on the tour—as attendees and also as panel guests. Braverman characterizes the discussions as a fresh wrap-up of the season followed by a Q & A.  

Legendary Haunt Tour Salem 2014 - Fright Kingdom
The facade at Nashua's Fright Kingdom
“We try to have different kinds of people up there talking about their season--someone that runs a hayride, someone that runs a traditional haunt, someone who has a paintball field and runs a zombie shoot—so there are a variety opinions” that convey a diversity in the haunt experience.

Featured panelists in recent years have included John Laflamboy, owner of Zombie Army Productions (Chicago, IL), Allen Hopps, director of Dark Hour Haunted House (Plano, TX), Chris Stafford, owner of Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group (Austin, TX), Randy Bates, Owner of Bates Motel and Pennhurst Asylum (Glen Mills, PA and Spring City, PA), Ben Armstrong of Netherworld (Atlanta, GA), and Timothy Gavinski, owner of Wisconsin Feargrounds (Milwaukee, WI).

The Legendary Haunt Tour provides an extraordinary amount of access to the most creative minds and successful haunters in this country—it’s a one-of-a-kind chance to understand what makes these men and women tick.

Knowledgeable tour-goers (and TransWorld veterans) understand that the tour hotel is a vital and important social hub, yet its nightly gatherings are not listed on the itinerary per se. The hotel becomes the place where colleagues can recount their season, network, and bounce around new ideas for next year (yes, Halloween really never has an “off-season” for these folks). 
For New Englanders who plan to attend the Legendary Haunt Tour, it’s worth forgoing your own bed for a night or two as the tour hotel is a veritable magnet for informal social meet-ups. 

Legendary Haunt Tour Salem 2014 - Nightmare New England
Raven's Claw Cemetery at Nightmare New England 
“Haunters love to all be together,” explains Braverman.  “The advantage to staying at the host hotel is that when you get back from the tour at night, everyone can go to the bar where most people continue to socialize or network.” 

For locals, the Legendary Haunt Tour provides an insider’s behind-the-scenes experience that simply couldn’t be accessed as an independent haunt fan. It’s an incredible way to meet such a wide variety of haunted house owners from across the country.

“They get to be with the group, hear about everyone’s season, see everyone, learn about different aspects of the haunted houses that they don’t normally see," says Braverman. "They’ll enjoy the Q & A and be able to ask questions of the haunt owners whose attractions are being featured on the tour that they normally might be able to.“

Ghost Ride's Chaille describes Legendary Haunt Tour attendees as "seeming to be more relaxed and less guarded, more like a fraternity.  Like troops comparing stories after the battle has ended, we love hearing all the 'battle stories' from across North America and around the world."

For Braverman, her favorite part of Legendary is getting to see everyone and hear about how everyone’s season went. She enjoys that, for many, the haunt season culminates with this tour. 

“I get to see the full cycle,” she says. “I see people come to [TransWorld] and buy the product. I know how hard all these haunters work throughout the year. You hear the woes, and it’s nice to hear about their successes. You get to hear a lot of what they did well and what they feel didn’t go well. I get to hear what they’d like to see more of on the TransWorld show floor. I gain an insight that I wouldn’t normally get when I see them at the trade show because they’re really only at the show to buy, or to take classes, or network. To be able to socialize with them is just something I just don’t often get to do and that is part of the reason I really love Legendary so much. People will come to Legendary from around the world and it’s so great to hear all the different perspectives.”


For us New Englanders, having the Legendary Haunt Tour visit our region is a feather in our cap. We here at Halloween New England can attest that our New England haunt community is thriving and we’re seeing more and more yard and home haunters taking the next step to move “pro”. 

Local haunters and superfans who may have seen one or two of the tour’s featured haunts in recent years should know the experience of Legendary will be unmatched in terms of access, networking, and the free flow of ideas and feedback that comes with being surrounded by dozens of the brightest and most innovative minds in the haunt community. It’s a truly rare gift to have the wider haunt community coming out to our own backyard. 

We are counting down the days for the Legendary Haunt Tour weekend and we look forward to welcoming so many industry pros to our region. We hope to see as many northeast haunters and superfans representing our historic area and distinct Halloween culture. We’ll be there, will you? 


Looking to find out more about the tour? Find tour itineraries, online ticketing, hotel booking info, transportation, and more at the Legendary Haunt Tour's website.

The photos in this article were published with the expressed permission of Artifact Images (Haunted Overload), SpookyWorld Presents Nightmare New England, and Fright Kingdom.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween New England's Top Picks for October 16th - 22nd, 2014

The Nightmare Gallery - Salem MA - Halloween New England
Outside the Nightmare Gallery in Salem, MA
October is always fast and furious for Halloween lovers and haunted attraction fans like us. It is shocking to realize we are at the midway point of the month already! That leaves 2-3 precious weeks to get in all you can until the fun goes dormant until next year (though New Englanders have Salem to thank for keeping the torch going year-round).

Halloween New England is your best resource for all the events and attractions across New England - we here to help you get the most out of the season. Remember to visit Halloween New England's Guide to Haunted Attractions, Trails, Mazes, and Hayrides open on Sundays and Weeknights! We've done the research so you don't have to. Now you can maximize every night as we round into the home stretch.

Top Event Picks for the Upcoming Week:

If you live in Maine or will be headed there this Saturday you'll want to carve out some time for Ghostport which is definitely worth your time and three pumpkin festivals are going on in New Hampshire this weekend - check out the Hudson NH PumpkinFest, the Goffstown Pumpkin Weigh-off and Regatta, Keene PumpkinFest.

It's Rock and Shock weekend in Worcester, MA and Saturday brings you the Adult Costume & CosPlay Contest at King Richard's Renaissance Faire (rain date Sunday) and the kids will love HallowLantern Hayrides at C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, MA.

The Webb-Deane Museum in CT is bringing in an archeologist to present "When Suspicion Meets Science: Examining the Belief in Vampires" this Thursday the 16th, and on Friday and Saturday they'll be hosting "Up Close and Creepy: Wethersfield Witch Trials, Ancient Burying Grounds & a 19th-Century Wake" .

Salem Lobster Costumes Haunted Happenings - Halloween New England
Heading out to Salem this week?
The Salem's Annual Children’s Halloween Parade & Costume Party is taking place at noon on Saturday.

In October Salem Food Tours offers historic daily walking tours providing you with an insider's overview of the Witch City. Grab your cup of joe and join Karen Scalia for these entertaining 90-minute walks designed to give you the lay of the land in Salem with regards to great culinary finds, boutiques, landmarks, and more.

*SEVEN CONTESTS* are Open Right Now!

With seven contests running right now on  Halloween New England you can enter to WIN a pair of tickets to see Haunted Acres in Candia, NH, The Amity Road Horror in Bethany, CT, Fright Fest at Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA,  Ghoulie Manor in Taunton, MA, and The Only Scream in Town in North Haven, CT. 
Today (Weds) is the last day to enter the current Haunted Overload ticket contest so act fast!

Your chance to win a pair of blood red Beats Solo headphones from The Only Scream in Town ends on Halloween.

These are the last batch of tickets we're giving away for nearly all haunts as we want to have you win them in time to use them. Visit the home page of Halloween New England to find links to all contests.

Congrats to Collen Lundergan, Megan Hill, and Wayne Sobanek who won the tickets to see Haunted Acres, Destiny DiScipio, Ann Macpherson, and Alyx Carlile won tickets to the Jack-o'-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo, Ivan Schablotski won tickets to Ghoulie Manor, and Sheena deMedeiros  and Yasir Saleem won tickets to Fright Fest.

Haunted Acres Facade - Halloween New England
Facade at the entrance to Haunted Acres' trail
Where has Halloween New England been lately?
Halloween New England had an incredible holiday weekend at Haunted Hill (RI), Haunted Acres (NH), Hysteria at Connors Farm (MA), Nightmare New England (NH), and Beelzebub's CarnEvil (MA). A huge thank you to all of those haunts and mazes for a memorable weekend!

Where are we headed this weekend?
With no shortage of attractions to visit, we're finding it tricky to pare down our ambitious plans. We're eyeing The Haunting of Barrett Park in Leominster, MA, Fear Town in Seekonk, MA, DementedFX in Easthampton, The Monster Mash Scream Park in South Hadley, MA, and Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH. Stay tuned to see where we end up!

Haunted houses, trails, hayrides, and mazes opening this weekend:

Opening Friday, October 17th, 2014

Haunted Overload (NH)

Fright at the Fort     (ME)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

2014 Guide to Haunted Attractions Open on Sundays and Weeknights

Want to avoid longer lines this Halloween season? If you can be flexible, try to visit haunted houses, haunted trails, haunted mazes and hayrides on a night other than the ever-popular Friday or Saturday nights. 


As always, Halloween New England comes to the rescue with a quick guide to New England haunted attractions that are open on Thursdays and Sundays. We've even included the handful of haunts that are open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays  as well.

Click on the attraction name to go directly to their page 
on our website for maps, contact info, and a list of features
.
 


Thursday Nights

Massachusetts
Barrett's Haunted Mansion 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Beelzebub's CarnEvil  9th 16th 23rd, 30th
DementedFX 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Witch Mansion Haunted House  9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 
Salem’s Nightmare’s presents Chambers of Terror   9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Witch's Woods  9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th
Factory of Terror Worcester  16th, 23rd, 30th
Ghoulie Manor 23rd, 30th 
Armory of Horrors 30th only 
Connecticut
Dark Manor 16th, 23rd, 30th
New Hampshire
Haunted Acres  23rd, 30th
SpookyWorld's Nightmare New England 16th, 23rd, 30th
Haunted Overload 23rd (LITE), 30th
The Dark Crop Haunted Corn Maze  30th
Fright Kingdom 30th only
Rhode Island
Factory of Terror West Warwick 16th, 23rd, 30th
Haunted Labyrinth  30th only
Maine
Destination Haunt 23rd, 30th
Vermont
The Haunted Forest 23rd only
Nightmare Vermont 23rd, 30th


Sunday Nights

Massachusetts
Ghoulie Manor 12th, 19th, 26th 
Barrett's Haunted Mansion  12th, 19th, 26th
Factory of Terror Fall River  12th, 19th, 26th
Witch Mansion Haunted House 12th, 19th, 26th
Witch's Woods 12th, 19th, 26th
Beelzebub's CarnEvil  12th, 19th, 26th, Nov. 2nd
DementedFX  12th, 19th, 26th, Nov 2nd
Fright Fest at Six Flags New England 12th, 19th, 26th, Nov. 2nd
Connecticut
The Amity Road Horror  12th, 19th, 26th
The Only Scream in Town 12th, 19th, 26th
Dark Manor  12th, 19th, 26th
Nightmare on Wolcott Street 12th, 19th, 26th
Trail of Terror  12th, 19th, 26th
New Hampshire
Haunted Acres  12th only
Haunted Overload 19th, 26th
The Ghoullog  12th, 26th
Fright Kingdom  12th, 19th, 26th 
Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park  12th, 19th, 26th
Factory of Terror West Warwick  12th, 19th, 26th
Field of Screams Haunted Hayride 12th, 19th, 26th
The Dark Crop Haunted Corn Maze  26th only
Rhode Island
Haunted Hill  12th, 19th, 26th
Haunted Labyrinth  12th, 19th, 26th
Maine
Destination Haunt 12th, 19th, 26th


Monday Nights

Massachusetts
Witch Mansion Haunted House 13th, 20th, 27th
Connecticut
Dark Manor 13th only
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
SpookyWorld's Terror in Rhode Island 13th only


Tuesday Nights

Massachusetts
Barrett's Haunted Mansion 21st (Lights Out) and 28th
Witch Mansion Haunted House 14th, 21st, 28th
Ghoulie Manor 28th only
Factory of Terror Worcester  28th only
Rhode Island
Factory of Terror West Warwick  28th only


Wednesday Nights

Massachusetts
Witch Mansion Haunted House 15th, 22nd, 29th
Ghoulie Manor  29th   only
Connecticut
Dark Manor  29th
New Hampshire
Rhode Island


You can find non-scary hayrides and flashlight mazes on our Night/Haunted Hayride and Night/Haunted Corn Maze guides on Halloween New England as this list is limited to haunted attractions.

As new pro attractions open every year, if you see something we've overlooked let us know.  Add your attraction.

Halloween New England's Top Picks for October 8th - 15th, 2014

With a three-day weekend lined up, Salem's Haunted Happenings underway, and the haunted attraction season kicking into the next gear Halloween New England is here to help you stay on top of upcoming events and new attractions opening up.


Top event picks for the upcoming week:

Gallows Hill Salem Museum - Halloween New England
Heading out to Salem this week?
The Gallows Hill Witchcraft and Ghost Experience is a very fun show and they're being offered daily throughout October and The Ghosts and Legends Trolley is also offered Tues-Sun by the same talented folks who bring you the Witchcraft and Ghost Experience.
If you didn't catch it earlier, here's our article breaking down our memorable visit to see the Gallows Hill show.

Salem Historical Tours offers multiple tours daily including a Salem 101, 1692 Witchcraft Trials, a movie tour, and a cemetery tour. They are offered throughout the day at set hours and you can buy your tickets online too (highly recommended).

At the Salem Witch Museum on Wednesday October 15th, 6:30pm they'll be hosting author Jakob Crane and artist Tim Decker will talk about the making of their new graphic novel, Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials. All ages welcome! FREE. Details here.

The month-long Jack-o'-lantern Spectacular opened at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI last weekend. Check out their display of carved pumpkins every night through Nov 2nd. Details here.

If nothing says October to you quite like a pumpkin festival then New Hampshire is the place to be this weekend with three of them lined up! Click for details on the Milford NH Pumpkin Festival, the Pumpkin Festival at Charmingfare Farm, and the Somersworth Pumpkin Festival

New England Fall Events - Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta - Photo Todd Sandstrum
Paddle your pumpkin at the Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta!
Looking for a very unique pumpkin event? Check out this weekend's Pumpkin Regatta in Damariscotta, ME.
We are fairly fascinated by any competition that attempts to turn giant squash into boats - paddle or motorized--and them races them. Todd Sandstrum, the founder of the wonderful South Shore Great Pumpkin Challenge and Mile of Orange event in Easton, MA, will be up in Maine this weekend for the festivities and he was kind enough to share a handful of photos from this off-beat festival! Full event details for the Damariscotta Pumpkin Regatta.

Fright Fest New England
Delicious and nutritious roaches
October + Hunger = Cockroach Eating Contest, right? 

Lucky ducks like you will be able to crunch your way to prizes if you win the Fright Fest Cockroach Eating Competition which is going on all weekend! The contest will be held once a day from Friday through Monday, Oct 10-13thDetails here.
If you go, we sure do want to see your pictures!!

Ride the coasters, scream in some haunts, snack on some crunchy bugs--and a Happy October to you, my friend!!

*Win Tickets* We've got multiple contests running and more being added every day!
We've got a few contests running right now to WIN a pair of tickets to see Haunted Acres in Candia, NH, tickets to see Ghoulie Manor in Taunton, MA, and to the see the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo. Visit Halloween New England to enter the contests (ends Saturday 10/11).

Congrats to Kristina Spencer and Missy Morgan who won the tickets to see Haunted Acres and congratulations also to Joe Paredez and Lou Correia who won tickets to Fright Fest.

Where has Halloween New England been lately?
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New scene this year at The Amity Road Horror in Bethany, CT
Halloween New England had an incredible start to October last weekend with our haunt tour to Connecticut.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at The Amity Road Horror, The Haunted Graveyard at Lake CompounceTrail of Terror, and The Only Scream in Town. For the record, we did make it to THREE haunts in an evening (but barely!) so we've checked that off our bucket list.
A special shout out to The Amity Road Horror and The Only Scream in Town for their behind-the-scenes tours and for sharing their time during their busy season. If you missed it earlier this week, check out our article on the crew behind Only Scream.
We even wrapped up the weekend with a return to Fright Fest at Six Flags New England on Sunday because quite honestly, we couldn't fit everything in during our hours the previous weekend--there's a ton to see and do.

Where is Halloween New England headed this weekend?
The PIxel Perfection After Dark Photo
Credit: The Pixel Perfection:After Dark
With no shortage of attractions to visit now that most are open, we're finidng it tricky to pare down our ambition plans to see everything. 

We're looking at a Friday/Saturday/Sunday combo of the following haunts-- Haunted Acres (NH), Hysteria at Connors Farm (MA), Haunted Hill (RI), and Beelzebub's CarnEvil (MA) and possibly something on Friday if we can.


Haunted houses, trails, hayrides, and mazes opening this weekend:

Opening Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Beelzebub's CarnEvil  (MA)

Opening Friday, October 10th, 2014

The Haunting of Barrett Park (MA)

Lakeville Haunted House (MA)

Hicks Family Farm Haunted Corn Maze (MA)

Davis Farmland Haunted Mega Maze (MA)

Fear at Fort Adams   (RI)

Destination Haunt     (ME)

Harvest of Haunts Hayride & Corn Maze (NH)

Opening Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Dark Walk Haunted Camp Tour   (CT)

Harvest of Horrors Haunted Hayride (MA)